The Lecce program offers you an opportunity to learn the Italian language at an accelerated pace through intensive language study and immersion in the Italian culture. This program can accommodate you, whether you want to begin or continue the study of Italian, including at advanced levels. If you are an advanced student, you may have the option of taking courses in Italian literature, film, art history, history, and other subjects, provided a minimum number of students enroll in the respective courses.
Italian courses in Lecce are taught entirely by School of Italian for Foreigners (SIS) instructional faculty. Other SIS staff members assist you with housing, handle administrative details such as registration and residency permits, and organize group excursions and outings.
If you have fewer than two years of prior Italian language study at the University of Oregon, you will receive credit for either first- or second-year Italian language (12 quarter credits). You can also opt for supplementary elective courses taught in an Italian immersion format in such areas as cooking, stone carving, and pottery. If you are ready for the third-year Italian (or above) at the UO, and dependent upon language-level placement in Lecce and enrollment numbers you may be able to choose courses on other topics such as history, Italian literature, art history, Italian cinema, and Latin, in addition to language courses. (The faculty director assists in placing you in courses that are appropriate for your interests and language competence. In some cases, enrollment in culture courses may incur an extra fee paid directly to SIS.) All courses are taught in Italian by Italian faculty who are experts in their fields as well as in teaching Italian to non-native speakers.
Faculty and Staff
University of Oregon Italian faculty lead this program providing pre-departure and on-site orientations, as well as offer academic and student support. They do not teach courses.
The faculty leaders for summer 2017 are Laurette de Renzo-Huter and Antonella Antonelli.
The host institution places you in shared apartments or homestays. The apartments are usually integrated as much as possible, with a mix of Italians and students from other countries. Housing assignments are based on a survey of housing preferences. In the case of a homestay, you are generally integrated into family life and not viewed as simply a boarder. No matter which option you choose, a housing director will meet you when you arrive at the train station and accompany you to your housing location.
Housing fees vary depending on whether you choose a homestay or apartment, and fees for apartments vary depending on the amenities. Basic cost differences are described in the posted student budget. Please consult the program advisor and faculty for more information.
You must be 18 years or older.
Dates and Deadlines
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If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.