Ferrara, Italy

Italian Language & Culture

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Information for term Italian Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 10 – Jul 7, 2018 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 4, 2018 (4 weeks)


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Become fluent in the Italian language and cuisine.

There’s no better place for an Italian immersion than in this small, easy-to-navigate, university city in northeast Italy. Talented teachers will guide you to knowledge of the language, while accomplished chefs share secrets of the region’s outstanding cuisine. Stroll through the bike-friendly streets, explore ancient palaces and architectural wonders, and find yourself immersed in a warm and wonderful culture.

With university students making up roughly 10 percent of the population, learning is a local specialty and as much a centerpiece of daily life as fine foods. The language skills and experiences you’ll gain here will equip you for many more explorations throughout Italy.

Each day, after morning language classes, you’ll head out on the town and speak Italian independently in shops and markets throughout the city. Living with a local host family, you’ll practice your Italian as you prepare and share meals, shop at local markets, learn local customs, and enjoy everyday life. By the end of your stay, your proficiency will have grown by leaps and bounds.

  • Language

    60 hours of instruction in Italian by CIEE professors

  • College Credit

    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college.

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Italian, and documented language growth through pre- and post- program testing

Location & Culture

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Soak up the local vibe and enjoy culinary delights.

What can you do in Ferrara? View Renaissance art and medieval relics, or learn about contemporary film history. Take a gelato break in one of city’s many lush, green parks. Stroll around this pedestrian-friendly city built around a massive castle, and marvel at both ancient and modern treasures in palaces, cathedrals, museums, and monasteries.

Surrounded by the original medieval walls, Ferrara is an overlooked jewel in the Emilia-Romagna district. Known for its castle and the largest Jewish ghetto in the region, Ferrara has a rich and distinct culinary tradition stretching back to the Middle Ages and includes elements of many Jewish dishes.A hallmark dish is cappellacci di zucca, ravioli stuffed with butternut squash, Parmigiano-Reggiano and flavored with nutmeg.

Ferrara is home to the Buskers Festival in late August which attracts some of the world’s most talented street musicians.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"We are all coming from so many different places and backgrounds but we are able to come together through our passion of travelling and experiencing other’s lives (as well as eating pizza)...".

Learn more about daily life on this program.

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  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Host Family

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members


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Sample Activities 

  • Take cooking classes and prepare regional specialties with the area’s exceptional ingredients – local vegetables, cheeses, pasta, meats, seafood, and more.
  • Tour a flourishing organic farm and see where chefs source their finest greens and vegetables.
  • Create your own ceramic pieces in a local workshop.
  • Learn how to sing Italian traditional songs
  • Stroll through a walled, medieval city – and stop for gelato!
  • Explore ancient palaces, architectural landmarks, and an archaeological museum. Tour reputed ghostly haunts (if you dare!).
  • Learn about Italy’s literary and film history while viewing landmarks and settings.
  • Day Trip to Modena where you will visit a Parmesan cheese plant and an Acetaia (Balsamic Vinegar factory). After lunch, stop near Bologna at the Carpigiani Gelato University to learn all about gelato!
  • Embark on an overnight excursion to Ravenna and San Marino.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • All proficiency levels.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee


Optional College Credit Fee

$100  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2018 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 10, 2018 Jul 7, 2018


Summer Session II 2018 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 8, 2018 Aug 4, 2018


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