Italy: Study the Italian Culture and Language in Florence
Complete one year of language requirement in one summer!
The Department of Modern Languages has partnered with Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) to offer students a study abroad opportunity combining academics with hands-on cultural experiences in one of Italy's most beautiful cities.
Students will complete the equivalent to two OHIO semesters of Italian language (offered at beginner and intermediate levels) while immersing themselves in the culture of Italy with overnight excursions and daytrips to Rome, Venice and two other destinations. They will also study Dante's most famous work, Divine Comedy, in a class taught by Dr. Molly Morrison as Florence is Dante's hometown.
Courses will be taught at the CEA Global Campus in Florence, located in the famed Piazza della Repubblica, and steps away from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Uffizi Gallery.
“I studied abroad in the Florence, Italy study abroad program for six weeks. I studied abroad in Italy because I’ve always dreamt of going there and it was a perfect program for me because I needed to fulfill my language credit and I also got to learn Italian which was super fun. It was great because I got to bond with everyone that I got to go with and it was such a small group that it allowed us to become closer. The trips we went on were amazing.”
- Claire Palo on her study abroad experience.
May 8*- June 22, 2020 (Six weeks)
*Participants must depart by May 7th, to arrive on the 8th
This program is open to all undergraduates with a 2.5 gpa or higher.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.
Please note that many scholarship deadlines fall before the program deadline. Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, with applications reviewed by the program director as they are received. For interested students early application is recommended.
Priority Deadline: December 1st, 2019
Final Deadline: February 1st, 2020
Once accepted into the program, students will be given instructions on how to complete the required CEA online application and create a MyCEA Account.
"With the aid of my teachers, I was forced to step outside of my comfort zone; which was exactly what I was looking for this trip. I was pushed to speak to locals and my classmates in Italian and through that I have come to realize I know more Italian than I thought." - Past participant on the extent they achieved their goals.
OHIO student accommodations will be in double, triple or quad rooms in shared apartments located in the historic center of Florence and within walking distance of the CEA Global Campus facilities.
Courses and credits
Successful completion of this program will earn 12 credit hours. Students may enroll as Beginners or Intermediate students. See course options below:
- ITAL 1110 and 1120: Elementary Italian Sequence (8 cr total)
- ILML 2902: Italian literature in translation (3 cr)
- ML 2910: Field Study Abroad (1 cr)
- Italian 2110 and 2120: Intermediate Italian (6 cr total)
- ILML 2902: Italian literature in translation (3 cr)
- ML 2910: Field Study Abroad (3 cr)
Participation in the organized excursions will count towards course grades.
Students must enroll in ML 2497 for the second half of spring semester. This class will include 8 hours of student orientation on the Ohio University campus covering topics such as living in and getting around Florence, and Italian culture and society.
Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
Additional Information on Italy
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook .
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.
Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete a Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
"The main benefits I recieved would be my independence and my ability to adapt to adverse situations. Through this experience, I learned how to listen to others and take things in as opposed to acting carelessly and impulsively. Being in Italy has helped me grow up in a way that I didn't even know was necessary." - Past participant on benefits from experience abroad.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here.
US citizens may need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
More information on visa can be found here.
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