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09/03/2014 - 12/20/2014
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Extended to: 05/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/15/2014 - 05/10/2014
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Extended to: 11/15/2013
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15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Spend a semester or year developing your language skills and studying Italy’s history and culture in a beautiful renaissance town. Never studied Italian before? Not a problem. CIEE study abroad in Ferrara is designed for students with little or no Italian language background, meaning anyone can enjoy a challenging, immersive cultural experience in Italy.

Study abroad in Italy and you will:

  • Immerse yourself in Italian through an intensive Italian language course, whether you are at a beginning or intermediate level
  • Take courses in English concerning contemporary and historic Italian issues
  • Visit art museums and cathedrals, and participate in group dinners and local festivals
  • Explore nearby cities such as Mantua, Bologna, Siena, Venice, and Ravenna
  • Learn how to make Italian food by taking a cooking class
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

CIEE study abroad in Ferrara offers four sections of language courses, ranging from beginning to intermediate. That means you’ll find a course of study that perfectly suits your needs and abilities. You’ll also have access to a host of English-language electives on a variety of topics from history and Renaissance art to Ferrara and the European Union and gender, ethnicity, and Italian national identity.

Excursions

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Ferrara’s physical ambience was greatly influenced during the Renaissance period and is home to many museums, cathedrals, and spectacular architecture. The academic program is supplemented with excursions to these local places of interest and cultural activities including festivals and group dinners. Students are grouped by language level wherever possible. In addition, field trips to nearby cities such as Mantua, Siena, and Bologna provide you with a unique insight into the region.

Homestay

One of the greatest ways to immerse yourself in Italian culture is to live with a local family. Through limited homestay options, CIEE offers you the opportunity to drastically improve your language skills, experience authentic Italian culture, and custom and form relationships that endure long after your completion of the program.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

This program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Costs
Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/03/2014
12/20/2014
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,323
Housing ***
$3,125
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day for homestay students. No meals are included in the residence option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,250
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$175
Books & Supplies
$150
Potential travel to consulate for visa ***
$500
Personal expenses
$2,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students staying in the residence option; homestay students should budget $950 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

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Spring 2014 (16 wks)
Extended to: 11/15/2013
01/15/2014
05/10/2014
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,323
Housing ***
$3,125
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day for homestay students. No meals are included in the residence option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,250
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$175
Books & Supplies
$150
Potential travel to consulate for visa ***
$500
Personal expenses
$2,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students staying in the residence option; homestay students should budget $950 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/03/2014
TBA
$33,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$27,248
Housing ***
$6,250
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes two meals per day for homestay students. No meals are included in the residence option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$4,500
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$300
Potential travel to consulate for visa ***
$500
Personal expenses
$4,400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students staying in the residence option; homestay students should budget $950 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 0–3 semesters of college-level Italian or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–25.5 quarter hours and 30–32 semester/45–48 quarter hours for the academic year.

Course contact hours are 45 and recommended credit for all courses is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A full course load for the semester is five courses. All study abroad students enroll in a required, intensive Italian language course at the start of each semester. Following the intensive language session, all students are required to continue their Italian language study at the appropriate level throughout the semester, take the CIEE core course, two content courses in English, and optional Seminar on Living and Learning in Ferrara.

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About the City

About The City

The beautiful Renaissance city of Ferrara is close to Bologna, midway between Venice and Florence, yet relatively unknown to tourists. Shaped over the centuries by the River Po, Ferrara was one of the centers of the Italian renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Today, you can walk the city walls that surround Ferrara—there is a nine km path on top of the wall and a 15 km path below the wall, ride a bicycle to class just like the locals, and visit Ferrara’s outstanding museums. The city is extremely safe, clean, and accessible with a small-town feel, yet boasts world-class art treasures and exhibits.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Riccardo Rossi

Riccardo Rossi is Ferrara born and has worked with CIEE since the inception of the program. Riccardo is responsible for all administrative aspects of the program.

