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Padua Internship

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Sponsor: Boston University

Location: Padua, Italy

Description: 

Open to students of all Italian language levels, the Padua Internship program provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional skills in one of Italy’s top economic and communications hubs. Students enroll in a required Italian language course at their level and two English- and/or Italian- taught content courses offered at the BU Padua Academic Center. In addition, students enroll in an internship course, which consists of an academic seminar and an internship placement with local organizations in the greater Padua area. Internships begin during the third week of the program, with students completing 15 hours per week (typically 3-4 hours/day), Monday–Friday, in their placement.

Internship placements, available in English or Italian, are offered in a variety of fields, including: Arts and Arts Administration, Linguistics, International Organizations and NGOs, Political Science and International Relations. Students interested in internship placements in Italian as well as Italian-taught elective courses must have completed at least Italian 102-3 (or the equivalent) to be eligible.

Program Type: Affiliated

Terms: 

  • Fall

Requirements: 

Academic Information:

  • BU offers courses in Hospitality Administration, which are not transferable to Northwestern because Northwestern does not have an undergraduate department of Hospitality Administration. Thus, the following BU Padua courses are not transferable:
    • SHA HF 323 The Italian Food Industry: Economics, Culture and Society
    • SHA HF 390 Field Placement in Hospitality Administration
  • Review Choosing Courses to Take Abroad for additional information.

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the Fall application deadline
  2. Complete a Boston University application by the program's deadline

Languages: English, Italian

Language Requirements: 

  • None; however, students are required to take one Italian language course taught at the BU Padua Academic Center at the appropriate level.
  • Students interested in internship placements in Italian as well as Italian-taught elective courses must have completed at least Italian 102-3 (or the equivalent) to be eligible.

Housing: 

Students live in Italian households, where they eat breakfast every day and four evening meals a week with their hosts. All students are given a student ID that allows them access to University of Padua, including their cafeterias, where meals are avaialble at a low cost.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $32,364

Billed by Northwestern: $25,569

Estimated additional costs: $6,795

  • Meals: $2,000
  • Airfare: $1,300
  • Local transportation: $300
  • Books & supplies: $170
  • Personal expenses: $2,800
  • Visa & fees: $225
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