Broward College
Study Abroad in Urbino, Italy
Summer 2012
June 29 to August 5
Urbino is one of the best preserved Renaissance towns in all of Italy.
Culturally the town is most famous for its 15th century Renaissance palace designed
by Laurana for Duke Federico da Montefeltro. The Ducal Palace, which has been
named by Kenneth Clark the prototype of all Renaissance palaces and the most
beautiful of its kind in the world, now houses an important museum. Urbino is the
birthplace of Raphael and was an important Renaissance center vying with
Florence. There are beautifully decorated churches and summer music festivals
take place regularly in the courtyard of the Ducal palace.
Today Urbino is also known for its university, founded in the 16th century and one of
the best in Italy for humanistic studies. It houses our summer language and cultural
program. Some of its professors teach in the Urbino Program. The university is a short
walk to the town where the Program’s classes are taught. Each student has his or her
own private dorm room with a shared bath. Many rooms have views of the beautiful
undulating hillsides common to the Marche region. Lunch and dinner are provided in
the cafeteria and the university is justifiably proud of its well prepared cuisine.
Students can buy breakfast in the cafeteria for a couple of euros (approximately two
dollars). Wireless internet is available in the commons area. It is required that students
buy inexpensive Italian cell phones to be able to stay in touch with others in the group.
Above, a view of the street leading to the classrooms in a Renaissance palace.
There are many summer programs at the university in the summer. Students from
all over the USA and the EU (European Union) come there to study. Students
from other schools, such as the University of Tennessee, participate in our
program, as directed by Dr. Michael Vena, an alumnus of Yale University who
started the Urbino program several decades ago at the University of Southern
On weekends there are several day trips planned to small towns close to Urbino. Last year
we went to Assisi, San Leo, Loreto, San Marino and Gubbio (travel by chartered bus is
included in the fee). We also attended an Opera by Puccini in Macerata (optional and not
included in the program fee). For 2012 we are planning a four day academic schedule from
8 AM to 1 PM (Monday to Thursday) in order to leave long weekends free for excursions,
as included in the program fee, or as students opt to do at their own expense. Last year a
dozen students traveled to Venice on a free week-end accompanied by one of their
On free weekends students may sign a release form for independent travel at their own
expense. Above, some of our students travel to Venice on a train. The train system in Italy
is convenient and inexpensive for weekend trips. From Urbino students take a bus to the
train station in Pesaro. From Pesaro one can easily reach, Siena, Pisa, Ravenna, Bologna,
Orvieto, and other points of interest. Last year some students visited Southern Italy to see
Pompei, the ancient Roman city buried by an eruption of Vesuvius in the year 70 A.D.,
Naples and the region of Puglia where they stayed for three day. The southern region of
Italy is culturally older than the rest of Italy preceding the Romans and called Magna
Grecia or the Greater Greece, since it was colonized by the Greeks.
After classes end, there is two to three days in Rome and Florence (hotels and bus
transportation to the city is included). Students are free to make their own
itineraries, but the coordinating professors, most of whom speak Italian and who
have traveled extensively in Italy, are always willing to offer advice and accompany
the students to their designated itineraries. In Rome there is usually a bus tour of the
city with one of the professors commenting on the various sights of the city. It is a
good orientation for the proper planning of itineraries.
From left to right:
Florence: our hotel rooms, the Arno River flowing under the Ponte Vecchio
Rome: interior of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Capitoline Museum
On the left, students taking Italian in Dr. Paparella’s class.
On the right, coming home was bittersweet because we were leaving an incredible
country and new friends. We are at the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport in Rome, waiting
to return to Miami.
Required for the program:
--Full payment of the expenses by deadlines.
--Payment of tuition: To participate in the trip you must register for at least
one course before we leave for Italy. You must bring required textbooks.
--Passport or visa: You must register for the program using the same name that
is on your passport or the airline will not allow you to fly with them. A
passport or driver’s license is required to register.
--Health insurance (travel health insurance is available for under $30).
--Good mobility. Remember this is a walking trip.
--Italian cell phone (included in program costs).
--You are required to travel with the group and follow all group guidelines. You
will be required to sign a travel contract with the College.
Included in costs:
--Room and board in Urbino
--Excursion hotels and travel to included destinations as mentioned in the
advertising brochure.
--Round-trip airfare
--Italian cell phone
--Trip cancellation insurance
Estimated total cost for Summer in Italy 2012 (excluding tuition):
$ 5050 plus appropriate spending money ($500-$1000 minimum)
Schedule of payments:
Non-refundable deposit of $250 due at sign-up
15 January 2012 – $1200
15 February 2012 – $1200
15 March 2012 – $1200
15 April 2012 – $1200
(If due date is on a weekend, payment is due on the following Monday.)
Payments must be made by the deadlines. If you join the group after a
deadline, you must pay the amount due up to the date when you join the
group. No refunds from the College are possible.
Airline fares after the initial due date have to be purchased individually and
may be higher than the group rate. However, you are required to fly with
the group.
Individual travel cancellation insurance is included in the cost, but it must be
secured as soon as you make your first deposit. Read carefully what is
Courses offered:
--Italian I and II (ITA 1120 and 1121)
The Italian language courses are four credits
each and the tuition is $351.80. The Italian
Film course earns three credits and its
tuition is $263.85 ($87.95 per credit).
The program offers other courses that can
be taken by students who do not need the
credits and may wish to take them merely
for enrichment as auditors; for example:
drawing. However, all course taken must be
in the BC catalogue and the student must
register and pay tuition at BC. You may take
one or two courses in Italy.
Recommended to bring:
--Laptop or internet device
--Small fan for dorm room
--Clothes for warm weather and a sweater for cooler weather
--Appropriate clothes to enter churches
--Not more than one suitcase and one carry-on are recommended; you will
have to carry your own luggage and space is limited on buses.
--An adaptor and a transformer to change electricity from 110 to 220.
--An elegant dress or suit for the Opera or other special occasions.
For more information, or to make a deposit to make a
reservation, contact a coordinator:
Katie Barcikowski, Study Abroad Coordinator
954 201 7709
Dr. Emanuel Paparella, Instructor of Italian
954 778 6512
Professor Domenica Diraviam, Instructor of French and Italian
954 201 6558
Panoramic View of the University of Urbino

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