Would you like to live off the beaten tourist track in Italy and immerse yourself completely in Italian culture? This University of New Hampshire faculty-led program, endorsed by UConn’s Italian faculty, takes place in Ascoli Piceno, an unspoiled provincial capital that enjoys much of the cultural richness and vibrancy of larger cities while preserving the charm and authenticity of a medieval town. You will be surrounded by history, from a Roman amphitheater and arches to modern cafes teeming with residents hotly discussing contemporary political issues. Classes are held in the UNH Ascoli Piceno Center, a splendidly restored 15th-century former papal paper mill that is surrounded by waterfalls on the Castellano River.
You will earn a minimum of 14 credits per semester on this program. Along with an intensive, eight-credit Italian language course (available at all levels), you will take two courses in English covering Italian history, culture, art and architecture. If you have advanced language skills, you may take courses in Italian literature and some other subjects.
In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.
This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.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|
|AH 2330||Italy’s Mediterranean Food & Our Health||Nutr 595||Mediterranean Diet & Culture||3||6/30/2019|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||Ital 681||Italian History & Culture||4||6/30/2018|
|ILCS 1145||Elementary Italian I||Ital 401||Elem Italian I||4||12/31/2019|
|ILCS 1146||Elementary Italian II||Ital 402||Elem Italian II||4||12/31/2019|
|ILCS 1147||Intermediate Italian 1||ITAL 503||Intermediate Italian 1||4||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 1147||Intermediate Italian 1||ITAL 504||Intermediate Italian II||3||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 3293 or ILCS 4279||Foreign Study or Capstone in Italian Studies||ITAL 500||Madness in Italian Thought and Culture||3||6/30/2020|
|NUSC 3693||International Studies in Nutritional Sciences||Ital 635||Philosophy of Food||3||6/30/2019|
“I have learned a lot of Italian. It is actually rather easy to pick up due to the fact that no one here speaks English so we are exposed to the language and culture. The city of Ascoli is amazing, quiet, safe and clean. The perfect environment to study. The apartments are well located in the center of the city.” (Enrique Penaloza)
“The city of Ascoli is smaller than other well-known cities in Italy, but it is still fairly large and is beautiful. Our apartments are situated in the historical center of the city. Everything can be reached on foot including the train station – a fifteen minute walk. The school in the Cartiera Papale is also a fifteen minute walk from the apartments. Once here, it is easy to build a routine and become familiar with local Italians who are, for the most part, very nice and helpful even if one of us doesn’t speak the language that well. It is a traditional city with the “newer” part nearby, so there is sort of a “best of both worlds” setup. There are gyms, cooking classes, and many other opportunities to help immerse oneself into Italian culture because we have the advantage of being virtually the only American students in Ascoli.” (Morgan Morano)
From Ascoli Piceno, you can reach Rome in three hours. There is also public transportation access to Florence, Venice and other cities in Italy. One hundred and fifty kilomeers to the east is the “Riviera of Palm Trees” on the Adriatic sea.
Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.
This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
- Terms: Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Class status:||2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year||Academic area:||Humanities, Arts|
|Language of instruction:||English||Prior language study required:||None|
|Open to non-UConn students:||No||Required GPA:||2.5|