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Study Abroad Summer in Italy

Learn Italian in the medieval town of Bergamo Alta

FDU brings you the amazing opportunity to take two courses in Italy the summer for the discounted price of one, or four courses for the price of two.

Travel package of $3080 per session includes:

  • six credits
  • double or triple occupancy bed and breakfast for thirteen nights
  • welcome dinner (June 3 or June 17)
  • lunches on class days
  • transportation to and from Malpensa airport if arriving by noon on Sunday.

The discounted cost is made possible with study abroad discounts and a J. Michael Adams international study grant. Costs for airfare (estimated at between $600 and $900), other meals, and miscellaneous expenses are not included.

Session I

Depart on June 2 and arrive by noon in Milan (Malpensa Airport, MXP) on June 3.

Session I Courses Offered

ITAL 3053: Creating a Nation. Culture and Politics in 19th Century Italy: Literature, Art, and Music in the Making of the Nation, taught by Professor Marco Sirtori 

The course aims to provide a broad historical perspective on the study of Italian Romanticism and the Risorgimento. The focus will be on the role that literature (poetry and narrative), the visual arts and music have played in shaping Italian national and cultural identity in the first decades of the 19th century. This process of mutual influence cannot be understood without reference to a long and intense experimental season aiming to attain reconciliation in the struggle which traditionally opposed the visible, the poetic imagination and music. All romantic “sister arts” contributed to the creation of new themes and techniques in an effort to establish a modern relation between passion and beauty.

COMM 2260: Cross-Cultural Communication, taught by Professor Piera Molinelli

The course explores cross-cultural communication both in general discourse and a few specialist fields, giving special attention to texts examined from an intercultural perspective. The importance of the use of English as a lingua franca is also taken into consideration as well as its influence on the linguistic and textual realisations at an international level.

Recent trends have accelerated moves towards the globalisation of communication issues. This process of globalisation offers a topical illustration of the interaction between linguistic and cultural factors in the construction of discourse, both in wider contexts and within specialised domains. This globalising trend has affected all fields, where an international perspective is becoming more and more widespread. Indeed, nowadays many of the texts in use at a local level are the result of a process of translation or adaptation of more general documents formulated at an international level. The analysis of these phenomena is a source of valuable evidence as to the language-culture interface.

Session II

Depart on June 16 and arrive by noon in Milan (Malpensa Airport, MXP) on June 17 for Session II.

Session II Courses Offered

UNIV 2001: Cross-Cultural Perspectives –Italy: Land of Migrations. A Journey through Literature, Films, Documentaries (may also be taken as ITAL 3056), taught by Professor Gloria Pastorino

It is estimated that at least twenty-five million Italians have migrated to North and South America and to Northern Europe in the years between 1876 and 1976, fifty percent of whom before World War I. In the last 30 years of the XX century migrations from Italy have involved mostly highly educated middle class people –the so called “fuga di cervelli” (brain drain). In the meantime, Italy has become one of the most desirable migration destinations for Africans, South East Asians, Filipinos, Chinese, and Eastern Europeans. The course explores the different nature of all these migrations to and from Italy through literature and film.

ITAL 2501: Italian Culture and Civilization. ‘Make’ in Italy: an Introduction to Entrepreneurship, taught by Professor Tommaso Minola

The entrepreneur is an agent of change and an innovator who seizes opportunities and needs in a wide range of fields. Radical and rapid changes in new technologies, such as Information Technologies, biotechnologies, new materials, renewable energies, and the opportunities coming from a globalized and interconnected economy encourage the establishment of startups ready to act in different sectors. A new approach to health, aging and lifestyles also opens entrepreneurial possibilities.

Moving from an analysis of the specific features of ‘made in Italy’ and of ‘family business,’ both at the core of the Italian economic system, the course develops the idea that entrepreneurial culture fosters innovation in all spheres.

The course is mainly lab-oriented and challenges students to explore innovative ideas of business and discover their entrepreneurial potential.  

For more information or to apply, contact Prof. Gloria Pastorino, Program Director, at