This program is ideal for students who want to learn more about Italian culture and start or continue their studies in Italian. The program will start with a 4 day orientation in Rome. Students study at the Dante Alighieri Society in Siena and earn 7 hours of UIC credit. UIC LecturerMaria Iusco will teach an Italian Language course and accompany students in Italy.
All students will be required to take "Italian Society through the Arts" (3 credits) class. As a second class students may choose between "Italian Medieval Art and Architecture" (3 credits class) or the appropriate level of Italian Language (4 credits).
This course will examine the major figures, works, and movements in Italian culture from its origins to the present day. Combining the studies of history, art history, literature, and film, the course will provide an overview of the cultural landscape, allowing students to understand the often-intertwined processes of change in Italian arts and society. Class lectures will be augmented by frequent referral to the primary texts, as well as by visits to many of Italy’s most famous museums, and to the cities that have served as the cradle for the development of the Italian civilization.
Italian Medieval Art and Architecture 3 credits
This course is an introduction to Italian Medieval Art through a deep exploration of the historical,political and cultural evolution of central and northern Italy between the 5th and the 14th centuries. The aim of this class is to investigate the rich artistic output of Italy from the Dark Ages to the end of the Middle Ages, attentively focusing on artistic patronage and scholastic learning. This overview is not confined to works of art but includes the historical, social, cultural, political and patronage issues that affected the style of the Italy’s most important Medieval artists.
Italian Language 4 credits
ITAL 101, ITAL 102, ITAL 103 and ITAL 104 will be offered.
Students will meet for pre-departure orientation sessions in Chicago. The meetings will cover basic logistical information and introduce students to Italy. Upon arrival students will receive an orientation that includes health and safety recommendations, cultural information, and a tour of Siena. Attendance at all orientations is mandatory.
Students will be placed in shared rooms in furnished apartments with other program participants. Meals are not included in the program fee. Students may prepare their own meals in their apartments or take advantage of reasonably priced trattorias throughout Siena.
UIC students who have at least 12 hours of UIC credit and in good standing. No language requirements.
The program fee $4,950 will include tuition, housing, orientation in Rome and listed excursions. Additional expenses include: airfare, meals, international insurance and personal expenses.