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CIEE: Ferrara Language and Culture
The city of Ferrara, in northern Italy, lies on a branch of the River Po some 30 miles from Bologna. The influence of the Renaissance can be seen in the architecture of the city, its broad streets, moated castle, cathedral, and palaces. A city of fewer than 140,000 people, Ferrara is still enclosed within five miles of medieval walls. During the Renaissance, it was an influential center for painters. Today, Ferrara is known as a city of festivals, the most important being the Palio of St. George, the Buskers Festival, and a festival of hot-air balloons. The city is also known as the Citta della bicicletta – the Town of Bicycles as that’s how the natives get around town. The city is well-connected by rail to Mantua, Padua, Siena, Bologna, Venice, and beyond.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
This program is designed for students with 0-3 semesters of Italian language, who want to be immersed in the culture of their host country by studying in a small and non-touristy Renaissance city. All CIEE students enroll in a required, intensive Italian language course at the start of each semester. Following the intensive language session, all students are required to continue their Italian language study at the appropriate level throughout the semester, take the CIEE core course, and two content courses in English, and the optional Seminar on Living and Learning.
The course structure follows similar US teaching and learning methods; however, all classes are taught by local faculty and require students to work independently outside the classroom. Students have access to the libraries, computers, cafeterias, and sports facilities of the University of Ferrara.
A minimum of 15 credits and four courses is required for every student. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Mid-May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will live in either a homestay with an Italian family or in an apartment. The homestays, include two meals per day, and are located in and outside the city center. Students staying in the apartments share a double room with another CIEE student, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. The complex is located right in the center of town, a few minutes’ walk from the CIEE Study Center. Students have access to laundry facilities and wireless Internet. Meals for apartment dwellers are not included in the program fee; they can be purchased at the University cafeterias, at restaurants throughout Ferrara, or prepared in the apartment.
CIEE cannot guarantee a student’s first choice housing placement.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the CIEE:Ferrara Language Expenses Worksheet:
CIEE Ferrara Spring 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships ($1500) - Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs. Applications will be released to students upon acceptance.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.