CCSU Course Abroad Program: Italy, Summer 2012

Italian Language and Culture in Siena, Tuscany


 Program Dates: June 23 - July 7, 2012

 Registration Deadline: April 1, 2012

 Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

 Faculty Director:  Prof. Carmela Pesca
                                   (860) 832-2882;

 Registration Form: download here


 Modern Languages 200: Topics in Modern Languages: Italian Language and Culture, 3 credits
 Modern Languages 300: Topics in Modern Languages: Cultural Study: Renaissance Italy, 3 credits
 Modern Languages 550: Intensive Studies in Modern Languages: Italian Studies for Language Teachers, 3 credits 




 A limited number of $750 scholarships are available.        

 Travel Program Fee:

 $2,395 per person, exclusive of airfare, tuition, and registration fees.


Italian Language and Culture in Siena, Tuscany

 A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the hills of Tuscany, Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, and medieval cityscape. Housed in the center of the city, participants will have an opportunity to explore the abundance of historic sites in this picturesque city, including the Siena Cathedral (Duomo), Piazza de Campo, the town square which houses the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall), and the Torre del Mangia, site of the famous Palio horse race.  Additional places of interest are Palazzo Salimbeni, Accademia Musicale Chigiana the conservatory of music, many churches including the Sanctuary of Santa Caterina, city gardens, and the Medicean Fortress.

 This immersion program will focus on Italian language studies and various aspects of Renaissance culture, art, architecture, and literature.  Students will also be introduced to modern Italian lifestyle, industry, and handcrafts. They will be able to see the Palio, to take cooking classes, and to interact with members of the local community.



 Based at the Dante Alighieri School of Siena, this program is designed to build language abilities and cultural understanding in the ideal setting and with the intensity that only Courses Abroad can provide.  Class sessions and cultural site visits will be held exclusively in Italian.  Participants will reside in the historical center of Siena, while having the opportunity to explore the treasures of Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance Siena, Florence, Lucca, and Pisa in the renowned natural landscape of the Tuscan region.

 Classes will integrate Italian language studies and aspects of Renaissance culture, art, architecture, and literature.  Participants will also be introduced to Italian modern society, lifestyle, industry, handicrafts, and agriculture, as well as to the geography and history of the sites they will visit.  It will be a unique occasion for cultural and language immersion, allowing students to gain direct experience of Italian society and the educational environment of the host institution, which will provide opportunities for student involvement with the local community.

 All participants are required to register for (or audit) at least 3 credits and to meet with the course leader before enrolling in the program.  Course offerings include different levels of language ability; students will be placed according to their proficiency in Italian. 

 Application Information and Program Costs:

 The cost of the travel program includes double- or triple-occupancy accommodations, some dinners, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits.  International and domestic airfare, airport transfers, breakfasts, lunches, some dinners and all personal expenses (i.e., medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc) are not included.  All students (full- and part-time) register for the travel component of the program in the Center for International Education, Barnard Hall, Room 123. 



 Prof. Carmela Pesca, Modern Language Department, Davidson Hall, Room 216;; (860) 832-2882