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Summer Courses in Italian Language and Culture for Foreign Students

25th July – 19th August 2016

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The course consists of a part devoted to the teaching of Italian language (in the mornings) and a part given over to Italian culture (the afternoon and two evenings a week). During the weekends, walks around Urbino and excursions to cities of art are organised.

The courses are held every morning from Monday to Friday in classes of no more than 20 people with an Italian native-speaker teacher with proven experience. Each individual course is for a total of 80 lessons (of 45 minutes each) of classroom teaching.

The courses are organised on the basis of the linguistic-communicative skill levels laid down by the Common European Framework of Reference, and are divided into elementary (four levels), intermediate (three levels) and advanced (one level). After completion of the enrolment procedure, participants will be sent instructions about the placement test to be completed before the start of the course.

Protected by its town walls, the ancient city of Urbino is perched on top of a promontory between the Metauro and the Foglia valleys, surrounded by green hills that still today remind us of the landscaping that was given to them by the inhabitants of past centuries. The visitor who approaches it can already see the old city from afar, seemingly closed and turned in upon itself. It received its original shape, like the bows of a ship, from the Romans who founded the "municipium" of Urvinum Metaurense. This shape remained almost unchanged in the Middle Ages, but under the Dukes of Montefeltro the city experienced a miraculous metamorphosis, from which it emerged as one of the most beautiful towns of the Italian Renaissance. Duke Federico da Montefeltro, a great "condottiero", statesman and man of culture, had his palace built by the architects Luciano Laurana and Francesco di Giorgio Martini, and it soon became a place of culture. The greatest thinkers and exponents of Humanism and the Renaissance gathered around Duke Federico and his young wife, the Duchess Battista Sforza, first of all, and later around Duke Guidubaldo and Duchess Elisabetta Gonzaga.

The palace – this "city in the form of a palace", as Baldassarre Castiglione defined it in his Cortegiano – blending in so harmoniously with the hills on which it is built and with the beautiful landscape surrounding it, became a model of courtly life for many courts of the times. This magnificent building has lost none of its splendour, not even during the dark ages that followed for the palace and for the city after the extinction of the Montefeltro and Della Rovere dynasties. Painters such as Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Melozzo da Forlì, Giusto di Gand and Pedro Berruguete, the writers Baldassarre Castiglione and Pietro Bembo, architects Leon Battista Alberti and Bramante, philosophers, the mathematicians Luca Pacioli and Paulus von Middelburg, poets Bernardo and Torquato Tasso, and musician Ottaviano Petrucci da Fossombrone all contributed to the glory of the court of the Dukes of Montefeltro. Only Raphael is missing from this list; he was born in Urbino but soon moved to Perugia, and then to Florence and Rome.

Other important figures of Italian culture were born in Urbino: the architect Girolamo Genga, the painter Federico Barocci, mathematician Federico Comandino, architect and mathematician Muzio Oddi and, in the twentieth century, the writer Paolo Volponi who retained his close links to his native city right until his death in 1994.
After a long and very difficult period in which the reputation of Urbino was lost, the city recovered for a short time when, in 1700, the Urbino nobleman Giovanni Francesco Albani was elected pope and, with the name of Clement XI, remained in office for 21 years. Some important building works in the city are due to him, as is the reinforcement of the Collegio dei Dottori, founded by Duke Guidubaldo at the beginning of the 16th century - in 1506 to be precise - and given recognition by Pope Julius II in 1507. This was the institution from which, over the centuries, the University of Urbino evolved.

In the early nineteenth century the despoliation of Urbino was completed, having been started after the death of the last Duke of Urbino in 1631. The city lost the important Library of Duke Federico, which went to the Vatican, many of the most significant pictures linked to its history, and all the furnishings of the Ducal Palace. It struggled to recover from all these crippling events and only began to revive in the twentieth century, restoring its architectural heritage and collecting together valuable works of art from Urbino and the Marche region into the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, located in the Ducal Palace.

Today, the city of Urbino tries to conserve its ancient buildings, while new districts have sprung up outside the town walls. The city has around 15,000 inhabitants and 15,000 university students. The Halls of Residence, where many of the students who attend the University are housed, have been built on a hill just a short distance away from the old town. The old town centre, on the other hand, has become the "university campus". Urbino University was a Free University until 2006, when it became state-owned. During the long chancellorship of Carlo Bo (1947-2001), whose name the university took in 2002, it was extended and consolidated and thus relaunched Urbino's true vocation as a place of culture where scholars, artists and men and women of letters from all parts of the world come together.

Urbino is the ideal site for a summer course in Italian language and culture. It is still a city on a human scale: distances can be covered on foot and it is easy for foreign students to meet the Urbino townspeople. In addition, Urbino offers those who show a spirit of initiative the chance to have contacts with University students and teachers also during August, as they are in the city taking part in the summer courses organized by the University.

