Important Information

Purpose

College of DuPage Field and Interdisciplinary Studies/Study Abroad, offers a one-month program of study in Language and Culture in Italy. The purpose of the program is to provide an integrated approach that combines intensive language study and cultural immersion through classes and cultural excursions. This combination offers students an opportunity to study the Italian language and acquire first-hand knowledge of the people and culture of Italy.

Admission Requirements

The program is open to serious students, teachers and others who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Applicants are required to obtain a physician's approval as part of the application process. There will be a personal interview to determine the applicant's maturity, ability to adapt to a different environment and function successfully as a member of the group. The successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. If an applicant has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible. Qualified high school seniors 18 and over may be accepted into the program. College students must also present evidence of a 2.75 GPA.

Orientation

A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held at College of DuPage. This typically occurs over two days in May.

Language Classes

All students are required to enroll in an Italian Language class. Language classes will be held at Società Dante Alighieri School in Italy. They will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes will accommodate students at Beginning Italian I and II, Intermediate Italian I and II and Advanced Italian I and II. In the language classes, both conversation and grammar are taught in a small class setting.

Prior to the beginning of classes, all students will be tested and placed at the appropriate level. Changes can be made if a student progresses at a faster rate or shows different learning needs.

Culture and Civilization of Italy

All students are required to enroll in this class. The course of study covers the geography, history, political and social institutions and the art and architecture of Italy. This class first meets at the mandatory orientation session.

In Italy, the course will continue with guided cultural excursions to theaters, museums and other places of interest that are integral components of this class, and therefore, attendance is required. A short written report on each visit is also required.

Faculty and Staff

All language classes will be taught by faculty members at Società Dante Alighieri. The Culture and Civilization of Italy class will be team-taught in English by College of DuPage faculty and the Directors of the program. In Italy the Directors are available daily to counsel, supervise and assist students.

Discussions in Italy

Time will be set aside for the purpose of discussing interests, impressions and reactions to Italian culture.

Credits

Upon successful completion of classes, students will receive credit for, Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Italian (4 semester credit hours) depending on placement, and History: Culture and Civilization of Italy (3 semester credit hours.)

Grades

Instructors at Società Dante Alighieri School will assign the grade for the language class. The Directors will assign the Culture and Civilization class grade.

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in carefully selected Italian homes in double occupancy rooms. They will be provided with breakfast, and dinner during the homestay period. This arrangement provides the opportunity for the student to continue practicing Italian and to share the everyday life of the families. Families are chosen for their friendliness and
helpfulness. The homes are near public transportation. A few may be within walking distance to class. Lunch is not provided but there are many excellent places to eat in Siena, close to the location of "Società Dante Alighieri" School.

Activities, Field Trips and Excursions

Activities specified in the program schedule are included in the price of the program.

Optional excursions

Information will be provided on a variety of optional excursions that are not included in the price of the program.
Program Cost The total fee will be $4,599 plus College of DuPage tuition. Many types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. Check with the financial aid office for more information.

The program fee includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Chicago to Italy
  • Full-time administrative staff
  • Transfers to and from the airport in Siena
  • Admissions and excursions listed as included in the cost of the program
  • Textbooks for the language classes
  • Hotel accommodations on included excursions
  • Housing, Room and Board

Not included in the program fee:

  • Tuition for 7 credit hours
  • Passport fees
  • Visa fees (only if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Telephone calls
  • Checked baggage fees
  • Laundry service

 

Steps to Study Abroad

APPLY

Fill out the application packet and send to: Italy Study Abroad Program, College of DuPage Field Studies/Study Abroad, BIC 3509, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137-6599.

The application packet includes:

  • Application form
  • $500 deposit
  • Essay
  • Two recommendation forms
  • Housing preferences form
  • Official transcript (non-COD students only)

INTERVIEW

Upon receipt of the Italy Summer Study Abroad completed application packet, the applicant will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute interview with a program director.

DEPOSIT

A $500 deposit is due with the application submission. This payment will not be processed until the application, interview and registration are complete. The deposit must be submitted to the Field Studies/Study Abroad office. Check or credit card is accepted. (Make check payable to College of DuPage.) Additionally, students new to COD must complete the online COD Admission Form, which includes an application fee.

SUBMIT FINAL PAPERWORK

Upon acceptance into the program, students will receive and be required to submit the following:

  • Emergency contact information sheet
  • Statement regarding the use of Italian
  • Student conduct agreement
  • General agreement
  • Sexual harassment form
  • Release agreement
  • Physician's statement
  • Copy of valid medical insurance card
  • Medical insurance info sheet

REMAINING PAYMENTS

Once registered for this program, the remaining payments can be made online, at the COD cashier's office or at the Field Studies/Study Abroad office.

