The Advanced Track is designed for students with strong abilities in written and spoken Italian, with two or more years (4+ semesters) of college-level Italian (or the equivalent).

This track emphasizes acquisition of language skills and intellectual development through a curriculum of content-driven language and cultural study exclusively in Italian under the Middlebury Language Pledge®. 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 enroll in one course at the Middlebury Sede and take their remaining credits at the Università degli Studi di Firenze or the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. The program director will guide you toward courses most appropriate to your intellectual, linguistic, and curricular interests. An academic internship may take the place of one university course.

To prepare for their immersive experience in Italy, students may wish to visit the School in Italy's Pre-Immersion website for language practice, music, book, and movie recommendations, and student testimonials about studying under the Middlebury Language Pledge®.

Track Structure

  1. Required Course

    • Content course in Italian (taught at the Middlebury Sede)
  2. Second Course (choose one)

    • Course in Italian at the University of Florence
    • Studio Art Course at the Accademia di Belle Arti
    • Internship for Credit
  3. Third Course (choose one)

    • Course in Italian at the University of Florence
    • Studio Art Course at the Accademia di Belle Arti
    • Internship for Credit

Courses at the Middlebury Sede

Courses offered at the Middlebury Sede vary from semester to semester. Below is a sampling:

Fall

  • Memorie, storie e voci di migrazione (Fall 2018)
  • La storia culturale del cibo: Rappresentazioni nell'arte e nella letteratura (Fall 2017)
  • Il viaggio nella letteratura, il cinema, e nella musica (Fall 2016)
  • Le poetiche del '900 attraverso i caffè letterari fiorentini: Un percorso dal Futurismo alla Neoavanguardia (Fall 2014)

Spring

  • Iconografia e Iconologia: La lettura e la comprensione di un’opera d’arte intesa come significativa testimonianza culturale del suo tempo (Spring 2019)
  • L’italiano tra sociolinguistica e sociopragmatica: variazione, identità e relazione (Spring 2019)
  • Storia culturale del cibo (Spring 2019)
  • Sulle orme di Dante (Spring 2019)
  • Lingua e Linguaggi dell'Italia Repubblicana (Spring 2018)
  • L'altra Italia: Voci migranti (Spring 2017)