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Program Overview

Program Overview

Don’t know Italian yet? No problem! CIEE’s new Language and Culture Short-Term Program is designed to provide opportunities for you to study beginning Italian language and take area studies courses in English in an incredible and “authentic” Italian city. Ferrara will surprise you with its beauty, Old World charms, and places to explore – and you’ll get to see them all with CIEE, from a breathtaking castle to Italy’s most densely urbanized “art center.”

Study abroad in Ferrara and you’ll:

  • Understand and analyze
  • Identify and explain at least one way in which the Italian language shapes cultural beliefs and social practices in Italy or vice versa
  • Be more comfortable in asking questions and conversing in Italian
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

Field Trips and Excursions
During each session you will participate in a one-day trip to a nearby city. Possible destinations include Modena (known for its famous Parmesan, Balsamic vinegar, and Ferrari museum), or Venezia and Murano (where you will be able to understand and experience the famous glass blowing). In addition, you will take part in an overnight trip to Firenze or Siena, where you will have the chance to learn about art and cultural traditions in Tuscany. By participating in these excursions, you will be able to evaluate and compare some of the distinct elements of regional diversity within Northern Italy and to start appreciating the idiosyncrasies of Italian society in a reflective manner.

Coursework

The Language and Culture Short-Term Program offers you the opportunity to live in a beautiful city in Northern Italy and take beginning Italian language courses or area studies courses in Italian civilization, History of Architecture, and gender studies. Content courses will be taught in English by highly qualified professors. A well-structured co-curricular program includes site visits, field trips, and cultural activities. Through these experiences, you will become members of the vibrant Ferrara community and learn firsthand about Italian culture and history.

Cultural Immersion

The program will be complemented with a number of different local cultural visits and activities. You will have the chance to visit the National Jewish Museum in Ferrara, the City Hall where you may participate in a discussion with the Deputy Mayor, or Terraviva Bio – the inner countryside within the city – where you will visit the organic vegetable gardens, meet the farmers, and participate in a group pizza making session. The cultural activities are tied to the overall program learning objectives and designed to provide additional opportunities for you to understand and appreciate the diversity of the cultural traditions.

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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.

  • 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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Application Due
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End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,650

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,433
Housing ***
$750
Insurance
$167

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 for students staying in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$600
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$750

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 in apartments; students in the homestay option should budget 300 for meals not included in fees

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

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Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,350

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,383
Housing ***
$1,500
Insurance
$167

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 for students staying in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,500

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 in apartments; students in the homestay option should budget 300 for meals not included in fees, per session

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

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,650

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,433
Housing ***
$750
Insurance
$167

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 for students staying in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$750

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.

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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours per session. Students may participate in one, two, or three sessions.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take one language course or area studies elective per session. All area studies courses are taught in English.

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About the City

About The City

Surrounded by more than six miles of walls that have stood the test of time for centuries, Ferrara feels like a charming, small fortress. Wide streets, Renaissance palaces, moats, and bastions add to the mystique. The city developed as an intellectual and artistic center around a ford of the River Po, and is still all that – and more. Ferrara is close to Bologna, midway between Venice and Florence, yet relatively unknown to tourists. Locals typically ride bicycles to go to their daily activities. The city, which is home to several outstanding museums, is extremely safe, clean, and accessible with a small-town feel, yet boasts world-class art treasures and exhibits. Furthermore, Ferrara has a vibrant university student life, as well as a very active LGBT community supported by the local municipality.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Patrizia Turchi

Resident Director

Prior to joining CIEE, Patrizia lived in the United Kingdom for 10 years. She studied Play Therapy and worked with the Special Educational Needs Support Team in the city of Croydon, a home educational service for families and children with special needs. Upon returning to Ferrara, she continued working as a learning support teacher, until 2007, when she started working for CIEE. She is currently pursuing studies in education.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Ferrara Center office is centrally located, on the third floor of Palazzo Spisani, a historical building on a quiet side street just a short five-minute walk from the historic city center. There are two classrooms on the ground floor of the same building, both equipped with audio, video, and a computer. On the premises, there is also a very pleasant coffee shop and outdoor cafe where you can buy food or drinks and gather to talk or study. You will take our courses at the CIEE study center.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing in homestays or apartments is included in the program fee. CIEE homestays include two meals per day and 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. By living in a homestay, you must adapt to a different daily schedule and new ways of dealing with day-to-day issues.

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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. The Resident Director meets with students online and 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 identify your goals.

Each semester begins with a mandatory two-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. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

All homestays and apartments provide internet connections. In addition, you will have access to Wi-Fi at the CIEE Study Center. You are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Language and Culture Short Term program in Ferrara is designed for students who are interested in developing beginning language skills, learning about Italian history and culture, and experiencing life in a beautiful Northern Italian city. A well-structured co-curricular program includes site visits, field trips, and cultural activities. Through these experiences, students will become members of the vibrant Ferrara community and learn firsthand about Italian culture and history.

Students can choose one, two, or three sessions during the summer. Students take one language course or area studies elective per session. All area studies courses are taught in English.

