The Department of French and Italian is pleased to announce the continuation of its program that enables gifted and committed students to make extra-rapid progress in Italian.
Students who have taken or are currently taking ITA 102, ITA 1027 or ITA 107, who have scored or are expected to score top grades in these courses, who would like to take a big step forward in their Italian language skills this summer AND who envisage pursuing one of the Department's programs (certificate or concentration) are invited to apply for admission to ITA 207I, Accelerated Summer Study in Italy.
ITA 207I is an intensive, four-week language immersion program taught at the Università di Macerata in Macerata , Italy . There are twenty hours per week of classroom teaching under a faculty member from Princeton University and one from the University of Macerata. Two hours per day are devoted to an advanced review of grammar, conversation, and composition. Two hours focus on cultural issues, such as Italian economy and politics, and Italian literary texts. Every week there is a day trip to a location relevant to the issues and texts studied. Course participants lodge in University dorms, with meals provided at the University cafeteria. In all, ITA 207I provides an outstanding opportunity for total immersion in Italian language and culture and for rapid acquisition of higher-level language skills.
The total cost of the course for summer 2015 will be $1300, which covers tuition and room and board. Students should also anticipate travel costs of up to approximately $1700 (airfare costs at the time of publication) as well as personal expenses. Students on financial aid may apply to the Dean's Fund for Study Abroad to cover these costs. They may also request a loan from Financial Aid to cover a part of the program budget that may remain unmet. Students in need of support, irrespective of aid status, may also apply for a grant from the Fred Fox '39 Fund. Deadlines for these funding sources may be earlier than departmental decisions on admission to the course . Personal expenses will need to be met from students' own pockets.
The deadline for submitting the application is February 20th 2015. The exact dates for the summer 2015 will be from Monday, June 1st - Saturday, June 27th.
In 2015, the resident faculty member will be Professor Pietro Frassica.
Macerata is a small medieval town along the Adriatic coast, which is twenty minutes away by train. The university, town, and its surroundings afford many opportunities for enjoying cultural and historical sites, as well as varied recreational activities, including hiking in surrounding hills, swimming, concerts, and museum going, and shopping. The nearest international airport is Rome , which connects to Macerata via rail or bus service. The University of Macerata website provides more information: http://www.unimc.it. If you want to take a virtual tour of Macerata, you can watch the short documentary shot by David Kong '15, who attended the program during the 2012 summer.: davidkong-Portrait of Macerata-youtube
To receive course credit, students must pass the course with a C or better. Official transcripts will be sent directly to the Department of French & Italian.
Interested students should complete the MACERATA application form and send it to Professor Pietro Frassica (firstname.lastname@example.org) with copy to Kathy Varra (email@example.com). Applicants will be called for an interview in Italian at the end of February. The final selection of participants will be announced as soon as possible thereafter. Information about travel and accommodation as well as a “survival pack” based on the experience of previous participants will be made available to all successful applicants before the end of the spring 2015 semester.