Italian Study Abroad Programs

The Ohio State University offers a variety or Study Abroad programs in Italy. All financial information, program dates, deadlines and applications are available at the Office of International Affairs.

Funding: students partially fund their study abroad experience through money received in the Second Year Transformational Experience program (STEP), which we recommend for all students in their 2nd year. Scholarships and grants are listed on our website.

OSU CREDITS: All credits above 1103/5101 from Lecce, Siena or our internships APPLY TOWARD THE MAJOR or MINOR. Although there is a limit to the number of 5797 credits allowed to count toward a major/minor (9 for major and minor), credits for other courses (2102, 2193, 2194, 3000 and 4000 level) may also be granted.

The Italian City - Bologna, Italy

GE Diversity: Global Studies and GE: Cultures and Ideas, Taught in English

New Experiences in Beautiful Destinations: Paris and Bologna

This course will use cities to narrate a cultural history of Italy, and history to unlock the communal and individual pasts of an Italian city: Bologna. In this course, students will study the history of the Italian city to examine how it has acted as a crucible for the production of economic and intellectual exchange, political and artistic experimentation, scientific breakthroughs, and richly layered forms of cultural identity.
The site of the oldest European university, and one of the oldest laws abolishing slavery, Bologna's medieval past is made palpable with every portico yet it also houses a bustling 21st-century economy, with vivid traces of all the epochs in between. We will then see how Bologna relates to this larger story by studying a few exemplary Bolognese people (both native-born and transplants) and exploring the city together. Students will study texts and films that strongly engage with urban spaces and themes (short stories, plays, movies, detective novels) to consolidate our understanding of the Italian city and ask new questions about the relationship between city and cultural identity. We will conclude each of the first three weeks with day trips to other cities.
When: TBA
Credit: Italian 3798 (GE Diversity: Global Studies and GE:Cultures and Ideas)
Program Cost:TBA
Application Deadline: TBA

Elementary Level - Lecce Summer Program

Students at the elementary level (1101 and above) who would like to attend a program with a group of students from OSU can obtain up to 6 hours of credit in the Summer at the Scuola di Italiano per Stranieri. Prerequisites for admission are:

 a) a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA,

 b) a minimum 2.7 GPA in Italian,

 c) successful completion of Italian 1101 or higher

Summer program options:

4 week:  May / June or July (two options) -  4 OSU credit hours (1 course)

6 week:  July / August - 6 OSU credit hours (2 courses)


Students have the option to stay with Italian families and receive OSU credits as follows:

- 1101                   4 week: 1102

                             6 week: 5101 (1101-1103 equivalent), 5797


- 1102                   4 week: 1103

                             6 week: 1103, 5797


- 1103                   4 and 6 week: 2102 and/or 5797


- 2102 & up          4 and 6 week: 5797 and/or 4000 level

Note: ALL Lecce credits above 1103 count toward a minor/major. You must apply first at and then on the school’s website. For more info contact: Rebecca McMunn, OIA, 140 Enarson Classroom Bldg., 292-6101, or April Weintritt.

Grand Milan Cathedral in Italy

Siena Italian Studies

For advanced beginner/intermediate level students (1102 and above) who would like a full-immersion experience in Italy, and Italian MAJORS and MINORS, we suggest the Siena Italian Studies program ( Students stay with host families and participate in a service learning program. The prerequisites for admission to this program are:

 a) a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA,

 b) a minimum 2.8 GPA in Italian,

 c) successful completion of Italian 1102 or higher.


                   SUMMER program options:

                   4 week:  June/July (Palio season) - 7 OSU credit hours

                   6 week:  June/July (Palio season) - 10 OSU credit hours

                                          one interm./advanced language course, one content course,

                                          service learning.

                   8 week:  end of May/July (Palio season) - 13 OSU credit hours

                                          one 2-wk intensive language course, interm./advanced

                                               language  course, 2 content courses, service learning.


                    SEMESTER program options:                  

                   Fall semester: end of Aug./Dec. - Spring semester: Jan./May

                    Up to 19 OSU credit hours per semester. Full immersion, interm./advanced

                    language course, 3 content courses, service learning


Examples of content classes: Sociolinguistics, History of Italian emigration, History of European immigration, Art history, Italian cinema, Italian Literature, Food as medicine. Examples of Service Learning: working in the organic garden, ambulance assistance, kids’ sports camp, nursing home assistance, restoring city walls.  Students who study in Siena can receive OSU credits for Italian 1103, 2102, 3000 level, 4330 or other 4000 level, 5797 (Study at a Foreign Institution), 2194 (for Service Learning) and/or equivalent OSU content courses, which may include 2193 (Independent Studies).

Note: all Siena credits above 1103 can be applied toward a major or a minor. You must apply first at and then on the school’s website. 

For more info contact: Rebecca McMunn, OIA, 140 Enarson Classroom Bldg., 292-6101, or April Weintritt.

Study Abroad in Florence, Italy


All credits count toward the major/minor, including It 4191.

Requirements: It 2102 or above, overall GPA 2.75, Italian GPA 3.0. For info, contact Prof. April Weintritt (

AIFS internship in Rome

The semester-long Internship program combines workplace learning with classroom-based studying.  Students are placed in different fields, including international embassies, cultural institutes, charitable associations and fashion companies, and attend intensive language classes in Florence and Rome. 12 OSU credit hrs.

Sant’Anna’s internship in Sorrento

This Internship program is available in a 5-week Summer session as well as in Autumn and Spring terms. It combines workplace learning with classroom-based studying. Placements are available in many fields, including Architecture, Business Adm., Communication, Marketing, Law, Culinary Arts, Education, Environmental Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, Fitness Mgmt, Music & Music Technology, Nutrition, Pharmaceutical Science, Social Work, Veterinary Science. Up to 18 OSU credit hours. 

4) For students who would like to take courses in English in Italy, we strongly recommend taking courses at Sant’Anna. OIA also has information about programs offered during the academic year that are administered in collaboration with Arcardia. If you plan to attend Arcadia, please contact the Study Abroad Advisor (April Weintritt to determine whether language courses can be transferred for OSU credit.

If you would like to participate in a program not listed above, contact: April Weintritt or Jenny Kraft, OIA, 140 Enarson Classrm. Bldg., 292-6101. 


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