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Italy, Assisi: Contemporary Italy: Language & Culture - Summer
Assisi, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
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Class Eligibility:
0-First Year and Above
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Language(s) of Instruction:
English and local language, Italian
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Program Advisor/Manager:
Bill Burress
Course #/Placeholder:
GST 273 IS and ITL 170 IS
Program Leader 1:
Charles Irons
Program Description:

Academic Program

The Elon study abroad program in Umbria, the “Green Heart of Italy,” is designed to help students achieve three basic goals: proficiency in the Italian language, an understanding of the Italian people and their culture, and a deeper awareness of their own culture.  The academic program, hosted by the Accademia Lingua Italiana Assisi (ALIA), includes three weeks of intensive Italian-language instruction and a course on Italian culture and history.  The Accademia is located on Via Tiberio in the ancient city center of Assisi, though students will live down the hill in the more modern city of Santa Maria degli Angeli.

Assisi is best known as the birthplace of Saints Francis and Clare, though it was a Roman settlement many centuries before these two catapulted the city to international renown.  Much of the medieval city today remains intact, and the stone-paved city center is charming with its piazzas, winding streets, and stunning vistas.  Santa Maria degli Angelia, just below, is connected to the city by bus and is on the train line with easy connections across Italy.  A network of trails lacing the countryside is an additional draw for outdoor enthusiasts.


Students must enroll in both courses.

ITL 170 IS Language Study (4 credits)

No prior Italian language skills are needed to participate in this program.  Placement tests will determine the level at which each student will study the language.  ALIA runs classes of no more than 12 students to ensure high levels of interaction and communication.  This is a four-semester-hour course which partially fulfills the Liberal Studies requirement in Civilization.

GST 273 IS: Contemporary Italy (4 credits)

The course is designed to introduce students to the history, art, politics, literature, and culture of contemporary Italy.  Throughout the four-week program, each student will be asked to keep a journal addressing not only the student's activities in Assisi, but especially the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth the experience opens for him or her.  This is a four-semester-hour course which partially fulfills the Liberal Studies requirement in the areas of Society and Civilization.
The courses also satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.

Program Dates

Summer 2014 dates: June 16 - July 10

Important: Students should not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Information on a group flight option will be provided.

Students are required to arrive on/by the first day of the program and be in attendance until the final day. Due to flight schedules, students should plan to depart the U.S. on June 15.

Tentative Itinerary

Typical Weekday Schedule

Morning: Italian coursework (ITL 170 IS)

Afternoon: Contemporary Italy (GST 214 IS)

Students will supplement their time in the classroom with excursions to Assisi's Roman Forum, Basilica di San Francesco, Rocca Maggiore, a working winery, and sites further afield (including visits to Spoleto and Foligno, accessible in less than half an hour via frequent train service from Santa Maria degli Angelia, and Siena, where we will watch the famous Palio together).

Group Excursions

No visit to Italy is complete without exposure to Italy's political and cultural capitals, Rome and Florence. Students will use two of the three weekends for group travel, including overnights to Rome and to Florence (transportation, lodging, and admissions included).  There will be a limited number of excursions outside of class time within Assisi as well, including three group dinners (also included in the program cost).

Self-Directed Travel

One of Italy's great cultural resources is in the diversity of its regions.  Students will plan and carry out their own excursion beyond Umbria (Assisi's home region) during a long weekend set aside for the purpose.


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

Cost information for this program will be forthcoming.

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon summer programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships, see the Funding for Study Abroad webpage.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Students will be housed with Italian families in Santa Maria degli Angeli, in order to facilitate language acquisition.  Breakfasts with the families and dinners Monday-Thursday are included in the price.  Students may either stay by themselves or in pairs.


Students must complete the online Elon University Study Abroad Application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.


This course will have mandatory meetings during the spring semester.  Attendance is required.  Dates and times to be announced.

Additional Information and Links

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Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Charles Irons
History and Geography
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 112F
2335 Campus Box

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center
CB 2375, Carlton 113
Elon, NC 27244
336-278-6700 (phone)
336-278-6692 (fax)

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 03/07/2014
03/07/2014 06/16/2014 07/10/2014
NOTE: The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.