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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Perugia, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Academic Area: Italian, Media
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:

Summer in Perugia, Italy 2018
"Made in Italy" Marketing, Media, and Language

Table of Contents

Itinerary Highlights
Academic Fields of Study
Accommodation and Meals
Estimated Program Costs
Application Procedure
Payment Deadlines
Cancellation Policy
Program Overview:
Expand (or start!) your Italian language skills, business acumen and world view through this study abroad program, with a rich cultural experience of contemporary Italy. The program is based in Perugia, an ideal learning environment for Italian language or an exploration of art, cinema, literature or international business. Experience life in Italy as the Italians do, unlike in Rome or Florence, where you would be buttressed by thousands of American college students and tourist and never speak a word of Italian. Get to know your neighbors and shop owners as a local resident. Every day unfurls in delicious new discoveries: Buying groceries, savoring culinary delights, making friends from all over the globe, and occasionally venturing off the ancient hilltop to visit the splendid and sweeping worlds below.

The faculty led summer program in Perugia features a special collaboration between Italian and Media.  The “Business of Made in Italy” course which will focus on the history and future of Italian design and branding, will include guided site visits to such Italian businesses such as the Perugina House of Chocolate, fashion houses of Luisa Spagnoli and Brunello Cucinella, the stained glass factory Studio Moretti Caselli, and more. Students in the Media course will research and produce short videos related to the "Made in Italy" theme. There will be opportunities to speak with entrepreneurs, business leaders and artisans about the unique qualities of the “Made in Italy” brand. Advanced Italian students will collaborate on interview translation projects.
perugia tower
Itinerary Highlights

Perugia looks like something from a fairy tale. It sits high atop a hill flecked with charming pink and yellow roofs, encircled by an ancient crumbling wall. Look out on the verdant hills and valleys and you’ll be dazzled by their timeless beauty. However, Perugia is has many compelling contradictions, a place where lively cafes hum beneath Etruscan arches and locals dine al fresco on top of medieval cobblestones. Today’s Perugia offers an enchanting blend of ancient allure and modern vigor.

But that’s not all. Nicknamed the “University City,” Perugia boasts a thriving international student scene. Each year, Italian and international students flock to the city to attend the universities based in the city, and the many studio and performing arts schools in the area. That means you’ll be learning alongside Greeks, Germans, Taiwanese, Swedes, and many others. Every evening people gather on le scale—the stairs outside the cathedral—where you’ll get a chance to hone your language skills with the students and residents. The host institute offers numerous activities such as tandem language exchange mixers, historical city tours, gelato and pizza social events. They also offer optional day and weekend trips and cooking workshops at additional cost.

The program also includes a 2-night weekend trip to Florence, led by the Montclair and host institution faculty, to ensure that you see and understand the important sites in that historical and impressive city. 

Dr. Enza Antenos (Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada) is an Assistant Professor of Italian in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. She has published on topics such as acquisition of elementary Italian, the professional preparation of Italian teachers, and social networking and online collaboration in foreign language learning, interested in the integration of technological tools through pedagogically sound goals. Providing students with real-life situations beyond the classroom, opportunities to interact both organically and authentically with classmates and native speakers, and to broaden opportunities for students to belong to a language community to encourage life-long learning are central elements in her teaching. Her focus on language communities to complement academic learning has spurred her research in experiential learning through professional experiences, like internships and cooperation education programs, whereby students connect the university to the real world. Prior to moving to the U.S., Antenos has also held non-academic positions with Parmalat, Nestlé and IBM (Canada), which have strongly influenced her research interests and curricular development. She also pens a bilingual column, Italian Asset, which discusses the role of Italian language and culture in higher education.

Dr. David Sanders, who received his Ph.D. from New York University, is a professor in the School of Communication and Media. In addition to his duties as producer of "Inside MSU", a weekly campus television news program and audio supervisor for "Carpe Diem", the MSU Broadcasting Department's award winning weekly cable show, Dr. Sanders teaches courses in television production, audio production, multi-track recording, sound design, and music technology.  He has been the Director of the National Music Council since 1994.   He produces the National Music Council's annual Leadership in Music symposium and American Eagle Awards in New York City and Nashville, and is the U.S. representative to the International Music Council of UNESCO.

