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URI FLP - Calabria, Italy
Calabria, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Program Description:
Calabria Italy
May 29 - June 25, 2020
This program allows students to step back into history by visiting ancient Greek and Roman ruins, touring beautiful Byzantine churches, walking the streets of medieval towns, learning to cook traditional dishes, and visiting local artisans. Along with coursework, students will experience cultural events abound, from local festivals, to traditional parties, meals and music, and lectures by prominent Italian and international scholars.

Located on the Italian Peninsula in southern Europe, Italy shares its northern boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. Italy has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Calabria, on the southern tip of Italy, boasts unforgettable vistas across rugged mountains, vast golden wheat fields and age-old olive trees that grow as tall as eucalyptus.


Students can earn 6-8 URI credits that satisfy the modern language and other requirements such as general education and elective courses. No previous Italian language study is required to participate in the program. Non-URI students and adult learners are welcome to apply. Courses are available in English and Italian. 

  • ITL 101, 102 – Beginning Italian (3 credits each, intensive courses of 2 weeks each) (A3) (C2) 
  • ITL 103, 104 – Intermediate Italian (3 credits each, intensive courses of 2 weeks each) (A3) (C2) 
  • ITL 205, 206 – Conversation & Composition (3 credits each, intensive courses of 2 weeks each) (A3) (C2) 
  • ITL 301, 302 – Civilization of Italy (3 credits each)
  • ITL 305 – Advanced Conversation & Composition (3 credits)
  • ITL 315 – Italian Cinema (3 credits, taught in English) (A3) (C2)
  • ITL 316 – Italian Language and Culture Study Abroad I
  • ITL 317 – Italian Language and Culture Study Abroad II
  • ITL 325, 326 – Introduction to Italian Literature (3 credits each)
  • ITL 390 – Italian Literature in Translation (3 credits, taught in English) (A3) (C1)
  • ITL 395 – Dante’s Divine Comedy (3 credits, taught in English)
  • ITL 455 – Selected Italian Authors (3 credits)
  • ITL 465 – Topics in Italian Literature (3 credits)
  • ITL 480 – Business Italian (3 credits)
  • ITL 481 – The Works of Dante Alighieri (3 credits)
  • ITL 497 – Directed Study (3 Credits)
  • ENG 160 – Introduction to World Literature: Italy in the Literary Imagination (4 credits, taught in English) (A3) (C2)
  • ENG 394 – Independent Study (1-4 credits, taught in English)
  • ENG 399 – Special Topics in Literature (4 credits, taught in English by specialists in the field)
  • FILM 351 – Topics in Film Media Production (4 credits, taught in English)
  • FILM 401 – Field Experience in Film Media (3 credits, taught in English)
  • MUS 110B – Applied Music - Piano (1-3 credits)
  • MUS 210B – Applied Music - Piano (1-3 credits)
  • MUS 310B – Applied Music - Piano (1-3 credits)
  • MUS 410B – Applied Music - Piano (1-3 credits)
  • MUS 510B – Applied Music - Piano (1-3 credits)
  • MUS 371 – Piano Accompanying (1 credit)
  • MUS 590 – Piano Accompanying (1 credit)
  • MUS 490 – Independent Study (1-3 credits)
  • MUS 591  – Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Coursework will be supplemented with cultural activities and excursions including: cooking labs; interaction with the local people; museum visits; movie nights; conferences and seminars; tours of Calabria, archaeological sites, churches and medieval towns, plus free days to explore local beaches or mountains.

While in Italy, students will stay in dormitories, B&Bs, or furnished apartments. Bed linens and towels will be provided along with most breakfasts and dinners. Hotels and most meals are offered during excursions. Wireless Internet Service is available in various locations that will be visited.


Program Fee: $4,550

Program fee includes: 
  • URI credits
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Excursions and activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Health insurance
NOTE: All fees subject to change



Michelangelo La Luna, Ph.D.
(401) 874-5968  -
Michelangelo La Luna is Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at University of Rhode Island since 2003. He is also the Director of the URI Italian International Engineering, Business and Pharmaceutical Science Programs. Originally from Calabria, Italy, he earned his Bachelors degree in Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Calabria in 1991. He has a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University (2001)and a Ph.D. in Albanian Language and Literature from University of Calabria (1997). Prof. La Luna has many years of experience in study abroad programs. Before directing the URI Summer Program in Italy (2005), Prof. La Luna organized the first study abroad Italy programs for the DeRada Italian Institute (2001-2004) and Harvad University (2002-2004). Dr. La Luna's principal contributions to the University of Rhode Island as a Professor are the development of students’ skills and content knowledge, through a methodology that aims at a constant interaction of the students in the class, and a closer and more practical approach to the studying of the material (Italian Language, Literature, Culture, Civilization, etc.).

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