Quick Info

  • Florence, Italy
  • Fall
  • : Panther Program
  • : Italian Language and Literature
  • : Late August 2015 - Mid December 2015
  • : $15,999 In-State / $21,561 Out-of-State
  • : March 27, 2015
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, 4 semesters (or equivalent) of host language

Academics

Are you ready to study higher-level Italian and take content courses, like literature, in Italian?  If so, take a look at the courses that are offered on the program.  The majority, if not all, of these courses should count towards your Italian minor or major (double-check with your advisor, of course).

Required Courses (9 credits total)

Taught at the CCF, this 120 contact-hour course combines grammar, vocabulary, and conversational skills.  This courses meets Monday - Friday from 8:45 AM - 11:30 AM, and will run from mid-October to mid-December You'll earn a total of 6 credits for the Advanced Italian Language (3 for ITAL 0060 and 3 for ITAL 0061).

You can't understand language without understanding culture.  Understanding Modern Italy, taught in Italian, will begin in September and involve intensive 3-hour sessions that meet three times per week. Once your courses begin at CCF, the course will shift gears, meeting once per week, and serving as a space for tutorial sessions, assessing your cultural experiences, and working through the differences between an Italian Institution and Pitt. You'll earn 3 credits for this course.

Elective Courses 
Each course listed below is worth 3 credits.  You must take at least one but can choose a second if you'd like.

Taught at the CCF in Italian, this course will provide an overview of Italian liteature throughout the age through which you will gain a better understanding of Italian History and Politics.

This class will meet once per week for two hours and will serve as a space in which you can discuss issues and concerns that you have with your internship, work through the skills that you are learning, and share experiences with your peers.  Learn more about internships in Florence. 

Course description coming soon!

 

Experiential Learning

Interning in Florence is a great way to gain professional experience, practice Italian, and meet locals!  Available in business of every kind, internships are within commuting distance of the CAPA Center and are tailored to your interests, abilities, and academic background.  

Taking part in an internship is an amazing experience, but also a time committment.  You should expect to work 15-20 hours per week in addition to your coursework.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

CAPA, Pitt’s Florence partner, has a full-time support staff who are there to help you with whatever you might need during your stay.  Whether it’s housing, academics, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the CAPA staff is there for you.

In addition to the CAPA staff, Pitt always has a faculty member based in Florence as well. 

Jenny McCord earned a Master of Arts in Italian literature and a Master of Teaching in foreign language education at the University of Virginia. She has been teaching Italian classes at the University of Pittsburgh since 2006 and has worked for study abroad programs in Bologna, Florence and Rome. Jenny has recently completed a Master in intercultural studies and social mediation at the University of Padova, and is interested in promoting intercultural competencies in an effort to expand social bonding and facilitate integration of vulnerable parties in our communities.

You will also be studying with professors from the University of Florence.

Housing

Learning Italian langauge and culture means living the Italian life, so you will be required to participate in a homestay.

Located in residential neighborhoods around the city, you can expect a 40-60 minute commute to the CAPA on foot, shorter if you take the bus (included in the program fee).  While you may be further away from the city center than other students, living with a host family is an amazing opportunity to truly come to know both language and culture.   Families may vary from a young couple with a baby to a grandmother who is opening her home to you.  Regardless of the type, CAPA carefully screens host families before you arrive to make sure that you have a safe and culturally immersive experience. Homestays include a private bedroom, access to the home’s kitchen, laundry facilities, living areas, and two meals per day.  You should know that most host families do not speak English.

Pricing And Dates


In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$16,499 $21,561
Arrive in Florence Depart Florence
Late August Mid December

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Pitt in Florence fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Housing 
  • Some meals (homestays only)
  • Health Insurance
  • One-day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano
  • Access to the British Institute's English-language library
  • Florence State Museum Pass
  • MyEducation activities and events

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400)
  • Passport and visa fees (~$200)
  • Travel to Philadelphia for visa appointment (varies)
  • Airfare (~$1,000)
  • Extra Meals and Personal Expenses (~$2,000-$4,000)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.