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Study Abroad in Italy and Italian Cultural Activities

Study Abroad in Italy and Italian Cultural Activities

The following FIVE, SLU-approved study abroad options are available to students. A sixth, new program, in beautiful Taormina, Sicily, is currently under final review for official SLU approval. Financial aid and scholarships transfer into these SLU-affiliated study abroad programs. Scholarships are also available through each individual program, as well as from other organizations. Students are encouraged to apply early, as availability is limited. Scholarships are also available through the National Italian American Foundation

  • Spring Hill College Italy Center in Bologna: study in Bologna for a summer, a semester, or a year at the Spring Hill College Italy Center, and you will discover an environment where students learn in nontraditional settings and travel together. Academic excellence and a commitment to social justice are at the core of the SHC Italy Center's mission. Studying at the Italy Center presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cultures.

  • The Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento ( ) . The Sant'anna Institute offers study abroad programs in partnership with SLU. All courses are offered through SUNY Alfred (New York State), which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Non-Alfred State College students can apply to transfer course credits to their home institution by requesting a SUNY Alfred transcript. The Sant'Anna Institute provides undergraduate students with a great international experience. Students get to live in beautiful Sorrento, located in Southern Italy (Campania region), near Naples, near the Amalfi coast area, while improving their linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills.

  • The UNH-in-Italy Study Abroad Program in Ascoli Piceno ( SLU students can apply for a semester or a full academic year. The Campus is set in the charming, safe town of Ascoli Piceno, Italy. This beautiful, historic urban center is located in the Marche region of central Italy, a short train ride from Florence and Rome. It is the perfect setting for a full-immersion study abroad experience in Italy. Students live in apartments in downtown Ascoli, and walk to their classes, enjoying the life of, and interactions with local Italians.

N.B. Current or prospective Italian Majors and Minors who wish to study in Italy (which is highly recommended to attain fluency and a good working knowledge of Italian culture and society), are strongly encouraged to attend the Spring Hill Programs in Bologna, the Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, or the UNH program in Ascoli.

  • The Loyola University Rome Campus ( SLU students can apply for a semester or a full academic year. The Campus is set in the beautiful capital of Italy, the center of Christianity and of the Roman Empire. This location, so rich in art, archaeology and history, is ideal for students who want to immerse themselves in the culture and language of Italy.
  • Villa Nazareth in Rome ( SLU students who have an outstanding G.P.A. and well above average skills in Italian (4.0 average in Italian language courses; intermediate-advanced command of the Italian language, 300-level or above), can apply for a semester in Villa Nazareth in Rome. This is a full-immersion experience. SLU students live with Italian university students and attend courses at one of the Italian Universities in Rome.

For more information, call Dr. Bregni in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (977-2617), or the International Office (977-3434).

Italian Cultural Activities

Days and times of the following activities change each semester. Not all activities may be offered each semester, except for Italian Club. Please contact Dr. Simone Bregni ( / 977-2617) or Dr. Claudia Karagoz ( / 977-3667) for more information.

  • The Italian Table/Conversation Hour

Casual conversation in Italian. All levels welcome! Come meet other students who want to improve their conversation skills, learn more about Italy, parlare italiano!

  • The Italian Club

Join the Saint Louis University Italian Club Facebook group!

The Italian Club provides members with an opportunity to explore Italian and Italian-American culture through the organization of activities. These activities are both educational and social in that they seek to foster interest and appreciation for the culture and the societies of Italians and Italian-Americans. An important aspect of the Italian Club mission is to establish contacts with the Italian-American community of St. Louis.

This community outreach allows the membership to integrate themselves more fully into the dynamics of the city. The Italian Club intends to initiate and co-sponsor several activities, some geared toward its membership while others are open to the entire campus community.

All SLU undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about Italian culture are eligible for membership; any person interested might be recognized as a member after attending at least one meeting or activity sponsored by the Club.

Campus-Wide events:

  • Opera in St. Louis
  • Public screenings of Italian Films
  • Visits to museums
  • Sponsor lecture series on Italian and Italian-American related issues, open to SLU and the surrounding community.

Club-Focused Events :

  • Bi-weekly meetings
  • Dinners
  • Formation of study groups for Italian courses
  • Frequent excursions to the Hill, St. Louis' Little Italy.
  • Working with Italian-American groups in the St. Louis community
  • Italian Movie Night!
    • Screenings of recent Italian movies, in Italian with English subtitles! Free to all SLU students!
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