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Patrizia Turchi

PatriziaTurchi, Housing and Student Services Coordinator, studied special needs education and play therapy in Italy and in the UK. Her work experience has centered on learning support for pupils and families.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The University of Ferrara was founded in 1391. Faculties and departments include history, philosophy, languages and literatures, education, law, and natural sciences, among others. There are approximately 12,000 students enrolled, with a teaching staff of 600. CIEE students have access to the University’s libraries, computers, student canteen, sports facilities, playing fields, tennis courts, and gymnasium.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Housing, in apartments or homestays, is included in the study abroad program fee. Homestay, including two meals per day, are located in and outside the city center. Living in a homestay is a great opportunity to experience how Italians live firsthand, but requires a commitment on the part of the student. Families that welcome American students in their home may be interested in U.S. culture and enjoy the opportunity to house foreign students and the possibility of cultural exchange that it offers. Students who choose a homestay must adapt to a different daily schedule and new ways of dealing with day-to-day issues. Homestay opportunities are limited and CIEE cannot guarantee a student’s first choice housing placement.

Students staying in the apartments share a double room and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities with another CIEE student.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Ferrara even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

Each semester begins with a mandatory three-day orientation session organized by CIEE resident staff. It includes an academic orientation, introduction to Italian customs and culture, information on personal safety, and cultural activities throughout Ferrara. During this time, you'll begin your intensive Italian language instruction. Ongoing support is providedby CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wirless-enabled laptop. Internet access is not guaranteed at homestays; however, you will be able to access the Internet at the university and CIEE Study Center. You will be given a University of Ferrara email address and be able to use the computers, free of charge, at the University of Ferrara‘s computer labs, but please note these labs have limited hours. Past students have purchased wireless keys which have resolved the issue where Internet is not available.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Ferrara opened in 2003. This study abroad program is designed for students with little or no Italian language background and a strong interest in learning the Italian language and culture through content courses taught in English and an intensive Italian language class. Eligible students may want to consider spending the spring semester in the Liberal Arts program in Ferrara.

Academic Culture

The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates so the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to most students from the U.S. All classes are taught by local faculty and require students to work independently outside the classroom. Learning takes place through a coherent blend of lectures, group seminars, and practical work. Most U.S. students consider the courses to be rigorous in comparison to courses at their home universities. Classes take place Monday through Friday.

Nature of Classes

All CIEE classes are with CIEE students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Italian at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Italian language proficiency and understanding of Italian society.

Grading System

Assessment is based on the students’ overall performance. Each professor evaluates CIEE students based on class participation and academic work, including essays and examinations, throughout the semester. All courses have writing assignments. Students may have a written final examination and/or written paper. Assessment for course grades are explained on individual course syllabi. Language courses tend to have multiple written tests and numerous writing assignments.

Language of Instruction

English
Italian

Faculty

Faculty teaching CIEE courses are from local Italian universities.
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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required Language Courses

ITAL 1501 FERR—Intensive Italian Language, Beginning I

ITAL 1502 FERR—Intensive Italian Language, Beginning II

ITAL 2501 FERR—Intensive Italian Language, Intermediate I

ITAL 2502 FERR—Intensive Italian Language, Intermediate II

These courses provide students with basic skills needed to communicate on a daily basis. They include grammar, conversation, listening, and reading comprehension. Students are placed according to language background.

ITAL 1002 FERR—Semester Italian Language, Beginning II

ITAL 2001 FERR—Semester Italian Language, Intermediate I

ITAL 2002 FERR—Semester Italian Language, Intermediate II

ITAL 3001 FERR—Semester Italian Language, Advanced I

In these courses, after being placed in the appropriate class, students continue their language study during the semester.

Required CIEE Core Course

HIST 3002 FERR

Contemporary Italian History: From Unification to the Present
This course provides an overview of Italian history from the revolutionary and nation-building movement of the Risorgimento up to Berlusconi’s second government in 2001. Students analyze the impact of the First and Second World Wars on Italian society and identity, the diversity of the Italian regions, and the differences between north and south. Important events in Italy since 1945, such as reconstruction and the ‘economic miracle,' the cultural revolution of the 1970s, and contemporary Italian politics are examined, and special attention is paid to long-term social issues (migration, the Mafia, etc). The course also focuses on historical developments up to the present day, including the challenge of terrorism, the ‘clean hands’ revolution, and new political parties. Instructor: Davide Lombardo