For those who want to study, there are lots of opportunities here. Excursions by bus and car can be taken into the surrounding area to visit the cities of art in the Marche and the neighbouring regions, or to go for a swim in the nearby Adriatic Sea. The city, more fascinating than ever in summer, invites people to come together and exchange views.

The course consists of a part devoted to the teaching of Italian language (in the mornings) and a part given over to Italian culture (the afternoon and two evenings a week). During the weekends, walks around Urbino and excursions to cities of art are organised.  

THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES

The courses are held every morning from Monday to Friday in classes of no more than 20 people with an Italian native-speaker teacher with proven experience. Each individual course is for a total of 80 lessons (of 45 minutes each) of classroom teaching.
The courses are organised on the basis of the linguistic-communicative skill levels laid down by the Common European Framework of Reference, and are divided into elementary (four levels), intermediate (three levels) and advanced (one level).
After completion of the enrolment procedure, participants will be sent instructions about the placement test to be completed before the start of the course.


ELEMENTARY COURSES

Language course timetable: Monday to Friday from 8.45 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.
Total hours: 80 lessons of 45 minutes of classroom teaching (including language laboratory activities).
Lectures, workshops, films: approximately 20 lessons of 60 minutes.
Academic credits:4 (course of four weeks).


ELEMENTARY COURSE (for absolute beginners): LEVEL 1 (E1)
The E1 course aims to reach Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

First module
Present indicative of regular and reflexive verbs. Nouns and adjectives (gender and number). Definite and indefinite article. Partitive. Personal, demonstrative and interrogative pronouns. Numeral adjectives and cardinals. Adverbs of frequency and simple prepositions. Affirmative and interrogative sentences. Basic lexis relating to simple communicative situations most frequent in everyday life. 
Development of comprehension, production and oral interaction on simple topics. Start up of producing written pieces.
Book used on the course: B. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, M. Piantoni (2005), Contatto 1. Corso di Italiano per stranieri, Torino, Loescher.

Second module
Imperative, past participle, and present perfect of regular verbs and of some more frequent irregular verbs. Transitive and intransitive verbs, auxiliaries essere and avere. Irregular nouns and adjectives (gender and number). Possessive adjectives and pronouns. Adverbs and articulated prepositions. Negative and declarative sentences. Basic lexis relating to simple communicative situations most frequent in everyday life. 
Development of comprehension, production and oral interaction on simple topics. Start up of producing written pieces-
Book used on the course: B. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, M. Piantoni (2005), Contatto 1. Corso di Italiano per stranieri, Torino, Loescher.

Level A1: elementary use of the foreign language
The student is able to understand and use familiar, everyday expressions as well as very simple sentences to meet concrete needs. He/she is able to introduce himself/herself or someone else, ask someone questions regarding them (for example, about their home, acquaintances, objects in their possession, etc.) and reply to the same type of question. He/she is able to communicate simply, provided that the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and is ready to help the person speaking.


ELEMENTARY COURSE: LEVEL 2 (E2)
The aim of the E2 course is to reach Level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference.

First module
Present perfect of regular and auxiliary verbs and of some very frequent irregular verbs. Direct and indirect pronouns. Possessive adjectives. Interrogative pronouns and adjectives. Adverbs and prepositions in common use. Independent and simple dependent clauses. Basic lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday life.
Development of oral comprehension, production and interaction together with written comprehension and production on simple topics.
Book used on the course: B. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, M. Piantoni (2005), Contatto 1. Corso di Italiano per stranieri, Torino, Loescher.

Second module
Possessive adjectives with nouns of family members. Personal pronouns (accented forms). Agreement of past participle with direct pronouns. Imperfect indicative. Contrast between present perfect and imperfect. Future simple. Adverbs and prepositions in common use. Independent and simple dependent clauses. Basic lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday life.
Development of oral comprehension, production and interaction together with written comprehension and production on simple topics.
Book used on the course: B. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi, M. Piantoni (2005), Contatto 1. Corso di Italiano per stranieri, Torino, Loescher.

Level A1+: elementary use of the foreign language
The student is able to understand and use familiar, everyday expressions as well as very simple sentences to meet concrete needs. He/she is able to introduce himself/herself or someone else, ask someone questions regarding them (for example, about their home, acquaintances, objects in their possession, etc.) and reply to the same type of question. He/she is able to communicate simply, provided that the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and is ready to help the person speaking.


