Intensive Italian Language in Lecce

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or Above
Location: Europe, Italy
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

The Lecce program offers you an opportunity to learn Italian language at an accelerated pace through intensive study and immersion in the Italian culture. This program can accommodate you, whether you want to begin or continue the study of the Italian language, at any level. You can earn the equivalent of a full year of Italian language (e.g. 201, 202, and 203) in just two months, while spending your summer in the popular tourist destination of southern Italy.

In addition to intensive language courses, the program includes excursions around the local area, and two extra-curricular cultural courses.


There may be specific scholarships available for this program. To be eligible, students must meet the eligibility criteria for the program, and submit a completed program application as well as the scholarship questionnaire within the application by the final application deadline listed below. The scholarship application for the Lecce program is a questionnaire located within the GEO application for this program (the questionnaire is a part of the online application). Awards range from $500-$1,500. Students will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application after the final application deadline and after scholarship essays have been reviewed. Review of scholarship essays and program applications generally takes up to two weeks after the deadline, but in some cases can take longer.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2024 3/15/2024 7/1/2024 8/30/2024

There are two 4-week sessions, with a 1-week break in between.

Session 1: July 1 - 26, 2024
Break: July 27 - August 4, 2024
Session 2: August 5 - 30, 2024


Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program (Summer 2024 and beyond) to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Academic Details

The academic program in Lecce offers a full sequence of courses in first-, second-, or third-year Italian language. All courses are taught in Italian by local faculty who are experts in teaching Italian to non-native speakers. Classes are held at the Scuola d’Italiano per Stranieri (School of Italian for Foreigners – SIS) in the Università Lum Jean Monnet School of Management. The class building is conveniently located in the city center, within walking distance of cafes, restaurants, historic buildings and monuments. 

You can also choose from a variety of supplementary elective courses in such areas as cooking, stone carving, pottery, and traditional dance (offerings may vary by term and student interest). These extracurricular courses provide an opportunity to apply your language skills in a relaxed and fun environment.

Excursions to sites of cultural interest near Lecce are an integral part of the academic program. You will experience beautiful and interesting places like the historic towns of Otranto and Ostuni, the hip Alberobello, and the sparkling Adriatic sea.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: 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.

Additional requirements

For 1st-year Italian: No language requirement.
For 2nd-year Italian: Prior completion of Italian 103 or equivalent.
For 3rd-year Italian: Prior completion of Italian 203 or equivalent.
For 4th-year Italian: Prior completion of three 3rd-year Italian courses.

NOTE: There must be a minimum enrollment of 5 students per class for 1st and 4th-year Italian. Students will be notified after the commitment deadline whether or not their language level will be offered.

Application process
This program is less than 90 days. Students with a US passport will be traveling to Italy under the Schengen Visa waiver program and do not require a travel visa for this program, and GEO is unable to assist U.S. citizens in obtaining a visa. If you are not a U.S. Citizen: Notify your GEO Advisor. Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact the Italian consulate in their country of residence about visa requirements, no matter the duration of the program of study.
Faculty and Staff

University of Oregon Italian faculty leaders provide pre-departure and on-site orientations, guide journal activities, and offer academic and student support. Experienced local faculty teach the language courses are taught at the Scuola d’Italiano per Stranieri (SIS) by who specialize in teaching Italian as a foreign language. Other SIS staff members assist you with housing, handle administrative details such as registration and residency permits, and organize group excursions and outings.

Housing Description

You can choose to live in an apartment or homestay. Apartments are integrated as much as possible, with a mix of Italians and students from other countries. Homestays are with families who are interested in cultural exchange, and students are generally integrated into family life. Students who choose homestays may have a commute of around 30 minutes, and may not always live close to the city center. Housing assignments are based on a survey of housing preferences. 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.