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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

This program offers Italian language study where you can take small, interactive language classes at the beginning or intermediate level. Some options include taking upper-division Italian area studies courses taught in English that explore a variety of topics including business, culture, food, marketing, art history, film, and more.

Unique study opportunities

  • Take classes with students from across the UC campuses that incorporate site visits and excursions throughout the city.
  • Participate in group language exchanges with students from the University of Florence.
  • Make tangible memories you can take home through a leather-making workshop, Neapolitan pizza lessons, and a variety of other fun learning activities.

Language

Language of Instruction: Italian, English

Italian Language Study: Required

During the on-site orientation, you’ll take a placement exam to determine your level of language proficiency. You’ll then be placed in the appropriate language class. The language course levels correlate roughly with the lower-division elementary and intermediate designations at UC. 

During the summer, winter quarter, spring quarter, and spring semester terms, you’ll get the equivalent of two quarters of Italian language study at a UC. During the fall semester term, you’ll get the equivalent of a year of Italian language study at a UC.

Beyond day-to-day interactions like ordering coffee or visiting the market in Piazza Santo Spirito, you’ll have ample opportunity for language practice with locals. The study center also offers the chance to participate in regular group language exchanges with students from the University of Florence.

Language tutorials are open and available to all students on the program and many students have found these tutorial sessions valuable to their learning progress.

Courses and Credit

Due to the sequential nature of this program, you need to make satisfactory progress in your language classes and obtain a passing grade (D or above) in each language level in order to advance to the following level. If at any time during each level your language instructor determines that you are at risk of not passing the class, you’ll be required to meet with the academic coordinator to discuss progress and conditions of continuation. For example, you may be required to attend daily language tutorial sessions, either individually or in small groups, and to complete extra homework. 

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two consecutive Italian language courses for a total of 10 quarter/6.6 semester UC units.
  • Each lower-division Italian language course is worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units.
  • The second language course may be taken for pass/no pass.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 23 quarter/15.3 semester UC units.
  • Three consecutive lower-division Italian language courses: 6 quarter/4 semester UC units each.
  • One upper-division elective course: 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units.
  • You may take one of your courses pass/no pass; this is limited to either the last Italian language course in your series or your elective course.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three courses for a total of 17 quarter UC units.
  • Two consecutive lower-division Italian language courses: 6 quarter UC units each.
  • One upper-division elective course: 5 quarter UC units.
  • You may take one of your courses pass/no pass; this is limited to either the last Italian language course in your series or your elective course.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 22 quarter/14.6 semester UC units.
  • During the first 10 weeks of the program you will take two consecutive lower-division Italian language courses worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units, and one upper-division elective course. During the last five weeks of the program you will take one intensive upper-division elective course. All elective courses are worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units.
  • You may take one of your courses pass/no pass; this is limited to either the last Italian language course in your series or one of your elective courses.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three courses for a total of 17 quarter UC units.
  • Two consecutive lower-division Italian language courses: 6 quarter UC units each.
  • One upper-division elective course: 5 quarter UC units.
  • You may take one of your courses pass/no pass; this is limited to either the last Italian language course in your series or your elective course.

Current Program Courses

Italian Language Course Series:
Italian Language Course Series:
Electives (select one):

Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced before the start of the program. Recent courses include:

Catalogs and resources

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Academic culture

The program is designed especially for the University of California and taught by experienced Italian language instructors. Teaching is tailored to student needs and special attention is given to the development of intercultural and transferable career skills. 

During all terms except the summer quarter, you’ll be in language classes Monday through Thursday with occasional Friday classes. The summer quarter holds language classes four days per week. The elective courses meet twice a week with occasional site visits on weekends. This program has a strict attendance policy which will be outlined during orientation.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades are typically available mid-September for the summer quarter, late January for the fall semester, late April for the winter quarter, late May for the spring semester, and July for the spring quarter.