ELEMENTARY COURSE: LEVEL 3 (E3)
The aim of the E3 course is to reach Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

First module
Imperfect of regular and auxiliary verbs and of some very frequent irregular verbs. Contrast between present perfect and imperfect. Expressions of past time. Informal and formal imperative (affirmative and negative), with direct and indirect pronouns. Ci and ne. Indefinite adjectives and pronouns. Forms of the adjective bello. Relative and absolute superlatives. Impersonal siConnectives, subordinating sentences. Relative pronoun che. Basic lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday life.  Development of oral comprehension, production and interaction together with written comprehension and production on simple topics.
Book used on the course:F. Colombo, C. Faraci, P. De Luca (2011), Arrivederci! 2, Roma, Edizioni Edilingua.

Second module
Conditional and simple future of regular, auxiliary and of very frequent irregular verbs. Impersonal verbs. The verb metterci. Present perfect of modal verbs. Verbs with prepositions. Forms of the adjective buono.The verb riuscire. Relative pronoun cui. Expression ce l'ho. Construction stare per and avere bisogno di. Secondary phrases with prima di + infinitive. Verb + preposition+ infinitive or complement.
Basic lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday life. Development of oral comprehension, production and interaction together with written comprehension and production on simple topics.
Book used on the course:F. Colombo, C. Faraci, P. De Luca (2011), Arrivederci! 2, Roma, Edizioni Edilingua.

Level A2: elementary use of the foreign language. The student is able to understand frequently-used sentences and expressions with immediate meaning, for example, information about himself/herself and his/her family or about shopping, work and surroundings. He/she is able to communicate in simple, habitual situations that involve a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar, current topics and activities. He/she is able to describe, using simple linguistic means, his/her own origins and education, surroundings and facts connected to immediate needs.


ELEMENTARY COURSE: LEVEL 4 (E4)
The aim of the E4 course is to reach Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

First module
Present perfect (choice of auxiliaries with verbs such asfinire, diminuireand with modal verbs) and irregular past participles. Contrast between present perfect and imperfect. Imperfect and present perfect with modal verbs. Past perfect. Future v. conditional. Passive.Stare+ gerund vs.stare per. Time prepositionstra, da, per, due minuti fa, a.Pronounscivs.ne. Forms of the adjectivebello.Simple and complex prepositions, prepositions of location. Connectivesma, perché, così, se, mentre, siccome, infatti, intanto, tuttavia, poi, anche, anzi, invece dipiuttosto che. Lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday and professional life. Development of comprehension, production and oral interaction relating to complex situations of everyday life. Written comprehension of various types of texts (user instructions, news stories, narrative texts). Written production on topics of everyday life (applications for study grants and jobs, letters of introduction, requests for information).
Book used on the course:B. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi (2015), Nuovo Contatto B1, Torino, Loescher.

Second module
Regular and irregular comparatives of majority and minority, di/che for second term of comparison. Relative and absolute superlatives. Combined pronouns. Agreement of past participle with pronouns. Present perfect, imperfect, past perfect. Relative pronouns che, cui, chi; il/la quale, i/le quali. Time, causal and concessive gerund. Imperative with pronouns. Present subjunctive of essere, avere to express opinions, uncertainty, and wishes. Present subjective of regular and irregular verbs, constructiondi  + infinitive with the same subjects. Present indicative, present perfect and present subjunctive. Indefinite adjectives and pronouns. Pronouns (summary). Impersonal verbs. Verbs governing the prepositions di, a, in. Connectives sia … sia/che, né…né, siccome, anche se, perché, mentre, poiché, quando. Concessive connectives anche se + indicativo, sebbene, nonostante, benché + congiuntivo, pur+ gerund. Lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday and professional life.
Development of comprehension, production and oral interaction relating to complex situations of everyday life. Written comprehension of various types of texts (user instructions, news stories, narrative texts). Written production on topics of everyday life (applications for study grants and jobs, letters of introduction, requests for information).
Book used on the course: B. Bozzone Costa, C. Ghezzi (2015), Nuovo Contatto B1,Torino, Loescher.

Level  B1: independent use of the foreign language
The student is able to understand the main points of a speech provided that a clear, standard language is used. He/she is able to interact and understand most situations relating to the everyday context, such as those relating to health, transport, emotional situations or to the work context. He/she is able to express himself/herself, simply and coherently, on familiar subjects concerning his/her own spheres of interest. He/she is able to communicate an experience or an event, describe a dream or a hope. He/she can correctly use expressions of congratulation or express surprise and incredulity. He/she is also able to give advice, express a complaint or a contrasting opinion and to supply reasons and brief explanations relating to a plan or an idea.


INTERMEDIATE COURSES

Language course timetable: Monday to Friday from 8.45 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.
Total hours: 80 lessons of 45 minutes of classroom teaching (including language laboratory activities).
Timetable of seminars on reading and textual analysis (optional): Monday to Friday from 12.30 to 1.15 p.m.
Total hours: 18 lessons of 45 minutes.
 Lectures, workshops, films: approximately 60 lessons of 60 minutes.
Academic credits:6 (course of four weeks).


