Duke in Bologna
A 6-Week Summer Italian Language & Culture Program
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Offered in cooperation with the University of Bologna, one of Europe’s oldest universities, this six-week, two-course summer program provides you the opportunity to improve your Italian language skills, become acquainted with advanced topics in Italian studies through a culture-based course, and develop your cultural knowledge by utilizing Bologna in a “city as classroom” capacity to explore the richness of Italian society, art, and literature. Via the program’s project-based experiential pedagogy, students actively engage with the city and its multiple communities and institutions, (from museums and ancient medical labs to urban gardens and soup kitchens), participate in the complexity of Italian society and explore, its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual past and present. Bologna, known for its exciting and forward-looking intellectual and cultural life is the setting for these discoveries. The program will be staffed by one Duke faculty member as Program Director and a lecturing fellow or advanced graduate student. The faculty member will direct the program and teach the advanced culture course. The lecturing fellow or graduate student teaches the language course and assists in the coordination of the program.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
Location: Bologna, Italy
Term: Summer I
Dates: May 12, 2023 - June 24, 2023
Application Deadline: Extended to February 15th
Academic Theme(s): Italian Language and Culture
Credit Type: Duke Credit
Eligibility: Must have completed the equivalent of two semesters of college-level Italian. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.
Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by the Duke Department of Romance Studies
Primary Contact: Kayla Soltis-Katella
Bologna as seen from Asinelli tower
Duke in Bologna group
Porticos in Bologna
Piazza Santo Stefano
Students will enroll in both a language course and a culture-based content course, each offering one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted for either course.
Accelerated Intermediate Italian
(FL, CZ) 1.0 Credit
Pre-requisite: Italian 102 or 112 (the equivalent of two semesters of college-level Italian), or have the consent of the Italian Language Director, Luciana Fellin.
This course is the equivalent of Italian 203 and 204 together. The course is project-based and fosters students’ speaking, reading, and writing abilities through immersion and exploration of the city. Bologna will be used as a classroom with which students engage to develop their linguistic and intercultural competencies.
SAMPLE CONTENT COURSE
ITALIAN 340SA, MUSIC 340SA
(ALP, CZ, CCI) 1.0 Credit
Italy’s vibrant musical-theatrical traditions make it one of the most sonorous and captivating places on earth. This six-week course immerses students in the rich history of the Italian performing arts, from the birth of opera in Florencein the early seventeenth century to Venice’s spectacular carnival culture still alive today. Course materials are both textual and architectural: students will have the opportunity not only to read about the intertwining histories of performance, politics, gender, and diplomacy from 1600 to 1900, but will travel to some of Italy’s most historic theaters and opera houses for occasional performances and backstage tours.
Using as our base the harmonious city of Bologna—the first “Wagnerian” city in Italy—students will experience the international dynamism of the country’s performing arts traditions. How and why have Italian communities long come together to perform art in front of audiences, both local and global? How can performance act as an instrument of politics and history-making, especially in times of resistance and change? In what ways do gender dynamics play out in staged representations of heroes, heroines, villains, and divas? And what role do the performing arts hold today in Italian cultural and national identity?
The timing of the course overlaps with some of Europe’s most celebrated summer music festivals. Possible site visits (depending on schedule and availability) may thus include Vivaldi’s Venice and the historic “La Fenice” theater, Cremona’s Museum of the Violin and Monteverdi Festival, Verona’s Arena Opera Festival in the city’s stunning Roman amphitheater, and Milan’s world-renowned Teatro alla Scala.
No specific training in music or performance is required
As part of this unique program, we will take advantage of Bologna's central location and enjoy excursions to other cities across Italy. Possible destinations include Venice, Cremona, Verona, and Milan. The final itinerary will depend on ticket availability and performance calendars (TBD), as well as other scheduling factors.
Given its central location in Europe and status as a travel hub, Bologna is a great base for further travel throughout Europe both by rail and by plane. Students typically take longer trips before or after the program, and shorter ones on some weekends during the session.
HOUSING & MEALS
You'll be housed in apartments in central Bologna, with two or three students per apartment. Students will be responsible for their own meals, either purchasing food at grocery stores and markets and cooking in the apartment kitchens or frequenting restaurants and cafés.
These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.
Explanation of Costs
The program fee for this program includes:
- International SOS Coverage
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- On-site orientation program
- Internet and wifi access
- Student support services provided by the University of Bologna
What is not included?
Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Access to activities such as sports, lectures, social gatherings, etc. at host university
- Visa and/or residency permit (if needed)
- Textbooks and class materials
- Mobile phone plan
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
U.S. citizens do not need a visa for this program. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need a visa. Please be sure to research the cost of obtaining a visa, including any required travel to a consulate or embassy.
If you receive financial aid, and need assistance with travel costs, please contact your financial aid counselor.
Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. You can use a cost-of-living comparison tool to get an idea of what daily life costs in the program host location.
Step 1: Upon acceptance to the program, you must submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyExperientialEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.
NOTE: If you withdraw after March 15, you will be charged a cancellation fee for voluntary withdrawal. Fees range from $1,500-2,000.
Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. Consult the Duke Bursar's office billing schedule for payment due dates.
Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.
Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.
This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:
Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.
- Arrival: May 12, 2023
- Departure: June 24, 2023
You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyExperientialEd to update your travel registry.
You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.
VISA & PASSPORT
No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program. Non-U.S. citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the country embassy to find out if any visa restrictions are in effect.
All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.
International Student Identity Card
An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury. You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days.
PROGRAM FACULTY & STAFF
Program faculty director(s) can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.
Deadline: Extended to February 15th
This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.
Priority: Priority is given to applicants who apply early and meet the prerequisites.
Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.
Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.
GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:
Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.
Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.
Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.
Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.
Submit the following items using MyExperientialEd:
- Online application
- Transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
- One recommendation from a language professor noting your linguistic and academic abilities. Letters from high school teachers will not be accepted