Questions regarding payments should be directed to the Field Studies/Study Abroad office at (630) 942-2356.

First payment: Deposit  $500

Installment: April 1,  $2049.50

Installment: May 1, $2049.50

Tuition for 7 credit hours is extra.

ALL PAYMENTS ARE DUE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.


Late Payments

Participants who fall behind in their payments by more than one week will be assessed $15 for each late payment.
Late Applicants We welcome students beyond the application deadline if space is available. However, additional charges may apply. Students enrolling late must pay the application fee and the total amount due up to that point when they apply.

Changes in Prices

The program fees are based on air and land rates in effect at the time of writing and are subject to change without notice, due to possible increases in the cost of air transportation or land arrangements, devaluation of currencies or other reasons not under the control of College of DuPage.

Withdrawals and Refund Policy

  • Notification of withdrawal must be in writing.
  • Claims for refunds must be in writing. (Actual refund amount will be determined by program directors.)
  • The $500 application fee is non-refundable unless the applicant is not accepted into the program.
  • No refunds within 30 days of departure.
  • Due to special contracts and conditions, no refunds will be given under any circumstances for unused meals, accommodations, land transportation or other activities once the trip has begun. Substitutions are not allowed.


We suggest the purchase of trip cancellation insurance.

Transportation

Air transportation is provided by regularly scheduled and approved airlines. No changes or deviations in itinerary/schedule are allowed. All participants must travel as a group to and from Italy, departing from and returning to Chicago. Trip extensions are not allowed. 

Passport

Each participant must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after the anticipated return date to the U.S. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own passports. As passports can take substantial time to obtain, apply for it as soon as possible. Information can be obtained at http://travel.state.gov/passport/

Visa

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Italy. Non- U.S. citizens may need a Visa.

Immunizations

No special immunizations are required for travel to Italy. However, it is wise to have an up-to-date tetanus inoculation. Each participant should check with his/her physician for information regarding personal health needs.

Insurance

All participants are required to have additional medical insurance, which is valid outside the United States and to show proof of such insurance.

Insurance can also be purchased to provide protection against cancellations and lost or damaged baggage. We suggest trip or cancellation insurance (insuremytrip.com) to cover the cost of the program if you must cancel or interrupt your trip due to illness or other reasons.

Clothing

Clothing guidelines will be provided at orientation. You do not need as much clothing as you might think. It is not wise to purchase a new wardrobe because clothing gets harsh treatment when traveling. Be sure you have comfortable walking shoes. Do pack an umbrella. Linens and towels are provided.

Money Matters

We recommend at least $200-$250 per week for spending money (incidentals, museum visits, theaters, concerts, etc.) plus more for when we are on excursions and if you plan to participate in optional trips.

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Italy. Each participant should have a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) with his/her name on it in order to cover medical emergencies, which must be paid for in advance even with medical insurance. However, do not take extra credit cards, such as cards for local stores or gas cards, as you will have no need for them. There are automatic teller machines in Italy, which accept most ATM cards.

Rules of Behavior

These rules have not been drawn up to restrict freedom, but to ensure that the program is successful. The participants are subject at all times to the guidance and authority of the Directors, who have the right to enforce appropriate standards of conduct. The Directors reserve the right to dismiss any participant for reasons that appear to them to be valid in their sole judgment. The Directors shall have the right to withdraw a student from the program without refund or credit if his/her conduct causes serious inconvenience for the rest of the group or for any actions or conduct, which the Directors consider to be incompatible with the interest, harmony, comfort and welfare of others or the reputation of the program. The use of illegal drugs and/or the excessive use of alcoholic beverages are not allowed and are grounds for termination of participation in the program. Each student will be required to indicate his/her compliance with these rules by signing a separate Student Conduct Agreement. The judgment of the Directors will be final in all matters of discipline. Students may not withdraw from classes without consulting with the Directors.

CANCELATION/REFUND POLICY

In the event that the participant wishes to withdraw from the program, certain penalties may apply, since arrangements for your program occur months prior to its actual departure date. Services are planned and commitments are made on behalf of all participants. Suppliers require advanced deposits and payments. Final payments for all services are sent to vendors months in advance of departure. These payments are non-refundable since contractual agreements stipulate penalties to be applied to services requested but not used. Please note that no refunds will be made for any services provided in the itinerary that you do not use. Thus, please be aware that no refunds will be issued within 30 days of departure.

Please understand that if you change your plans for ANY reason, your right to a refund is limited.

All cancelations and refund requests must be made in writing and sent to:

College of DuPage Field Studies/Study Abroad, BIC 3509, 425 Fawell Blvd Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599 

 

Contact Information


Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356