INTERMEDIATE COURSE: LEVEL 1 (M1)
The aim of the M1 course is to reach Level B1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference.

First module
Verbs sapere andconoscere in the present perfect and imperfect. Verbs fare e lasciare + infinitive. Meglio and migliore. Past perfect. Verbs farcela and andarsene. Expressions visto che and dato che. Combined pronouns. Present and past subjunctive. Verbs that require the subjunctive. Passive form with essere and venire. Conjunctions perché, poiché, siccome. Dopo + past infinitive. Lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday life, culture and society. Development of comprehension, production and oral interaction relating to matters and complex situations of everyday life, culture and society. Written comprehension of various types of texts (news stories, narrative and informative texts). Written production about matters of daily life, culture and society ( descriptive texts and argumentations).
Book used on the course:F. Colombo, C. Faraci, P. De Luca (2012), Arrivederci! 3, Roma, Edizioni Edilingua.

Second module
Revision of present conditional. Use of se and quando. Past conditional. "Passato remoto". Altered names. Indirect speech Quello/ ciò + relative pronoun. Imperfect subjunctive. Other verbs, expressions and conjunctions that require the subjunctive. Conditional of possibility Conditional of unreality Past perfect subjunctive. Lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday life, culture and society.
Development of comprehension, production and oral interaction relating to matters and complex situations of everyday life, culture and society. Written comprehension of various types of texts (news stories, narrative and informative texts). Written production about matters of daily life, culture and society ( descriptive texts and argumentations).
Book used on the course:F. Colombo, C. Faraci, P. De Luca (2012), Arrivederci! 3, Roma, Edizioni Edilingua.

Level B1+: independent use of the foreign language
The student is able to understand the main points of a speech provided that a clear, standard language is used and it concerns familiar topics relating to work, school, leisure time, etc. He/she is able to get by in most situations that may be encountered while travelling in the regions where the language is spoken. He/she is able to express himself/herself, simply and coherently, on familiar subjects concerning his/her own spheres of interest. He/she is able to communicate an experience or an event, describe a dream, a hope or an objective and to supply reasons and brief explanations relating to an opinion or plan.


INTERMEDIATE COURSE: LEVEL 2 (M2)
The aim of the M2 course is to reach Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

First module
Forms and uses of all tenses of the subjunctive. Sequence of tenses with the subjunctive. Compound conditional to indicate future in the past. 1st, 2nd and 3rd type conditional sentences. Revision of combined pronouns. Lexis in common use and more formal use.
Development of oral comprehension of numerous types of texts with different language registers. Production and oral interaction on complex topics of everyday life and on not-so-complex scientific, technical and literary subjects. Written production of texts of a technical, scientific and literary nature referring to recurring situations in an ordinary person's life. Written production relating to complex situations.
Book used on the course: lecture notes prepared by the teacher or A. De Giuli, C. Guastalla, C. M. Naddeo (2013), NuovoMagari, Firenze, Alma Edizioni.

Second module
Revision of prepositions, "passato remoto" v. "trapassato remoto", relative pronouns, indefinite adjectives and pronouns, impersonal and passive si, passive form, notes on use of the gerund. Lexis in common use and more formal use.
Development of oral comprehension of numerous types of texts with different language registers. Production and oral interaction on complex topics of everyday life and on not-so-complex scientific, technical and literary subjects. Written production of texts of a technical, scientific and literary nature referring to recurring situations in an ordinary person's life. Written production relating to complex situations.
Book used on the course: lecture notes prepared by the teacher or A. De Giuli, C. Guastalla, C. M. Naddeo (2013), NuovoMagari, Firenze, Alma Edizioni.

Level B2: independent use of the foreign language
The student is able to understand the main content of complex texts on abstract and concrete subjects as well as understand a discussion in the context of his/her field of specialisation. He/she can communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that allows him/her to have a normal interaction with a native speaker of Italian, without this requiring great effort on either side. He/she is able to express himself/herself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics and to expound a point of view on a current problem, indicating the advantages and drawbacks of the various possibilities.


INTERMEDIATE COURSE: LEVEL 3 (M3)
The aim of the M3 course is to reach Level B2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference.

First module
Present and past subjunctive. Imperfect and past perfect subjunctive. Use of subordinating conjunctions of all types with use of the indicative and the subjunctive. Relationship between independent clause and dependent clause. Parataxis and hypotaxis. Sequence of tenses. Analysis of textual registers and stylistic aspects. Formation of lexis (composition and derivation). Use of full lexical repertory embracing different disciplinary areas.
Development of oral and written comprehension of scientific and literary texts of average difficulty, oral and written production relating to complex cultural topics.
Book used on the course: lecture notes prepared by the teacher or R. Bozzoni Costa (2004), Viaggio nell'italiano, Torino, Loescher.

