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Curriculum in Ferrara

Middlebury's program in Italy presupposes the student's general academic competence and sufficient ability in written and spoken Italian. Our program emphasizes acquisition of language skills and intellectual development through a curriculum of linguistic, literary, and cultural study exclusively in Italian.We strongly urge all students to enroll in the program for the full academic year: compared to a shorter stay, the linguistic, academic, and personal benefits of a ten-month stay are incalculable.

Students choosing to study in Ferrara will take all of their classes at the Università degli Studi di Ferrara alongside Italian students.  Single-semester students will take a course at the Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo that focuses on writing for academic purposes, and attend the university for the remainder of their courses.  Year-long students will enroll exclusively in university courses only during their second semester.  They select their courses from a wide variety of disciplines including: Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History, Law [Politics], Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Physics.

Click here for a list of available disciplines by site in Italy.

Typical courses include:

Contemporary Art History
Cultural Anthropology
Fifteenth Century Italian Comedy
General Linguistics
History of Philosophy
History of Roman Law
History of Scientific Thought
Human Geography
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Medieval Art History
Introduction to Medieval History
Modern History
Modern Italian Literature
Music History
Nineteenth Century Italian Poetry
Philosophy of Law
Political and Economic Geography
Psychology of the Cognitive Process
Urban Sociology