Learning Abroad in Italian Studies

Learning Abroad in Italian Studies

“Majoring or minoring in Italian Studies means opening yourself up to the vibrant cultural tradition of Italy. Studying abroad offers the unique opportunity to discover that tradition in person and to enrich your knowledge process.”
—Daniel Brewer, Professor, Department of French and Italian

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Department of French and Italian before beginning your study abroad research.

Seek cultural immersion

Improve second language skills

Work on your Italian major or minor

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

What are the best times to study abroad?

Programs

Europe

Italy

Study & Intern in Florence

  • Spend a semester studying in the historical city of Florence.
  • Courses in art, business, Italian language (1001-1004), political science, psychology and culture.
  • Experience other parts of Italy through study tours to Milan, Venice, Sicily, and Rome.
  • Internships and volunteer opportunities are also available

IES Italy– Rome

  • Open to sophomores and above with 0-2 years of college-level Italian.
  • Students can study at the Libera U Internazionale degli Studi Sociali, U degli Studi di Roma or the Rome U of Fine Arts.
  • A range of area studies are offered such as art, business, economics, religion and fine arts.

IES Italy– Milan

  • Enroll in Italian language courses plus area studies courses taught in English for beginning and intermediate students, or in Italian for advanced students.
  • Students can study at the Libera U di Lingue e Comunnicazione, the Scuola Politecnica di Design, U Bocconi, or U Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
  • Internships are also available in psychology, banking, and marketing.

University of Bologna (available through the Bologna Consortial Studies Program/BCSP)

  • This Academic Year or semester program is open to juniors and seniors with two years college-level Italian.
  • Take courses at Europe’s oldest institution of higher learning and one of Italy’s most respected universities, the University of Bologna. Combine regular university courses with special BCSP courses.
  • Internships and volunteer opportunities are also available

Accademia Italiana– Florence (available through Arcadia Italy)

  • The Accademia Italiana in Florence is one of Europe's most respected institutes for studio art, fashion, and design.
  • Take Italian language and select from English-taught elective courses and Italian-taught courses in fashion design, studio art, graphic design, interior and industrial design, and textile design.

Umbra Institute in Perugia (available through Arcadia Italy)

  • The Umbra Institute has an international student body and offers a range of area studies courses.
  • Program options include Italian language, art, political science, history and culture taught in English. Independent research opportunities also available.
  • An honors option is available for students who qualify.

Università degli Studi di Lecce (available through Arcadia Italy)

  • Students at the Università degli Studi di Lecce study Italian language and students who qualify enroll in regular courses at the University.
  • The regions around Florence, Perugia, Lecce and Rome are filled with historic sites, stunning renaissance art, and excellent cuisine.

CIEE Italy– Ferrara

  • You may participate on a U of M affiliated program (affiliate) not listed in the Learning Abroad Center's catalog.  However, you will need to apply through our application system.
  • NOTE:  This specific track and term of this program will not be found within our application system.  Select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application.  Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.
  • Based in Fererra, this program is designed for students with 0-3 semesters of Italian language, who want to be immersed in the culture of their host country by studying in a small and untouristed Renaissance city. 
  • Students will improve their Italian language skills, but will take content courses in English.

CIEE Italy– Naples

  • You may participate on a U of M affiliated program (affiliate) not listed in the Learning Abroad Center's catalog.  However, you will need to apply through our application system.
  • NOTE:  This specific track and term of this program will not be found within our application system.  Select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application.  Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.
  • Based in Naples, students live with other CIEE students & Italian roommates
  • Classical studies progrtam for beginning–advanced students
  • Liberal Arts program for students with 5 completed semesters of Italian

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester long program
Global Seminars
  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!
Freshman Seminars
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer (WIV) Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or complement to study abroad.
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study.
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe.

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.