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UConn Italian Cinema in Italy (Faculty-led)

STUDY ITALIAN CINEMA IN ITALY!
This program typically runs from the end of May through the end of June.

The Program

This extraordinary summer program on Italian Cinema will place you in the historic center of of Florence, Italy (both literally and on-screen), a city which is a monument to the Renaissance, and contains more art per square mile than any other place on earth. Its urban texture spans two thousand years of history, and on its streets walked Brunelleschi, Leonardo, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo, and a host of others who helped shape our world and civilization. The program is located at the Palazzo Rucellai, one of three buildings in Florence designed by the famed fifteenth-century architect and humanist Leon Battista Alberti. You will find the Institute at Palazzo Rucellai a warm and welcoming place, with an expert and accessible staff that always has time to answer a question or to help with a problem. The program includes a visit to Italy’s principal film studios in Rome for a guided tour.

The Academics

You will earn six UConn graded credits on this program. Students take one 3-credit Italian film course (ILCS 3260W, ILCS 1149, or ILCS 3259) AND an Italian language course OR a second course taken from a list of electives (6 credits are necessary to be a full-time student during summer sessions and eligible for financial aid). The 3260W (Italian Cinema) and 1149 (Cinema and Society in Contemporary Italy) film courses carry CA1 and CA4-INT credits. Since Beginning Italian 1 & 2 carry four credits at UConn, the maximum number of credits allowed is 7, but would go down to 6 if a student took an intermediate language course or an elective.

Aside from language courses, options for a second, elective course include such topics as “Renaissance Art History”, “Italian History from the Middle Ages to the present”, “The Roman Empire”, “Italian literature on the image of Florence”, “The Villa and the Garden”, and ”Fashion Journalism”. These classes, taught by an international faculty, make full use of the city, and on-site classes and field trips are a regular part of many courses. The art history classes often take place in the piazzas, museums and churches of Florence. The Italian language courses offer the opportunity to learn Italian in the classroom and through direct contact with many aspects of Italian culture. A list of these courses can be found here.

Our field trips include Siena and San Gimignano. Most notably, students will also take a two-day trip to Rome with the instructor to visit the film studios at Cinecittà. The Rome trip is specifically designed to complement the student’s coursework on Italian cinema. Each weekend will include time for students to travel independently or in small groups (at least one day, occasionally two), or to simply enjoy the many amenities that Florence has to offer during the warmer months of the year.

