Italian Studies

Study Abroad

Study Abroad
Bard College offers a number of study abroad opportunities for students. While some programs have a strong focus on basic language acquisition coupled with an intensive program abroad, other programs allow exploration in advanced liberal arts courses through affiliated or independent institutions.

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Franco Baldasso
Tel:
845-758-7377
Email: baldasso@bard.edu
Office Hours: Tues. 2:30 - 4:30 and by appt.

Italian Study Abroad

Every Spring, the Italian Department offers an Intensive Language course (8 credits): students can subsequently spend one month in June at the Babilonia Italian Language School in Taormina, Sicily. At Babilonia, students can take classes of Italian language and culture while viewing the astonishing beauty of the Sicilian landscape, tasting the finest Italian food, sunbathing on the wonderful seaside or enjoying live music and theatre in the evocative Ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina.

In collaboration with the ECCO Program, Bard College also offers the opportunity to study a semester or a year in Italy at the Università degli Studi di Bologna. Students will have the chance to critically improve their language skills as well as be able take courses in their field of specialization in Italian in one of the most thriving and prestigious academic environments of Europe. Università di Bologna is, in fact, the oldest University of the Western World, as it was founded in 1088.
 

Contact: Professor Franco Baldasso (baldasso@bard.edu)
Website: For more details, visit http://italian.bard.edu/studyabroad/
Pre-Trip Requirements: In order to study abroad and receive full credit, students must apply for an Academic Leave of Absence, which must be approved by the student’s academic adviser, the dean of international studies, and the Executive Committee.
 

Italian Language Intensive

Taormina, Sicily—Babilonia Italian Language School

Every year in June, the Italian Department offers an Intensive program for students at the Babilonia Italian Language School in Taormina,Sicily.  The program is designed as an indivisible, one-year sequence and includes a semester of language study in the fall (4 credits); the Intersession Intensive Italian Program in Italy, an accelerated course in the spring, followed by the Intensive Italian Program in Italy in the summer.

At the Babilonia Italian Language School, students will be studying in a lively program that combines challenging academics with a wealth of extracurricular activities in and around Sicily. A major focus at Babilonia will be an intensive Italian language class, which will meet every day for three hours (Monday through Friday), providing a robust and energetic language training.  Students will also be exposed to the study of Italian art, cinema, and literature. All courses are taught in Italian, by experienced Italian academics based in Taormina.

Contact: Professor Franco Baldasso (baldasso@bard.edu)
Next Program: Summer 2016: May 29 - June 26 (4 credits)
Website: For more details, visit http://www.study-abroad-programs-italy.com/
Pre-Trip Requirements: In order to study abroad and receive full credit, students must apply for an Academic Leave of Absence, which must be approved by the student’s academic adviser, the dean of international studies, and the Executive Committee.
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