Italiaidea Institute
Summer 4 weeks I Language 2018
4 credits

Students in Italiaidea’s 4 week summer program complete an intensive Italian language course for a total of 4 credits. Italiaidea’s immersion-style teaching allows students to apply their language skills in various settings outside of the classroom. SAI offers three 4 week summer sessions at Italiaidea, each with different start dates: Summer I, Summer II, and Summer III.


Application Deadline
March 13, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Italian privacy consent form

Highlights

  • Learn to shop with local fruit vendors or order cappuccino at the neighborhood cafe
  • Complete 1 level of Italian in just 4 weeks

Program Dates
May 27, 2018 – June 23, 2018


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above

Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Language

Language

4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: IT IL 101 A | Open
This course is intended for students who have never before studied the Italian language.

After taking the course, students should be able to use Italian in daily situations (e.g. ordering food at a cafe or restaurant, asking for directions, etc.). They should be able to hold simple conversations about everyday topics, to ask people about themselves, and to understand the answers if given very slowly and in a clear, direct way without idiomatic expressions.

Students will also be able to understand key words in brief texts about familiar topics (announcements, tourist information, advertisements) and to use the linguistic structures they acquire to communicate brief messages.

Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: IT IL 102 A | Open
This course is intended for students who already have some knowledge of the Italian language and who are able to take part in brief interactions and to give a bit of simple information about themselves.


The objective of this course is to equip students with the language skills necessary to comfortably speak about practical aspects of daily life, using common expressions to communicate practical necessities (e.g. ordering at a bar or restaurant, making purchases, asking for directions and other tourist information).

Students will be able to use simple phrases to briefly describe personal experiences and things they have done in the past and to give information about themselves, their habits and their preferences. They will also have the ability to understand more complex situations, provided that they are spoken to slowly and clearly.
Students will also be able to locate specific information in simple written materials like letters and pamphlets, and to write expressions and phrases regarding their surroundings (e.g. people, places, work) and their experiences.

Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: IT IL 103 A | Open
This course is directed to those that already have a basic understanding of Italian and are capable of handling conversations, giving simple information about oneself, on ones work and interests.

The course objective is to give students the capacity of understanding frequently used expressions in the context of daily and family life. Students will be able to take an active part in simple conversations, express and articulate themselves regarding their own habits and life, to understand information and advice, to request and receive information about activities, shows and travel.

Students will be able to understand simple texts on known subjects formulated in a frequent every-day language style, write thank-you letters, brief communications or letters in which they express in a simple way personal facts relative to daily life.

Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: IT IL 202 A | Open
This course is designed for students who have already the languages skills for everyday situations on subjects such family, daily routine and everyday needs.

The objective of this course is to equip students with the language skills necessary to be able to interact in most situations a student would come across during travel to Italy, including being able to speak effectively with a native-speaker and utilizing circumlocution to express ideas.

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the principal ideas both oral and written language in standard Italian on subjects such as personal and professional daily life. Examples include conversations with native-speakers, shorts speeches, radio and TV transmissions, film clips, personal correspondence, news articles, brochures, and informative materials. Students will also because to express in simple, but clear and coherent language, subjects that are of personal interest to the student, describing experiences, impressions, opinions and intentions. Students will demonstrate linguistic repertoire sufficient to describe unexpected situations, explain the main points of a concept with reasonable precision and express thoughts on abstract topics.

Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: IT IL 203 A | Open
This course is designed for students who have developed a linguistic proficiency in Italian that permits students to maneuver predictable and familiar situations in social and work contexts.

The objective of this course is to equip students with the language skills necessary to interact with native-speakers with ease and spontaneity.

At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the principal ideas of complex texts, both oral and written, relative to the studentƒ's prior lexical experiences in standard Italian. These include conversations between native-speakers, debates, TV and radio transmissions, films, informal and formal correspondence, articles about current events, professional and academic publications and excerpts from contemporary literature. Students will be able to clearly express themselves in detail in a variety of subjects familiar to them, explaining their own points of view and providing the pros and cons of various options.

Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: IT IL 301 A | Open
This course is designed for students who have a knowledge of Italian sufficient to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization, and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party. It aims to improve students' linguistic knowledge to allow them to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, recognize implicit meaning, and express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. By the end of this course students will use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


Classes are conducted in Italian only. Oral production and comprehension is crucial to a language course, which has the goal to enable students to communicate in a new language. Homework is given to reinforce topics studied in class. Written homework will be corrected in class with different methods: orally together with the instructor, working in pairs, working in smaller groups. Throughout the courses the students will take a midterm exam and a final exam as part of the grading. After the midterm exams students will meet with their instructor to get a feedback of their performance.


Required Texts: Susanna Nocchi, Italian Grammar in Practice, Alma Edizioni Firenze.

Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: IT IL 302 A | Open
This course is designed for students who have a knowledge of Italian sufficient to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, recognize implicit meaning, and express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
It aims to improve students' linguistic knowledge to allow them to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read and express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.


Classes are conducted in Italian only. Oral production and comprehension is crucial to a language course, which has the goal to enable students to communicate in a new language. Homework is given to reinforce topics studied in class. Written homework will be corrected in class with different methods: orally together with the instructor, working in pairs, working in smaller groups. Throughout the courses the students will take a midterm exam and a final exam as part of the grading. After the midterm exams students will meet with their instructor to get a feedback of their performance.


Required Texts: Susanna Nocchi, Italian Grammar in Practice, Alma Edizioni Firenze

Contact Hours: 60

Courses & Registration
Students complete 15 one-hour lessons per week, Monday through Friday. All classes have between 4 and 10 students, offering personalized instruction. Students with previous Italian language experience take a placement test upon arrival in order to be placed in the correct level of Italian language.


Pre-Departure Calendar
March 13 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
February 26 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
March 15 2018
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
March 28 2018
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
March 28 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
April 27 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
May 27 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
May 28 2018
SAI & Italiaidea Orientation
Mandatory SAI and Italiaidea orientations introduce students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture. Additionally, students take placement tests.
May 28 2018
Classes Begin
June 22 2018
Classes End
June 23 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel. 
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$4,100
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$250
Optional Family Homestay Housing Supplement
Housing in a family homestay, with breakfast and dinner 7 days/week.
$425
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Rome
$900 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$10 / course $20 / course
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$400/ month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $350 / month $450 / month
Transportation within Rome
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$125 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Lunch and Walking Tour
SAI welcomes students to Rome with a traditional Roman meal in one of the most charming areas of the city: Rione Monti, the oldest neighborhood in Rome. Following lunch, students take a walking tour to discover some of the hidden gems of the old residential neighborhood, now populated by artists and bohemian shops.

Colosseum Night Tour
Students visit the Eternal City’s most important monument by moonlight. The group is guided through the Colosseum’s history, and explores the most important areas, including the underground chambers and arena floor, both of which are usually closed to the public.

Wine Tasting and Pairing
Nestled in the heart of Campo de’ Fiori is Roscioli, one of Rome’s best-known wine bars. With guidance from a well-known Roman sommelier, students get a behind-the-scenes look at what constitutes a good glass of wine, and how to pair it with food.

Farewell Aperitivo
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
Family homestays place students with a local family, which could be an older married couple or a family with children. Homestays are an excellent opportunity to deepen language skills and cultural understanding. Homestay families are typically based within walking distance to the school. Students are housed in a private room in the family home, and the cost includes breakfast and dinner 7 days a week.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.