Italian Language and Culture


Modern Languages 200:  Topics in Modern Language Studies, 3 credits
Modern Languages 400:   Topics in Modern Language Cultural Study, 3 credits


Permission of Instructor


A limited number of $500 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

The regions of Marche and Umbria, in Central Italy, offer numerous historical treasures surrounded by an enchanting landscape. Participants have a unique occasion for cultural and language immersion, as they experience the vibrant social life of modern Italy, as well as the friendly environment of small communities in peaceful villages. The proximity of numerous Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance points of interest makes it possible to take afternoon trips after class, in order to explore hill towns, beautiful lakes, castles and fortresses, from the Umbrian countryside to Marche’s sandy beaches.

This program is designed to build language knowledge and to introduce students to the cultural richness that these two fascinating regions have to offer. It is held in the ideal setting and with the intensity that only Courses Abroad can provide. Italian language studies will be integrated with aspects of Medieval and Renaissance literature, art and architecture.  Participants will also be introduced to Italian lifestyle, industry, handicrafts, agriculture, and to the geography and history of the sites they are going to visit.

In the Marche region, students will stay in Urbino, birthplace of prominent artist Raphael, and home of the Montefeltro Palazzo Ducale, one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces. Not far from Urbino, they will participate in tours to different locations, such as: the coastal city of Pesaro, with its Archaeological Museum and Gioacchino Rossini’s house; Fano, with important 16th century monuments; Frasassi’s Grotte, an impressive system of accessible caves; the old Republic of San Marino, dramatically situated on breathtaking slopes; finally, the picturesque beaches of cliff-edged Cornero peninsula.

In the Umbria region, students will stay in Orvieto, renowned for its magnificent Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, and will visit neighboring locations: medieval Gubbio, with its historical Duomo and Civic Palace; the celebrated National Art Gallery and Archaeological Museum of the city of Perugia; hilly Spello and Norcia, and the quiet lakes of Bolsena and Trasimeno, located in the so-called green hearth of Italy.
Course offerings cover two levels of language ability; students will be placed according to their proficiency and previous studies of Italian. Although both courses focus on enhancing communicative skills in Italian, ML 200 is designed for students with limited knowledge of the language, from the elementary to the intermediate-low level, while ML 400 is open to students at upper levels, with a proficiency in Italian from the intermediate-high to the advanced level. As an outcome of the course taken, students will be required to prepare a portfolio, which may include information on the sites visited, interviews to local people in Italian, journal entries, personal reflections, etc., according to individual level. All participants are required to register for at least 3 credits and to meet with the course leader before enrolling in the program.

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, double- or triple-occupancy accommodations, some meals, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form


$2,995 per person, exclusive of tuition and fees

Travel Dates

June 14 - 29, 2014

Faculty Director

Prof.  Carmela Pesca
Modern Languages Department
(860) 832-2882

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