Program Information
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Winter 2025: Italy LING micro
January 03, 2025 - January 23, 2025 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

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Interest Meetings:
03/11/2024 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
03/21/2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PMLinguistics and Cognitive Science Department (125 E Main Street, behind Taverna, Conference Room #10
04/03/2024 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
04/08/2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 6-8 weeks (2 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad at this time poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad must be prepared to adapt to evolving situations and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country which are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and world events as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates. If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students.
Program Description

Embark on a captivating 3-week journey through Italy where you will delve into the rich cultural tapestry of three iconic cities: Verona, Siena, and Rome. This immersive program combines academic exploration by UD faculty with cultural excursions led by expert, professional guides. This program is designed for students who are eager to delve into the rich tapestry of languages and cultures. This program offers a unique blend of academic study, cultural exploration, and experiential learning. Students will have the opportunity to earn three credits while immersing themselves in the enchanting landscapes and diverse linguistic heritage of Italy.

Students will experience the Italian language firsthand while exploring the unique blend of history, cuisine and dialect in each city. We will begin in the city of Verona which is known for its Shakespearean connections and well-preserved Roman architecture.

Students will gain insight into the history and culture of the region via excursions through the breathtaking landscapes and medieval streets in the region of Tuscany (city of Siena).

During the final week of the trip, students will explore the capital city of Rome 'the Eternal City' and the historical sites of the Roman Empire (Coliseum, Forum, Spanish Steps).

LING203, “Languages of the World”: This course provides a unique exploration of the linguistic diversity of Italy. In LING203, students will explore the linguistic diversity of our world through the lens of Italian culture, heritage, and history.

Students will be housed in hotels in Verona, Siena, and Rome and have the opportunity to explore the aforementioned historical sites through day trips. Breakfast will be served daily. Other meals may be included.

We welcome sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students from all academic areas of study. A background in linguistics and/or cognitive science is not expected, nor required. Come to know Italy, past and present, by its distinct regional dialects, sights, smells, sounds, and culture.

The Program Fee includes housing, some meals, in-country transportation, and international medical insurance.

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: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware 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. 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 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
This program welcomes students who will be sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate students at the time of travel and encourages students from all academic backgrounds. In particular, this program targets students who are interested in exploring the country of Italy and learning about sociolinguistic elements of language as it relates to history, culture, and society. The program will meet curricular requirements through the course offering LING203. LING203 satisfies University and College of Arts and Science group C Social and Behavioral Sciences AND also satisfies the University Multicultural Requirement.

Students should be inquisitive about history, geography and language, ready to search for the interconnectedness of the above as expressed uniquely in the north of Italy, the region of Tuscany, the Kingdom of Rome. Flexibility is a key characteristic of program travelers, e.g., one who embraces an opportunity to seize the moment that may require a change in the itinerary. Background in linguistics and/or cognitive science is not expected nor required.
LING 203-070: Languages of the World (3 credits)
Survey of the world’s languages, examining a number of important phenomena from a wide range of languages. Phenomena are both structural (e.g., word order and agreement) and societal or psychological (how multicultural societies choose a common language, the relation between language and thought).
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group C
UNIV 370: Study Abroad - Italy LING micro (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
All 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 Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

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 $1,000.00.
  • 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 CGPS 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-May.
  • 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.
  • CGPS 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
Estimated Tuition based on current year$1,755.00$4,710.00
Estimated Program Fee$5,000.00$5,000.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,785.00$9,740.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,000.00$1,000.00
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.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
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 onApril 20, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 03, 2024
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
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.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Lynsey Keator
Faculty Director
Linguistics and Cognitive Science
125 East Main Street, Room 118

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