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Language and Culture in Florence

Language and Culture in Florence
This program offers students an opportunity to live and learn in Florence, Italy. Students will study the Italian language and live with Florentine families for one or two months over the summer.
Location: 
Florence, Italy
Language of Instruction: 
Italian
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Italian
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Highlights: 
  • Students earn up to six hours of Italian language credit during the one month program or up to 10 hours in the two month program
  • Class size is limited to 8 students and all classes are taught by native Italian instructors
  • Program includes museum visits and organized group activities
  • Each month, students attend two cooking classes and learn to prepare authentic Italian food
  • The Department of French and Italian awards multiple scholarships for this program. Click here to read more and to apply for the scholarship.
Program Summary: 

The Italian Summer Language Institute will be offered in Florence, Italy, for students who wish to study the Italian language at any level, from beginning to advanced. Students attend the Accademia del Giglio (A.D.G.) for either June, July, or June and July. The A.D.G. is located in the historic center of Florence, near the most important museums and piazzas in the city.

Classes at the A.D.G. are generally limited to 7-8 students and are conducted in Italian by native Italian instructors. For each one-month course of study the student has classes each morning, five days per week, museum visits, and organized group activities. In addition, students will attend two cooking classes each month where they will learn how prepare two authentic Italian primi (first-course dishes) and a dessert in each lesson. Weekends and afternoons are free. General cultural assignments are given by the Program Director to supplement the students’ language training program and overall appreciation of Florence.

June Session
Depart U.S.: June 4, 2016
Arrive Florence (move in with host family): June 5, 2016
Depart Florence: July 2, 2016

July Session
Depart U.S.: July 2, 2016
Arrive Florence (move in with host family): July 3, 2016
Depart Florence: July 30, 2016

Academic Information: 

Courses Offered
Students who have a GPA in Italian language courses lower than 3.0 at the time of application should consult with the Program Director.


ITAL 108 Elementary Italian Conversation II. (3 credits) Essentials of grammar and basic oral communication skills, practice in grammar, listening comprehension, and conversation.

ITAL 110 Elementary Italian I. (5 credits) Essentials of grammar and composition, reading of simple texts, practice in pronunciation and speaking.

ITAL 120 Elementary Italian II. (5 credits) Continuation of ITAL 110.

ITAL 230 Intermediate Italian I. (3 credits) Intensive and extensive reading of modern texts; vocabulary, idioms, and discussion in Italian of texts. Systematic review of grammar.

ITAL 240 Intermediate Italian II. (3 credits) Continuation of ITAL 230.

ITAL 300 Composition and Conversation. H/W. (3 credits) An intensive review of Italian grammar and usage for the advanced student. Compositions, conversation, and supportive readings in Italian.

ITAL 315 Advanced Composition and Conversation. H/W. (3 credits) Continuation of ITAL 300.

ITAL 495 * Directed Readings in Italian. (1-3 credits)

(*permission by the Italian major advisor is required)

Housing: 

During their stay in Florence, students live with Florentine families in demi-pensione arrangements (i.e. breakfast and evening meal taken with the family) in double accommodations. The homes selected for the KU program are within 10-25 minutes walking distance from the school or accessible by a convenient bus line. They offer warm, personal, and pleasant living arrangements.

Eligibility: 

Open to students in good standing from any accredited U.S. college or university. One year of Italian is strongly recommended prior to departure. Prior completion of at least one course in Art History would be very useful to the participant. Minimum 2.5 GPA required.

Program Faculty: 

For more information contact:

Dr. Edward Bowen
Department of French and Italian
2068 Wescoe Hall
embowen@ku.edu

Add Course: 
All students must contact Prof. Edward Bowen (embowen@ku.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss in which courses you should enroll.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Italian
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
All students must contact Prof. Edward Bowen (embowen@ku.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss in which courses you should enroll.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Italian
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
5
All students must contact Prof. Edward Bowen (embowen@ku.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss in which courses you should enroll.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Italian
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
5
All students must contact Prof. Edward Bowen (embowen@ku.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss in which courses you should enroll.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Italian
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
All students must contact Prof. Edward Bowen (embowen@ku.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss in which courses you should enroll.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Italian
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
All students must contact Prof. Edward Bowen (embowen@ku.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss in which courses you should enroll.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Italian
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
All students must contact Prof. Edward Bowen (embowen@ku.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss in which courses you should enroll.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Italian
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Course worth 1 - 3 credit hours. Instructor permission required. All students must contact Prof. Edward Bowen (embowen@ku.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss in which courses you should enroll.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Italian
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
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