Office of International Programs

Travel - Language and Culture in Italy

Language and Culture in Italy

ITA 299, 3 undergrad credits

June 10-22, 2019

During the summer term, we will visit Italy for a twelve-day course, from June 10-22. In Italy, we will spend time in Florence, hosted by Lorenzo de’ Medici, the Italian International School. Besides touring and learning about history, arts, and traditions in Tuscany, we will spend a weekend in Rome visiting the Romans forum, the Colosseum, the Sistine chapel, etc. This course aims to develop and practice basic Italian conversation and vocabulary while immersing students to various aspects of the Italian lifestyle and culture. You can find the syllabus here.



Anna Rein, 

Anna Rein completed all her undergraduate and graduate studies in Italy (University of Pisa and Ca’ Foscari, Venice). She has taught foreign languages (English and Italian) for over 30 years both in Italy and in the US. She has worked as an adjunct Lecturer at USM and as a Senior Lecturer at Bowdoin College since 2000. In both institutions she teaches Italian language and culture courses. She is an ACTFL OPI and ILR certified tester. Besides working as a language instructor, Anna has worked as an Italian language consultant for ETS, DLI, ACTFL, and NFLC.


The application deadline is March 15, 2019  along with a $200 non-refundable deposit.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member leading the program)
  • Official copy of USM academic transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tuition and Fees

The approximate program fee is $2,700 + international airfare. Tuition and fees are also an additional cost.This fee includes accommodation, in-country travel, site visits, field trips, some meals, and iNext's comprehensive insurance plan.  All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

Please visit the Student Financial Services website for complete information on tuition and fees.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go toward the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due April TBD
Remaining balance due May TBD