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  • Locations: Ferrara, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Middlebury Schools Abroad Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad
Language of Instruction: Italian Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level instruction with a B average in language coursework
Click here for a definition of this term GPA (cumulative): 2.67 Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Language GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Major GPA: 3.0 Internships Available: YES
Independent Study Project: YES Excursions: YES
Housing Type: Apartment, Homestay, Independent Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Midd. Financial Aid: YES
Advisor: Alessandra Capossela Subjects Offered: Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Communications, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, Geography, Geology, History, International Studies, Italian, Italian Literature, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Theater Studies, Women's Studies
Recommended Program: YES
Program Description:
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Those who study with the School in Italy in Florence, Ferrara, or Rome are exceptional among U.S. students in Italy: they study in Italian—and speak it well. The School, founded in 1960, is among a tiny handful of study abroad programs in which students take all course work in Italian and can integrate into an Italian university. It therefore attracts students whom local university faculty praise for their academic seriousness and  enthusiasm for learning.

Ferrara, a city of 130,000 located on the Po river in the Emilia Romagna region is only 30 minutes by train from Bologna and one hour from Venice. Few tourists have discovered Ferrara's charms, which include magnificent art and architecture from the medieval, Renaissance, and modern eras, and the finest classic Italian cuisine.


This former inde­pendent city-state emerged in the second half of the twen­tieth century as a vibrant agricultural and industrial trading center. Ferrara's historic center, a favorite walking venue, is filled with monuments, palazzos, cafes, and a renowned cathedral. Bicycles are a primary means of transportation, giving the center the feel of a small and friendly community. Ferrara's museums, exhi­bitions, festivals, and theater reflect its rich artistic, musical, and cultural heritage, which continues to grow and make it an ideal location for immersion into Italian life and culture.

Middlebury's host institution, the Università degli Studi di Ferrara, which is also located in this part of the city, was first established in 1391 and today enrolls over 16,000 students.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 02/08/2020 06/30/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants who apply in the fall or winter will be notified on February 15th of the academic year preceeding study abroad. Applicants whose applicaitons are completed after February 15th (or anytime in the fall, if they are applying to study abroad during the following spring semester) will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline. Some Schools Abroad will fill before the deadline.