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Italy

Reid Hall, Tulane's home in ParisGiven the variety of interests in Italy among Tulane University faculty, Newcomb-Tulane undergraduates have a wide array of options for study in Italy. Bolstered by a strong Italian language program, diverse Italian Studies course offerings, and unique academic programs, students will select a program in Italy based on particular academic interests and appropriate preparation.

In general, students planning to study in Italy should have studied Italian at Tulane and completed some coursework with Italian content, be it literature, history, art, politics, classical studies, international development or architecture.

Florence: Newcomb-Tulane JYA Florence

There is no limit to the treasures of the city of Florence, which many art lovers consider the most hallowed on earth. Situated along the banks of the Arno river and set among the cypress-clad low hills of Tuscany, this small and intimate cflorence mapity possesses an overwhelming density of cultural and artistic experiences. Cradle of the Renaissance and home of Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and the Medici, Florence has entranced intellectuals for centuries. Today, it continues to play a major role in Italian culture, art, literature, and politics.

Tulane in Florence is based at the Università degli Studi di Firenze, which traces its origins to the Studium Generale, established by the Florentine Republic in 1321, which registered institutions of international excellence by the Holy Roman Empire.  In 1859, it became the Istituto di Studi Pratici e di Perfezionamento, and in 1923, the Istituto was officially denominated a University by the Italian Parliament. Currently, the University of Florence consists of 12 faculties and has nearly 60,000 matriculated students.

Program Dates: Academic Year only (September to June)

Eligibility & Application: 3.0 GPA; Completion of ITAL 313 and 325 with a grade of B or higher within the year prior to study abroad.

Students beginning Italian at Tulane generally take ITAL 101 and 102 in the freshman year; in the fall of the sophomore year they take ITAL 203, and in the spring of the sophomore year, they take ITAL 313 and 325 simultaneously.

Students submit only the Tulane application; there is no secondary program for the JYA Florence program.

Fields of Study: Full range of university courses available including Italian language and literature, liberal arts, history, political science, and art.

florenceAcademic Program
The program begins with a four-week language and culture program at the Centro Linguistico Dante Alighieri (Center for Italian Language) in early September.  The Centro is in the center of the city near Ponte Vecchio and is housed in a 15th-century palazzo.  Students then enroll in courses at the Università di Firenze in early November.  Classes are held in several of the many Facolta located throughout the center of Florence.   

Tulane’s Resident Director Ms. Lucia Geraci helps students obtain information on current course offering and advises them during the registration process.  Arrangements for enrollment are made with individual departments (course schedules are published in November).  Ms. Geraci also will provide tutors for students, as needed. 

Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed.  Students generally earn 30-33 credits for year, which includes coursework completed at the Centro as well as the university.

Housing
A variety of housing options are available from various student residences and dormitories. The Resident Director will help students find housing.

Faculty liaison
Dr. Linda Carroll, Italian

Web links
University of Florence: www.unifi.it
Dante Center: www.clidante.com

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Rome: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS)

Rome is one of the world’s great cities, where glorious treasures and ruins of several magnificent civilizations are stage to a vibrant, modern capital.  Drawing on its fertile history, the Eternal City embraces the present and the future.  Romans busily zoom through the narrow streets attending to the details of modern life against a backdrop of classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces, and baroque churches.

The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) was established in 1965 by representatives of ten American colleges and universities (now 90). It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art. Located in a four-story building on one of the main streets of the Janiculum, the Center is ten minutes by bus from the Piazza Venezia and downtown Rome. It is close to the American Academy in Rome with which it maintains cordial relations.

Program Dates: Fall, Spring semester only

Fields of Study: Latin, Greek, Classical Studies

Eligibility & Application: 3.0 CGPA; significant prior coursework in Classical Studies. Students are part of a competitive national applicant pool.

Students should submit both the Tulane application and the ICCS application to the OSA by the appropriate deadlines. The ICCS application is an online application only, and requires the online submission of recommendation letters. Late submissions cannot be accepted, so begin the application process early.

Academics: Students take four courses, which is a minimum and normal load (a few students take five courses), including a required comprehensive and integrated course called The Ancient City equal to and requiring as much class and study time as two semester courses. It covers Roman archaeology and topography, aspects of social and urban history of Rome, and Roman civilization. Frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and wider-ranging trips based on the Professor-in-Charge's area's of expertise outside Rome are included as part of the course. Because The Ancient City course depends on prior knowledge of Roman history, students are expected to prepare themselves by taking a Roman history course or by careful reading on the subject.

Students choose their other courses from the following: Intermediate or Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek; Advanced Greek; Renaissance and Baroque Art History; or Elementary Italian (no other level of Italian is available). Students are required to take at least one course in Latin or Greek as part of their ICCS course load.

