1 credit/15 hours
Offered at beginning and intermediate levels and includes supporting vocabulary for success in the core course. Classes incorporate activities outside the classroom to practice language skills.
3 credits/45 hours
This course examines Italian culture through the perspective of food, art, and sports, each of which is central to the national identity. Classroom study is enhanced by excursions and site visits. Students choose one of the topic areas for a group project that they present to the rest of the class.
This course will cover:
8:30 am: Grab a cappuccino and pastry at your favorite café along the Arno river.
9:00 am: Italian! Learn new vocab related to buying vegetables and how to ask for the best olive oil.
10:00 am: Dive deep into the importance of food and meals in Italian family life and culture.
12:30 pm: Pizza and study hall – review your vocab from this morning and practice how to order four different types of pasta.
2:00 pm: Visit a famous farmers market and order all the ingredients you need to cook tonight’s meal – Pasta anyone?
4:00 pm: Make a tough decision: Stop by your favorite piazza to watch an impromptu ballet performance or head to the nearby café to catch the Palio on TV – which contrada (neighborhood) are you rooting for?
6:30 pm: Group dinner at the apartment to catch up on the day and look ahead to tomorrow.
8:00 pm: Grab a late-night gelato before turning in.
Director of Italy Programs
Assistant Director for Academic Affairs