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Italy: Ferrara - Language Program (Summer)
Ferrara, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/04/2015 ** Rolling Admission 05/30/2015 06/25/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: 2 semesters GPA: good academic standing
Professor(s): Prof Emanuela Patroncini Boswell Disciplines offered: Italian
Prerequisite(s): ITAL 102 Program Advisor: Ali Droster -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

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ITALY: Ferrara
ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian

June Summer Program

Professor Emanuela Patroncini Boswell




The beautiful Renaissance city of Ferrara is close to Bologna, midway between Venice and Florence, yet relatively unknown to tourists. Shaped over the centuries by the River Po, Ferrara was one of the centers of the Italian renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Today, you can walk the city walls that surround Ferrara—there is a nine km path on top of the wall and a 15 km path below the wall, ride a bicycle to class just like the locals, and visit Ferrara’s outstanding museums. The city is extremely safe, clean, and accessible with a small-town feel, yet boasts world-class art treasures and exhibits.



Students will be instructed by University of San Diego professor Emanuela Patroncini Boswell. More information on the specific location of instruction in Ferrara will be announced. USD partners with CIEE to provide students with classroom facilities suited with a community computer and WIFI.



All students enrolled in this program will take three units of USD credit for ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian. The experiential learning program will be four intensive weeks, using a combination of classes and a full immersion in the everyday Italian city life. Solid preparation and language fluency developed abroad will be a strong incentive for students to continue their path in Italian studies upon their return back to the university. Classes are typically held mornings, Monday through Friday, and lecture material is enhanced through site visits and excursions throughout the city.

Professor Emanuela Patroncini Boswell
Office - Founders 123B

Click here for a bio on Prof Patroncini Boswell
Click here to visit the University of San Diego Languages and Literature - Italian Department website.



In order to enrich the student course work and solidify a true immersion experience, students will be housed with Italian host families located throughout the city of Ferrara.  This options gives students the unique opportunity to practice their Italian with locals as well as compliments their study by exposing students to everyday Italian living. Typically students will be housed in pairs with host families.



For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.

Students will have the opportunity to spend a portion of their class exploring all the Veneto provence has to offer. Activities and excursions will include exploring neighboring cities in the region. Below is a list of tentative excursions and activities:

Explore Ferrara!
  • Community Engagement Activity 
  • Language Partners

Experience Italy!
  • Half day excursion to Bologna
  • Full day excursion to Lago di Garda
  • Excursion to Venice

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