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OverviewSpend a semester or a year developing your language skills and studying Italy’s history and culture in a beautiful renaissance town. Never studied Italian before? Not a problem. CIEE study abroad in Ferrara is designed for students with little or no Italian language background, meaning anyone can enjoy a challenging, immersive cultural experience in Italy.Study abroad in Italy and you will:
The CIEE DifferenceCourseworkCIEE study abroad in Ferrara offers four sections of language courses, ranging from Beginning to Intermediate. That means you’ll find a course of study that perfectly suits your needs and abilities. You’ll also have access to a host of English-language electives on a variety of topics from History, and Renaissance Art, to Ferrara and the European Union, and Gender, Ethnicity and Italian National Identity.ExcursionsThe academic program is supplemented with excursions to local places of interest and cultural activities such as attending local festivals, visits to art museums and cathedrals, and group dinners. Ferrara wasgreatly influenced during the Renaissance period and is home to many museums, cathedrals, and spectacular architecture.In addition, field trips to nearby cities such as Mantua, Ravenna, Padua, and Bologna provide participants with a solid understanding of this region of Italy.HomestayMaybe the greatest way to immerse yourself in Italian culture is to live with a local family. Through limited homestay options, CIEE offers you the opportunity to drastically improve your language skills, experience authentic Italian culture, and custom, and form relationships that endure long after your completion of the study abroad program.CreditTotal recommended credit for the semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–25.5 quarter hours and 30–32 semester/45–48 quarter hours for the academic year.Course contact hours are 45 and recommended credit for all courses is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.Program RequirementsA full course load for the semester is 5 courses. All study abroad students enroll in a required, intensive Italian language course at the start of each semester. Following the intensive language session, all students are required to continue their Italian language study at the appropriate level throughout the semester, take the CIEE core course, and two content courses in English, and for the optional Seminar on Living and Learning.About FerraraThe beautiful renaissance city of Ferrara is close to Bologna, midway between Venice and Florence, yet it is relatively unknown to tourists. Shaped over the centuries by the River Po, Ferrara was one of the centers of the Italian renaissance in the 15th and 16th Centuries. Today, you can walk the city walls that surround Ferrara, ride a bicycle to class just like the locals, and visit Ferrara’s outstanding museums. The city is extremely safe, clean, and accessible, and has a small-town feel yet boasts world-class art treasures and exhibits.Where You’ll StudyThe University of Ferrara was founded in 1391. Faculties and departments include history, philosophy, languages and literatures, education, law, and natural sciences, among others. There are approximately 12,000 students enrolled, with a teaching staff of 600. CIEE students have access to the University’s libraries, computers, student canteen, sports facilities, playing fields, tennis courts, and gymnasium. There is a 9 km path on top of the city walls and another 15 -km path below the city walls surrounding the city of Ferrara.Housing & MealsHousing, in apartments or homestays, is included in the study abroad program fee. Limited homestay options, with two meals per day included, are located in and outside the city center. Living in a homestay is a great opportunity to experience how Italians live firsthand, but requires a commitment on the part of the student. Families that welcome American students in their home may be interested in U.S. culture and enjoy the opportunity to house foreign students and the possibility of cultural exchange that this offers. If you choose a homestay, you will have to adapt to another mentality, a different daily schedule, and new ways of dealing with day to day issues. CIEE cannot guarantee first choice housing placement.Students staying in the apartments share a double room with another CIEE student, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.Academic ProgramThe CIEE Study Center in Ferrara opened in 2003. This study abroad program is designed for students with little or no Italian language background with a strong interest in learning the Italian language and culture through content courses taught in English and an intensive Italian language class. Eligible students may want to consider spending the spring semester in the Liberal Arts program in Ferrara.Academic CultureThe courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, and the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to most students from the U.S. However, all classes are taught by local faculty and require students to work independently outside the classroom. Learning takes place through a coherent blend of lectures, group seminars, and practical work. Most U.S. students consider the courses to be rigorous in comparison to courses at their home universities. Classes take place Monday through Friday.Nature of ClassesAll CIEE classes are with CIEE students only.CIEE Community Language CommitmentStudents take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Italian at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Italian language proficiency and understanding of Italian society.Grading SystemAssessment is based on the students’ overall performance. Each professor evaluates CIEE students based on class participation and academic work, including essays and examinations, throughout the semester. All courses have writing assignments. Students may have a written final examination and/or written paper. Assessment for course grades are explained on individual course syllabi. Language courses tend to have multiple written tests and numerous writing assignments.Language of InstructionEnglishItalianFacultyFaculty teaching CIEE courses are from local Italian universities.