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Venice
Berkeley Summer Abroad

Venice and Trieste, Italy: Italian Language and Culture Virtual -SUSPENDED

  • Summary

    PROGRAM SUSPENDED FOR 2021

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

    Our program focuses on two very special cities in the Italian North-East: Trieste, a coastal city with a long history of intercultural exchange among Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures, and Venice, one of the world’s most famous and most visited places.

    During the 5-week program, students will learn Italian with the help of Italian native speaker instructors teaching from those very cities. Additionally, students will learn about the history of Italy’s shifting borders and the various cultural, ethnic, and linguistic communities still inhabiting the peninsula. The course content will span from Venice’s maritime empire and its role in the Mediterranean to Trieste’s multicultural historic and social background to today’s debate on Italian national identity and citizenship rights.

    Students will:

    • Participate in engaging virtual visits in unusual and off-the-beaten-track places.
    • Learn the Italian language directly from instructors in Italy.
    • Develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of Italian history, society, and culture from a unique learning experience.
    • Develop an understanding of the multicultural and multiethnic reality of Italian society through virtual engagement with guest speakers from communities in Italy.
    • Take part in a series of synchronous Italian cuisine workshops.

     

    Dates:
    • Five-week program: July 12 - August 13, 2021
    All dates are subject to change.

    Program occurs within Session D

    Units: 7 – 9 units

    Courses:

    Students will take two courses during their virtual program. Two options are available:

    Option 1 (9 units):
    • One 5 unit Italian language course listed in the Italian Studies (IS) department (IS1 or IS2, depending on Italian skill level) +
    • IS N160 “Studies in the History, Society, and Politics of the Italian Peninsula: Italy in the Mediterranean” (4 units)

    Option 2:
    • 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” (4 units)

    Possible Course Combinations:
    • ITALIAN 1: Elementary Italian (5 units) OR
    • ITALIAN 2: Elementary Italian (5 units) OR
    • ITALIAN 11: Italian Conversation I (3 units) OR
    • ITALIAN 12: Italian Conversation II (3 units) AND
    • ITALIAN N160: Studies in the History, Society, and Politics of the Italian Peninsula: 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 Logistics:
    • All course content will be delivered online. Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet service.

    Application:
    • Application opens February 1, 2021
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is May 2, 2021

  • Courses

    Students will take two courses during their virtual program. Two options are available:

    Option 1 (9 units)
    - One 5 unit Italian language course listed in the Italian Studies (IS) department (IS1 or IS2, depending on Italian skill level) +
    - IS N160 “Studies in the History, Society, and Politics of the Italian Peninsula: Italy in the Mediterranean” (4 units)

    OR

    Option 2
    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” (4 units)
     

    Possible Course Combinations
    Italian 1 (5 units) + Italian N160 (4 units) = 9 units
    Italian 2 (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

    All courses will be taught synchronously.

    Course: Italian 1 Title: Elementary Italian Instructor of record: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 5 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This intensive Elementary Italian summer course taught by qualified and experienced instructors in Trieste and Venice 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 three hours of language instruction per day for five days per week. Completion of additional online tasks will be required.

    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 of record: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 5 units
    Prerequisites: ITALIAN 1 or equivalent

    This intensive summer course 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 three hours of language instruction per day for five days per week. Completion of additional online tasks will be required.

    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 and understand clips from 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 11
    Title: Italian Conversation I
    Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: Italian 2

    This course is for students who are 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 increase 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 interacting with instructors and classmates who 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 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 increase 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 interacting with instructors and classmates who 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, and identities Instructor: Giuliana Perco, Ph.D
    Units: 4 units
    Satisfies L&S Historical Studies

    This intensive summer course will introduce you to the study of Italy and its crucial historical and social position in the Mediterranean as a place of intercultural exchange. The main focus will be the issue of “identity,” be it national, ethnic, cultural. Readings, lectures, and class discussions will address topics spanning from Venice’s maritime empire and its role in the Mediterranean, to Trieste’s multicultural historic and social background, from the persistent presence of foreign cultures in Italian society to today’s migrations into Italy and the current, crucial debate on citizenship rights. Though the global pandemic will not allow us to visit any place in person, engaging virtual visits in unusual and off-the-beaten-track places are planned, followed by in-class discussions. 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. This course is taught in English with all readings in English.

    You can fulfill the L&S Historical Studies breadth requirement through full participation in this 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 tuition and fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2021 Fees UC Students
    (7 Units)
    UC Students
    (9 Units)
    Visiting Students (7 Units) Visiting Students
    (9 Units)
    Tuition (6 units) $2,933 $3,771 $3,850 $4,950
    Program Fee $ - $ - $ - $ -
    Campus Fee $380 $380 $ - $ -
    Registration Fee $ - $ - $450 $450
    Document Management Fee $ - $ - $62 $62
    Total Cost $3,313 $4,151 $4,362 $5,462

     

    Fees are subject to change. Please note that the overall tuition amount you will be responsible for in Summer 2021 depends on how many total units you are enrolled in. These costs are only inclusive of the Summer Abroad program tuition costs

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    For Virtual Programs, students will participate from their own residences. Therefore, estimates of out-of-pocket expenses are not customized for each program. Each participant will determine their own unique living situation, be it with family, friends, or living independently. Because of this, each individual student must consider their own expenses and create an accurate individual budget for their summer.

    UC Berkeley students who have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act application and enroll in a minimum of 6 units will be eligible for financial aid. Financial aid eligible students who want more information on how out-of-pocket expenses will be packaged for this program can read about it here (PDF)

  • Timeline

    Program Dates
    July 12 - August 13, 2021
    Program occurs within Session D. 

    Program Deadlines
    All deadlines are 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PT).

    Submit Application May 2, 2021
    Cancel from Program w/ Refund* July 23, 2021
    Change Grading Option August 6, 2021

     

    *Adding or dropping any non-program course(s) should follow the normal Summer Sessions deadlines. Canceling from the program does not constitute cancellation from the summer term if you are enrolled in any non-program courses.