Language and Culture in Florence
- 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 7-8 students and all classes are taught by native Italian instructors
- Program includes museum visits and organized group activities
- Students attend one cooking classe and learn to prepare authentic Italian food
- The Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies awards multiple scholarships for this program. Click here to read more and to apply for the scholarship.
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 Scuola Toscana for either June, July, or June and July. Scuola Toscana is located in the historic center of Florence, near the most important museums and piazzas in the city.
Classes 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 a cooking class where they will learn how prepare an authentic Italian primi (first-course dishe) and a dessert. 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.
Depart U.S.: May 30, 2020
Arrive Florence (move in with host family): May 31, 2020
Depart Florence: June 27, 2020
Depart U.S.: June 27, 2020
Arrive Florence (move in with host family): June 38, 2020
Depart Florence: July 26, 2020
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 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)
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 accessible by a convenient bus line. They offer warm, personal, and pleasant living arrangements.
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.