BU’s four Padua programs take place in a lively town that’s home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Classes are taught at the BU Padua Academic Center in English or Italian. The Padua Summer Italian Studies Program offers intensive language study and coursework. Students enroll in two courses from either list below.

  • Some courses carry prerequisites
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
  • Open to all levels of Italian
  • Students wishing to take courses in Italian need to have completed fourth semester Italian or the equivalent
All students must enroll in two courses for a total of eight credits. Please note that a minimum enrollment is necessary for a BU Padua course to be offered for the semester, and availability is subject to change. All courses are taught by local faculty from BU Padua, University of Padua, or other local institutions.

Students choose two courses from the following lists.

Please note: the language of instruction and any prerequisites
  • CAS AH 349 Between the Lily and the Lion: Art in Renaissance Padua
    • This course presents Padua as case study for Renaissance art given its unique geo-historical position: physically between two artistic giants (Florence and Venice), and rooted in Roman origins. Includes critical analysis of works of Padua and the Veneto region from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries with reflections in contemporary history and culture. Class excursions include visits to museums and churches in Padua. Taught in English.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS HI 261 The Venetian Republic
    • Traces the rise of Venice from its scattered settlements to the height of its imperial glory. Lectures and detailed guided visits to sites in and around the city illuminate the history of Venice through its rich cultural heritage. Taught in English.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS HI 262 Modern Italian History
    • Prerequisite: CAS LI 212, fourth-semester college-level Italian, or the equivalent.
    • Formerly CAS HI 330.
    • From Unification (1860-1870) to the founding of the Republic (1947-1948). Enlightenment, Restoration, the Risorgimento; nation-building and the liberal parliamentary government; the Great War; Fascism; Resistance; fall of the monarchy; founding of the Republic. Taught in Italian with discussion sections in English.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LI 355 Migrant Italian Literature
    • Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Italian.
    • Recommended: previous coursework in literature
    • Study of contemporary Italian literature emerging from Italy’s immigrant populations and non-native Italian speakers. Explores how these works engage with the “Italian experience” and forge a new Italian identity. Includes guest visits from contemporary authors. Taught in Italian.
    • Syllabus
Please note: Students who select CAS LI 211 Third-Semester Italian will automatically be enrolled in CAS LI 212 Forth-Semester Italian. These courses are offered in tandem and allow a student to complete Second-Year Italian during the summer.
  • CAS LI 111 First-Semester Italian (4 credits)
    • Grammar, conversation practice, written exercises, and compositions. Conducted in Italian.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LI 211/212 Third-/Fourth-Semester Italian (8)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LI 112, second semester college-level Italian, or the equivalent.
    • Intended for students with a satisfactory background in elementary Italian, who require some review of basic structures, verbs, and related essentials. Review, emphasis on composition skills, and conversation. Reading and discussion of short stories, poetry, and plays.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LI 303 Self-Expression in Italian (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LI 212, fourth-semester college-level Italian, or the equivalent.
    • Expand vocabulary through development of fluent discussion in Italian on topics of current interest. Grammar review, readings drawn from Italian literature and the media.
    • Syllabus
Local Homestay

  • 1 - 2 students per household. Shared home with Italian host family including bathrooms.
  • Kitchen available for occasional use with permission from host family
  • Full board included - four dinners and seven breakfasts with host family per week Students receive a stipend for remaining meals, disbursed at several times throughout the semester.
  • All students given a student ID that allows them access to University of Padua, including their cafeterias. No dining hall at BU Padua Center.
  • Laundry facilities available in host homes.
  • Study facilities available at BU Padua Center and libraries around University of Padua. Athletic facilities available for an extra charge locally.
  • Summer Term: Early June to mid-July
  • Summer Term: March 1