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Winter 2018: Italy LING/ENGL
January 02, 2018 - January 31, 2018
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
02/09/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM107 LING Bldg., 125 E. Main
02/23/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM107 LING Bldg., 125 E. Main
03/09/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM107 LING Bldg., 125 E. Main
03/23/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM107 LING Bldg., 125 E. Main
04/06/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM107 LING Bldg., 125 E. Main
04/20/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM107 LING Bldg., 125 E. Main
05/04/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM107 LING Bldg., 125 E. Main
09/05/2017 5:15 PM - 6:15 PMSharp Lab 122
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
09/28/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PMSharp Lap 100
12/09/2017 9:30 AM - 11:00 AMPurnell 116
Program Notes
Program Description
During this 5-week winter session in Italy, you will visit 11 cities and 6 regions of this beautiful country! We begin with a short stay in Milan, Italy’s fashion capital and home to a most impressive Gothic Duomo. Next is a stay in Verona, the city of love, where you can visit the Roman Arena, the market in Piazza Erbe, the striking Castelvecchio, and, of course, Juliet’s house. Then we head to Medieval Siena with its famous Campo and bell tower, Renaissance Florence and its breathtaking pink and white marbled Duomo and famed leather markets, and Ancient Rome where we will tour the Coliseum, Forum, and Vatican. The program ends with a short stay in beautiful Sorrento full of lemon trees and palms and return to Rome to fly home.

Our excursions include a day trip to beautiful and unique Venice and to Pisa with its famed leaning tower. We will also visit the Umbrian hill town of Orvieto with its historic tuffa caves, the island of Capri, the Amalfi coast on the other side of Sorrento, the doomed Pompeii, and an incomparable view from Abbazia Montecassino near Naples.

The culinary delights vary remarkably from region to region. The program includes some special samplings of Italian cuisine at an agriturismo outside of San Gimignano in Tuscany and a lovely restaurant on the Sorrento peninsula as well as other places. Another plus are the walking tours of Milan, Verona, Venice, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Orvieto, Pompeii, and Rome led by professional guides who are passionate about the history and culture.

The program blends cultural experiences with academics for a broader perspectives in learning. The majority of the class sessions will be in Siena, Florence, and Rome, as we stay in each city for an entire week. However, we have a few sessions the first and last week as well. Although we have an academic and a sight-seeing agenda, you will have free time to explore on your own and choose which sites in these places you would like to visit.

Logistical information: we stay at 4-star Hotel stays in Milan, Verona, Siena, Florence, Rome, & Sorrento, and have coach transportation to and from the cities. You will get a chance to experience Trenitalia with the group on the day trip from Verona to Venice. All breakfasts are included with the hotel stays, and some group dinners are as well.

Italy is a beautiful and varied country that welcomes visitors warmly. You will, no doubt, enjoy experiencing its culture, cuisine, and history during this Winter session.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related events and excursions, some meals, in-country transportation and international medical insurance. Participants in the LING/ENGL Program stay in hotels in all of the cities in Italy, and classes are held in the Conference Rooms of each hotel. There are tours and activities related to your classes in all of the cities and regions in which we stay. Full, all you care to eat, breakfasts are included in the hotels throughout the Program, and there will be approximately nine group meals (lunches or dinners) in the Program.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Italy, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Italy. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
ENGL 312-071: Written Communications in Business (3 credits)
Examines the role of written communication in corporate decision making. Students write memos, letters, proposals and reports that simulate on-the-job communication tasks, and are encouraged to use materials from their fields of specialization.
Prerequisite: ENGL 110
Satisfies the following requirements:
Second Writing
Other: Satisfies requirement for all majors in the College of Business and Economics. Also fulfills requirement for HRIM students.
LING 102-070: Language, Mind and Society (3 credits)
Explores the interrelation between language, mind and society. Topics will vary depending on instructor, but may include: origins of language, impact of culture on language and thought, structural aspects of language variation and the mental representation of language, role of universal grammar in language learning, regional and social variation in language, sociolinguistics of multilingual/multiethnic communities, language change, and the role of language in social and political decision making. This course entails gathering Linguistic dialect data. The data are gathered in several significant dialect regions in Italy, and this forms the bases for visiting several (as many as possible) regions in Italy.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: Satisfies requirement for Linguistics minor/concentration; satisfies requirement for Elementary Education concentration in ESL.
LING 265-070: Studies in Language: Language Disorders of Childhood (3 credits)
After a brief consideration of typical language development, this course will address disorders of language that occur in childhood, both developmental and acquired such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Language Impairment. Students will learn about differences and commonalities in language disorders in different languages, focusing on English and Italian. The opportunity to visit diagnostic and treatment centers in Italy will also allow students to experience cultural differences that may shape family perceptions, values and beliefs in response to both acquired and developmental disabilities as well as learn about diagnostic and treatment models that may be similar or dissimilar to American models.
UNIV 370-062: Study Abroad - Italy LING/ENGL (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).
Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $950.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$3,800.00$3,800.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,058.00$9,806.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$950.00$950.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 25, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 27, 2017
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Lisa Dill
Faculty Director
036 Memorial Hall, Newark, DE
Nina Ann Pahl Straitman
Faculty Director
Linguistics and Cognitive Science
125 E. Main Street, Rm. 106

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

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