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

Genoa, Italy
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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 daily excursions where you will explore the city, 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. Also known as Baltimore's twin city, Genoa is filled with theaters, museums, restaurants, cafes, shopping centers and stores of every kind. It is a historic and vast city, with medieval and renaissance palaces and streets. The port of Genoa has a renovated inner harbor with the largest aquarium in the Mediterranean. With its ideal location, at the center of the Italian Riviera, Genoa is close to Portofino and the Cinqueterre (Five Lands) which offer stunning views of Liguria's rugged coast and its beauty.

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 Italian 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 accomodations in a pensione near the University of Genoa. This is hotel/dorm style-housing. Wireless internet is available in the pensione.

These costs are current for Winter 2017.

Billable Costs
Application Fee $50
Program Fee $3,999
This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $250 non-refundable deposit: Due by October 18th or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to your UMD account upon course registration and due December 20th.
The program fee includes: $250 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition, housing, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $500
Passport $140
Personal Expenses and Individual Travel (estimate) $300
Optional International Trip Cancelation/Interruption Insurance (estimate) $50
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course Materials $89


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.

Dr. Stefania Amodeo, will be the Italian Instructor, team-teaching with faculty from the University of Genoa. A native of Genoa, Stefania Amodeo holds a laurea from the University of Genoa in Letters and Philosophy. She did graduate work in Belgium and at Harvard University where she received an M.A. in Italian language and literature.

Suzanne Branciforte, the author of the book "Parliamo Italiano" will also be involved in program activities and classes in Italy.

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