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UMD-Winter: Italy: Language and Culture (ITAL)

Genoa, Italy
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Winter Italy- Group
Immerse yourself in Italian language and culture this winter in this intensive four-credit language course. You will spend three weeks in Genoa taking language courses that are complemented by excursions where you will explore the city and the Italian Riviera, visit culturally relevant sites, and further develop your Italian language skills. As the capital of Liguria, Genoa offers a great variety of experiences, ranging from exploring maritime history to tasting great regional cuisine. As Baltimore's twin city, Genoa is filled with theaters, museums, restaurants, cafés, shopping centers and stores of every kind. It is a historic and beautiful city, with Medieval and Renaissance palaces. The port of Genoa has a renovated inner harbor with the largest aquarium in the Mediterranean. With its ideal location on the Italian Riviera, Genoa is close to Portofino and the Cinque Terre which offer stunning views of the rugged coastline and sea.

While no knowledge of Italian is required, the course is taught entirely in Italian in order to help you push your comfort zone and make great strides in learning the language. The course is designed so you will cover the same linguistic objectives as you would in an entire fall or spring semester. By the end of the program, you will be able to converse in Italian on a variety of practical topics and complete short writing assignments. The cultural component of the course will focus on Italian history, art history, opera, and politics.

This program will be celebrating its 15th year running in 2017! 

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following UMD courses:

  • ITAL103: Intensive Elementary Italian (4 credits)
  • ITAL203: Intensive Intermediate Italian (4 credits)
  • ITAL498D: Special Topics in Italian Literature: Italian Language and Culture (3 credits)

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

You will stay in shared accommodations in bed & breakfast structures near Palazzo Ducale, the cultural center of Genoa where classes are held. Wireless internet connection is available in both the classrooms and at the place of residences.

Costs for winter 2018 will be updated shortly. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance TBD
Tuition TBD
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee TBD
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) TBD
Visa TBD
Passport TBD
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) TBD
Course Materials TBD
Optional Activities/incidental expenses TBD
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) TBD

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Federica Brunori Deigan was born and raised in Italy. She graduated with a "laurea cum laude" in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (English, French and Russian) from the University of Rome La Sapienza and a professional diploma from the School for Interpreters of Rome. She moved to the US in 1994 and earned a Ph. D. in Italian Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Italian language, literature, and culture at Hopkins and at the University of Pennsylvania before joining UMD in 2001, where she is a Senior Lecturer in Italian. Among her awards are a stipend for seminar work in Italian history from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2003) and the 2005 Flaiano prize for Italian Studies for one of her several publications on Italian literature, her book Alessandro Manzoni's The Count of Carmagnola and Adelchis (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 2004). Her areas of expertise include Italian history and national identity, Italian romanticism, Italian theater, Italian opera, Italian business culture, Italian women writers (19th and 20th centuries), Italian-English translation, and Anglo-American travelogues and fiction on Italy and the Italians. She is enthusiastic about sharing all she knows about Italy and the Italians with US students.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Intensive language immersion for language learners of different levels
  • Practical experience using Italian in everyday life
  • Visits to historically important cultural sites
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2017 10/26/2016 10/11/2016 12/31/2016 01/21/2017