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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


Quick Facts

  • June 2 - 29, 2019
  • Study for 4 weeks in beautiful San Severino, which has a rich history, yet does not attract great numbers of English-speakers.
  • 20 hours of in-class language instruction weekly, as well as 5 hours of cultural activities in Italian (lessons focus on art, cinema, history, music, and gastronomy).
  • Program includes half-day trips within the Marche region and weekend excursions to Rome, Florence, Assisi, Bologna or Perugia.
  • 2.5 GPA Required; ITA 101 or equivalent
  • Immersive Italian language and culture program at a competitive price.
  • New Sustainability Course! Participate in a practicum on a small-scale organic Italian farm! 

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


La Marche Region

Location Details

San Severino Marche is a historic town of about 13,000 inhabitants in the region of Marche in Central Italy. Located about 30 miles from the Adriatic Sea and the coastal town of Ancona, San Severino Marche is well-connected with all major Italian cities by train. The town boasts a beautiful historic center, an oval central piazza surrounded by medieval and Renaissance buildings, where in the month of June, a picturesque historical celebration of Palio dei castelli takes place. Rich in historical buildings, the city also has many bars, pubs and restaurants, a theater and several museums.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to all qualified students with at least a 2.5 G.P.A. and who have completed one semester of Italian and who are interested in Italian culture and in learning or strengthening their Italian language skills. Non-ASU students are welcome to participate but must be admitted to ASU for the summer term only as non-degree seeking students first. (Online applications for ASU Admissions are available by clicking here)


Students will enroll in 6 credits 
ITA 102
Elementary Italian II (credits 4)

ITA 201 (G) Intermediate Italian I (credits 4)

ITA 202 (G) Intermediate Italian II (credits 4)

ITA 210 (G) Intensive Italian II, credits 6 (pre-requisite ITA 110 or ITA 102 with a B or higher)

ITA 294 (G) Special Topic (credits 2)

ITA 311 (G) Italian Conversation (credits 3) (pre-requisite 202)

ITA 394 (G) Special Topic (credits 2)

ITA 413 (G) Advanced Italian (credits 3) (pre-requisite 311 or 312)

ITA 494 (G) Special Topic (credits 2)

SOS 494/ITA 494  (credits 3) 
Comparative Cultures of Sustainable Small-Scale Farming: 
From Maricopa County to Le Marche, Italy*
*This course is part of a comparative farming program in which students will take a practicum (SOS 394/ITA 394) on an organic farm in Phoenix in Spring 2018  and then SOS 494/ITA 494 on the San Severino 2019 summer program  in order to compare the two experiences.  Please contact Prof. Vitullo ( if you have any questions.

Edulingua San Severino


Faculty Directors

Gina Pietrantoni
School of International Letters and Cultures
Office Location: LL 407
Office Phone: 480-965-6281

Juliann Vitullo
Associate Professor
School of International Letters and Cultures
Office Location: LL 407
Office Phone: 480-965-4624



San Severino-Piazza del Popolo


Edulingua San Severino Housing

Program Housing

The school building is the beautiful 17th-century Palazzo Servanzi Confidati. All rooms are equipped with a private bath, small refrigerator, safe and free Wi-Fi internet. Students share bedrooms with one or two other students. Meals are not included in the program fee, but students can prepare their food in the restaurant-quality kitchen of the school building.  Meals can also be purchased inexpensively at the school or at local restaurants. 


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Italy, the tourist centers, sidewalks, public transport, and public buildings generally have accommodations for the physically disabled. However, Italy is known for its old world layout and architecture, which may increase the challenge level for students with physical disabilities. In the Italian Language and Culture in San Severino Marche Program, travelers with mobility issues may encounter difficulties due to narrow, cobbled streets. Many sidewalks lack ramps, and some streets lack sidewalks altogether or feature stairs and narrow pedestrian bridges. Many hotels and attractions do not have ramps, elevators, or handicap-accessible bathrooms. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $4,995.

Program Fee includes: 6 credits of ASU tuition, over 20 hours of instruction in Italian per week, lodging with Wi-Fi,  welcome dinner, excursions to other Italian cities including day trips to Rome and Florence, and international health insurance. Not included: ASU student fees, airfare, meals, passport and visa fees, books, personal travel expenses, entrance fees and local transportation during urban excursions.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship*
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Study Abroad Scholarships
  • The Dorothy Govekar Scholarship, administered through the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) for study abroad for Summer 2019, consists of grants of $500 to $1000 awarded to ASU degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students participating in:  
    - ASU Study Abroad faculty- directed summer programs sponsored by the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC)
    - ASU Study Abroad GIE Programs (Global Intensive Programs) sponsored by SILC 
    Application opens November 22, 2018: 
  • Italian Program Summer Scholarship: The Italian program of the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) will award scholarships to help students pay for the fees of the SILC-Italian program either in San Severino Marche or in Florence. The Italian faculty thanks Vista Higher Learning for funding the scholarships. Questions?  Contact Sandra Palaich, or Chiara Dal Martello,
*Eligible students have had a great success rate in winning a Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, due to the intensive nature of this language program.  


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.