SCSU in Montepulciano 2015

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COURSES: Southern students must register for either LIT 398: Italian Journeys or ITA 203: Italian Culture in Italy. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to register for one of the following 3-credit language courses to be taken in Montepulciano: ITA 100: Italian I, ITA 101: Italian II, ITA 200: Italian III, or ITA 210: Italian IV.  These 3 credits will count towards the SCSU language requirement (LEP Tier 1/Multilingual). Students interested in enrolling in this optional 3-credit language course will be required to submit an additional fee of $905.00 to the Office of International Education by May 1, 2015.1073169_10200960957179055_2060716613_o

REQUIREMENTS:  One semester of college-level Italian or equivalent and 2.5 grade point average is required. Completion of Southern’s risk management paperwork is required before traveling abroad. Students should have student records free of disciplinary problems and must have a valid Passport.mont5

Program Fee Includes:
• Airfare, lodging, round-trip domestic transportation from SCSU to the airport
• Entrance to all cultural activities sponsored by the program, including two nights in Rome, and day trips to Siena and Florence
• Visit to the Etruscan underground city of Chiusi
• 4 group dinners
• 1 group breakfast

Program Fee Does Not Include:
• SCSU tuition and summer registration fee ($1,426.00)
• 3 credits tuition at Montepulciano for those students enrolling in the optional 3- credit language course ($905.00 payable to the OIE)
• personal meals and expenses, touring, books, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.Mont4

For additional information and applications contact:
Dr. Pina Palma
Southern Connecticut State University
Department of World
Languages & Literature EN D159
Phone: 203-392-6753


Everyday beauty

My journey studying abroad in Montepulciano has been life changing. I wanted to polish my Italian language skills, and I knew that if I wanted to make friends with the natives, I would have to put myself out there.I was glad to not only make new friends, but also to receive one-on-one Italian lessons socializing with them as well! I learned to correct some grammar mistakes that I was not aware of making. I also got comfortable enough to barter in Italian with street vendors, and I was able to get a decent price for a butterfly brooch that I will give my grandmother for her birthday!

601693_10151779771218623_822821783_n(1)However though my whole trip I was able to learn more about myself. When I am at home, I tend to worry about things. Seeing the beauty of the everyday life in Montepulciano has certainly transformed me into a more relaxed person with more of a positive outlook. I know I will always feel good when I think about all of the friendships and the beautiful things I have seen. I recognize that I may never have this experience at home in the United States but I know I will remember how I felt in Montepulciano. Now that I have experienced these beautiful traits, I can share these experiences with friends and family and hopefully they will learn from it as well.

–Annie Tullo, SCSU1073169_10200960957179055_2060716613_o

The Montepulciano state of mind…

One thing I learned while in Montepulciano is that I prefer the slower pace of life, and I don’t look forward to returning to the faster pace of life in America. Back at home, there is a McDonald’s, Burger King, or a Dunkin’ Donuts on every corner. They encourage the busy, non-stop lifestyle that has most Americans flying by the seat of their pants! The grocery stores are overstuffed with junk foods and useless products. I couldn’t begin to imagine how many of these products go to waste before they are even purchased by consumers. It’s a shame.

1047932_10200837255726596_1943409325_o943506_10151772872588623_280630482_nI truly enjoyed and appreciated the simpler approach in Montepulciano. There’s a grocery store at the foot of the city, which has everything one could need. It is well-stocked, small, and affordable. There aren’t end-caps on every single aisle cleverly displaying junk food with large sale signs enticing naive shoppers to indulge and waste their money; yet these foods are available if you want them.I indulged a couple of times and enjoyed every second! My life here in Montepulciano made me feel as though one of the main themes of the American lifestyle is: “consume, consume, and consume”, quantity over quality. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to partake in another way of life. I learned that the simple things are more than enough.

–Roxanne Esteves, SCSU 17731_345504758913660_1820131647_n

A major change

When I first read Dante’s Inferno, I knew it was a political allegory, but I didn’t focus on that at all; instead, I chose to pay attention to its mythological aspects. I read the story initially because I thought minotaurs and dragons and demons were cool. What I hadn’t realized initially is how EVERYTHING in the story is political; nothing was put there just for imagination (this initially disappointed me, but I eventually grew to love this aspect).1052329_10200868628950907_1877638586_o

Despite the fact that Professor Palma’s class on Dante’s was about the political aspect of the story, I discovered something about myself that I did not realize: I know ALOT about ancient mythology, to the point where my hobby became an invaluable tool in understanding the examples Dante was giving. Taking this class helped me realize that my choice of major was wrong, and that, using the knowledge that I have gained through an interest, and not just school, I can actually be successful.

This journey has also taught me that I am in fact capable of learning another language. For years I’ve doubted my abilities, but I was finally able to understand and use Italian as a skill. Ironically, this did not come from the classes I took, but from the culture clash I experienced when I arrived. I had to learn Italian or be completely unable to do things for myself.

I owe Dr. Palma a big ‘thank you’ for letting me come on this journey through Italy… and the Nine Circles of Hell. Because of this trip, I was finally able to choose what I want to do with the rest of my college career!

–John Zibluk, SCSU photo(1)