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    Mary Jean Bujdos
    Italian Language Faculty
    mbujdos@francis.edu
    814.472.3222

    Saint Francis University students have cross- cultural studies opportunities in Parma, Italy for one month during the summer.  The program is offered every other year and the options are numerous!  

    The city of Parma, nestled between Florence and Milano in the Emilia Romagna Region of northern Italy is mostly known for its production of cheese and prosciutto, but also happens to lay claim to a 1000 year-old university (with a medical school), Pasta Barilla (you see it on your store shelves), a newspaper, sports teams, and so much more.

  • Academic Program

    ITAL 254 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies

    This survey course will constitute a comprehensive city study in the areas of Art History, Economics/Trade, Health Sciences, and Local Culture and History.  Each week's focus will include guest lecturers from the University of Parma and excursions to important sites.

    ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I

    Grammar review and further development of communicative skills and cross-cultural competence through cultural readings in Italian.  Focus on oral proficiency and written expression.  Prerequisite:  ITAL 112. 

    ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II

    Grammar review and further development of communicative skills and cross-cultural competence through cultural readings in Italian.  Focus on oral proficiency and written expression.  Prerequisite:  ITAL 201. 

     

    Housing & Meals

    Students are housed in a residence hall in Parma. Each room normally accommodates two students and is equipped with a bathroom and kitchen. In addition, a free washing machine and maid service is included. The doors of the residence are locked at all times, and must be accessed with a key.

    All cultural studies sites are easily accessible by bicycle (included in the price of the program) or by bus if preferred.

    Meals (not included in the cost of the program) may be purchased at any of the many cafes in Parma or prepared in the student's own kitchen with local ingredients.

    Excursions

    Excursions are included in the cost of the program and will include visits to castles, cheese factories and Prosciutto factories.

    Students will be provided with a TrenItalia Pass for 5 days of travel anywhere in Italy.  With this pass, students are free to plan their own excursions and have a  completely unique Italian experience every weekend.

    Students may also explore the city easily by pedaling around just like locals.

    Dates & Costs

    Summer 2020

    The program fee is approximately $3,600 plus tuition. The price is subject to change based on airfares.

    Program fee includes:

    • round trip airfare
    • housing
    • excursions
    • bicycle rental
    • Trenitalia 6 day pass
    • insurance
    • optional cooking lessons

     

    Requirements / Application

    Interested students, of junior or senior status, must return the completed program application to the Office for Study Abroad (205 Scotus Hall) along with, a copy of their passport (or passport application) and a deposit of $300 made payable to Saint Francis University.

    *Note: Previous health, academic, or disciplinary problems may influence a student's ability to participate in this program.

    Italy Application 2020

  • caitlin feltenberget testimonial

    "Experiencing a different culture helped me grow as a person. The experience helped me solidify what I want to accomplish at Saint Francis. I will always treasure the memories made while we were in Italy."

    Caitlin Feltenberger, Occupational Therapy Major