|Program Type:||Panther Program||Housing Options:||Apartment / Flat|
|Language Prerequisite:||4 terms of college-level language instruction||Number of Credits:||7|
|Open to Non-Pitt Students:||Yes||Language of Instruction:||Italian|
|Program Length:||6 weeks||Courses of Study:||Italian Language and Literature|
For the twentieth consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh's Department of French and Italian languages and literatures will sponsor a summer abroad program allowing students to earn seven credits while studying the language and culture of Italy. This particular program has been designed for advanced Italian language students and is set in the beautiful and historic city of Genoa.
Students will have the opportunity to visit many local cultural and historical sites in addition to completing their academic coursework.
Located in northwest Italy, Genoa is the capital of the Liguria region and the sixth largest city in Italy. As one of the great "Repubbliche Marinare" or seafarer republics, and the great rival of Venice in Mediterranean, Middle and Far East trade, the city was nicknamed la superbaor the superb one. To this day Genoa is one of the most important port cities in Italy and is remembered as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. In 2004 it was named a European Capital of Culture and its rich history can be seen when visiting landmarks such as the Ducal Palace, San Lorenzo Cathedral, the Old Harbor, Piazza De Ferrari, and Via Garibaldi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Genoa not only offers a glimpse into Italy’s historical past but provides visitors with a rich, contemporary cultural experience as well. The artistic heart of Genoa can be seen throughout a variety of exhibits, festivals and fairs that the city holds throughout the year. West and East of Genova, the Ligurian riviera is simply magnificent, rocky and picturesque. There are lots of short day trips one can take outside the city, along the coast or inland in the Apennines.
With all of the mentioned attractions, and with Milan, Turin, Pisa, Florence, Nice and Cannes just a short train ride away, Genoa offers itself as an ideal location. It has indeed something for everyone and will not disappoint!
Conversation (3 credits)
Special Topics (1 credit)
This 1 credit course gives students 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.
Introduction to Literary Italian (3 credits)
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 is designed to enable students to improve their understanding and use of all essential elements of written Italian. It promotes the development of writing skill s by using a writing-as-process approach. Class work and written assignments will include review of grammar, a review of verb morphology and syntax, and the writing of substantial compositions. Prerequisite: Italian 0060/0061 or the equivalent.
The literary texts, films and other materials selected for study in the above courses are mostly, but not exclusively, centered on the history and culture of Genoa and its region.
Francesca Savoia will serve as the on-site faculty director for Pitt in Genoa. Savoia is a Professor of Italian at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian and an Undergraduate Advisor. She received her MA from the Università degli Studi di Genova in Italy and her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include Italian Theater, Opera, 17th and 18th-century Italian literature and cultural history.
Summer 2014 dates (All dates subject to change)
20 June 2014: Depart for Genoa
21 June 2014: Arrive in Genoa
2 August 2014: Program ends/Depart from Genoa for USA
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PA residents: $4700
Included: tuition for 7 credits, housing, health insurance, excursions to local areas of interest
Airfare is not included in the program fee for Pitt in Genoa. It is recommended that students budget at least $1800 to cover flights. Keep in mind that many airlines charge for additional checked baggage.
Pitt students 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.
- Four semesters (or equivalent) of Italian study
- Minimum 2.75 GPA
- Completion of at least 24 on-campus credits (sophomore standing or higher)
- Good judicial record on campus
Tiffany Martin is the program manager for Pitt in Genoa. She is a known flight risk and is following in her boss' footsteps by trying to reach 30 countries by the time she turns 30. She attended both undergrad and graduate school here at Pitt with degrees in Marketing and International Affairs. She participated on two study abroad programs and backpacked Europe. She has been fortunate to travel to 25 countries and has learned valuable skills along the way such as how to build a yurt, use chopsticks, cross a street in Ho Chi Minh City, run from hippos, and brush her teeth with a chewing stick. While Tiffany embraces her inner 'Burgher, she wishes that every student would leave Pittsburgh by studying abroad. When not planning her next adventure, Tiffany can be found frequenting various Pittsburgh neighborhoods and restaurants, skiing, watching the Food Network or biking through the parks. Contact Tiffany Martin.
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