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Padua Italian Studies Program (Summer)

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Sponsor: Boston University

Location: Padua, Italy


Students take six weeks of intensive language and cultural studies courses at the BU Padua Academic Center, which is within walking distance of this university town’s historic center. A small, serious summer program, it is ideal for those with 1-2 years of college level Italian but is also open to those with no previous Italian language background. Students are eligible to earn 3 credits at Northwestern for coursework completed on this program.

Students may combine the summer program with fall or full year study abroad on the Padua Italian Studies Program provided that they plan ahead and complete the necessary applications for both NU and BU prior to their summer departure.


  • Summer

Term Notes: Mid-June to late July

Course Info: 

Course options are dependent on language background:

  • No previous Italian language:  enroll in two English-taught liberal arts courses, or combine an English-taught course with a first-semester Italian language class. 
  • At least 1 year of Italian language: enroll in an 8-credit intensive language course covering the equivalent of an entire year of intermediate Italian at NU, or enroll in two English-taught liberal arts courses.
  • At least 2 years of Italian language:  combine an advanced language class with an Italian- or English-taught elective course.

Admission Info: 

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Interview with the Study Abroad Adviser for Italy.  Please call 847-467-6400 to schedule.
  2. Complete an NU Summer Study Abroad Application by March 1.
  3. Complete the Boston University Application by March 1.

Languages: English, Italian

Language Requirements: 




Program Costs: 

Summer 2014: $9,650

  • The program fee includes tuition, room, board, program field trips, emergency travel assistance coverage from BU, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee.
  • Students should plan to budget an additional $2,500-$3,100 for HTH health insurance, round-trip airfare, local transportation, books, meals, and personal expenses.
See the BU Padua summer website for the most current information on program costs and other expenses.


  • Northwestern students receiving financial aid during the academic year may be eligible for summer aid for this program. If awarded, summer assistance may count as one of your 12 quarters of aid eligibility. Visit the Summer Scholarships page for additional information.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships to help with the cost of summer study abroad.


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