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Italy: Italian Language & Culture in Trento
Trento, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Best Fit Majors: Italian
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 6 Faculty Leader: Annastella Vester
Program Description:


Italy: Italian Language & Culture in Trento
This summer program will be located in Trento, a town in the Italian Alps with a rich culture and history.  The program will begin on June 11 in Trento. Students will leave the United Stated and fly to Italy the day before. On June 11 and in the afternoon of June 12, students will attend two two-hour orientation sessions.  On the morning of June 12 the regular coursework will begin, and will continue until Friday, July 7.  Students will leave to return in the United States on Saturday, July 8. Over the course of these four weeks, students will take two courses, one in Italian language and one on Italian culture.  They will receive 6 hours of credit upon successful completion of the program.  Classes will be help in the morning and afternoon during the week.  During the course of the month students will visit different locations as part of their courses (Duomo, Castello del Buonconsiglio, Museo Diocesiano, Rovine Romane del SAS, Museo di San Michele, Museo di Arte Moderna di Rovereto, and Museo MUSE). Vocabulary and background information for these field trips will be provided in class prior to the trips, and discussions about the trips will be held on the days following the trips.  Students will also have the opportunity to improve their language skills by meeting twice a week with conversation partners.  One weekends will be devoted to the visit of Mantua and one weekend to the visit of Ferrara. One Saturday will be devoted to the visit of Bolzano and the Iceman Museum. During the other weekend some optional activities will be proposed (costs not included), or students can choose to travel on their own. Twice a week students will have the opportunity to learn more about Italian culture by participating in evening cultural events.  All students will be eligible for participation in this program.  Students will be lodged in the university’s dorms and will have access to all university’s facilities.


City: Trento

Country: Italy

Population: 114,802

Information: Trento or is an city located in the Adige River valley in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol in Italy. It is the capital of Trentino. In the 16th century, the city was the location of the Council of Trent.


ITAL 101 - Elementary Italian 1 - 3 credits
ITAL 102 - Elementary Italian 2 - 3 credits
ITAL 203 - Intermediate Italian 1 - 3 credits
ITAL 204 - Intermediate Italian 2 - 3 credits
ITAL 371 - L'Italia dal vivo - 3 credits
FCLT 393 - Contemporary Italy- 3 credits

Students will take one language class, depending from their language level (ITAL 101-204 and ITAL 371) and they will all take FCLT 393 (taught in English).


Dr. Annastella Vester

Annastella Vester was born in Milan, Italy. After high school she moved to France, where she received her Master’s Degree in Italian Literature from the University of Grenoble III. She received her Ph.D. in Contemporary Italian Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002. Her research focuses on the relationship between Italian intellectuals and fascism. Currently she is the Italian Studies Coordinator and she supervises the Italian teaching assistants. She teaches Italian language and upper-division courses including advanced conversation, Italian literature, Italian civilization, Italian cinema, Italian-American Immigration.


Program Cost:
 * 6 WVU Credit Hours
 * Lodging
 * Programmatic Excursions and Activities
 * Transportation in Italy
 * Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare.

Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB at (304) 293-4006.



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