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 14 – Jul 11, 2020 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 8, 2020 (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. 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 homestay, 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 a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

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

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Sample Activities

  • 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.
  • Visit the medieval Estense castle and and learn about the tragic love of Ugo and Parisina.
  • Become a pasta expert! Learn how to prepare fresh pasta, and how many different pasta shapes there are in Italy under the guidance of a real “Sfoglina”.


  • Following the historical tradition of Ferrara create your own graffito ceramic pieces in a local workshop.
  • Discover medieval books, and learn the use of colors, and graphites to make your own portrait.
  • Day trip to Venice discover Its splendid architecture, artworks, and landscapes.
  • Embark on an overnight excursion to Ravenna and San Marino.

​​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

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


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2020 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 14, 2020 Jul 11, 2020


Summer Session II 2020 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 12, 2020 Aug 8, 2020


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