The Program / Location
Macerata is located off the usual tourist route in central Italy. The historical center is on a hill between the Chienti and Potenza rivers, with the modern town sprawling on the plain below with a population of about 43, 000. Truly a charming hill-town with great scenery, and the site of one of Italy’s most favorite opera festivals – Arena Sferisterio – which is held in July and August every year.
The climate is both Mediterranean and Continental. Summer is usually nice and sunny.
The University of Macerata was founded in 1290 and has about 13, 000 students. The Summer School program is 4 weeks total, and consists of Italian language courses as well as cultural topics including Italian law. Total of 81 hours of instruction provided for the 4 weeks.
Housing is provided (included in price) in the University Colleges, and meals can be obtained in the University canteen (cafeteria) for 4 – 5 euros. Excursions are also included.
Very popular program….so early registration is advised ! Minimum age is 16 yrs.
Courses – Italian Language & Culture
Italian Language Course includes: 80 hours of classes (all levels welcome)
- Italian Language & Culture
- Reflections on Language & Work on Texts
Italian Cultural Studies includes: 28 additional hours for 4 weeks (optional)
- Taught in Italian – Requires intermediate level B1 (tested there)
* Tourism and Landscape (Course A)
- Territory and Landscape
- Main tourist sites in Le Marche
– Cultural heritage and its exploitation in tourism
- Tourism and production of quality food
* Italian and European Law (Course B)
- Italian Legal System
- Italian Constitution
- European Law
- Criminal Law in Italy
All levels welcome for Italian Language Courses – beginner, intermediate, advanced.
Cultural Courses require at least intermediate level of B1 (test given) – for course is taught in Italian. These courses are optional and cost an additional $100 USD per 2 weeks
Italian language courses held M-F, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Cultural courses held 3 times weekly (M-TH), from 3:00 – 5:30 pm.
– exact schedule given at arrival check-in
Transcript issued by the University of Macerata. 2 weeks = 40 hrs of Italian language courses, and 14 additional cultural course hours. 4 weeks = 80 hrs of Italian language courses, and 28 hrs of cultural courses. Students usually earn 2 – 5 credits.