Italian Studies

Eve Litvak in Italy

Eve Litvak '16 spent both a summer and a semester studying abroad in Siena, Italy

The Italian Studies Program encourages students to study abroad for a summer, semester, or entire academic year, and also offers a wide array of programs for students to help you practice and strengthen your language proficiency and develop cultural awareness.

Sample of Approved Programs

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs in Italian-speaking programs. Click on "Advanced Search" to filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where Italian Studies courses may be available.

Study Abroad Liaison

To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/ minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Study Abroad Liaison. Majors or minors who plan to study abroad should speak with the study abroad liaison before they go abroad, and again once they have returned from study abroad.

The liaison for Italian Studies is Prof. Paola Servino.

Receiving Credit in Italian Studies

It is your responsibility to ensure that the Italian study abroad liaison receives copies of all official paperwork regarding your study abroad. Please keep all materials (syllabi, handouts, exercises, quizzes, exams, papers) from each course for which you hope to receive credit in case questions arise.

Students wishing to receive Italian credit for work done off campus during the academic year should discuss their desired coursework with the Study Abroad Liaison for Italian Studies prior to studying abroad.

After returning from abroad, download and complete the Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form.

FAQs

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What types of courses will count towards my Italian Studies minor?

The Italian Studies minor covers the broad spectrum of Italian language, literature, history, art, politics, philosophy and culture. Any course taken abroad that focuses on Italian language, literature, history, or culture will count toward the minor.

Students who complete the CET Summer in Siena program may receive numeric credit for three Brandeis courses, if they take intensive Italian. For more information, please see the Receiving Credit in Italian Studies section below.

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How much Italian do I need to have studied in order to study abroad?

For questions on the Foreign Language Requirement for Italian, please see the Foreign Language Requirement page.