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CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Ferrera, Italy
Ferrara, Italy
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Semester Programs:
The application for Fall 2015 will be available January 15-March 1. Please review the Application Instructions and Checklist.

Summer Programs:
The application for Summer 2015 will not be available until December 1.
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Hungarian Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Housing: Apartment, Homestay
Pre-requisite Subjects: 4 semesters of college-level Italian or the equivalent Field of Study: Art, Art History, English, Film and Media Arts, History, Language: Italian, Markets and Culture, Political Science
SMU Abroad Application Cycle: August 15-October 1 for Spring, January 15-March 1 for Fall Summer 2016 Program Dates: Study
Program Description:

This program is designed for students with 4 or more semesters of Italian language who want to be immersed in the culture of their host country by studying in a small Renaissance city. Students will improve their Italian language skills and take content courses in Italian.

What You'll Learn
The goals of the Liberal Arts program are to enable students to develop their ability to communicate in Italian through intensive language instruction, and through study of contemporary and historical Italy in content courses taught in Italian.

Program Snapshot

  • Highly effective and innovative Italian language teaching for intermediate to advanced level language students
  • Opportunity to speak Italian every day in a true Italian environment
  • Cultural and educational activities such as visits to local festivals, art museums, cathedrals, and group dinners
  • Field trips to nearby cities such as Mantua, Bologna, Siena, Pisa, Verona, and Padua
  • Advanced-level Italian students can directly enroll in University courses

Art History
Film Studies
Italian Culture
Italian Language
Political Science


  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 4 semesters of college-level Italian or the equivalent

Academic Program
The CIEE Study Center in Ferrara opened in 2003. The Liberal Arts program began in spring 2006. This program is designed for students with intermediate to advanced Italian language skills with a strong interest in immersing themselves in the language and culture of Italy through intensive Italian language study and content courses taught in Italian. Students with a very high level of Italian also have the opportunity to enroll in a regular university course at the University of Ferrara.

Academic Culture
The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, and the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to most students from the U.S. However, all classes are taught by local faculty and require students to work independently outside the classroom. Learning takes place through a coherent blend of lectures, group seminars, visits, and practical work. Most U.S. students consider the courses to be rigorous in comparison to courses at their home universities. Classes take place Monday through Friday.

Where You'll Study - University of Ferrara
The University of Ferrara was founded in 1391. Faculties and departments include history, philosophy, languages and literatures, education, law, and natural sciences, among others. There are approximately 12,000 students enrolled, with a teaching staff of 600. CIEE students have access to the University's libraries, computers, student canteen, sports facilities, playing fields, tennis courts, and gymnasium. There is a 16-km path on top of the city walls and another 25-km path below the city walls surrounding the city of Ferrara.

Program Requirements
All CIEE students enroll in a required, intensive Italian language course at the start of the semester. Following the intensive language course, all students are required to continue their Italian language study at the appropriate level throughout the semester, and select three content courses taught in Italian with Italian texts. Students with a very high language level may audit select courses at the University of Ferrara. This can be arranged with the Resident Director upon arrival in Ferrara.

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours and 30 semester/45 quarter hours for the academic year.

Course contact hours are 45 and recommended credit for all courses is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

Spring: 14 weeks: early January - early May
Fall: 14 weeks: early September - mid-December
Academic Year: 32 weeks: early September - early May

CIEE Fees - Please check the CIEE website for current program fees.
The CIEE fees for 2009–10 include an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, tuition, housing, two meals per day for those living in a homestay, orientation, cultural activities, local and regional excursions, pre-departure advising, comprehensive student handbook, and a CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits.

Each semester begins with a mandatory three-day orientation session organized by CIEE resident staff. It includes an academic orientation, an introduction to Italian customs and culture, information on personal safety, and cultural activities throughout Ferrara. During this time, students begin their intensive Italian language instruction. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

Housing and Meals
Housing, in residence halls or homestays, is included in the program fee. Limited homestay options, with two meals per day included, are located in and outside the city center. Living in a homestay is a great opportunity to experience how Italians live firsthand, but requires a commitment on the part of the student. Families that welcome American students in their home may be interested in U.S. culture and enjoy the opportunity to house foreign students and the possibility of cultural exchange that this offers. Students who choose a homestay must adapt to another mentality, a different daily schedule, and new ways of dealing with day-to-day issues. CIEE cannot guarantee a student's first choice housing placement.

Students staying in the residence hall share a double room with another CIEE student, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. The residence is located right outside the city walls, a 15-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center, regularly served by a shuttle. It has a wide range of facilities including a gym, laundromat, study rooms, open balconies with a nice view of the city, and a multiplex cinema and mall next door. Meals at the residence are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may also be taken at University cafeterias, at restaurants and bars throughout Ferrara, or prepared in the residence. CIEE gives advice on the purchase or rental of a bicycle and a cell phone for each student during their stay in Ferrara.

Computers are available for student use, free of charge, at the University of Ferrara's computer labs. However, these labs have limited hours. Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop as they can access the Internet at the University. Students are given a University of Ferrara email address. Rooms in the student residence have Internet connections; most homestays do not.

Cultural Activities and Field Trips
The academic program is supplemented with excursions to local places of interest and cultural activities such as attending local festivals, visits to art museums and cathedrals, and group dinners. Students are grouped by language level wherever possible. Ferrara's physical ambience was greatly influenced during the Renaissance period and is home to many museums, cathedrals, and spectacular architecture. In addition, field trips to nearby cities such as Mantua, Siena, and Bologna provide participants with a solid understanding of this region of Italy.

← Please note the available terms for this program.

Semester Programs:
The application for Fall 2015 will be available January 15-March 1. Please review the Application Instructions and Checklist.

Summer Programs:
The application for Summer 2015 will not be available until December 1.