Ferrara, Italy

Language + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Dates: Sep 9 – Dec 19, 2020 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Bring your desire to learn the Italian language and explore Italy’s rich culture to the small city of Ferrara. Located in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Ferrara is filled with old-world charm, Renaissance architecture, and the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral. Begin the program with an intensive Italian language class matched to your skill level, then enroll in content courses, taught in English, at CIEE Ferrara. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences


    with intensive courses for beginners and intermediate level students.


    beautiful Italian cities like Florence, Ravenna, Bologna, Siena, Venice, Verona, and Padua.


    a tasty regional specialty, like cappellacci di zucca.

  • miles of medieval defensive wall

  • residents

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


Location & Culture

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Surrounded by walls that have stood for centuries, Ferrara feels like a charming, small fortress, complete with wide streets, Renaissance palaces, and moats. The city developed as an intellectual and artistic center on the River Po. Now it’s all that and more. Midway between Venice and Florence, yet lesser known to tourists, the city is safe and clean, with a small-town feel – plus world-class art treasures and exhibits, a vibrant student presence, and an active LGBT community.

The Culture


  • Take day trips to Ravenna, former Byzantine capital; Padua, home of Giotto’s celebrated Arena Chapel frescos; Venice; and Verona, enchanting city of Romeo and Juliet.
  • See more Italian treasures with multi-day trips to Tuscany, Campania, or Sicily.
  • Discover Ferrara’s medieval and Renaissance sections of Ferrara.
  • Attend concerts, operas, festivals, and dinners, and meet with local personalities from the art, food, and sports worlds.


Peer language support. Pair up with an Italian student as Tandem Language Partners to share friendship and conversation.  

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Daily Life

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    Homestays Living with an Italian family is the best ways to drastically improve your language skills, experience authentic Italian culture and customs, and form lasting relationships. Expect to spend time with your hosts, share American culture, and adapt to a different lifestyle.

    Apartments Two CIEE students share a double room, bathroom, and kitchen.


    Homestay: Hosts provide two meals a day. Apartments: Students are responsible for meals.

Ferrara, Italy

Where You'll Study

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    Getting Around

    Many locals ride bikes from place to place.

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE Ferrara opened in 2003 and launched the Language and Culture program the same year. This program allows students with beginner to intermediate skills to progress with intensive Italian language study and content courses taught in English, while they explore Italian culture.

University of Ferrara. Founded in 1391, the university’s faculties and departments include history, philosophy, language and literature, education, law, and natural sciences. 12,000 students attend University of Ferrara, which has a teaching staff of 600. CIEE students have access to libraries, computers, the canteen, and sporting facilities.

CIEE courses are taught by faculty from local Italian universities.


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    Classes take place Monday through Friday. Students can expect a blend of lectures, group seminars, visits, and practical work. CIEE classes are only open to CIEE students.


    Assessment is based on overall performance. Students are evaluated on class participation and academic work, including essays and exams, throughout the semester. All courses have written and oral assignments, some include a written final exam and paper. Language courses include written tests and numerous writing assignments.


    Courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, with familiar teaching and learning methods. Courses are taught by Italian faculty and require students to work independently outside of class.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    0-3 semesters of college-level Italian (or equivalent)


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • University of Ferrara courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted

Language of Instruction
English and Italian

Students are required to take five courses including:

  • Two language courses: 
    • One two-week intensive Italian language course at the beginning of the term
    • One semester Italian language course
  • Three semester elective courses

Course Notes

  • All CIEE elective courses are taught in English.
  • CIEE classes are only open to CIEE students

Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Italian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 14 weeks May 1, 2020 Sep 9, 2020 Dec 19, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,293 **

Housing = $3,190 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,700

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $4,750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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 $500 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.

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

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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