CIEE Elective Courses

AHIS 3002 FERR

Italian Renaissance Art
The course introduces students to the world of art through art historians’ methods. It particularly provides skills and techniques needed to read a Renaissance work of art, as well as appreciate it aesthetically. As a work of art is a complex phenomenon, all of its aspects must be analyzed to be understood. Which colors, shapes, and lines are used? What is the meaning? But also, who is the artist? What is his cultural background? What materials and techniques are used? What was its original setting? And finally, for whom was it done? All these questions need to be answered in order to have a deep and critical awareness of an artwork. The course acquaints the students with major protagonists of Italian Renaissance Art. It examines the evolution and development of Western Art, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, focusing on a selection of centers, great artists, and their masterpieces. Moreover, Ferrara with its outstanding monuments is our case study, giving students a great opportunity to examine artworks within their original settings. Instructor: Chiara Basalti

CLST 3001 FERR

Seminar on Living and Learning in Ferrara
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Ferrara, taught in English, is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Italians are different from, and similar to, themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Italy. Contact hours: 25. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours. Instructor: Richard Chapman, CIEE Resident Director

HIST 3001 FERR

Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
1182 saw the birth of the great preacher and founder of the Franciscan Order, Francis of Assisi. After initial suspicion of Francis’s essentially plebeian religious movement, Pope Innocent III offered the monk and his followers safe harbor in the Catholic Church. Almost four centuries later, another evangelical Catholic, religious innovator, and humanist, PietroCarnesecchi, was brutally put to death by a newly invigorated Catholicism. This course charts the 400-year journey of the states, republics, and principalities which today constitute the nation of Italy. It starts with a look at the social and political make-up of Medieval Italy within a European context and then focuses on particular groups, movements, institutions, events, and ideas including the Mendicant orders like the Franciscans and the Dominicans, popular and heretical religious beliefs and sects such as Dualism and Cathars (prevalent in Northern Italy), the European-wide phenomenon of witchcraft, the temporal and spiritual institution of the Papacy, the last Crusade and the Inquisition, Martin Luther, John Calvin, the theological Concept of justification by faith and Protestantism, and, finally, the Catholic Church’s answer to the ‘new faith’—the Counter Reformation whose conclusions ultimately sealed the terrible fate of PietroCarnesecchi. Instructor: Luke Seaber

INRE 3002 FERR

Italy and the European Union
This is an introductory course on the European Union and the shifting European context in the framework of post 1945 historical development. The process of European Integration is posing new challenges to nation states, both at the level of their functioning and role and at the level of national identities. This course explores the evolution of the project of European integration from the small European Economic Community of 1957 to the continent-wide European Union of today. Alongside it will explore the critical areas of EU policy from migration policy to the democratic and public opinion deficit and economic convergence of the European area. The weight of geographical difference and of local identities, etc. will be examined. The necessary theoretical background will be provided, supported, and discussed through empirical examples. Instructor: Davide Lombardo

ITST 3004 FERR/SOCI 3001 FERR

Creating Italy: Gender, Ethnicity, and Italian National Identity
This course will explore issues of ethnicity and race in Italy over the last hundred years and more, investigating how these have interacted with concepts of Italian national identity. We shall range from Fascist ideas of womanhood to Pasolini's ideas on homosexuality and from Italy's fraught relationship with Ethiopia to the contemporary reporting of migration. The most celebrated of phrases on Italian national identity is perhaps that attributed to d’Azeglio, ‘We have created Italy. Now we have to create Italians.’ The ultimate aim of this course is to explore the implications of this quote over the last hundred years. Instructor: Luke Seaber

ITST 3003 FERR

Culture, Translation, and Language
This course, taught in English with Italian texts, aims to take an in-depth look at contemporary Italy through modern and contemporary texts and artifacts. The opportunity for profound appropriation of texts offered by the experience of translation serves as a tool for greater appreciation of Italian society and, at the same time, offers a chance for students to develop a practical life skill and deepen their linguistic awareness and abilities. Students are expected to take an active role in their personal linguistic and cultural explorations and to present their discoveries and findings to the class. Instructor: Michela Benuzzi

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