Contemporary Italy | Study Abroad

Four week Italian intensive in Italy

Subject code: ITAL20004 / ITAL30005
Dates: 18th November - 18th December 2016

Castello di Fontanellato; Matthew Absalom
Credit: Castello di Fontanellato; Matthew Absalom

Contemporary Italy | Study Abroad

"I knew from the start that this subject would be both enjoyable and enlightening and I wasn't wrong. My expectations were exceeded and I felt I learnt and grew a lot from this experience. To be fully immersed in the Italian culture was invaluable, I met and made many friends I'm sure I'll keep for life. I would do it again if I could."
"Absolutely unforgettable, for someone who's never been to Italy before, it will completely surpass all your expectations of what you think Italy and Italian culture is."


CONTEMPORARY ITALY / STUDY ABROAD 2016 will run from November 18 to December 18, 2016. In its fourth year, this highly successful subject provides you with an opportunity to experience contemporary Italy through contact with real-life Italian contexts.

Many people visit Italy and only ever see the touristic glitz. This four-week experience enables you to visit some of the most important Italian destinations (Milan, Parma, Tuscany and Rome) and see these through the eyes of the people who actually live there.

Arriving in Milan, you will spend a few days taking in some of the key locations of this international city. From here, we head south to Emilia Romagna where we will be based in the city of Parma. A food and wine immersion will be enhanced by contacts with locals and an innovative collaboration with renowned photographer, Luigi Bussolati. We then move onto Tuscany where you will be based in the city of Prato, 20 minutes outside the heart of the Italian Renaissance, Florence. With visits to Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano and, of course, Florence itself, and collaborations with the Liceo Copernico in Prato, you will get to know fabled Tuscany very well. Our final stop will be Rome where you will experience an Italian university, a reception at the British School as well as the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the Sistine Chapel in a private group.

You will stay in real people’s homes, experience Italian cuisine and culture, and participate in a range of projects all designed to broaden your understanding of Italy today.

Duomo di Milano; Matthew Absalom
Credit: Duomo di Milano; Matthew Absalom

The highlights

  • Stay in Milan, Parma, Tuscany and Rome
  • A unique set of unforgettable experiences
  • Authentic activities which go beyond the touristic
  • Real opportunities to use your Italian language and deepen your knowledge of contemporary Italian culture
  • Hand-picked guided tours and special lectures
  • One competitive price includes
  • travel, accommodation and much more

This subject is available at 2nd and 3rd year level and can be taken within your Italian major, minor or diploma. You must have completed at least one year of Italian.

A quota of 30 students applies.

Firenze; Matthew Absalom
Credit: Firenze; Matthew Absalom

Expressions of interest

To express interest, please complete a short questionnaire.

Information session

Download the Contemporary Italy | Study Abroad pdf from the information session held on Wednesday March 23, 2016 (2.5Mb pdf)

Reservation form

The reservation form will be available shortly. Please take particular note of where you need to send it.

More information

For all enquiries email Matthew Absalom.

You may be eligible for the Melbourne Global Grant or the Melbourne Global Language Scholarship grants. For more information, go to the Melbourne Global Mobility Exchange Funding web page.

Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa; Matthew Absalom
Credit: Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa; Matthew Absalom

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