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Summer Italian Language Studies at the University of Urbino
Rome, Italy; Urbino, Italy
Program Terms: Summer,
Summer 6 Credits
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Italian Click here for a definition of this term GPA Required: 2.50
Click here for a definition of this term Accommodations: University Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Language Proficiency: Beginner
Click here for a definition of this term Level of Instruction: Undergraduate
Program Description:


URBINO, ITALY with an excursion in Rome




Study Abroad Advisor: Caitlin Paul

Program Dates

  Summer 2013
Arrival Date  
Rome Excursion  
Departure Date  

The summer program at the University of Urbino runs from late July to late August.

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Program Costs

Estimated program Budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:


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Location Description

Protected by its walls, the ancient city of Urbino is perched high on a ridge between the Metauro and Foglia valleys. It is surrounded by green hills that bear the landscape features left by inhabitants of centuries past. Even from afar the city appears compact and self-contained. It got its original shape, similar to a ship's bow, from the Romans who founded the municipium Urvinum Mataurense.

Urbino Town Scene
Today, while Urbino strives to preserve its ancient buildings, many new areas have sprung up outside the city walls. Urbino has a population of 15,000 and must accommodate the 20,000 students enrolled at the University. The University Colleges, which house many of the students who attend the University, were built on a hill not far from the old city.

Urbino is the ideal place for a summer course in Italian Language and Culture. It is still a small city where you can get from place to place on foot, and it offers many opportunities for foreign students to meet people from Urbino as well as university students and professors. Urbino is a lively and stimulating campus-town perfectly suited for student life. You can read more about the city's attractions and century-old charm in this recent New York Time's article.

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Host University

The University of Urbino dates back to 1506 when Duke Guidobaldo I founded the "Collegio dei Dotton", and from its inception, it has continued to grow and develop. Today, the University of Urbino has around 20,000 students and is known for the quality of its teaching and research. The size and organization of the University encourage a direct relationship between students and teachers and allows students to take full advantage of all campus services and facilities.   

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Academic Program


The initial 5-day visit in Rome will include three one-hour morning refresher lessons dealing with basic Italian language skills. Whether or not participants have taken Italian before, these will help prepare individuals for the conversations most frequently encountered when traveling/living in country (e.g. ordering food, shopping, transportation). 
Program participants will explore a representative sampling of Roman and Italian culture such as artifacts, ruins, architecture and artworks from the Classical, Early-Christian, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern eras. In each of these historical periods, ideas and ideals were conceived in Rome - and by extension in Italy - that greatly shaped the course of human civilization. Before heading to the city of Urbino for intensive language instruction, the visit offers an introduction to the history and lore of both recognizable and less well known sites of Rome, as well as an appreciation for everyday, contemporary city customs.
At the University of Urbino, mornings are dedicated to the study of the Italian language. Three levels are available:  beginner, intermediate and advance.  Placement is determined by the placement exam. The elementary course is for absolute beginners; all other courses assume that students know the contents of the preceding level.

Intermediate and Advanced level students will devote their afternoons to Italian culture and civilization.   This consists of lectures, seminars, conferences and discussions on such topics as: the Renaissance in Urbino, and 20th Century Italy. Other activities include poetry recitals, Italian films, literary readings etc. (Elementary students will be in working groups at that time, to improve their language skills, or viewing easily understood Italian films.)

Detailed curriculum information is available at: Town Scene

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Language of Instruction

The excursion in Rome will be taught in English. Courses in Urbino are taught in Italian.

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn 6 undergraduate credits.

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Any student with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is eligible to apply. One semester of college-level Italian language study is recommended.

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For the Rome portion of the program, students will share a room with other program participants in a pre-arranged 2-3 star hotel.

Students enrolled in the program will stay in University of Urbino residence halls. The halls are about a 20 minute walk from the university and the town center. There is a bus service to town. The halls are organized in blocks of 6-8 bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchenette (unequipped). Both single and double rooms are available. Linens are provided, towels are not. There are coin-operated laundry facilities in the residence halls.

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Students can purchase inexpensive phone and buy minutes as needed.

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Excursions and Offerings

The five day excursion in Rome will be facilitated by a SUNY New Paltz Italian Studies faculty member who will conduct lectures on-site about the historical and cultural significance of the sites being visited. Excursions include the Colosseum and Forum, Vatican Museum and City, Pantehon, Catacombs, and other sites of historical and cultural significance. The itinerary is subject to change.

During the Urbino portion of the program, optional excursions are available (for an additional small fee paid on site) to artistically important cities in the Marches and neighboring regions. Guided walking tours and special lectures are also available. Recitals and a welcome and farewell dinner round out the program.

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Italy Scene

On-Site Support

Students will be met at the designated  airport on the specified arrival day by SUNY New Paltz faculty  and given an on-site orientation, instruction, and support. The faculty member will accompany students from Rome to Urbino and help facilitate the transition during the first week. Students will receive information and support from University of Urbino Staff for the duration of the program.

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All non-EU citizens may have to apply for a short-term study visa. For the most updated information, please visit the website of the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.