Academic Fields of Study

All approved participants will register for two courses out of the following options:
Made in Italy ITAL 375-73
Italian Media Journal     TVDM 255
Elementary,  Intermediate Advanced Italian ITAL 375-71
ITAL 375-72
Field Trips in Art History: The Italian Renaissance  ARHT 202
Mafia, Murder and Mystery: Crime in Italian & American Cinema ITAL 375-74

The Made in Italy course will provide students with an understanding of the role of fashion, food, furniture, automobiles and artisans in Italian business. It will introduce students to various local brands and products that represent leading domestic and international business activities that have distinguished themselves for their excellence of quality, elegance, taste, style and creativity. The course analyzes the history and evolution of these industries from their origin to the present, and also aims to introduce the Italian point of view of the basic principles of business management, branding, marketing, product design and advertising.

The Italian Media Journal course (Hybrid) is open to both majors and non-majors. Students will research, write and produce short videos on various aspects of Italian culture. This year, projects will focus on Italian products and businesses in conjunction with the "Made in Italy" course being offered as part of the study abroad program. The class also explores Italian television as compared to the American system.

Students will train on the use of video cameras, pitch story ideas, research, learn interview and production techniques, and then produce a fully scripted project in a small group. Knowledge of television production is not necessary.  TVDM majors may request credit adjustment for TVDM 455. This class will begin May 16 primarily online, meet in person June 1-June 30 and then continue online until August 4.
Enza Antenos-Conforti              Dr. Enza Antenos

Dr. David Sanders               Dr. David Sanders

Accommodation and Meals

All student housing is carefully selected, full of both modern amenities and old-world charm. All accommodations are within short walking distance of the Institute, the Italian universities, and other local resources, such as pharmacies, banks, supermarkets, and the post office. There’s no need for public transportation in Perugia: everything you need is a hop, skip, and a cobblestone away. Accommodations have two beds per bedroom and shared closet space and desks. Kitchens include a refrigerator, stove, sink, pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery. Students are also provided with sheets, blankets, and pillows. Bathrooms are shared with roommates and include a toilet, bidet, and either a shower or bathtub.

Two group dinners are included, and participants will have access to the university’s inexpensive cash cafeteria when not cooking in their own apartments. As there is no meal plan for the Umbra Institute program, you are encouraged to cook for yourself. All apartments are stocked with basic kitchen utensils, and many students delight in using them—they host dinners for one another, theme nights, wine-and-cheese tastings, etc. The Umbra student ID card is valid for discounts at many trattorias, pizzerias, and pubs around the city. After all, it is Italy: delicious food is never far away.
Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost: $2,900 + approx. $2,100 tuition for 6 credits
The program cost includes
  • Roundtrip airfare        
  • Airport Transfers        
  • Two group dinners     
  • Weekend trip to Florence including transportation, lodging, entrance fees
  • Double, Triple or Quad Occupancy in Apartments
Program costs are based on 15 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change. Participants should expect approximately $1,000 out of pocket expenses on site for textbooks, meals and personal expenses. Mandatory health and evacuation insurance is generally less than $75.
Application Procedure

Participants must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 and be in good standing.

Due December 15, 2017
  • Office of International Engagement online application
  • Interview and approval by Faculty Directors Enza Antenos or David Sanders
  • $100 Application Fee (non-refundable)

Due February 1, 2018:
  • Passport photocopy or scan

Payment Deadlines

Application Fee Due December 15:

$100.00 (Non-Refundable)

Deposit due by December 15 or upon acceptance


Deposit due by February 1


Final Payment by March 1

$1150.00 (Final Amount to be Determined)

Program cost payments are made through the Office of International Engagement (not the Bursar) and can be in the form of checks, money orders or by completing a credit card form (not payable electronically or online). Make checks or money orders payable to “Montclair State University” and send or drop off at the Office of International Engagement located in the Student Center Annex Room 207.

Cancellation Policy

Because commitments are made by the University based on the number of students, there is a sliding scale of cancellation penalties beginning from 20% of the program cost at the 90-day point (February 24) and 50% of the program cost at the 60-day point (March 24). Cancellations received after April 24 are non-refundable.
No visas are required for U.S. citizens, but a copy of a passport is needed by February 1 and should be valid for 6 months beyond the trip dates. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for confirming whether they need a tourist visa. The Office of International Engagement will provide supporting documentation if necessary.

For Further Information

Contact Wendy Gilbert-Simon, simonw@montclair.edu

The Office of International Engagement
Rm. 207, Student Center Annex
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ, 07043

Front Desk: 973 655 6862
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Dates / Deadlines:

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