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. 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.

Below are the course options for the Spring 2022 semester.  Please note that course availability may vary depending on enrollments.

Course 1/Required Sede Course

Title Description
Italian Language and Culture Course Description

Course 2/Elective 1: Sede Course

Title Description
Storia dell’arte e dell’architettura di Firenze Course Description
La musica italiana Course Description
La società italiana contemporanea Course Description

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


Courses at the Middlebury Sede

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 is a sampling:

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