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Trieste, Italy
Berkeley Summer Abroad

Venice and Trieste, Italy: Italian Language and Culture

  • Summary

    ** Info Session: February 25, 2-3 p.m. in B-33B Dwinelle **

    Develop your Italian language skills and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Italy this summer.

    This program begins with three weeks in Trieste, a coastal city with a long history of intercultural exchange due to its proximity to Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures. In addition to the Italian language, you’ll study the history of Italy’s shifting northeastern borders and visit influential historical sites including the trenches from World War I. You’ll examine the literal and figurative scars left in this area from World War I and World War II and how they frame ideas of national identity.

    The second half of the program takes place in Venice, a city famous for its canals, bridges and history. From shifting borders to shifting cultures, this section explores Venice’s relationship with the Mediterranean. While deepening your Italian language skills in Venice, you will explore how proximity to the Mediterranean has impacted Italian culture and society from the times of the Venetian Republic to today, addressing also current day migrations to Italy.

    • Develop deeper knowledge and understanding of Italian history, society and culture from personal experience.
    Study the Italian language in Venice and Trieste
    Understand the influence and presence of Italian culture on other Mediterranean societies as well the impact of migrant communities on Italian society
    Broaden your experience by living in a homestay with a local family in Trieste, and a student residence in an old monastery on the Giudecca island in Venice.

    Dates:

    • Six-week program: May 25 - July 4, 2020
    • Week 1 - 3 in Trieste, Italy
    • Weeks 4-6 in Venezia, Italy
    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)
    AND
    • 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

    Housing:

    • Students will live in homestays in Trieste, and in student dormitories in Venice. Residence in Venice will have access to a kitchen, but no daily meals provided.

    • Students will share rooms with other program participants. There are two students per room. Please note that, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.

    Application:

    • Application opens February 3, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2020

     

  • Courses

    Students will take two courses during their stay in Italy:

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

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

    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” – 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
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D. & Emily Rabiner
    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 Goals: At the end of the summer program, students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
    • use Italian to talk informally about themselves, their family, their interests, their daily activities;
    • talk in Italian about the present and past events;
    • participate in simple conversations with native speakers;
    • write short compositions on familiar topics.

    Important: The course is taught in Italian; Italian and not English will be spoken in class at all times.

    Course: Italian 2
    Title: Elementary Italian
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D. & Emily Rabiner
    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 goals: At the end of the summer program, students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
    • use Italian to talk informally about themselves, their life, their family history, their future plans; give instructions and explanations in Italian about everyday tasks;
    • participate in conversations with native speakers;
    • Write short compositions on current events understand clips form TV programs and mainstream Italian films.

    Important: The course is taught in Italian; Italian and not English will be spoken in class at all times.

    Course: Italian 3
    Title: Intermediate Italian
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D. and Emily Rabiner
    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 goals: Students will complete the study of the main Italian grammar structures while being exposed to various examples of Italian culture through authentic written, visual, and aural materials. Students will continue to build on the skills acquired in Elementary Italian 1 and Italian 2, striving for a higher level of sophistication and fluency in writing, reading, listening, and speaking. At the end of the summer program, students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

    • understand normal paced conversations between native speakers;
    • discuss their opinions;
    • formulate hypothesis;
    • talk about their desires;
    • write creatively in Italian about current issues;
    • read authentic texts in Italian such as newspaper articles, simple essays, short stories

    The course is taught in Italian; Italian and not English will be spoken in class at all times.

    Course: Italian 4
    Title: Advanced Italian
    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 goals: Students will review the main linguistic structures of Italian, improve both their writing skills and their reading abilities, and become more familiar with Italian culture. Students will continue to build on the skills acquired in Elementary Italian 1, Italian 2, and Italian 3 while focusing on acquiring striving sophistication and fluency in writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Readings will be more complex, will cover a wider range of topics, and will include only authentic materials in Italian. At the end of the summer program, students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

    • interact with native speakers discussing complex topics;
    • discuss their opinions, desires, plans;
    • formulate hypothesis;
    • write analytically and creatively in Italian about complex topics;
    • read authentic unabridged texts in Italian such as magazine and newspaper articles, essays, short stories

    The course is taught in Italian; Italian and not English will be spoken in class at all times.

