Italiaidea Institute
Summer 4 weeks I Language 2020
4 credits

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


Application: now open
Closes: March 15, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing 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
  • Live with a host family for a full immersion experience

Program Dates
May 31, 2020 – June 27, 2020


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
Courses run Monday through Friday (morning or afternoon, depending on placement). Class sizes range from 4 to 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 15 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
March 2 2020
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 deposit payment date.
March 15 2020
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.
April 1 2020
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
April 1 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 1 2020
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
May 31 2020
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 2:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
Coming soon
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.
June 1 2020
Classes Begin
June 26 2020
Classes End
June 27 2020
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).
$4,725
Optional / Additional Fees:  
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$90

*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 $1,800
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$10 / course $20 / course
Meals
Homestay includes breakfast & dinner
$300/ month $500 / 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
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • 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 processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • 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 Meal
SAI welcomes students to Rome with a traditional Roman meal. Students meet one another and get to know their new city.

A Taste of Rome Food Tour
Part walking tour, part introduction to Roman food culture, students get to know their new home by exploring the Trastevere neighborhood and tasting some of Rome’s most celebrated culinary traditions.

Hike to Janiculum Hil
Sai will take students on a beautiful walk up to the Gianicolo Hill for a bird’s eye view of Roma! As the sun sets over the city, students will enjoy a refreshing “grattachecca” – Italian ice – and take in the amazing views of their new home!

Evening Colosseum Tour
SAI students will enter the gates and step back in time inside the most iconic symbol of the eternal city. The evening includes a guided tour through the history of this amazing amphitheater durig which students will learn about the important role this monument played throughout Ancient Rome. As students step out of the Colosseum they will be greeted by the setting sun; a perfect backdrop for some photos.

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

Standard Housing: Family homestay
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 less are not 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 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.