Trieste
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 and seaport
    Analyze the influence and presence of Italian culture on other Mediterranean societies as well as the persistent presence of foreign cultures on Italian society
    Visit historical sites and cities such as Aquileia, Venice and Gorizia.

    Dates: May 28 – June 30, 2017
    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 (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, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 10, 2017
  • Courses

    During the program, you will take two courses for a total of 7-9 Berkeley units. One course will be Elementary Italian (ITALIAN 1), Elementary Italian (ITALIAN 2), Intermediate Italian (ITALIAN 3), Advanced Italian (ITALIAN 4), Intermediate Conversational Italian (ITALIAN 11), or Advanced Conversational Italian (ITALIAN 12) depending on your language proficiency. The other course will be Italy in the Mediterranean (ITALIAN N160).

    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: May 28 – June 30, 2017
    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

    Course: Italian 2
    Title: Elementary Italian
    Dates: May 28 – June 30, 2017
    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.

    Course: Italian 3
    Title: Intermediate Italian
    Dates: May 28 – June 30, 2017
    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

    Course: Italian 4
    Title: Advanced Italian
    Dates: May 28 – June 30, 2017
    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.

    Course: Italian 11
    Title: Italian Conversation I
    Dates: May 28 – June 30, 2017
    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.

    Course: Italian 12
    Title: Italian Conversation II
    Dates: May 28 – June 30, 2017
    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 enrich 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
    Dates: May 28 – June 30, 2017
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D
    Units: 4 units

    This summer course, offered in Trieste (Italy), introduces students to the study of Italy and its crucial historical and social position in the Mediterranean as a place of intercultural exchange from Ancient Rome to nowadays as seen from its north-eastern periphery. Special attention will be devoted to the influence and presence of Italian culture on other Mediterranean societies (the extensive colonization of the Dalmatian coast by the Republic of Venice, for instance), as well as to the persistent presence of foreign cultures in Italian society (the multilingual and multiethnic population living in the area for centuries, among others). Several field/study trips will accompany the lectures, to give students a direct experience and a better understanding of the historical periods studied. Sample destinations will include Aquileia (former Roman colony and Medieval religious centre), Villa Manin (18th century Venetian villa, hosting today a contemporary art museum), Gorizia, and the physical and cultural traces of WWI. Readings will include historical accounts, literary works from different cultures, but also contemporary accounts of the current influx of ethnically diverse immigrants/ refugees into Italy and Europe.

    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.

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (7 units) $2,870 $3,640
    Program Fee $2,460 $2,460
    Total Cost $5,330 $6,100

     

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (9 units) $3,690 $4,680
    Program Fee $2,460 $2,460
    Total Cost $6,150 $7,140

     

    Fees are subject to change. All non-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 $1,800
    Additional Meals $714
    Books $364
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $620
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $3,498

     

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC 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 $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 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, 2017
    Application closes March 10, 2017
    Applicants notified of selection March 22, 2017
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2017
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Trieste May 28, 2017
    Last day of program June 30, 2017

    * 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
    Program Director
    Email: gperco@berkeley.edu

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

    Aside from all levels of language courses in Italian, Dr. Perco has taught courses on detective fiction, women's writing, history of Italian cinema, on contemporary social phenomena like immigration, as well as on various aspects of Italian culture and society, from food to fashion, from music to pop culture. In Spring 2015, she taught a course on literary interpretations of World War I at Berkeley and, in Summer 2016, a course on Italy and the Mediterranean for the new Summer Study Abroad in Trieste, Italy.

    As Italian Language Program Coordinator, Dr. Perco is in charge of the 300-level seminar on Pedagogy of Second Language Acquisition as well as of the Practicum in Teaching Language. She is currently working on developing a hybrid/blended learning version of Elementary Italian.

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