World Languages & Cultures
Join the 2020 Immersion Program in Italy for its unique, personalized and memorable
experience! The program is open to college students, professionals and community members
with an interest in the Italian language and culture.
No Italian language knowledge is required!
Due to the current and unprecedented situation of COVID-19,
the 2020 Summer Program in Italy has been cancelled.
Please stay in touch with us and join us for the
2021 Summer Program!
Stiamo tutti a casa. Uniti tutti insieme ce la faremo!
For more information email: [email protected]
The CCRI Summer Program in Italy provides a unique educational experience for its participants with a focus on the artistic, intellectual and cultural traditions of Italy.
Connect to Italy’s rich culture and enduring traditions.
Immerse yourself in the Italian language and culture.
Appreciate a civilization that began with the Etruscans, expanded during the Roman Empire, persevered during the Middle Ages, flourished during the Renaissance and paved the way to modern-day Italy.
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Enhance your educational, professional and personal growth by enrolling in our two or three-week program along with family and friends.
Our program will be held in Orvieto, a medieval town high on a plateau of tufo, a volcanic rock, that was once an island in the sea that covered the Paglia valley below. Orvieto offers an idyllic setting for immersing yourself in the Italian language and culture. Orvieto, in the province of Terni is located in the Umbria region, the land of the pre-Roman Etruscan civilization. Orvieto is 120 km (75 miles) north of Rome, and 160 km (100 miles) south of Florence. Umbria, the "Green Heart of Italy," "il Cuore verde d'Italia," one of Italy’s smallest regions, a picturesque and still largely undiscovered treasure, lies in the center of the country, east of Tuscany, north of Lazio and west of the Marches.
Stroll down narrow medieval alleyways that lead you to the imposing Duomo built during the years 1290-1320. In the Gothic-Romanesque style, the Duomo and its façade, designed by Luca Signorelli, are a mix of marble and mosaics. Inside, one admires Signorelli's frescoes (1499) in San Brizio's Chapel. A few steps from the Duomo, the Papal Palace is now a museum of medieval artifacts. The Pozzo di San Patrizio is a well built in the period 1527-1537 on the orders of Pope Clement VII who sought refuge here during the sacking of Rome. Its famous double staircase winds down into the well (62 meters (200 feet), 248 steps for each ramp). The Temple of Belvedere, near the well of San Patrizio is another site of Etruscan interest. The Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (1160), a city hall in the Middle Ages, is now a convention center. There is the Etruscan Museum, Museo Faina, in front of the cathedral, and the Etruscan Necropolis del Crocefisso del Tufo just outside the town. Orvieto underground, "Parco delle grotte" is unique and special; and, of course, Orvieto's "piazze" and Corso Cavour can be enjoyed over and over again each evening during our "passeggiata," a nightly ritual conversing with native speakers and savoring a delicious "gelato."
Classes are held at local language schools, at the Grand Hotel Italia and during excursions. In addition to the regular classroom instructional hours, participants may opt to take part in "Conversiamo all’aperto," a language practicum with native speakers at local cafés and trattorie.
The 2020 Summer Program in Italy will include guided excursions to Rome, Florence, Assisi, Perugia, Spello, San Gemini and more TBA Participants will have the opportunity to visit a variety of sites, museums, art galleries and artesian studios. They will participate in local festivals and unique workshops such as making delicious meals, gelato, pizza, and much more!
Participants are housed in three- to four-star hotels. In Orvieto participants will stay at the Grand Hotel Italia, an elegant landmark building dating back to the Renaissance, conveniently located in the center of the city. All hotels offer spacious lounges and meeting rooms, comfortable rooms with air-conditioning and a private bath. A buffet breakfast is included.
Special group meals are included in the program. Participants should budget approximately $35 to $45 per day.
Program participants must make their own travel arrangements to and from Italy. Ground transportation on the day of arrival and day of departure will be available at no extra charge as long as participants travel as a group at the same time.
Three-week-plus program (June 23-July 18, 2020) cost is $2,895* (Single room supplement is $595,00 provided that single accommodations are available).
Two-week program (June 23-July 7, 2020) cost is $2,695* (Single room supplement is $495,00 provided that single accommodations are available).
*Cost is based on double room occupancy.
*A passport valid for at least six months after your scheduled return to the United States is required. Passport application forms may be obtained at most post offices.
Please read carefully the following Program Enrollment, Cancellation and Refund Policy detailed below.
The Summer Program in Italy requires extensive long-term planning. We encourage our
participants to enroll as early as possible. Your application will be reviewed in
the order in which it is received. Notification of acceptance in the program will
be communicated by the program coordinator/director. The program welcomes students
from CCRI and other colleges/ universities and adult learners eager to immerse themselves
in the Italian language and culture.
No knowledge of the Italian language is required.
The application/registration is on-going now.
Participants may opt to register for the two- or three-week program.
All requirements, courses, itineraries and fees are subject to change.
Maria C. Mansella
Department of World Languages and Cultures
400 East Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886