Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Ferrara

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By choosing to study in Ferrara, students expose themselves to a relatively tourist-free city of 130,000, located on the Po river only thirty minutes by train from Bologna and one hour from Venice. Ferrara was once described as "the first modern c... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.9
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More language proficiency and confidence in being alone in a new country - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 20, 2019 Ferrara: A Distant Dream
I gained a better understanding of Italian culture. I also greatly improved my Italian by speaking to my roommates and getting a taste of all the different regional dialects. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 26, 2019 Spring In Ferrara
My language skills grew immensely as well as just general adult skills-- it was my first time living in a city in an apartment, so I learned to cook, clean, grocery shop, take care of myself. Travel was incredibly valuable. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
language skills, a sense of independence, and a sense of empowerment. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 25, 2019 Memorable!
I'd never been outside america before so the new perspective was very eye-opening. Worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 22, 2019 It Was Challenging.
It was worthwhile only because I learned so much about myself and how to deal with sadness/homesickness/isolation/anxiety. I've never felt those feelings in such depth until this experience and now I think I have a better way to live my life going forward by only choosing things that will make me happy. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to live by myself and take care of myself, as well as how to navigate learning a new city in which I do not speak the dominant language. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I greatly improved my language skills. I made some lifelong friends from around the world (and with my host family). It was definitely worthwhile. I miss it! - Georgetown University View Entire Review
I gained vast knowledge of another culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 28, 2019 My Semester In Ferrara
Studying abroad in Italy was, in several ways, a turning point in my life. I would say that I succeeded in the immersive cultural facets of the experience, such as learning the language and acquiring knowledge of the sociocultural situations, albeit still from an American's perspective. To reduce this, I now fluctuate between a... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 26, 2019 One Great Semester
I learned a lot about another culture and how a person from a different culture can learn and adapt to the norms they find themselves surrounded by. I thought it was quite worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 25, 2019 Fun And Flirty
yes very worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself as a student and how I need to learn language. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned more Italian, how to cook, and about myself. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
October 31, 2017 Difficult But Worth It.
My Italian skills improved a lot! I also became much more independent. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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By choosing to study in Ferrara, students expose themselves to a relatively tourist-free city of 130,000, located on the Po river only thirty minutes by train from Bologna and one hour from Venice. Ferrara was once described as "the first modern city of Europe." Long associated with the Este family, who built the famous castle, this independent city state, which had been a center of learning and the arts, went into a long decline at the end of the renaissance and only reinvented itself in the second half of the twentieth century as a vibrant agricultural and industrial trading center. Ferrara's historic center is located within the old city wall, a favorite walking venue, and is filled with medieval and renaissance monuments, palazzos, churches, and a renowned cathedral while its museums, exhibitions, festivals, and theater reflect both its rich artistic, musical, and cultural heritage and its continuation in the present. The old city is made even more attractive by being devoid of automobiles and full of shops and cafes. Bicycles are, thus, a primary means of transportation, giving the center the feel of a small and friendly community. The university, which is also located in this part of the city, was first established in 1391 and today enrolls approximately 12,000 students.

Students choosing to study in Ferrara will take all of their classes at the Università degli Studi di Ferrara alongside Italian students.  Single-semester students will take a course at the Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo that focuses on writing for academic purposes, as well as three units worth of university courses.  Year-long students will enroll in four university courses only during their second semester.  They select their courses from a wide variety of disciplines including: Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History, Law [Politics], Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Physics.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
Language Requirement(s):
  • Italian
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Architect
  • Chemistry
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Italian Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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