Tulane awards 6 credits for the core course, 3 credit for all others at the 500-level.

Housing
All students live in the Center. Three meals a day are provided in the cafeteria located on the premises Monday through Friday.  All other meals are taken in town or prepared by the student.

Faculty Liaison
Dr. Susann Lusnia, Classical Studies

Web links
www.aas.duke.edu/study_abroad/iccs

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Rome: IES Abroad Rome Center: Liberal Arts & Community Service

Rome is a living museum, a unique environment to understand the ups and downs in the history of humankind. Over three million people do their daily business surrounded by 2,500 years of history – including legendary ruins, architecture, and art. The capital of Italy, Rome is the country's political center and a major religious center, being the host to the Vatican – an independent state within Rome.

Studying abroad in Rome means learning from Rome and its Mediterranean pace of life – from the open markets to the sudden strikes, from the humorous Romans to the high politics of a European capital.  As the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome ... a presto!

Complementted by engaged community service, the IES Rome program offers with intermediate and advanced Italian language skills a curriculum that focuses on the city’s unmatched historical and artistic past and its modern role in international politics and development.  Founded in 2003, the IES Center is situated in the Nomentana district, an attractive residential area easily accessible by public transportation to the historical center of Rome. 

Program Dates: Academic Year, Fall (early Sept. to Mid-Dec) or Spring Semester (Late Jan./early Feb. to Early June). Italian majors/minors planning to study abroad for the academic year should consider the Newcomb-Tulane JYA in Florence program.  

Eligibility & Application: Junior or Senior standing; 3.0 Cumulative GPA; completion of two course in Italian at Tulane, including ITAL 203 or higher, with a grade of B or higher in the year prior to study abroad. Strong preference will be given to students who have completed ITAL 203 in the semester directly preceding study abroad.  Previous coursework in Sociology, Urban Studies, or related fields, as well as coursework with Italian Studies content is recommended, but not required. 

Students should submit both the Tulane application and the IES Abroad application to the OSA by the appropriate deadlines. The IES Abroad application can be found on the IES Abroad web site. The IES application may be submitted online; students must be sure to complete all components, including the IES Language Evaluation form.  

Fields of Study: Community Service; History of Art & Architecture; Literature, Drama & Film; Political Science & International Relations; and Religious Studies & Sociology.

Academic Program
The IES Rome program begins with a mandatory one-week orientation that introduces students to IES staff, other program participants, and the city of Rome. All students participate in an intensive Italian language program (not for academic credit).  The orientation program aims to acquaint students with local speakers and provide detailed information on academics, housing, transportation, and health & safety in Rome. The period culminates with a weekend field trip to a destination such as Assisi or Perugia. 

During the semester, Newcomb-Tulane students enroll in the following IES courses: Italian language course (4-6 credits depending on placement determined by an on-site language placement test during orientation; students who place at the elementary level are required to take the intensive 6-credit Italian language course); AN/SO395 Community-Based Learning Seminar (taught in Italian) with appropriate community service placement; and three additional courses from the IES area studies course offerings (in English or Italian) in the areas of Art & Architecture; Literature, Drama & Film; Political Science & International Relations; and Religious Studies & Sociology. 

In effort to connect IES participants with local students, the IES courses taught in English are generally available to local Italian students from Roma Tre.  Students with appropriate language proficiency and academic background are encouraged to take one or two courses at local Italian universities such as Università degli studi Roma Tre, Università degli studi di Roma 1 "La Sapienza,”  and Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA).

Community Service Program (3 credits)
A required component for all Newcomb-Tulane participants in Rome, the community service program allows students to engage in activities that address specific community needs, and provides unique exposure to the local culture.  Participating organizations vary by term and all organizations are vetted by IES. Securing a community service placement is a competitive process, and placement depends on availability, background and skills, quality of résumé, and previous language study. Final placement is determined by an on-site interview, which allows the local organization to choose the student that best matches the position. Prior placements have included the International Red Cross, UNICEF, local elementary and secondary schools, Rome City Hall, and Rome Children’s Library.

The community service placement is supported by a required seminar: AN/SO395 Community-Based Learning Seminar. This course offers contextual support to the practical service experience in the European setting. Through assigned readings, relevant lectures, and discussions, the seminar will provide students with an opportunity to synthesize the practical and theoretical components of the experience with a continued focus on intercultural competency. An IES faculty member supervises the academic work, and placements are routinely and formally monitored. A grade, based on the academic and practical component, is awarded for the 3-credit practicum/tutorial combination. 

Please note: The community service program will be reviewed by the Center for Public Service Executive Committee in the spring ’08 semester for consideration as an option to fulfill the second-level public service graduation requirement.

Because the specific academic nature and expected outcomes of the IES Rome program, Newcomb-Tulane students should not expect to receive major/minor Italian credit for coursework completed on this program.

Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program. 

Housing: Tulane students stay in homestays arranged by IES.  Located throughout the city, homestays generally house only one or two students and may offer private rooms. You will receive a daily breakfast and have the option of sharing certain evening meals each week with your host family. Commute times may range from 45-90 minutes, which is very typical for local students at Roman universities. Homestay students are also assigned an Italian Student Companion (ISC), a local Italian host who is a student or young professional.

Web links
For additional program information, including course descriptions and housing details, visit
www.iesabroad.org

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Milan: IES Abroad Music & Vocal Performance

Once a capital of the Roman Empire, Milan today is the commercial and financial center of contemporary Italy and is not limited to its noble ruins.  In the central Piazza Duomo, the architecture of past centuries blends with the neon lights of a modern metropolis.  Study Abroad in Milan and experience how this modern city lives in the European present and leads Italy in fashion, music, culture, publishing, industry, finance, education, transportation, architecture and design.

The IES Milan Center is located in the city's historic center, near the prestigious Università Cattolica.  The Center contains staff offices, a student lounge, a faculty lounge, music practice rooms, a library, and audio and video facilities. Since the Università Cattolica is IES' main partner school, students have access to the many amemilannities it offers, including one of Italy's largest and most important libraries, computer labs, study rooms, a student health center, travel agency, cultural and sports opportunities, and an inexpensive student cafeteria.

Program Dates: Fall (early Sept. to Mid-Dec) or Spring Semester (late Jan./early Feb. to late June). Italian majors/minors planning to study abroad for the academic year should consider the Newcomb-Tulane JYA in Florence program.  

Eligibility: 3.0 Cumulative GPA; completion of two semesters of Italian, including ITAL 203 or higher, at Tulane with a grade of B or higher in the year prior to study abroad. Strong preference will be given to students who have completed ITAL 203 or higher in the semester directly preceding study abroad.  Completion of coursework with Italian Studies content is recommended, but not required.    

For music majors significant preparation and approval of the Newcomb Music Department is required; students submit an audition tape upon arrival in Milan to determine placement. 

Fields of Study: Italian language & literature, Music, Economics, History of Art & Architecture; Film Studies; Communications,  Political Science & International Relations; and Religious Studies & Sociology.

Academic Program: The IES Milan program begins with an orientation program broken into two unique, consecutive parts: a two-day off-site session held in a charming town outside of Milan, which includes group activities, a language placement workshop, and information sessions on all aspects of studying in Milan; and a three-week intensive language Program that begins after the two-day program and is designed to help intermediate-level students gain practical language skills, and to acclimate advanced students to the local environment.  Several guest lectures and tours that introduce students to the history and geography of Milan are included.

During the semester, students take 15-19 credits of coursework, including an Italian language course (4-6 credits).  Course options are based on language proficiency, which is determined by an on-site language workshop during orientation.  Students may also take courses at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Cattolica)

Economics majors may take up to two courses in English or Italian at Università Bocconi (Bocconi), one of the most prestigious European schools of Business, Economics, and Finance.

IES Milan Music Opportunities
A  full range of music opportunities are available for Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Composers, and Music Performance Majors. Using a highly customized approach, the IES Milan Director, an accomplished musicologist and active composer, works closely with qualified students to tailor a program that meets their musical needs and interests. 

In addition, IES works closely with the Accademia Internazionale della Musica to facilitate enrollment in appropriate courses and ensemble work. The largest private music school in Italy, the Accademia includes schools of jazz, choral, classical, contemporary, and early music. Advanced-level Italian language students may enroll in Theory and History classes, as well. Private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English. Limited practice space is available at the IES Center, and housing is arranged so that piano and voice students can practice at home.

IES offers several music courses each semester. The Performance Workshop allows vocalists and instrumentalists to enhance the practice of chamber music, increase performance skills, and expand repertoire. The in-depth Music History Course generally explores a topic related to Italy or Europe.  In addition, IES works closely with the Accademia Internazionale della Musica to facilitate enrollment in appropriate courses and ensemble work. The largest private music school in Italy, the Accademia includes schools of jazz, choral, classical, contemporary, and early music. Advanced-level Italian language students may enroll in Theory and History classes, as well. Private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English.  Limited practice space is available at the IES Center, and housing is arranged so that piano and voice students can practice at home.

In addition to other coursework, Music students typically take one to three Music courses each term, combining private lessons with Accademia instructors with Theory courses at the Accademia and IES. Since coursework is specifically customized, final arrangements are made during orientation week based on meetings between the student and the IES Director.

**A note to Italian minors: Newcomb-Tulane students wishing to receive minor Italian credit for coursework completed on this program must seek prior approval from the Italian faculty

Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program. 

Housing:  Students at IES Milan have two options: Apartments and the Collegio di Milano.