Academic Culture

The academic culture in Italy is more formal than in the U.S. Lessons are usually lecture style in the form of a teacher-centered lesson. However, CIEE Language and Culture Short-Term Program courses will be taught by professors who are experienced with U.S. academic culture and who will use teaching methods which are more familiar to U.S. students: specifically, a combination of dynamic lectures and in-class discussions, frequent feedback to students, student presentations, etc. Syllabi will provide students with clear assignments and deadlines in order to help them stay on track throughout their courses.

Nature of Classes

Classes are for CIEE Study Abroad students only. Classes will typically meet Monday through Friday. Language courses will include interactive games, quizzes and worksheets, and lessons outside classroom. The area studies courses will include several field trips and local activities. The Resident Director and the Academic Director will work closely with each student to make sure that students are clear about their weekly schedules. Students are expected to complete all of the homework assigned and take exams when scheduled.

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 include writing assignments. Students may have a written final examination and/or written paper. Assessment for course grades are explained on individual course syllabi.

Language of Instruction

English
Italian (Language courses only)

Faculty

All CIEE courses are taught by faculty from the University of Ferrara, the University of Bologna, or Cà Foscari University of Venice.

Host Institution

CIEE Study Center in Ferrara, Italy

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled 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.

SESSION I

ITAL 1001 FEIT
Italian Language - Beginning

This course is designed for beginners. Students will learn how to make simple inquiries and to give instructions in Italian. They will gain basic grammar skills and build a basic vocabulary. Students will learn to interact in simple, daily activities like introducing themselves, thanking people, telling time, dates and months, asking someone’s nationality, or asking for directions.

ARCH 3002 FERR
Shaping Italian Cities: A History of Architecture

The course will guide the student through western architecture history from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. Some highlights from Greek and Roman architecture, mainly taken from Vitruvius, will help to fully understand orders and proportions and their survival and revival through the centuries, before and after their blooming in Italian Renaissance art and architecture.

To fully experience architecture, several lessons will focus on Ferrara city and its buildings with on site lessons. With its medieval castle and Renaissance palaces and churches, Ferrara is one of the first examples of modern urban planning and it offers a unique opportunity to study remarkable architectures in their original setting.

The course will try to highlight connections and distinctions between civil and ecclesiastical architecture, from a medieval castle to a Romanesque abbey or a Gothic cathedral, settle the differences in public and private buildings (like palazzina Marfisa d’Este and Casa Romei in opposition to Palazzo Schifanoia and Palazzo dei Diamanti), discover urban planning from its beginning with the “Herculean Addition” that in 1492 enlarged the medieval city walls, developed the fortification system and supplied the city with a new Renaissance center; and study the life of buildings across the changes in taste, like the 15th century Palazzo Renata di Francia, with its 18th century monumental staircase and Rococo frescoes. The course will also show the connections of Italian Renaissance architecture to Neoclassicism and its flourishing in England and United States with Palladianism. The latest lessons will address some examples of contemporary architecture like Liberty or “Floral” style villas, and the Fascist buildings, in order to give broad overview on architecture history.

SESSION II

ITAL 1002 FEIT
Italian Language - Beginning II

This course provides a review and expansion of Italian grammar, vocabulary and culture. The acquisition of oral communication skills will be stressed and therefore the predominant language of instruction will be Italian. Students will learn how to read, understand and write simple texts about daily topics or personal letters showing different opinions. They will also learn different aspects of the Italian culture, such as lifestyle, traveling and studying in Italy, stereotypes, food, or cinema.

ITST 3007 FERR / SOCI 3002 FERR
Gender, Race, and Representation in Italy

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. Discussion will range from Fascist ideas of womanhood to Pasolini's ideas on homosexuality and from Italy's fraught relationship with Libya to the contemporary reporting of migration in its intersections with gender issues. A field trip to the Women’s Documentation Center in Bologna and visits to local institutions will allow the students to examine not only the history of Italian constructions of race and gender in the 20th and 21st centuries but also theories regarding constructions of the Other more generally. The most celebrated of phrases on Italian national identity is perhaps that attributed to D’Azeglio, who said ‘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.

SESSION III

ITAL 2001 FEIT
Italian Language - Intermediate

The Intermediate Italian I course is designed for students who have already completed a Beginning II Italian language study. The acquisition of oral communication skills will be stressed and therefore the predominant language of instruction will be Italian. By the end of the semester, students will be expected to be proficient in the written and spoken usage of intermediate linguistic structures. Students will be expected to deal with most situations likely to arise in Italy. The course is designed to facilitate practical communication skills and encourage efforts towards student integration in Ferrara.

ITST 3001 FEIT
La Bella Vita: Italian Food, Culture, and Society

The course provides an introduction to the main aspects of contemporary Italy, from the 1950s to the present day, across a range of artistic media (e.g., film, literature, and comic books). The course material, which is presented thematically rather than strictly chronologically, exposes students to a wide variety of topics including: the art of Italian cuisine, its distinctive features, and its multiple functions in contemporary culture; the modernization and industrialization of the country in the 1950s and 1960s; the call for radical changes in ethics and laws (Student and Women Movements in the late 1960s and 1970s); the internationally-recognized uniqueness of Italy in fashion and design; the impact of television on Italian society; the re-elaboration of postmodern thought in Italian literature and comic books. The course also deals with some of the most controversial and unfortunate peculiarities of Italy nowadays, such as the corruption of politics and the power of organized crime.

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