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Students will be taught at various archaeological and cultural sites around Catania. Additionally, a five day trip to Tunisia will be arranged to show the historic close connection between Italy and North Africa.
Catania is a vibrant and historic town on the eastern side of Sicily, at the foot of the famous Mount Etna, one of Europe’s most active volcanoes. A hub of Sicilian culinary arts and agriculture, Catania has famous outdoor markets and a world-renowned open air fish market. Black sand beaches border the town, and there are lots of cultural, sport and leisure activities to keep you busy in your free time.
2.75 minimum GPA
Sophomore standing by the time of the program start date
Catania, Sicily, is the REAL Italy. Removed from the tourist crowds, and at the heart of one of Italy’s most traditional regions, Catania offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and language of this amazing Mediterranean island. Ancient temples, bustling marketplaces, ornate churches, winding mazes of streets, and above all, friendly people will provide an amazing environment for a summer of learning and exploring. Sicily has been the crossroads between Europe and Africa since ancient times, and so this course will also involve a five-day trip to Tunisia, less than 100 miles away by sea. Here students will be introduced to modern North African culture, and encounter first-hand a culture distinct from Europe, but connected in many ways. This time in Tunisia will help to bring home the historic close connection between Italy and North Africa through visits to the ancient city of Carthage, and time spent in mosques, medinas (markets) and meeting with Tunisian students.
The Sicily summer program offers a unique opportunity to begin or continue your Italian language study, while learning about the ancient and modern cultures of Italy. Language learning is paired with two thematic classes, which immerse students in the heritage of Sicily, and the life of its people in the modern era. These classes have been specially developed to maximize exposure to all that Sicily has to offer, and to help students understand this rich and complex culture.
Additional program details can be found on the OUS Catania, Italy program website: http://oregonabroad.ous.edu/countries/italy/academics.html
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Semester at Sea is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. Operating a traveling shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and SAS provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange that simply aren't available with other programs. Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade. Field Labs are designed and led by a faculty member who has expertise in a particular culture, location, or subject matter. These in-port labs enhance and explore course content. SAS directed trips are led by staff or faculty. May be recommended by a faculty member as an excellent complement to a student's syllabus. Independent Practica are opportunities for a participant to conduct independent research. Requires faculty approval to count as fulfillment of field requirement.
Click here for a presentation from an OSU Student who participated in this program.
Classes and residences are on board the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship made into a floating campus. There are seven decks, student residences, dining halls, a library, recreational facilities, and more. Check out the Semester at Sea website for more information! There are voyages summer, fall, and spring with different routes around the world. The destinations vary slightly every year. While in port, students have the choice to stay in country or on the ship.
Minimum 2.75 GPA, Consistent full time student status where one full term has been completed, 300-500 word essay.
See the Semester at Sea Application Checklist for more information on application requirements.
This study tour will visit London and Bath, England; Paris, France; and the Italian cities of Florence and Rome.
This 3 credit course (ODHE 488) will occur from June 17 to July 2, 2014. Student will be able to arrange for additional independent study credits with instructors if needed.
Program costs will include the following:
Costs Charged to the Student's Account
3 credits of OSU summer session tuition: $606 ($202 per credit) based on Summer 2013, 2014 rates forthcoming
Health Insurance: $50
Program fee for in-country logistics: $4,000
Additional Required Costs Paid by Student
International Airfare: $1,700 (estimate)
Spending money: $600 [for meals (lunch & dinner) and incidentals]
Founded in 1972, John Cabot University is an independent, four-year, U.S. accredited liberal arts university located in Rome. Centrally located in the quaint Trastevere neighborhood, JCU is a only short walk away from the Tiber River and many of Rome’s most historic sites. The school is named after the Italian navigator, Giovanni Caboto, or John Cabot, whose exploration helped to open relations between Italy, England, and North America.
The capital of Italy, Rome has always been a cultural and political stronghold and crossroads for people from across the globe. The glorious history of the eternal city can be seen in the form of artwork, exquisite monuments, museums, churches and architecture. One of the grandest sites in Rome is the great Colosseum, which remains an architectural feat in the eyes of modern engineers and has recently been named one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World.” The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and the Basilica of St. Peter are an ever-present reminder of the Catholic Church’s historical and religious influence. Rome is also full of picturesque piazzas and famous fountains. Here, Romans and visitors alike can step out of the hustle and bustle of modern Rome and enjoy people-watching over a caffé. If you are looking to study in a cosmopolitan city rich with history, art, architecture and diverse people from around the globe, Rome beckons!
2.75 GPA, sophomore standing.
Visit the API JCU Rome program page for more information.
$350 IDEA fee per term abroad
Lorenzo de'Medici School
Located in the region of Tuscany, Florence has long been described as a "flower" or a "pomegranate tree," bringing to mind images of fertility, lush new life, and beauty. Florence has been all of these things for centuries, and despite tragedies of plague, fire, flood, and famine, the city has endured as a center of the arts. Florence is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by hills of rolling Italian countryside. To study and live in florence is to walk the streets of Dante, Brunelleschi, Giotto, and many more contributors to the arts and humanities.
Minimum 2.75 GPA
AHA Study Center, Siena
With a population of 65,000, Siena sits atop three converging hills, only forty miles southwest of Florence. Siena's Duomo (Cathedral) is a spectacular example of Gothic Italian architecture, and the accompanying museum houses magnificent works by Italian masters such as Duccio and Giotto. Its soaring skyline is its pride, dominated by the blazing black and white banner of the Duomo and the taut needle of the Torre del Mangia. Students in the program have the luxury of living in a city of the Middle Ages while enjoying convenient access to modern cultural centers such as Florence, Pisa, Rome, Venice, and Milan.
Minimum 2.5 GPA
The AHA Siena program is designed for students wishing to combine the study of Italian language ( for absolute beginners to advanced) with courses in Anthropology, Art History, Communications, Economics, Food and Culture, History, and Political Science. Students can elect to enroll in intensive Italian language for 100 contact hours at the beginning or advanced levels, or in semi-intensive courses at all levels for 50 hours. Students enroll in the Intercultural Communications course and, combined with a community placement, can elect to earn Service Learning credit. Students opting to enroll in Service Learning can select from a variety of opportunities, including placements at a pottery arts program for the disabled, in a day care center, an elementary school or with a retirement center. In addition to Italian Language and the ICC course, students enroll in one to three additional courses offered on site to round out their Italian cultural experience. In addition to the AHA courses offered on site, students can also opt to enroll in an extra-curricular Italian Cooking Course (for an additional fee).
See AHA website
University of Ferrara
The beautiful Renaissance city of Ferrara is close to Bologna, mid-way between Venice and Florence, yet it is 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, as the Dukedom of Ferrara. Today, the perfectly preserved city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk the city walls that surround Ferrara, ride a bicycle to class just like the locals, and visit Ferrara's outstanding museums. The city is extremely safe, clean, and accessible, with small-town feel yet boasts world-class art treasures and exhibits.
Minimum 2.75 GPA. Depending on which classes you want to take, some Italian language study may be required.