Study in Italy with Italian Studies at Western

Looking for a Western Study Abroad or International Exchange Program in Italy?

The Department of Modern Languages and Literature has the answers to your questions about Studying Abroad and Exchange.

Click here to learn more about how to earn credits towards your degree through study abroad or exchange. But first, check out the options available to you!

Rondine Citadel of Peace Study Abroad (Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy)  – Deadline: Jan 11th, via – select Italian Study Abroad Program

When does the program start? 
Registration in Winter 2017, travel takes place in intersession (May) 2017

Who can apply? ANY student enrolled at Western (Affiliates included) who is interested in pursuing the study of Italian language and culture at the beginning and intermediate level; as well as students with an interest in international relations, peace building, conflict resolution, and intercultural competence.

How long am I away? Depending on the course, from a minimum of 1 week to a maximum of 4 weeks (in May 2017)

How much does it cost?
$ 1200 – $4000 (not including airfare) including accommodation (below), weekly lunch, monthly transit pass, some cultural excursions, local coordinator, language courses materials

Accommodations provided:
Shared double room in fully equipped apartments in the city centre, with WEEKLY CLEANING



Courses available

Beginning Italian (Two half credit courses)

These two half credit courses are designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Italian. It is a dynamic full immersion intensive introductory course to the Italian language and culture in Tuscany. Students will engage in active learning so as to acquire beginners’ communicative skills by collaborating in a positive, constructive manner. This course will introduce you to the standard Italian language in an active and practical way with an emphasis on the traveling experience. It will allow you to enroll in the intermediate Italian course on Main Campus, in September!

Courses: ITA 1045 Italian for Travellers I (0.5); ITA 1046 Italian for Travellers II (0.5)

Intermediate Italian (Full credit course)

The course builds upon a basic knowledge of Italian and develops further effective oral and written skills in a language immersion environment. Students will be exposed to authentic Italian culture in the heart of Tuscany through daily interactions with native speakers.  The course includes a community-engaged learning component. It will also allow you to enroll in the third year advanced course in Italian on Main Campus, and get closer to your Certificate of Practical Italian,  Minor or Major programs.

Course:  ITA 2202 Intermediate Italian in Italy (1.0)

Seminar on  Intercultural Competence and Peace building (Half credit)

This course aims at building the skills to understand cultural differences and shed light on their implications for peacebuilding practices in the global context.  Intercultural competence and peace building will be studied in theory and in practice, including world perspectives on peace building approaches, cultural awareness and ethical responsibility for social change.

Course: ITA 2267/SJSP 3377 Seminar in Who is the Other? Ethical Responses to the Contemporary Crisis of Migration in Europe (0.5) – pre-requisite: ITA 1045 Italian for Travellers I 

Language of Instruction 
Italian (language and culture) and English (seminar in intercultural competence and peace building)

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For more information contact Dr Maria Laura Mosco, Rondine Study Abroad Coordinator at

University of Verona Exchange Program


Arena di Verona

The University of Verona is located in the city of Verona, between Milan and Venice, and within the northern state of Vento. Known as “Little Rome,” Verona offers many beautiful cultural attractions and is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Some attractions include Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, the Lamberti Tower, the Roman Theater and Archeological Museum, the Duomo di Verona, the  Roman Arena,  and Juliet’s house, balcony and statue!

For the music lovers, from the months of June to August, the Arena di Verona hosts an opera festival where different operas are preformed almost every day! These operas range from “Carmen,” to “Nabucco,” to “Turandot” and to “Romeo and Juliet.”

Fun fact: Verona is known as the city of Romeo and Juliet. Despite Shakespeare never visiting this city himself, he wrote his famous play “Romeo and Juliet” to be set in this city.

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