This program is specifically designed for students interested in completing the final two courses of their university Italian language requirement while expanding their knowledge of the culture of Italy. Italian 230 is taught by a U-M language instructor. Coursework is integrated with opportunities to visit local attractions and immerse yourself in Italian culture.
This program is held in Ferrara, a renaissance city in northeastern Italy about midway between Venice (to its north) and Florence (to its south), and relatively unknown to tourists.
Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline
Any class standing by program start date
Successful completion of 2 semesters of college-level Italian (Italian 101 and 102, or Italian 103) or equivalent with a B- or better grade earned in the most recent course taken
Students who have completed Italian 231 or tested into Italian 232 on the language placement exam are not eligible to apply
Good academic standing
Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only
Students take Italian 230 taught by a U-M Italian instructor and receive 8 credits to complete the language requirement.
LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.
Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.
The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).
Students who participate in both programs will be billed for each program separately - one in Spring semester and one in Summer semester. Please see the Budget Sheets for each program for specific cost information. LSA students who are eligible to receive financial aid in Spring and Summer terms may apply for LSA scholarships through M-Compass.
Passport and Visa
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
1 Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online). If possible, please request a Language Recommendation Form from an Italian language instructor. If you cannot obtain a language recommendation, please request an Academic Recommendation Form from a faculty or GSI who has given you a grade for a course.
Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.
Homestay with local families in Ferrara; includes 2 meals at home per day. Single student per homestay. Families that have chosen to welcome American students in their home are diverse: young and older couples, single women, families with children. The majority of homes are in the city, some are a little farther out. During the homestay, students will become a member of a local family and share in their daily life. This opportunity facilitates cultural immersion, helps students develop language skills, and provides a context for academic learning.
Would you like to hear about this experience from a returnee who participated in this program previously? Consult an e-advisor! E-advisors are part of the CGIS Ambassador cohort, you can reach out to them via e-mail any time and ask questions to a peer who actually knows what it will be like on-site. For this program you can reach out to:
CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:
Note:The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.