Ferrara, Italy

Liberal Arts

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Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 5 – Dec 15, 2018 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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November 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 23 – May 18, 2019 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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With the comfort of a small-town and intensive language study at three levels, your Italian skills will flourish in Ferrara. As you gain proficiency, you’ll find plenty to say about the appetizing local specialties and visual delights of this beautiful Renaissance city. Add excursions to still more shining Italian destinations, and you’ll come home with a broad picture of Italian culture and history.

Unique Experiences

  • Ramp up your Italian

    language skills with an innovative program for intermediate and advanced students.

  • Explore more beautiful Italian cities

    like Florence, Ravenna, Bologna, Siena, Venice, Verona, and Padua.

  • Audit or enroll in university courses

    and study alongside Italians, depending on the strength of your language skills.

  • miles of medieval defensive wall

    5.6
  • residents

    134K
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

    1

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.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Take day trips to Ravenna, former Byzantine capital; Padua, home of Giotto’s celebrated Arena Chapel frescos; Venice, known for glassblowing at Murano, 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.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Give your energy and time, teaching English to the children of immigrant families, helping at a women’s resource center, and more.

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

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    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.

  • MEALS

    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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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Ferrara

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    UNIVERSITY OF FERRARA

    Ferrara

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What you need to know

The program details

The CIEE Study Center in Ferrara opened in 2003, and launched the Liberal Arts program in 2006. This program allows students with intermediate to advanced Italian language skills to progress with intensive Italian language study and content courses taught in Italian, while they explore Italian culture. Students with a very high level of Italian can also enroll in a regular university course at the University of Ferrara.

University of Ferrara. Founded in 1391, the university’s faculties and departments include history, philosophy, languages and literatures, education, law, natural sciences. The student body is about 12,000, with a teaching staff of 600. CIEE students have access to libraries, computers, the canteen, and sporting facilities.

Students agree to speak only Italian during the program, to encourage language and cultural acquisition.

CIEE courses are taught by faculty from local Italian universities.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Classes take place Monday through Friday. Expect a blend of lectures, group seminars, visits, and practical work. CIEE classes are only open to CIEE students. Students can ask to audit classes with Italian students at the University.

  • GRADING

    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.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, and the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to most. Courses are taught by Italian faculty and require students to work independently outside of class

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    4 semesters of college-level Italian (or equivalent)

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Total credit, academic year: 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise noted

Students begin the program with an intensive Italian language course (3 credits), and then take the following:

  • 1-semester Italian language course at appropriate level (3 credits)
  • 3 content courses, taught in Italian with Italian texts. One of these courses may be a direct enrollment course at the University of Ferrara - this option is only available to students with advanced level of Italian, pending results of the language placement exam on-site

FALL 2018 COURSES

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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.

CIEE REQUIRED ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES

  • ITAL 2501 FELA: Intensive Italian Language, Intermediate I
  • ITAL 3501 FELA: Intensive Italian Language, Advanced I
  • ITAL 4501 FELA: Intensive Italian Language, Proficiency I
  • ITAL 2002 FELA: Semester Italian Language, Intermediate II
  • ITAL 3002 FELA: Semester Italian Language, Advanced II
  • ITAL 4001 FELA: Semester Italian Language, Proficiency II

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

  • AHIS 3001 FEIT / GEND 3001 FEIT: Artists, Patrons and Muses: Women and the Arts in Early Modern Italy
  • AHIS 3003 FERR (ITAL): Symmetry, Harmony, and the Human Being: Italy and the Arts through the Renaissance
  • LITT 3002 FELA: Contemporary Italian Literature
  • CINE 3001 FELA: Italian Cinema: Poetics, Aesthetics and Techniques
  • HIST 3004 FERR (ITAL): Italy Today: Politics and Society in Contemporary Italian History
  • LITT 3002 FELA: Contemporary Italian Literature
  • HIST 3004 FELA / SOCI 3002 FELA: One Nation, Many Identities: Italy and Multiculturalism

UNIVERSITY OF FERRARA (UNIFE) COURSES

Information regarding the UNIFE course offerings for the semester will be provided upon arrival. Students typically must have studied at least 6 semesters of college-level Italian (generally Advanced II level) in order to be eligible. Students can take one course at the University of Ferrara once approved by the Center Director on-site.

SPRING 2018 COURSES

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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.

CIEE REQUIRED ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

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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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 14 weeks Sep 5, 2018 Dec 15, 2018
$17,850
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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 = $14,193 **

Housing = $3,190 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,850

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 = $2,250

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $175

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $60 †††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500 ††††

Personal expenses = $2,200

Total Estimated Costs = $6,585

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

††† average cost

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

Academic year 2018-2019 14 weeks Sep 5, 2018 TBD
$34,485
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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 = $27,638 **

Housing = $6,380 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $34,485

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 = $4,500

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $60 †††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500 ††††

Personal expenses = $4,400

Expenses during break = $900

Total Estimated Costs = $12,260

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

††† average cost

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

Spring 2019 16 weeks Nov 15, 2018 Jan 23, 2019* May 18, 2019*
$18,450
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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 = $14,793 **

Housing = $3,190 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,450

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 = $2,250

International Airfare = $1,250

Local Transportation = $175

Books & Supplies = $150

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,200

Total Estimated Costs = $6,525

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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.

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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