Important!
General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution. For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution.” Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 1093 Foreign Study PSYCH 100 Cultural Literacy Workshop: Pathways to Intercultural Competence 1 12/31/2020
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study CAMS 150 Field Archaeology 3 12/31/2017
ANTH 3093 or SOCI 3993 Foreign Study HUM 399/SOC 299 Identity and Culture in Italy: A Comparative Approach 3 6/30/2022
ART 2310 Basic Studio, Painting VARTS 282 Beginning Oil Painting/Imagery of Florence 3 6/30/2017
ART 2410 or ART 2993 Basic Studio, Photography or Foreign Study VARTS 261 Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Florence 3 6/30/2018
ART 2993 or ART 2410 Foreign Study or Basic Studio, Photography VARTS 261 Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Florence 3 6/30/2017
ART 2993 Foreign Study VARTS 204 Drawing: The Human Figure 3 6/30/2017
ART 2993 Foreign Study VARTS 383 The Art of Buon Fresco 3 6/30/2017
ART 2993 Foreign Study VARTS 430 Introduction to Digital Photography 3 6/30/2022
ART 2993 Art Foreign Study VARTS 481 Drawing Florence: Putting Things in Perspective 3 12/31/2021
ARTH 2993 Foreign Study ART H 199 Architecture: Roman to Early Christian 3 12/31/2017
ARTH 2993 Foreign Study AAH 330 Special Topics in Art History: Michelangelo 3 6/30/2017
ARTH 3993 Foreign Study HP 391 Architecture in Italy 3 6/30/2018
ARTH 3993 Art History Foreign Study ARCH330 History of Italian Design 3 12/31/2021
ARTH 3993 Foreign Study ARCH 430 Special Topics: The Villa and the Garden 3 6/30/2017
ARTH 3993 Foreign Study AAH 214 The Art of Florence: Exploring Visual Culture 3 12/31/2020
ARTH 3993 Foreign Study AAH 318 History of Italian Art II: Michelangelo to Bernini 3 6/30/2017
ARTH 3993 Foreign Study AAH 330 Special Topics: Leonardo 3 6/30/2017
ARTH 3993 Foreign Study AAH 318 History of Italian Art II: The Nude and the Naked. Nudity in Italian Art from the Middle Ages to Michelangelo’s Followers 3 6/30/2020
BADM 2893 Foreign Study BUSN 430 The Business of Art: The Economics and Management of Culture 3 12/31/2020
BADM 2893 Foreign Study MGMT 320 The Family Business in Italy 3 12/31/2020
CAMS 1102 Roman Civilization CAMS/HIST 101 Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean 3 12/31/2017
CAMS 3255 Ancient Rome CLAS 320/HUM 399 Archaeology and Art of Ancient Italy 3 6/30/2017
COMM 4460 Cross Cultural Communication COMM 432 Intercultural Communication 3 12/31/2019
COMM 4993 Foreign Study COM 430 Social Media in Life & Business 3 12/31/2019
COMM 4993 Foreign Study Global Media: the Age of Persuasion 3 12/31/2019
COMM 4993 Foreign Study COMM 430 Social Media: An Italian Perspective 3 12/31/2021
DRAM 4193 Foreign Study Italian Theater: History, Theory, and Practice 3 12/31/2021
ECON 2493 Foreign Study Economics of Food 3 12/31/2021
EDCI 4088 Variable Topics Cultural Diversity in Education 3 12/31/2018
ENGL 3627 Studies in Literature From Arcadia with Love 3 6/30/2020
ENGL 3693 Foreign Study COMM 430 Professional Fashion Writing 3 12/31/2019
HIST 3991 or UNIV 2993 Supervised Fieldwork or International Study INT 399 Cultural Engagement Practicum Tour Guide for the City Hall (Palazzo Vecchio) Museum 3 6/30/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 430 Sports History and Culture 3 12/31/2019
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 315/ POLSC 430 History and Politics of Modern Italy: the Twentieth Century 3 6/30/2019
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 310 Blood and Soul: Understanding Health in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe 3 12/31/2020
HIST 3993 Foreign Study Italy and the Jews: History and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present 3 6/30/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 310 Florence: The Story of the City 3 6/30/2022
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 310/POLSC 430 The European Union 3 6/30/2022
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HUM 306 The History and Culture of Food: A Comparative Analysis 3 6/30/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 310 Ancient Rome: Civilization & Legacy 3 6/30/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HUM 306 The History and Culture of Food 3 6/30/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study ENG 430 Introduction to Humanism: Three Crowns 3 6/30/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study ENG 430 Introduction to Humanism: Shifting Identities 3 6/30/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study ENG 430 Introduction to Humanism: Tale of Two Cities Florence & Jerusalem 3 6/30/2017
ILCS 1101 The Italian Renaissance HUM 399 The Rise of the Underdog: Women, Merchants, and Artists in Early Renaissance Florence 3 6/30/2019
ILCS 1145 or UNIV 1993 Elementary Italian 1 or Foreign Study ITAL 101 Florence Experience I 4 12/13/2017
ILCS 1146 or UNIV 1993 Elementary Italian 2 or Foreign Study ITAL 102 Florence Experience II 4 12/13/2017
ILCS 1147 or UNIV 1993 Intermediate Italian 1 or Foreign Study ITAL 201 Florence Experience III 4 12/13/2017
ILCS 1148 or UNIV 1993 Intermediate Italian 2 or Foreign Study ITAL 202 Florence Experience IV 4 12/13/2017
ILCS 1193 Foreign Study Italian Language through Economics and Business 4 12/31/2019
ILCS 3239 or UNIV 2993 Conversation and Composition I or Foreign Study ITAL 310 (If taught in fall) Florence Experience V 3 12/31/2020
ILCS 3240 or UNIV 2993 Conversation and Composition II or Foreign study ITAL 310 (If taught in spring or summer) Florence Experience V 3 12/31/2020
ILCS 3293 Foreign Study ITAL 430 A City with View: Modern Italy through Florence 3 12/31/2020
MUSI 1193 Foreign Study MUS 201 Performance Studies 3 6/30/2017
MUSI 1193 Foreign Study MUS 310 Music History of the Renaissance 3 6/30/2017
MUSI 1193 Foreign Study Five Comic Italian Operas: Laughter Between Revolution and War 1733-1924 3 6/30/2020
POLS 3993 or HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 315/ POLSC 430 History and Politics of Modern Italy 3 12/31/2020
SOCI 3271 Topics in the Sociology of Culture SOC 299 Sociology of Art 3 12/31/2021
SOCI 3993 or ANTH 3093 Foreign Study HUM 399/SOC 299 Identity and Culture in Italy: A Comparative Approach 3 6/30/2022
UNIV 1993 or ILCS 1145 International Study or Elementary Italian 1 ITAL 101 The Florence Experience I 4 12/31/2020
UNIV 1993 or ILCS 1146 International Study or Elementary Italian 2 ITAL 102 The Florence Experience II 4 12/31/2020
UNIV 1993 or ILCS 1147 International Study or Intermediate Italian 1 ITAL 201 The Florence Experience III 4 12/31/2020
UNIV 1993 or ILCS 1148 International Study or Intermediate Italian 2 ITAL 202 The Florence Experience IV 4 12/31/2020
UNIV 2993 International Study ITAL 310 The Florence Experience V 4 12/31/2020
UNIV 2993 International Study CEP 201 Cultural Engagement Practicum: Critical Disabilities Studies: Inclusive Programs 3 12/31/2020
UNIV 2993 or HIST 3991 International Study or Supervised Fieldwork CEP 401 Cultural Engagement Practicum Tour Guide for the City Hall (Palazzo Vecchio) Museum 3 6/30/2021
UNIV 2993 International Study Survey and Drawing: Mapping Florence Architecture 3 6/30/2022

The Experience

Students will travel to Florence on May 10th (arriving the following day) and will be responsible for their own airfare and flight arrangements. You will be housed in double or triple rooms in furnished apartments shared with other program participants. The apartments have fully-equipped kitchens and access to a washing machine. Located in the center of town, the residences are just a 15-25 minute walk to Palazzo Rucellai. Along your way, you might stop at your favorite coffee bar for a cappuccino and a pastry, gaze into the shop windows at the artistically displayed goods, or marvel at major artistic, historical landmarks. The little pleasures of Italian life, the espresso break, the gelato, buying fresh vegetables in mom and pop shops, and the Italian approach to the time, become a natural part of the day. Weekly cultural activities in Florence include a gelato walk, organized soccer games, the Ferragamo shoe museum, the artisans’ workshops, and the secret rooms Palazzo Vecchio, to name a few. Optional day trips to Pisa and Lucca can offer new perspectives on other parts of Italy.

The Institute has a small computer center, lap top hubs, a library, and a student lounge.

For more information or to inquire about this program, contact Dr. Philip Balma (philip.balma@uconn.edu)

Finances

Please note that the only type of financial aid that can be applied to the cost of this program, other than scholarships, are Federal Stafford Loans. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Arts, Humanities
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 2.5