Trieste, Italy
Berkeley Summer Abroad

Trieste, Italy: Italian Language and Culture

  • Summary

    Develop your knowledge and understanding of Italian history, society and culture from personal experience.

    Study the Italian language in Trieste, a vibrant city with a rich past on the Adriatic Sea
    Understand the influence and presence of Italian culture on other Mediterranean societies as well as the persistent presence of foreign cultures on Italian society
    Learn about life on the border between different cultures
    Visit historical sites and cities such as Aquileia, Venice and Gorizia

    Dates:

    • Five-week program (1st week at Berkeley and weeks 2-5 in Trieste, Italy): May 28th- June 30th (June 3rd – June 30th in Trieste)
    • May 28th- June 30th (June 3rd – June 30th in Trieste) All dates are subject to change.

    Units: 7 – 9 units

    Courses:

    • ITALIAN 1: Elementary Italian (5 units) OR
    • ITALIAN 2: Elementary Italian (5 units) OR
    • ITALIAN 3: Intermediate Italian (5 units) OR
    • ITALIAN 4: Advanced Italian (5 units) OR
    • ITALIAN 11: Italian Conversation I (3 units) OR
    • ITALIAN 12: Italian Conversation II (3 units)
    • ITALIAN N160: Italy in the Mediterranean - Borders (4 units)

     

    Eligibility:

    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher

     

    Application:

    • Application opens February 1, 2018
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 9, 2018

     

  • Courses

    Students will take two courses during their stay in Trieste:

    • One 5 unit Italian language course (IS1; IS2: IS3 or IS4, depending on Italian skill level)

    OR


    One 3 unit Italian conversation course (IS11 or IS12, depending on Italian skill level)

    • IS N160 “Studies in the History, Society, and Politics of the Italian Peninsula: Italy in the Mediterranean- Borders” – Units: 4 (Satisfies L&S Historical Studies or Social & Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement)

     

    Length of the portion of the program abroad

    Possible Course Combinations
    Italian 1 (5 units) + Italian N160 (4 units) = 9 units
    Italian 2 (5 units) + Italian N160 (4 units) = 9 units
    Italian 3 (5 units) + Italian N160 (4 units) = 9 units
    Italian 4 (5 units) + Italian N160 (4 units) = 9 units
    Italian 11 (3 units) + Italian N160 (4 units) = 7 units
    Italian 12 (3 units) + Italian N160 (4 units) = 7 units

    Course: Italian 1
    Title: Elementary Italian
    Dates: June 3rd – June 30th (No Berkeley component, Trieste only)
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 5 units
    Prerequisites: None
    This full immersion intensive Elementary Italian summer course in Trieste is designed for beginners who have never studied Italian. Emphasis is on developing students' ability to communicate in Italian through basic linguistic structures and vocabulary while mastering a basic understanding of Italian culture. To this end, during the course, students will learn oral/aural as well as reading/writing skills in Italian, while being exposed to simple linguistic structures, communication patterns, and real-life situations. Over the course of five weeks, students will attend four hours of language instruction per day, for five days per week.

    These courses satisfy the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: Italian 2
    Title: Elementary Italian
    Dates: June 3rd – June 30th (No Berkeley component, Trieste only) 
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 5 units
    Prerequisites: ITALIAN 1 or equivalent
    This five-week full immersion summer course in Trieste is designed for students who have already a basic knowledge of Italian. The aim of the course is to expand students' ability to communicate in Italian both orally and in writing through more complex linguistic structures and vocabulary while enriching their understanding of Italian culture and society. To this end, during the five-week program, students will continue to learn grammar, expand their vocabulary, improve their pronunciation, hone their aural-oral, reading and writing skills in Italian, while being exposed to authentic learning Italian culture and way of life. This is an intensive course: students will attend four hours of language instruction per day, for five days per week.

    These courses satisfy the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: Italian 3
    Title: Intermediate Italian
    Dates: June 3rd – June 30th (No Berkeley component, Trieste only)
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 5 units
    Prerequisites: ITALIAN 2 or equivalent
    In this intermediate full-immersion course in Trieste, students who have already studied Italian and who, therefore, have a good knowledge of Italian basic grammar structures and vocabulary, will review and expand their linguistic skills. This is an intensive course: students will attend four hours of language instruction per day, for five days per week.

