Benvenuti e bentornati alla Scuola Italiana!
The Italian School offers a wide range of challenging courses to maintain its reputation and long tradition of commitment to high academic standards. Besidess the introductory courses for the Master Program we are offer courses on linguistics, cinema, pedagogy, literature, as well as the culture, art and civilization of Italy. In 2013, the Italian School launched a specialization in Mediterranean Studies in the M.A. program with three courses that examine the most significant aspects and manifestations of the Mediterranean Culture from the Middle Ages to present globalization. The motivation and the effort of the staff added to the expertise and the dedication of faculty, drawn from European and North American institutions, ensure maintenance of the School’s high standards.
What makes the Middlebury experience so unique is its long-standing observance of the Language Pledge, a commitment made by each student in writing to use exclusively the Italian language for the duration of the summer session. In spite of the considerable demand this formal pledge places on all, generations of students consider it a most valid and effective learning tool. Adherence to this rule is, therefore, strictly enforced at all times.
The success of the summer session is due to a great extent to the fact that students and faculty live under the same roof and take part in all the cultural and social activities sponsored by the School: film screenings, lectures, concerts, plays, dinners, parties, club meetings and workshops. All of this contributes to create a cordial and collegial atmosphere that is very conducive to learning and is unlikely to be duplicated elsewhere.
With such an ample variety of academic offerings and the numerous cultural and social activities that are offered, I am confident that the Italian School will be a memorable learning experience for all students and professors. I count on all of us to do our best to make this a most successful and fruitful period of study in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
A questa estate e non dimenticate di sfruttare al massimo ogni evento e di parlare sempre e soltanto in italiano!
All students who enroll in the Italian School for the summer 2014 session will study at our West Coast site at Mills College, in Oakland, California. Application and financial aid processes are identical to those for the Middlebury campus. For more information on Middlebury at Mills, please click here.