    Course: Italian 11
    Title: Italian Conversation I
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: Italian 2
    This course is for students who are studying abroad in Trieste and Venezia during the Summer term and who interested in further developing and enhancing oral communication skills in Italian after having already learned the basics of Italian in IS 1 and IS 2. Through this course, you will enrich your listening and speaking skills, enhance your fluency in Italian, and increasing your familiarity with contemporary Italian culture and society through the acquisition of new vocabulary, daily conversational practice, oral reports, class discussions, and collaborative projects. You will discuss real contemporary events, research relevant cultural and social issues while learning from the foreign environment in which you will live in Italy.

    IMPORTANT: Italian and not English will be used in class at all times.

    Course: Italian 12
    Title: Italian Conversation II
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: Italian 3
    This course is for students who are studying abroad in Trieste and Venezia during the Summer term and who interested in further developing and enhancing oral communication skills in Italian after having already learned the basics of Italian in IS 3. Through this course, you will enrich your listening and speaking skills, enhance your fluency in Italian, and increasing your familiarity with contemporary Italian culture and society through the acquisition of new vocabulary, daily conversational practice, oral reports, class discussions, and collaborative projects. You will discuss real contemporary events, research relevant cultural and social issues while learning from the foreign environment in which you will live in Italy. IMPORTANT: Italian and not English will be used in class at all times.

    Course: Italian 160
    Title: Italy in the Mediterranean – Borders 
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D
    Units: 4 units

    This intensive Summer course introduces students to the study of Italy and its crucial historical and social position in the Mediterranean as a place of intercultural exchange. The content of the course will revolve around the topic of “identity,” be it national, ethnic, cultural. We will learn about the extensive Venetian colonization in the Mediterranean, about the persistent presence of foreign cultures in Italian society, as well as about the historical and social scars left on this area by World War I and World War II. The course will also discuss current-day migrations into Italy and into this area and how they are problematizing the issue of identity even more. Several field/study trips will accompany the lectures to give you a direct experience and a better understanding of the historical period studied. Readings will include both historical and contemporary accounts and reports, as well as literary works from different cultures. By the end of the course, you will have developed a greater knowledge and deeper understanding of Italian history, society, and culture from a different perspective, to which you’ll be able to add your personal experience.

    The course is taught in English with readings in English.

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    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

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
      7 units 8 units 9 units 7 units 8 units 9 units
    Tuition $2,933 3,352 $3,771 $3,850 $4,400 $4,950
    Program Fee $2,732 $2,732 $2,732 $2,732 $2,732 $2,732
    Total Cost $5,665 $6,084 $6,503 $6,582 $7,132 $7,682

     

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.

     

    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.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $2,192
    Additional Meals $1,136
    Books $254
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visa, etc.) $595
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $4,177

     

    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 $419 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 $400 deposit. If accepted to the program, the $400 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program fee. If you are waitlisted or denied admission to the program, your deposit will be refunded. Please note that for continuing UC Berkeley students, the deposit will be charged to your CalCentral account at the time you apply. Financial aid eligible students can wait until their summer aid is disbursed to pay the deposit.

    *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
     

     

  • Timeline
    Application opens February 3, 2020
    Application closes March 15, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection March 20, 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Trieste May 25, 2020
    Last day of program July 4, 2020

    * 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.

    † Students are expected to check into program housing in Trieste on May 25, 2020, and will be expected to check out of program housing in Venice on July 4, 2020. Students who arrive in-country early or depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their own accommodations outside of the program dates.

    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 the University of California, 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.

    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 eco-criticism and animal studies.

    Courses taught at the University of California, 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

     

    Emily Rabiner completed her Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, after majoring in Italian Language and Literature at Yale University. She currently serves as a lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies at Berkeley and has also taught for the Department of French and Italian at Stanford University. Dr. Rabiner’s research focuses on nineteenth- through twenty-first-century European culture, and she follows a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, as in her dissertation, which focuses on representations of the Renaissance in nineteenth-century Italian and British art and literature. Additional teaching and research interests include art history, gothic studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

    Courses taught include “Horror, Italian Style,” “Italian Journeys from the Grand Tour to Today,” “Italian Literature from Romanticism to Futurism,” “A Portrait of the Artist as an Italian,” and “Italian Gothic.”