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OSU Italian Language Program in Lecce

Program Highlights


Summer 2015: May 31- July 25 2015


OSU Sponsored





Host University

Scuola di Italiano

Academic Credit


Application Deadline

February 15, 2015
Term: 1154


Italian 1101 (or higher) taken in Autumn 2014 or Spring 2015;
2.7 cumulative GPA for undergraduate students;
3.0 cumulative GPA for graduate students;
2.7 cumulative GPA in all Italian courses

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $3567 plus a supplemental $1029 for the homestay accommodation option (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Louise Yahiaoui (.2)


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Alexandra Nardo
The program consists of eight weeks of Italian language instruction. There will be a week between the first and the second set of four weeks. Language classes are held for four hours every morning (Monday through Friday). Students will take a placement test and will be placed at the appropriate level in a class with no more than twelve students. The Italian language classes are integrated with a rich program of extracurricular activities. The program includes lectures, extracurricular courses and guided tours in the Salento region. Students will also take a twelve-hour extracurricular course per session. They will be able to select among the following offerings: Italian cooking, cartapesta, stone carving, earthenware and painting on ceramic.

Several excursions to places of historical and cultural importance in the Salento region are included in the program fee. Some of the excursions are held in the afternoons, while the full-day field trips are offered on Saturday or Sunday. Excursions offered in the past have included Matera, Alberobello, Ostuni, Otranto, Santa Cesarea Terme, Gallipoli and Santa Maria di Leuca.


Located approximately 23 miles south and inland of Brindisi, Lecce is known for an ornate architectural style called the Leccese baroque. Made from tufigna, a soft local stone that hardens when exposed to air, most of Lecce's older buildings are covered with intricate floral carvings and decorations. Over the centuries the city was influenced by the presence of different conquerors including the Cretans, the Romans, the Saraceans and, eventually, the Spanish Hapsburgs.

Located just outside of the old city walls, the Scuola di Italiano per Stranieri is affiliated with the Universita' del Salento. The school has classrooms, a library, language labs and a computer room.

Courses and Credits

Admitted participants are required to register in 9 hours of ASC 5797 which upon successful completion of the program will be assigned as follows: Students who have completed Italian 1101 will earn Italian 1102 and 1103 (3 semester hours each) and Italian 5797 (3 semester hours). Students who have completed Italian 1103 or higher will earn Italian 2102 (3 semester hours) and 5797 (6 semester hours).


Participants live in student apartments shared with Italian students or other language learners. Students also have an option of staying with an Italian family. The home stay program fee will include breakfast and one meal (lunch or dinner).

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3567 program fee. The program fee includes accommodation in a shared apartment, all in country instruction, some excursions, some meals and supplemental international health insurance. It does not cover international airfare, in country transportation, all meals and personal spending expenses. Students that wish to stay with a family in homestay accommodation will be charged a supplemental fee of $1029.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline. If choosing the homestay option, students must complete the supplemental homestay application. Contact Louise Yahiaoui at yahiaoui.2@osu.edu for the homestay application.

An academic reference from a recent GTA/professor (preferably of Italian) must be submitted by the deadline in order for the application to be considered complete. The academic reference form may be downloaded at oia.osu.edu/pdf/AcademicReference.pdf.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must (insert program-specific eligibility) and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
OSU Italian Language Program in Lecce: go.osu.edu/ItalianLecce

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.