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
Students who have completed Italian 1101 will earn Italian 1102 (3 semester hours) and Italian 5797 (6 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).
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD 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 $TBD.
The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $TBD per student; this cost is subsidized by the Office of International Affairs in the amount of $TBD (subject to change).
For information about cancellation of participation in this program, please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
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 email@example.com
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
Special Petition Process
In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued or already in place for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* The petition must be submitted one month before the application deadline. The Study Abroad Health & Safety Committee will review the petition. For further information, and to obtain the petition form, please contact the OIA study abroad coordinator.
All students will be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs. These sessions will offer important information on travel, health, academic expectations, history and culture. The dates and locations of orientation meetings will be provided in the letter of acceptance.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.