International Study Experience in Rondine, Tuscany

Got any plans for May 2019? Study abroad this summer in Arezzo, Italy at the nearby elegantly restored medieval village of Rondine Citadel of Peace. Students enroll in Western courses taught at Rondine Citadel of Peace, Arezzo, Tuscany. 

Information Session:

Date: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
Time: 5:30pm
Location: UC 3325 

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Study Abroad at Rondine

UWO Study abroad at Rondine is a program promoted by the University of Western Ontario and the association Rondine Cittadella della. It is addressed to the larger Western Community through the partnership with the affiliated Colleges Huron and King’s. The program is aimed at any student enrolled at Western (Affiliates included) and interested in pursuing the study of Italian language and culture at the beginning and intermediate level; students with interest in international relations, peace building, conflict resolution, intercultural competence.

The activities will take place in May at Rondine Citadella della Pace, near Arezzo, Tuscany, in Italy, while the participants will be based in the city of Arezzo. All the courses will be followed by a lunch break, and then further cultural activities or time to study during the afternoon.

Students will share common meals, and be involved in sightseeing and other practical activities during the weekend. Students will be immersed in Italian culture in the heart of Tuscany through daily interactions with native speakers, and through the screening of films, the study of pop songs, and the reading of some examples of non-fictional texts in the classroom.

Rondine students with Western flag

What is Rondine?

The association "Rondine Cittadella della Pace" is an international organization established in 1997 in order to promote dialogue and conflict resolution through education, fostering social change. The core project of Rondine Cittadella della Pace is the cohabitation of young women and men who come from countries in conflict and from different cultures. Rondine helps them to become global citizens, and young leaders able to develop concrete social, political and economic projects leading to social change.

The objective of the Italian Study Abroad Program in Rondine - Arezzo, Tuscany, is to improve students' proficiency in Italian language, intercultural communication competencies, global awareness. To achieve our goals, we are supported by Rondine cittadella della pace, an Italian NGO nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 for its outstanding international commitments and located in a picturesque Tuscan region believed to be the backdrop to Da Vinci’s Monalisa.

Western students have the opportunity to study and live alongside this group of international graduate students in a Medieval town where they will experience global academic engagement in a truly novel and stimulating environment. On top of UWO academic curricula, students may attend local conferences and events focusing on subjects such as human rights, international law, forced migration, war crimes, and conflict resolution. The quality of the instruction, combined with the variety of study options available and the global setting constituted by international students who are permanently on location, make Rondine an incomparable institution for the Italian Study Abroad Program.

Western students have the opportunity to acquire language skills as they learn Italian in its original setting, and gain intercultural communication abilities that will resonate with them both in their personal lives and future professional careers, while making friends throughout the process.

Overall Description

The Study abroad program at Rondine is promoted by the Italian Studies program at Western, in collaboration with Rondine Cittadella della Pace and addressed as well to the larger Western Community through the partnership with the affiliated Colleges Huron and King’s. The program is aimed at:

1. Students with an interest in international relations, peace building, conflict resolution, intercultural competence. Italian Studies has partnered with the Social Justice program at King’s University College to offer the seminar Ital 3040. The course will last three weeks and will combine frontal lessons, active working groups and non formal training activities. Ital 1045 (also offered at Rondine) is a prerequisite.

2. Students who are interested in pursuing the study of Italian language and culture at the beginning and intermediate level:

Italian for Travellers I (Ital 1045; 0.5 credits) and Italian for Travellers II (Ital 1046; 0.5 credits), which, taken together, allow students to enroll in all second-year Italian courses offered at Western.

Intermediate Italian (Ital 2202; 1 credit), which includes a Community Engaged Learning Experience component of Intermediate Italian. Through Rondine’s connections, UWO students are in fact involved with a number of non-governmental and cultural organizations.

The activities will take place in Rondine Citadella della Pace, based near Arezzo, Tuscany, in Italy in May, while the participants will be based in the city of Arezzo.

The courses will last one, three or four weeks, students will have morning classes followed by a shared Italian meal, and will be invited to further cultural activities or will have free time to study during the afternoon.

In addition to this, students may be involved in sightseeing and other practical activities during the weekend. Students will be immersed in Italian culture in the heart of Tuscany through daily interactions with native speakers. UWO students will have the opportunity to attend seminar or classes or conferences organized by Rondine which focus on various aspects of human rights, genocide, international law, war crimes, and conflict resolution.

Who Can Enrol?

Any student enrolled at Western (Affiliates included) and interested in pursuing the study of Italian language and culture at the beginner and intermediate level; students with interest in international relations, peace building, conflict resolution, intercultural competence.