Second module
Indefinite moods: infinitive, participle, gerund. Depersonalizing constructions. Direct and indirect speech. Correlative connectors. "Passato remoto". Passive form. Analysis of textual registers and stylistic aspects. Use of full lexical repertory embracing different disciplinary areas.
Development of oral and written comprehension of scientific and literary texts of average difficulty, oral and written production relating to complex cultural topics.
Book used on the course: lecture notes prepared by the teacher or R. Bozzoni Costa (2004), Viaggio nell'italiano, Torino, Loescher.

Level B2+: independent use of the foreign language
The student is able to understand the main content of complex texts on abstract and concrete subjects as well as understand a discussion in the context of his/her field of specialisation. He/she can communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that allows him/her to have a normal interaction with a native speaker of Italian, without this requiring great effort on either side. He/she is able to express himself/herself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics and to expound a point of view on a current problem, indicating the advantages and drawbacks of the various possibilities.

Seminars on reading and analysis of texts on twentieth-century Italian culture
Timetable: Monday to Friday from 12.30 p.m. to 13.15 p.m.
Total hours: 18 lessons of 45 minutes.
The seminars are intended for students on the Intermediate Courses and attendance is optional. The texts to be studied are distributed at the lesson.


ADVANCED COURSE

Timetable: Monday to Friday from 8.45 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.
Total hours: 80 lessons of 45 minutes of classroom teaching (language and literature).
Lectures, workshops, films: approximately 60 lessons of 60 minutes.
Academic credits:6 (course of four weeks).

Advanced course (S)
The aim of the S course is to reach Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Advanced course: culture, art and literature
Comprehension and analysis of texts on current affairs and general culture, art and literature. Oral and written production based on texts provided. Creative writing workshop. Recognition and development of linguistic skills in the main stylistic features and knowledge of advanced Italian grammar.
Participants will be provided with the materials for the course in the form of lecture notes.

Level C1: competent use of the foreign language
The student is able to understand a wide range of texts that are highly complex and of some length, and also understand implicit meanings. He/she is able to express himself/herself fluently and spontaneously, without giving too often the clear impression of having to search for words. He/she is able to use the language effectively and flexibly both in social life and in a professional and study context. He/she is able to express himself/herself clearly and in a structured and detailed manner on complex facts, with suitable use of linguistic means to connect the various parts of a text.


CILS EXAMINATIONS

In 2010 the Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo (CLA) of "Carlo Bo" University of Urbino became a centre for the "CILS-Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera" examinations. The CILS certificate (levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2) can be used, in particular from level B2 upwards, for the world of work, for teaching Italian and for enrolment at Italian universities. Foreign students who intend to enrol at an Italian university are exempt from the official Italian language test if they hold a CILS Level B2 certificate.
For information about CILS examinations at the University of Urbino CLA: www.uniurb.it/cla


LESSONS IN ITALIAN CULTURE

The programme runs over four weeks, includes a full series of activities - in the afternoon (from Monday to Friday), and in the evening (twice a week) - that together provide a rich introduction to several aspects of Italian culture. University lecturers, scholars and famous authors will hold conferences, seminars, laboratories (in Italian and lasting from one to three hours) open to everyone and diversified according to the linguistic level of competence of the students.

The afternoon programme foresees the pursuit of topics in the following cultural areas:

  • Literature    
    4 conferences on aspects and authors of Italian literature from its origins to the present day.
    2 meetings (one in the first two weeks and one in the last two weeks) with successful authors.                
  • Cinema                      
    4 lessons on the history of Italian cinema, using some of the most important films from the 1940s to the present day. The lessons will also include the viewing of some of these films.
  • Music
    4 seminars on moments and protagonists of the history of Italian music, both classical and popular, listening to songs and with live exhibitions.
  • Art 
    2 lessons (one in the first two weeks and one in the last two weeks) with expert Italian artists.
  • History/tradition/current topics
    2 conferences on matters of particular socio-cultural interest.

Three laboratories will also be set up:

  • Lexical laboratory
    4 workshops for elementary courses aimed at promoting socio-linguistic knowledge and skills in cultural contexts, such as gesture, cuisine and music.
  • Theatre laboratory
    6 workshops for intermediate and advanced courses. Participation is open to all. If there is a sufficient number of participants, a small final show will be prepared.
  • Popular and Renaissance dance laboratory
    2 workshops for discovering and practising some traditional Italian dances.

