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 organized by the Middlebury Sede and take their remaining credits at the Università degli Studi di Firenze or the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in Florence, The Università degli Studi di Ferrara in Ferrara, and the Sapienza, Università di Roma in Rome. 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

    • Middlebury content course in Italian
  2. Second Course (choose one)

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

    • Course in Italian at the local university
    • Studio Art Course at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Florence only)
    • Internship for Credit

Middlebury Content Course

Courses offered by Middlebury Sede vary from semester to semester.

Fall

  • Memorie, storie e voci di migrazione
  • La Roma dei poeti e degli scrittori
  • Momenti significativi nella letteratura ferrarese

Spring

  • L'Italia e l'italiano: una storia controversa
  • Le donne, i cavallier, l'arme, gli amori: la letteratura cavalleresca
  • Storia culturale del cibo