Quick Info

  • Genoa
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Italian Language and Literature
  • : June 16, 2018 - July 28, 2018
  • : In-State: $5,600; Out-of-State: $5,800
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


All of the courses on the Pitt in Genoa program will be taught in Italian.
Core Courses -  All students will take the following courses: 

The aim of this fifth semester Italian course is to provide students with the means to better understand Italy, its history and culture, while experiencing Italian everyday life first-hand, in one of its major cities and regions.  The course is designed to improve, in particular, students’ oral proficiency and sociolinguistic competence through immersion. In the classroom, shared with other peer Italian-language learners, the immersion will be contextualized and simulated; however, the students will be asked to perform discreet tasks outside of the classroom, involving communication with native Italian speakers, and to discuss the outcomes during class meetings. The course consists of various sections focused on different, but complementary social and linguistic skills pertaining to getting to know people and places, learning and discussing current Italian events, making cultural comparisons, and argue one’s opinions on the topics at hand. All the while, students will get acquainted with the city and its territory, their influential past as well as their vibrant present. Emphasis is on acquiring the authentic oral communication skills necessary to navigate expertly Italian-speaking environments, and acquiring cultural knowledge through daily, immersive and exclusive practice of the Italian language. Prerequisite: Italian 0004 

This 1 credit course gives you the opportunity to better understand and appreciate Italian society, culture, history and art. Lessons are conducted entirely in Italian on various sites around Genoa and the region.

Elective Courses - Students will choose one of the following courses: 

 This course, one of three possible fifth-semester courses in the Italian Program curriculum, gives students the opportunity to review advanced structures, as well as develop both the quality and quantity of their Italian in all four language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.

This course aims to guide students in the close reading, interpretation and discussion of literary and non-literary Italian texts that feature various aspects of the past and present life and cultural history of the place where they have come to study. Prerequisite: Italian 0060/0061 or 1041

Coursework may count towards UCIS european Studies certificate

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Lina Insana, will serve as the on-site faculty director for Pitt in Genoa. Dr. Insana is the Chair of the Department of French and Italian  Italian at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Director of Italian Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor of Italian. She received her MA in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and her PhDin Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include: Post-Risorgimento Italian Literature and Culture; Holocaust Studies; Fascism and Resistance; Sicilian Literature and Culture; Italian American Studies


You will be placed in centrally located, shared apartments. A typical apartment will house 2-6 students, and contains a combination of single (1 student per room) and double (2 students per room) bedrooms. Up to four students will share one bathroom, and all apartments are fully furnished, include a living room, a kitchen with basic supplies, bed linens, towels and a washing machine. Italian apartments do not have dryers.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,600 $5,800
Arrive in Genoa Depart Genoa
June 16, 2018 July 28, 2018


Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Pitt in Genoa program fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 7 credits
  • Housing in Genoa
  • Health insurance
  • Excursions to local areas of interest

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt administrative fee $300
  • Airfare (roundtrip to Genoa estimate $1500, varies by departure airport)
  • Meals and personal expenses $1500
  • Additional expenses may include passport fees, visa fees for non-US citizens, and other incidentals
  • If you are planning to extend your stay in Europe, or play to travel extensively through Italy during the program, you will need to budget more for personal expenses.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

All courses will be taught in Italian. Students must complete Italian 4 by Spring 2016 in order to be eligible for this program

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.