The evening programme foresees:

  • Film sessions
    To add to the afternoon lessons and viewings, one evening a week will be dedicated to the showing of other key films for the history of the Italian cinema, together with explanations from lecturers and subtitled in the original language, to make them more easily understandable.
  • Concerts-conferences
    To add to the afternoon lessons and listening sessions, there will be 2 concerts (one in the first two weeks and one in the last two weeks) dedicated to Italian music, along with a critical presentation.
  • Eno-gastronomic event.
    One evening in the first two weeks, a trip immersed in the local culture of wine and food will be offered, with a presentation and tasting sessions run by an expert.
  • "Sound" walk
    One evening in the last two weeks, led by an expert guide, there will be a walk around the streets of Urbino where participants will be asked to listen to all the "sounds" of the city, in order to get to know it better from an unusual point of view.

Also, this year, Urbino Municipal Council has agreed its collaboration to organise additional activities, such as a visit to the Biological Producers Consortium "Terra Bio", and the creation of a dedicated space as part of the traditional Festa del Duca whereour students are encouraged to take part in seminars on art for which Urbino has been famous for centuries, such as engraving, pottery, art printing or live drawing.
The detailed calendar of all afternoon and evening events will be published here by January 2016.

Guided visits

  • Guided visit to the Ducal Palace of Urbino.The visit lasts around two hours and entrance is free.
  • Excursions to some historic towns in the Marche or neighbouring regions (Gubbio, Assisi, San Marino, San Leo, Ravenna, Perugia, Gradara and the Frasassi caves). </303 Excursions take place on Saturdays. The excursions require a minimum number of enrolments and are not included in the price of the course; relative fees may be paid directly on the premises. The detailed programme will be available a few days before each excursion.
    On the first Sundaya walk is organized through Urbino's old town centre, with visits to some of the artistic monuments in the town.

Parties

On the first evening of the course, the Urbino E.R.S.U. – the organisation that manages the student accommodation services – offers refreshments to welcome all the course participants. At the end of the course a buffet will be organized to say farewell to all the students who are leaving.

The course management reserves the right to modify the programmes on the basis of number of students enrolled.


EXAMINATIONS AND CERTIFICATES

Those who want to obtain an official certificate of achievement with an indication of their grade and credits (4 or 6 credits) must attend the language and culture courses regularly (absences may not exceed 20% of the total hours of language teaching and no more than 30% of the lessons in Italian Culture) and must pass the final examination which will take place on Friday 19th August 2016.
Those who have not taken the final examination, but who have followed the lessons regularly, will be issued with a certificate of attendance on request .
For participants who are enrolled for the first two weeks of the course (2 or 3 credits) the final examination will take place on Friday 5th August 2016 at 3.00 p.m.
The dates of the final examinations cannot be brought forward.

START AND END OF COURSES

Participants are invited to arrive in Urbino on Sunday 24th July 2016. Those who have a room reserved in the University Halls of Residence may move into it starting from 12.00 noon on Sunday 24th July. There will be a list of participants displayed in each building of the University Halls, showing the Hall and room assigned.
On Monday 25th July 2016 at 8.45 a.m., in a classroom at the Volponi Campus (Via Saffi 15), students can collect their enrolment card necessary to access the refectory and other university buildings. All participants are requested to bring with them their payment receipt.
Following this, at 9.30 a.m., in the same classroom in the Volponi Campus (Via Saffi 15), the Course inauguration will take place, with a greeting from the Chancellor of the University of Urbino ( (or his appointee). On this occasion, class groups will be formed; students will then go to their classrooms with their teachers.
Day of arrival 24th July 2016, afternoon
Course inauguration  25th July 2016 at 9.30 a.m.
Examination at the end of the first module: 5th August 2016 at 3.00 p.m. Final examination (at the end of the second module): 19th August 2016 at 8.45 a.m.
Last day of lessons: 19th August 2016
Leaving party 19th August 2016
Day of departure after the first two weeks: 6th August 2016, at the latest7th August by 10 a.m.
Day of departure at the end of the second module: 20th August 2016, at the latest 21st August by 12.00 noon

ENROLMENT ON COURSES

Enrolment should be carried out on-line at www.uniurb.it/italiano-L2/modulistica, sending a passport-sized photograph and a copy of the payment receipt to the email address  studentistranieri@uniurb.it or to the ordinary postal address of the Course secretary's office.
Requests for an enrolment form to be sent in pdf format or hard copy can be made to the Course secretary's office.

After completion of the enrolment procedure, participants will be sent instructions about the placement test to be completed before the start of the course.

  1. Opening of course enrolments and booking of rooms in University Halls of Residence:on 8th February 2016.
  2. Last date for course enrolments and booking of rooms in University Halls of Residence:15 July 2016.
  3. Maximum number of students per class:20.
  4. A diploma is not required for course enrolment.
  5. Minimum age: 18.
  6. Participants must be able to read the Latin alphabet.
  7. Study grants are not provided.

