The Intermediate Track is designed for students who have completed 1-1.5 years (2-3 semesters) of college-level Italian (or the equivalent).

Please note that this track is not available to Middlebury College students.

The Intermediate Track allows students to learn Italian by taking language and area studies courses at the Middlebury Sede and at the program’s partner institutions in Florence. The instruction is in Italian and, along with a Language and Culture course, students will take courses in area studies allowing them to gain a wider breadth of knowledge in disciplines such as Italian History, Literature, and Art.

Students participate in the Middlebury Language Pledge®, which is an integral part of the learning process and an invaluable tool that will help students strengthen their linguistic ability.

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

Students in the Intermediate Track will enroll in three (3) courses for a total of four (4) Middlebury credits.  There is one required Language and Culture course at the Middlebury School in Italy Sede that all students must take, and two elective courses; one of the two electives must be taken at the Middlebury School in Italy Sede, the second elective can be taken either at the Sede, at the Accademia di Belle Arti, or at the University of Florence.  Students will be asked to select their courses before the start of the semester and will work with the director of the School in Italy to finalize their course selections prior to arrival.

During certain semesters, the Intermediate and Advanced students may be in the same Sede course(s). A student’s course work will correlate to the language track in which they are enrolled. Courses offered at the Middlebury Sede vary from semester to semester.

Below are the course options for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.  Please note that course availability may vary depending on enrollments.

Spring 2023

Course 1/Required Sede Course

Title Description
Stilistica* Course Description

*This course will be offered to students in both the Intermediate and Advanced tracks.  For students in the Intermediate track, there will be weekly supplemental lessons guided by a tutor.

Course 2/Elective 1: Sede Course

Title Description
La Costruzione di Una Nuova Identità Course Description
Didattica della Lingua Italiana Course Description
La Poesia di Dante nell’Italia del Trecento Course Description
La Storia Culturale del Cibo Course Description

Course 3/Elective 2: Sede, Accademia di Belle Arti, or University of Florence

Fall 2022

Course 1/Required Sede Course

Title Description
Italian Language and Culture Course Description

Course 2/Elective 1: Sede Course

Title Description
Personaggi, luoghi, miti, eroi e contro-eroi dell’Italia contemporanea: Tra verità, propaganda e menzogne di ieri e di oggi Course Description
Le teorie sull’arte e il bello tra filosofia, letteratura, arti visive: Breve storie dell’estetica occidentale dai greci a Leondardo e Michelangelo Course Description
Il neorealismo letterario: Calvino, Pratolini, Fenoglio Course Description
Storia della lingua italiana Course Description

Course 3/Elective 2: Sede, Accademia di Belle Arti, or University of Florence

Past Courses Offered at the Middlebury Sede

Language Course

  • Lingua e Cultura II: Intermediate
  • L’Italia vista attraverso i valori e le emozioni della gente

Content Courses

  • Memorie, storie e voci di migrazione
  • Iconografia e Iconologia: La lettura e la comprensione di un’opera d’arte intesa come significativa testimonianza culturale del suo tempo
  • Lingua e linguaggi dell’Italia Repubblicana
  • Paesaggio e cinema italiano
  • La società italiana contemporanea
  • Viaggio in Italia fra lingua e cultura, passato e presente
  • La musica italiana
  • Storia dell’arte e dell’architettura di Firenze