Quarter Abroad Italy - Courses

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Italian Language and Culture in Florence

This program carries a total of 16-24 quarter units. Students will be enrolled in the courses listed below. Contact your program coordinator to inquire about special course options for graduate students.

See Academics to learn more about applying Quarter Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements.

Quarter Abroad programs are academic programs so participants should expect a substantial amount of course work.

Courses (16-24 units)

Beginning - Total Units: 19 + Electives

Italian (ITA) 1S. Beginning Italian (5 units)

Italian (ITA) 2S. Beginning Italian (5 units)

Italian (ITA) 3S. Beginning Italian (5 units)

Italian (ITA) 121S. / Film Studies (FMS) 121S. New Italian Cinema (4 units)

1-2 Electives from list below**

Intermediate - Total Units: 16 + Electives

Italian (ITA) 4S. Intermediate Italian (4 units)

Italian (ITA) 5S. Intermediate Italian (4 units)

Italian (ITA) 9S. Reading Italian (4 units)

Italian (ITA) 121S. / Film Studies (FMS) 121S. New Italian Cinema (4 units)

1-2 Electives from list below**

Advanced - Total Units: 19 + Electives

Italian (ITA) 8AS. Italian Conversation (3 units)

Italian (ITA) 8BS. Italian Conversation (3 units)

Italian (ITA) 101S. Advanced Composition, Conversation and Grammar (4 units)

Italian (ITA) 121S/ Film Studies (FMS) 121S. New Italian Cinema (4 units)

Italian (ITA) 192S. Italian Internship (1 unit/40 hours total)*

*1-unit internship required, optional 2-unit internship (60 hours total)

1-2 Electives from list below**

**1 Elective required; additional electives optional

Electives - Total Units: 8-9 units

Italian (ITA) 108S. Contemporary Issues in Italian Culture and Society (4 units)

Italian (ITA) 145S. Elective course through CEA (host country provider) (4)

  • The Great Masters: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael
  • Secrets, Signs & Symbols in Italian Art: Exercises in Iconography
  • The Culture of Food and Wine in Italy
  • Gender as a social Construct: (re)defining Roles in Society
  • Social History of the Italian Mafia
  • Fashion Marketing and Merchandising
  • The Business of Food
  • Sport and Culture in Contemporary Italy
  • Family Business and Entrepreneurship
  • The Politics of European Integration: An Italian Perspective

Italian (ITA) 192S. Italian Internship (1-2 units)

Please email the instructor for more information regarding electives. Students can earn up to 28 units of credit if electives and internships are taken. Sample Internships


This program is open to students who meet the eligibility requirements.


The Quarter Abroad Program in Florence allows you to complete one year (at levels 1, 2, or 3) of Italian language, as well as other electives. This is an intensive program and dedication to language study is consequently a must. 

Prerequisite Equivalents for Students from Other UC's


No Italian coursework may be taken before the program begins. Exception only by approval from faculty leader.


Completion of ITA 3 (or the equivalent* of 3 quarters/2 semester of University level Italian) at the time the program begins.** 


Completion of ITA 9 (or the equivalent* of 6 quarters/4 semesters of University level Italian) at the time the program begins.** 

*Equivalents may include: AP credits, a placement exam into ITA 4 or 101, or an interview with the Faculty Program Leader if you are a native speaker of Italian.

**Prerequisites cannot be completed during the summer prior to departure.

If you are between levels, please consult with your Program Coordinator to explore your options.