Located throughout the city, furnished apartments typically house three to five students. Generally, two students share a bedroom and apartments are single-sex. Some IES students are housed with an Italian roommate who is either a college student or young working professional. Meals are not included, so students normally prepare their own breakfast and dinner and eat lunch at the Università Cattolica's cafeteria.

A residence for Italian and international honors students, the Collegio offers single rooms with private bathrooms and balconies, and facilities include a computer room, library, cafeteria, and an auditorium for special cultural programs. This option includes three meals daily. Space is limited, and students are chosen by the Collegio, based on academic criteria. Due to the many amenities, this option carries an additional fee. 

Web links
www.iesabroad.org

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Padua: Boston University Italian Language & Liberal Arts Program

Boston University’s Language and Liberal Arts Program offers a semester of intensive Italian language study and coursework in Padua (Padova), Italy. The program is headquartered at the Boston University (BU) Center for Italian and European Studies (CIES) in Padua and is run in cooperation with the Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD).

Founded in 1222, the Università degli Studi di Padova is organized by schools (called facoltâ) scattered across town. The facoltâ are separated according to various disciplines. Particularly strong in archaeology, art history, Italian literature, political science, classical studies, history, sociology, law, and philosophy, the university is home to approximately 60,000 students.

Located about 20 miles west of Venice, Padua is very central to major cities in Italy and the rest of Europe. It is a small, lively city of 240,000 inhabitants, and is home to one of the most ancient European universities.

Program Dates: Fall (early Sept. to Mid-Dec./in rare cases, some courses at the UNIPD may end after Jan. 1) or Spring Semester (Late Jan./early Feb. to Early June). Students planning to study abroad for the academic year should consider the Newcomb-Tulane JYA in Florence program.  

Eligibility: 3.0 Cumulative GPA; completion of two semesters of Italian at Tulane with a grade of B or higher, including one Italian language course in the semester prior to study abroad. Students are reminded that the Newcomb-Tulane language proficiency requirement must be completed by the fifth semester of study at Tulane.  Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for specific details on the requirement.

A note on the School of Liberal Arts (SLA) language proficiency requirement: Students who plan to fulfill the SLA language proficiency requirement through Italian language study at the BU Center must successfully complete each component of the BU two-course sequence CAS LI 211 Third-Semester Italian AND LI 212 Fourth-Semester Italian, which combined are the equivalent of ITAL 203 at Tulane, with a C or higher.    

Fields of Study: Italian language, literature, history, art history, political science.  All courses are taught in Italian.

Academic Program: In this immersion program, students begin with a four-credit intensive language course, which meets 12 hours per week. (Course level is determined by a language placement examination taken upon arrival.)  During this month students are also introduced to the Italian university system and prepare themselves for classes at the BU’s Center for Italian & European Studies and/or the Università degli Studi di Padova.  Following the language intensive, students take three, four-credit courses taught in Italian at the CIES for the remainder of the program, including an Italian language course. Students have the opportunity to combine CIES courses with university courses.  CIES courses are taught in Italian for participants on the program only.  Courses taken at the University are part of the regular university curriculum for Italian students.  Students are not permitted to take university courses taught in English.

Please note: Tulane requires all Italian majors to enroll in at least one regular university course during the fall or spring semester.  All spring semester students, regardless of major, are required to take one regular university course. 

The CIES offers approximately 15 courses, including courses in Italian language and literature, cinema; art history (a survey course and a seminar on a specific topic); Italian and European history; history of the European Union; history of the Italian Jews; Machiavelli and the history of modern political thought. All courses are taught by Italian faculty from the Università degli Studi di  Padova or other Italian universities, as well as by the resident director.  Students should consult the BU course syllabi for course prerequisites. 

BU requires all students who test below the BU course “LI 306 Fifth-semester Italian” after the intensive language program to enroll in a consecutive language course during the semester.  Italian majors in the fall and spring select (at a minimum) one or two university courses under the guidance of the BU resident director. The remaining one or two courses are chosen from the CIES offerings.

The program includes excursions in and around the Veneto region, as well as to other major Italian art cities.

Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program. 

Housing
Students live in Italian households representing a wide range of incomes and situations, from a grandmother living alone to a couple living in the city to a suburban family with several young children. Students are given a monthly stipend toward the cost of local transportation and meals. They are encouraged to eat at the university cafeterias, called mense, where meals are available at nominal cost. Students eat breakfast every day and three evening meals a week with their hosts. Students are given an ID from the university, which allows them to access department libraries and mense, and to have discounts in cinemas and stores in Padua, as well as in a number of museums.

Faculty liaison: Prof. Linda Carroll, Department of French & Italian

Web links:
For additional program information, including course descriptions and housing details, visit
www.bu.edu/abroad/
www.unipd.it

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