Upon successful completion of this course students earn 0.5 or 1.0 credits for the following courses (descriptions noted below):


ITA 1045 Italian for Travellers I (0.5);
ITA 1046 talian for Travellers II (0.5);
ITA 2202 Intermediate Italian in Italy (1.0);
ITA 3040/SJSP 3377 Studies at Rondine Cittadella della Pace (0.5 - with ITA 1045 Italian for Travellers I as a pre-requisite)
ITA 1045 Italian for Travelers I plus ITA 1046 Italian for Travelers II (1.0);
ITA 1045 Italian for Travelers I plus 3040 Seminar (1.0)


ITA 1045 Italian for Travellers I (0.5)
The Italian for Travellers I course is an accelerated and full immersion course lasting one week, that will include 34 hours of Italian language instruction (plus 6 hours on campus, during Winter term) and will be taught as a full- time, intensive learning experience. The course will take one week, students will be in class for 5 or 6 hours a day for 6 days a week, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, a lunch break, and then further classes from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. In addition to this, students will share common meals, and be involved in sightseeing and other practical activities during the weekend.

ITA 1046 Italian for Travellers II (0.5)
Students of Italian for Travellers I would also be eligible to take an additional 0.5 credit course, Italian for Travellers II, running for a further three weeks, Monday to Friday for two hours a day on average (30 hours) plus 10 hours of Rondine's weekly seminars for a total of 40 contact hours. Register for Italian 1046 during the intersession.

ITA 2202 Intermediate Italian in Italy (1.0)
Designed for students with a basic knowledge of Italian, the course builds upon this knowledge placing emphasis on the development of effective oral and written skills in a real-life environment. The primary objective is that students learn how to communicate their ideas with clarity in a variety of settings. The course will last four weeks, students will be in class for 4 hours a day for 5 days a week. This course has a Community-engaged learning component.
Register for Italian 2202 during F/W.

ITA 3040/SJPS3211 Studies at Rondine Cittadella della Pace (0.5 - with ITA 1045 Italian for Travellers I as a pre-requisite)
Students will have the opportunity to attend seminar or classes or conferences organized in Rondine which focus onvarious aspects of human rights, international law, war crimes, genocides, and conflict resolution.
The curriculum is taught in a combination of Italian (for language and culture courses) and English (for the seminar in social justice, contemporary migration and peace building).

Application

Applications are now being accepted. Deadline to apply is November 15, 2018. 


 

To learn more about Italian Studies at Western, check out the unofficial blog, and don't forget to visit the Rondine Study Abroad website, which inculdes student testimonials, and amazing photos of past trips!

    Frequently Asked Questions/Questions at a Glance

Who can apply?
Any student enrolled at Western (Affiliates included) and interested in pursuing the study of Italian language and culture at the beginning and intermediate level; students with interest in international relations, peace building, conflict resolution, intercultural competence.

How long can I go for?
Depending on the course, from a minimum of 1 week to a maximum of 4 weeks, in May 2019.

How much does it cost?

$50 CDN Acceptance fee +  (depending on the length of staying)  $1,900 CDN to $3,500 CDN

These prices include: lunch (which is the big principal meal in Italy) coffee breaks and snacks, housing in Arezzo, monthly or weekly bus tickets, excursions.

Location
Tuscany, Italy (Arezzo and Rondine)

When does the program start?
Register in course for Fall 2018/Winter 2019, 3 meetings during Winter Term. Travel takes place in intersession 2019. Register for Intersession, for Italian 1046.

Language of Instruction
Italian (for language and culture courses) and English (for the seminar in social justice, contemporary migration and peace building)

How many credits do I need to earn?
ITA 1045 Italian for Travellers I (0.5): The Italian for Travellers I course (ITAL 1045 0.5 credits) is an accelerated and full immersion course lasting one week, that will include 36 hours of Italian language instruction and will be taught as a full- time, intensive learning experience. The course will take one week, students will be in class for 6 hours a day for 6 days a week, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, a lunch break, and then further classes from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. In addition to this, students will share common meals, and be involved in sightseeing and other practical activities during the weekend.

or ITA 1046 Italian for Travellers II (0.5); Students of Italian for Travellers I would also be eligible to take an additional 0.5 credit course, Italian for Travellers II, running for a further three weeks, Monday to Friday for two hours a day on average (30 hours) plus 10 hours of Rondine’s weekly seminars for a total of 40 contact hours.

or ITA 2202 Intermediate Italian in Italy (1.0): Designed for students with a basic knowledge of Italian, the course builds upon this knowledge placing emphasis on the development of effective oral and written skills in a real-life environment. The primary objective is that students learn how to communicate their ideas with clarity in a variety of settings. 
The course will last four weeks, students will be in class for 4 hours a day for 5 days a week.

or ITA 3040 /SJSP 3377  Studies at Rondine Cittadella della Pace (0.5 - with ITA 1045 Italian for Travellers I as a pre-requisite): UWO students will have the opportunity to attend seminar or classes or conferences organized in Rondine which focus on various aspects of human rights, international law, war crimes, genocides, and conflict resolution.

Will accommodation be provided?
Accommodations in shared double room in fully equipped apartments in Arezzo city centre, with weekly cleaning

Information Session: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 @ 5:30pm in UC 3325

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