The Department of French and Italian is pleased to announce the continuation of its program that enables gifted and committed students to make extra-rapid progress in Italian.

Who Can Apply?

Students who have taken, or are currently taking, ITA 102, ITA 1027 or ITA 107, who have scored or are expected to score top grades in these courses, who would like to take a big step forward in their Italian language skills this summer AND who envisage pursuing one of the Department's programs (certificate or concentration) are invited to apply for admission to ITA 207I, Accelerated Summer Study in Italy.

What is ITA 207I?

ITA 207I is an intensive, four-week language immersion program taught at the Università di Macerata in Macerata, Italy. There are twenty hours per week of classroom teaching under a faculty member from Princeton University and one from the University of Macerata. Two hours per day are devoted to an advanced review of grammar, conversation, and composition. Two hours focus on cultural issues, such as Italian economy and politics, and Italian literary texts. Every week there is a day trip to a location relevant to the issues and texts studies. Course participants lodge in University dorms, with meals provided at the University cafeteria. In all, ITA 207I provides an outstanding opportunity for total immersion in Italian language and culture and for rapid acquisition of higher-level language skills.


Macerata is a small medieval town along the Adriatic coast, which is twenty minutes away by train. The university, town, and its surroundings afford many opportunities for enjoying cultural and historical sites, as well as varied recreational activities, including hiking in surrounding hills, swimming, concerts and museum going, and shopping. The nearest international airport is Rome, which connects to Macerata via rail or bus service. Please visit the University of Macerata for more information.  If you want to take a virtual tour of Macerata, you can watch the short documentary, Portrait of Macerata, shot by David Kong '15, who attended the program during the summer of 2012.


The exact dates for summer 2016 will be from Monday, June 6, 2016 -   Friday, July 1, 2016.   The resident faculty member in 2016 will be Professor Pietro Frassica.

Program Fee

The total cost of the course for summer 2016 is expected to be $1300, which covers tuition and room and board. Students are responsible for air fare (up to $2100 at the time of publication for round trip travel), train and other travel expenses, and personal expenses. Students on financial aid may apply to the Dean's Fund for Study Abroad to cover these costs. They may also request a loan from Financial Aid to cover a part of the program budget that may remain unmet. Students in need of support, irrespective of aid status, may also apply for a grant from the Fred Fox '39 Fund. Deadlines for these funding sources may be earlier than departmental decisions on admission to the course. Personal expenses will need to be met from students' own pockets.

How to Apply?

Students interested in applying to the Macerata Program should complete the application in the Global Programs System (GPS). Students may begin submitting applications on January 1, 2016. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016. Applicants will be called for an interview (which will be conducted in Italian) between February 22-24, 2016. The final selection of participants will be announced as soon as possible thereafter. Information about travel and accommodation will be made available to all successful applicants before the end of the spring 2016 semester.

To receive course credit, students must pass the course with a C or better. Official transcripts will be sent directly to the Department of French and Italian.