The four-week course fee is €820, which comprises a non-refundable deposit of € 200 and the course fee of €620.The fee does not include food and accommodation expenses, excursions or the prescribed books and lecture notes.

The two-week course fee is €470, which comprises a non-refundable deposit of € 200 and the course fee of €270. The fee does not include food and accommodation expenses, excursions or the prescribed books and lecture notes.

Special terms are foreseen for groups that enrol on the 4-weeks course (max 30 participants). A reduction of around 10% is applied on the basis of the number of participants: one free enrolment for a minimum 10 and maximum 15 people, two free enrolments for groups of between 16 and 24 participants, and three free enrolments for groups of between 25 and 30 people.

It is absolutely compulsory to bring one's own insurance certificate, valid for the whole duration of the course in Urbino, which guarantees medical assistance or hospitalisation in the case of illness.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYMENT OF COURSE FEE

1. Payment from a country of the European Union
At the time of enrolment, the whole fee of €820 for the four-week course, or €470 for the two-week course, must be paid by bank transfer to Banca delle Marche, Urbino Branch, I-61029 Urbino (PU), giving the following banking coordinates: IBAN IT91 H060 5568 7000 0000 0013 607, BIC BAMAIT3A and the payee: Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, Code 7513.

2. Payment from countries outside the European Union: at the time of enrolment, the whole fee of €820 (+ Italian bank charges and foreign bank charges)  for the  four-week course, or € 470 + Italian bank charges and foreign bank charges) for the two-week course, must be paid by bank transfer to Banca delle Marche, Urbino Branch, I-61029 Urbino (PU), Italy,  giving the following banking coordinates:IBAN IT91 H060 5568 7000 0000 0013 607, BIC BAMAIT3A and the payee:Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, Code 7513.

3. Payment from Italy
At the time of enrolment, the whole fee of €820 for the four-week course, or €470 for the two-week course, must be paid by bank transfer to Banca delle Marche, Urbino Branch, I-61029 Urbino (PU), Italy, giving the following banking  coordinates:IBAN IT91 H060 5568 7000 0000 0013 607, BIC BAMAIT3A and the payee: Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, Code 7513.

Course participants who opt for a room in the Halls of Residence must make payment in one single instalment, to include the accommodation fee (240 euros for 4 weeks, 120 Euros for two weeks), as well as the enrolment fee

Any bank charges over and above the figure shown will be notified by the Course Secretary's office and must be paid directly to Banca delle Marche.

  • €620 for the four-week course and € 240 if a room in the University Halls of Residence has been paid for;
  • €270 for the two-week course and € 120 if a room in the University Halls of Residence has been paid for.

After the start of the Course no requests for refund will be accepted.

Costs for food and accommodation are not included in the Course enrolment fee.

FOOD

The cost of a meal at the University Refectories is € 5.00 (excluding drinks) and comprises the following: a first course, a second course, a side dish and a dessert. If anyone should refuse one course in order to take two portions of the same dish, the second portion will require payment of a supplement. Payment may be made only by using the magnetic card which will be issued at the Course Inauguration.

ACCOMMODATION

University Halls of Residence: only for students enrolled in the summer Course in Italian language and culture for foreigners.

The Halls of Residence are located around ½ km from Urbino old town centre and from the University, and are served by the regular bus service. Free-of-charge car parks are available near the University Halls of Residence, and there is paid parking at the entrance to the old city centre. The rooms are simple and contain only the bare essentials for everyday living for young students. A single room contains a bed with mattress, pillow and blanket, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers, a desk with chair, shelves for books and an armchair. In all the halls, the kitchenettes are not provided with either crockery or cutlery. The linen supplied for the beds may not be removed from the rooms. Towels are not provided. The halls have a coin-operated washing machine available for students' use, and there are several laundries in the city with coin-operated washing machines. The keeping of animals in the University Halls of Residence is not permitted. </416

The choice of a single or a double room must be shown on the booking form; the price for a bed in a single or double room is the same. The Halls in which the participants will be housed will be established by the E.R.S.U. management. For more detailed information: www.uniurb.it/italiano-L2. Single rooms come in units of 6 or 8 rooms, equipped with 2 bathrooms, kitchen or kitchenette and internal doorphone in common; double rooms have bathroom, kitchenette, fridge and doorphone.

Price per bed in a single or double room (supplied with bedlinen, but not towels): € 240 (for 4 weeks); € 120 for a two-week module.The prices are subsidised, and valid only for people enrolled on the Course; no price reductions are therefore possible.

The latest date for booking a room is 15th July 2016. This may be carried out at the same time as the course enrolment form is completed. The price per bed for four weeks is € 240 while it is € 120 for two weeks; this should be paid together with the Course enrolment fee, with a single bank transfer.

In the case of withdrawal from the Course for serious reasons, documented with certificate and notified by 22nd July 2016, the amount already paid of € 240 (€ 120 for a two-week module) will be refunded.

