"The program is perfect for anyone who wants to learn Italian and to experience the art, beauty, and history that is Italy." - Allison Whalen
Courses in history, literature, fine arts, communications, art history and social science are taught in English. A faculty member from an American university teaches one course. Additional courses are taught by European faculty who have extensive experience in teaching for study abroad programs. Although courses are taught specifically for students of the program, there is a high degree of interaction with local Italian students.
Students in Macerata share apartments with other students. The furnished apartments are modest but equipped with a bathroom and a small kitchen. Most are within walking distance of downtown. A second housing option is to room with an Italian family, available on a very limited basis. Students are responsible for their own meals. The University cafeteria offers inexpensive full-course meals.
Field trips to important cultural and historical sites in the region are part of the course work and are carefully planned to take advantage of the rich history and culture of the locale. Field trips may include visits to surrounding areas such as Loreto, Urbino, and Assissi. Alos during the semester, academic excursions of a few days may be planned to more distant locations cush as Rome and Florence. The exact destinations vary from semester to semester and are determined at the beginning of the program.