Program Overview

This program has been suspended by CIEE indefinitely and will no longer be offered.


This program is designed for students with intermediate to advanced Italian language skills who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in the language and culture of Italy through intensive Italian language study and content courses taught in Italian. If you have a very high level of Italian you will also have the opportunity to enroll in a regular university course at the University of Ferrara.

All CIEE students enroll in a required, intensive Italian language course at the start of the semester. Following the intensive language course, all students are required to continue their Italian language study at the appropriate level throughout the semester, and select three content courses taught in Italian with Italian texts. If you have a very high language level you may audit select courses at the University of Ferrara. This can be arranged with the Resident Director upon arrival in Ferrara. All CIEE classes are with CIEE students only and not with Italian students. Faculty teaching CIEE courses are from local Italian universities.

You take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Italian at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Italian language proficiency and understanding of Italian society. The academic program is supplemented with excursions to local places of interest and cultural activities.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Liberal Arts in Ferrara, Italy.

Course Equivalencies

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.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  1. Completion of the GEO application process.
  2. Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Semester201910/15/2018Mid-JanuaryMid-May
Fall Semester20194/1/2019Early SeptemberLate December
Academic Year2019-204/1/2019Early SeptemberMid-May
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Mid-JanuaryMid-May

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