A room that has been booked can be occupied on the afternoon of Sunday 25th July 2016. A booked room will remain reserved only until midnight on 26th July. In the case of late arrival for serious reasons, the arrival day must be notified to the Summer Course for Foreigners Secretary's office before the start of the course. Departure date: 20th August 2016, at the latest 21st August, by 12.00 noon For those taking part only in the first two weeks of the Course,the departure day is Saturday 6th August 2016 by 12.00 noon, and at the latest 7th August by 10.00 a.m.

FOR ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION, ALSO WITH YOUR OWN FAMILY OR FRIENDS:

Lingua Ideale has activated various agreements with hotels, country guesthouses, B&Bs, rooms or private apartments to offer participants alternative solutions to the halls of residence at advantageous prices. For more information: info@linguaideale.it

HOW TO GET TO URBINO

1. BY AIR: The nearest airports are Falconara (Ancona), Rimini, Forlì and Bologna. From the arrival airport take the train to Pesaro station (www.trenitalia.com) and then bus (Pesaro-Urbino link, lines 46, CD and CS).

2. BY TRAIN: Get out at Pesaro railway station (www.trenitalia.com). From the station take the bus (Pesaro-Urbino link, lines 46, CD and CS).

3. BY BOAT: Scheduled ferry services link the port of Ancona with Greece, Albania and Croatia. From the port take the train to Pesaro () and then bus (Pesaro-Urbino link, lines 46, CD and CS).

4. BY CAR:

  • From Bologna (175 Km): A14 toll-road towards Bologna-Canosa, Pesaro-Urbino exit, take the SP423 road (26 Km)
  • From Ancona (100 Km): A14 toll-road towards Bologna-Canosa, Fano exit, E78-SS3 highway towards Rome-Urbino, take the E78-SS73 bis to Urbino (12 Km)
  • From Rome (260 Km): A1-E35-E45 toll-road as far as Orte, take the E45-SS3 bis to Umbertide, continue along the SS3 towards Rome-Urbino, take the E78-SS73 bis to Urbino (12 Km).

5. BY BUS: Direct bus services connect Pesaro station with Urbino (Pesaro-Urbino link, lines 46, CD and CS) or Rome Tiburtina station with Urbino (Rome-Urbino-Pesaro line).

ALL BUS TIMES CAN BE CONSULTED ONLINE www.adriabus.eu.

Intercity bus service
http://www.adriabus.eu/viewdoc.asp?CO_ID=4556
(connection Urbino-Pesaro lines 46, CD and CS)

City bus service
http://www.adriabus.eu/viewdoc.asp?CO_ID=3449
(connection old city centre-halls of residence line 1)

WHERE TO GO ON ARRIVING IN URBINO

On Sunday 24th July, when you arrive in Urbino, you can go directly to the accommodation you have booked. Those who have a room reserved in the University Halls of Residence must check in at the reception desk of Aquilone Hall (Via Cappuccini 15, 61029 Urbino, Tel. 0722 302400) after 12.00 noon. On the evening of 24th July you may have dinner at the "Tridente" university refectory. The cost of the meal will be debited, on the following day, to the card given to you at the course inauguration.

HOW TO REACH THE HALLS OF RESIDENCE

1. Line 1 Shuttle link from Santa Lucia bus station to the Halls of Residence.
(http://www.adriabus.eu/viewdoc.asp?CO_ID=3449).
2. Taxis:  0722 327949 / 0722 2550 / 339 4317665 / 340 6420184 / 346 2326212.

WHERE TO GO ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE COURSE

On Monday 25th July 2016 at 8.45 a.m., in a classroom in the Volponi Campus (Via Saffi 15), students can collect their enrolment card necessary to access the refectory and other university buildings. All participants are requested to bring with them their payment receipt.
Following this, at 9.30 a.m., in the same classroom in the Volponi Campus (Via Saffi 15), the Course inauguration will take place, with a greeting from the Chancellor of the University of Urbino (or his appointee). On this occasion, class groups will be formed; students will then go to their classrooms with their teachers.

INTERNET ACCOUNTS

Before the start of the course participants will be sent by email a password and an ID for wireless connection. There are two wireless networks operating in Urbino: UWIC (Urbino Wireless Campus) and the University Network under the names SAD, ESF, Townet and Neteco.


Contatti

Segreteria del Corso Estivo per Stranieri
via Valerio, 9 - 61029 Urbino (PU), Italia
Orario al pubblico: dalle 9.30 alle 13.00

Tel. +39 0722 304631 / +39 0722 304633 / +39 0722 304634
Fax +39 0722 304 637
e-mail: summercourse@uniurb.it (in inglese, spagnolo, greco e italiano)