Venice





Penn-in-Venice, Italy

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Culture and Experience!

Bask in the beauty of Italian language, art, and culture in this ancient city on the Adriatic Sea.

All courses in this intensive 6-week program offer University of Pennsylvania credits. Course options include Italian language at various levels as well as courses taught in English. In order to get the most out of your time in Italy, the program is designed to promote Italian language study. Students who do not have the equivalent of Beginning Italian will take Italian 110 and one of the courses taught in English during the program.

In addition to group excursions to cultural sites in Venice, the program includes exciting excursions and trips throughout Italy. Students live in program-arranged housing in the beautiful "Lido" of Venice.

Program Calendar 2014

Arrive in Venice Saturday, May 31, 2014
Program housing first available Saturday, May 31, 2014
On-site Orientation Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 5:30pm
Classes Start Monday, June 2, 2014
Classes End Thursday, July 10, 2014
Final checkout date of program housing Saturday, July 12, 2014

Course Information

All students register for a total of two course units (CUs). Course offerings are subject to change.

Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

Note for Visiting Students: One CU is generally considered to be equivalent to three semester hours when Penn coursework is transferred to another institution.

Courses

Beginning Italian
ITALIAN 110 (1 CU)
Taught by Professor Eva Del Soldato, University of Pennsylvania
Required for students who do not have the language equivalent of Italian 110 prior to the program.

Italian 110 is a first-semester elementary language course for students who have never studied Italian before or who have taken the placement test and received a score below 380. All students who have studied Italian previously are required to take the placement test. Class work emphasizes the development of listening comprehension and speaking, with training in reading and writing. The course is conducted in Italian.

Intensive Second Year Italian
ITALIAN 134 (2 CU)

Taught by Dr. Helen McFie Simone, University of Pennsylvania
Prerequisite: Completion of Italian 112 or the equivalent (one year of college-level Italian).
Fulfills the Language Requirement in Italian.

Italian 134 is an intensive and accelerated two-credit course covering the first and second semester of the intermediate sequence (130 and 140). It will build on your existing skills in Italian, increase your confidence and your ability to read, write, speak and understand the language, and introduce you to more refined lexical items, more complex grammatical structures, and more challenging cultural material. You are expected to have already learned the most basic grammatical structures in elementary Italian and to review these on your own. The course will allow you to explore culturally relevant topics and to develop cross-cultural skills through the exploration of similarities and differences between your native culture and the Italian world. It is conducted in Italian.

Streets of Venice, Words of Italy 
ITALIAN 220 (1 CU)

Taught by Dr. Marina Johnston, University of Pennsylvania
Prerequisite: Completion of Italian 140 or its equivalent (two years of college-level Italian).
Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-cultural Analysis.

The purpose of this course is to enable students to achieve fluency in Italian language and facilitate their transition into more advanced Italian studies. Frequent lessons on site, will draw information and inspiration from the streets, buildings, monuments, markets and ordinary life of Venice. The course is conducted in Italian.

Survey of Italian Culture and History
ITALIAN 297 / HISTORY 180 (1 CU)
Taught by Professor Fabio Finotti, University of Pennsylvania
Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-cultural Analysis.
This course counts for the Major and Minor in both Italian Culture and in Italian Literature, and is conducted in English.

Through lectures, discussions and field trips, students will explore Italian civilization and culture. The emphasis of the course is on Italian literature, art, history, political and social institutions from the Medieval Age and Renaissance to the present. The course is conducted in English. It counts for the Major and Minor in both Italian Culture and in Italian Literature, and has no prerequisite.

On-Site: Art in Venice, Past and Present
ART HISTORY 301 / ITALIAN 300 (1 CU)

Taught by Professor Christine Poggi, University of Pennsylvania
Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-cultural Analysis.
This course counts for the Major and Minor in both Italian Culture and Italian Literature, and is conducted in English.
Course materials for ARTH 301 will be available on Canvas.

This course will emphasize on-site study of art in Venice and its environs from the Byzantine period to the present.  A city with a rich history of Byzantine art and architecture, and home to the “Venetian School” of Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and others during the Renaissance, Venice has emerged as a leading venue for the exhibition of modern and contemporary art in the last twenty years. This course will cast a wide historical net, with visits to local museums, churches, and other institutions including Saint Mark’s Cathedral and Square, the Doges Palace, the Accademia, the School of San Rocco, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Palazzo Fortuny, the Ca’ D’Oro, and the recently opened contemporary art collections at the Punta della Dogana and the Prada Foundation. 

Housing

Students are housed in double, triple and quadruple rooms at the Hotel Cristallo in the Lido area of Venice. Breakfast is included.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

  • Tuition for Summer 2014: $7,228 ($3,614 per CU)
  • Program Fee for Venice 2014: $3,900

    Includes accommodation with breakfast, cultural activities, administrative costs, and the following excursions organized by the program:

  • Click here to view the Penn-in-Venice 2014 Cost Sheet.

Student Financial Services covers Penn-in-Venice at the same proportion as other summer programs. Since meals are not included in the Venice program fee, we estimate $30 per day in meals, and we include this cost in the total estimated costs of participation that we provide SFS. SFS takes into consideration all costs associated with the program including: tuition, program fee, flight, meals, books, etc.

Venice A-Z Handbook

Pre-Departure Orientation

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:00pm - Cherpack Lounge (543 Williams Hall)

Apply

The application for Penn Summer Abroad 2015 will be opening later this year.

Testimonials

  • Click here for Penn-in-Venice Student Testimonials.

Evaluations

  • Click here to see student feedback from previous Penn-in-Venice programs.

Contact Information

Program Director
for details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation
Fabio Finotti (profile)
Mariano DiVito Professor of Italian Studies
Director of Center for Italian Studies
University of Pennsylvania
E-mail: finotti@sas.upenn.edu
Tel: 215-898-6041

Penn Summer Abroad Office
for assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure, or other general information
Penn Summer Abroad
College of Liberal & Professional Studies (LPS)
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Tel: 215-746-7075
Fax: 215-573-2053
E-mail: summerabroad@sas.upenn.edu