    These courses satisfy the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: Italian 4
    Title: Advanced Italian
    Dates: June 3rd – June 30th (No Berkeley component, Trieste only)
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 5 units
    Prerequisites: ITALIAN 3 or equivalent
    In this advanced full-immersion course in Trieste, students who have a good knowledge of Italian grammar, vocabulary, and culture will hone their language skills by reviewing the grammar structures learned in the previous three semesters. This is an intensive course: students will attend four hours of language instruction per day, for five days per week.

    These courses satisfy the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: Italian 11
    Title: Italian Conversation I
    Dates: June 3rd – June 30th (No Berkeley component, Trieste only)
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: Italian 2
    The aim of this course is to develop and enhance oral communication skills in students who have already learned the basics of Italian grammar in IS 1 and IS 2. Through this course, students will enrich their listening and speaking skills through the acquisition of new vocabulary, conversational practice, oral reports, discussions, and collaborative projects.

    These courses satisfy the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: Italian 12
    Title: Italian Conversation II
    Dates: June 3rd – June 30th (No Berkeley component, Trieste only)
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: Italian 3
    This course is for students who have already completed three semesters of study of Italian and who want to perfect their speaking and listening skills while improving their fluency in Italian. Class discussions, role-play, oral reports will all contribute to enriching students' vocabulary, oral proficiency, and listening skills.

    These courses satisfy the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: Italian 160
    Title: Italy in the Mediterranean – Borders 
    Dates: May 28th- June 30th (June 3rd – June 30th in Trieste)
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D
    Units: 4 units
    This summer course, offered in Trieste (Italy), introduces students to the study of Italy and it's crucial historical and social position in the Mediterranean with a focus on the idea of “borders.” The course will start with an overview of the historical shifts in national borders in North-eastern Italy in the past couple of centuries. Students will have the opportunity to visit not only the actual World War I Austrian-Hungarian and Italian trenches and battle sites, but also to visit exhibits and museums dedicated to the centenary of the end of WWI. The “Trieste question” at the end of WWII, as well as the idea of national identity, will also be discussed. The end of the course will focus on current day migrations into Italy. 

    By the end of the course, students will have developed a greater knowledge and deeper understanding of Italian history, society and culture from a different perspective as well as from personal experience.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies, Historical Studies, OR Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement. ITALIAN N160 also counts towards the minor or major in Italian. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

     

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees

    2018 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (7 units) $2,947 $3,850
    Program Fee $1,798 $1,798
    Total Cost $4,745 $5,648
         
    2018 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (9 units) $3,789 $4,950
    Program Fee $1,798 $1,798
    Total Cost $5,587 $6,748

     

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.

     

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $2,200
    Additional Meals $252
    Books $259
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visa, etc.) $534
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $3,245

     

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

     

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $421 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Student housing and some meals
    • Excursions and program activities
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to Italy
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for tour guides, guest lecturers, classroom space, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes

     

  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2018
    Application closes March 9, 2018
    Applicants notified of selection March 23, 2018
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 6, 2018
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Trieste May 28, 2018
    Last day of program June 30, 2018

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.

     

  • Instructors

    Giuliana Perco (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University) is a Lecturer and the Language Program Coordinator at the Department of Italian Studies. Before teaching at UC Berkeley, she taught Italian culture, literature and language at various universities such as Duke, Penn State, the College of William and Mary and Bryn Mawr.

    As Italian Language Program Coordinator, Dr. Perco created the Summer Study Abroad in Trieste, Italy and is in charge of the 300-level seminar on Pedagogy of Second Language Acquisition as well as of the Practicum in Language Teaching. She is currently working at the development of hybrid/blended learning versions of Elementary Italian 1 and 2.

    Her main literary field of interest is 20th and 21st century narrative from a comparative perspective; she worked on the role of the reader, metafiction, parody, and intertextuality. She is also interested in ecocricitism and animal studies.

    Courses taught at Berkeley:

    • Advanced writing workshop (on different topics, from food to fashion, from the environment to emigration/immigration)
    • Italian through the Arts (on Italian protests songs)
    • Literature and World War 1
    • Italy and the Mediterranean (in Trieste)
    • Graduate Seminar on Pedagogy of Second Language Acquisition
    • Graduate Practicum in Language Teaching

    Courses taught at other Universities:

    • All levels of Italian language
    • Literary Detective Fiction
    • Historical Fiction by Women Writers
    • Italian Society post 1946
    • Survey of Italian Cinema