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 Center in English or Italian. The Padua Summer Italian and European Studies Program offers an immersive experience in Italian and European culture. Students enroll in two courses for a total of eight credits.

  • 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
Upon successful completion of the program, students earn 8 Boston University 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: 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 who wish to build active use of Italian in speaking, writing and reading. Discussions in Italian on everyday themes. Development of reading and writing skills through analysis of contemporary texts and conversation.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LI 303 Self-Expression in Italian (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LI 212, fourth-semester college-level Italian, or the equivalent.
    • Intended for students who wish to build active use of Italian in speaking, writing and reading. Discussions in Italian on everyday themes. Development of reading and writing skills through analysis of contemporary texts and conversation.
    • Syllabus
  • 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 monuments in the Veneto region and in other main Italian cities.
    • Syllabus
  • COM FT 315 History of Italian Cinema
    • The course explores the history of Italian cinema from 1943 to present day, and focuses on Neorealism and the Italian Comedy of the 50s and 60s. Specific attention is devoted to the function of cityscapes and landscapes in some films by the most important Italian directors, such as Fellini, Antonioni, Pasolini, Moretti, and many others.
  • QST IM 471Made in Italy: Excellence of Bello, Buono e Ben Fatto (4 credits)
    • This course will introduce students to the world famous Made in Italy, a complex system of brilliant entrepreneurs and companies embodying the spirit of the Italian excellence, proposing a variegated selection of products and services in which Italy ranks among the best, thanks to a historical tradition, a strong degree of specialization, continuous improvements and innovation, outstanding quality, and a high level of customization. The course will focus on business models, unique competitive advantages, domestic and international growth, creativity and innovation strategies, economic and financial drivers. The course has a strong experiential component, as it offers students the opportunity to have company visits, learn from CEOs and entrepreneurs who have made Italy well-known all over the world.

  • CAS HI 262 Modern Italian History
    • Prerequisite: CAS LI 212, fourth-semester college-level Italian, or the equivalent.
    • This course follows the history of Italy's rapid transformation from agricultural economy to industrial and post-industrial country. Starting from Italy's "liberal" period of 1870s through World War I, the course then introduces students to Fascism and the Mussolini era. From post-war republicanism, the course moves on to the 1970s, and traces the historical roots of current economic crises and issues. On-site classes are part of this course.
    • 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. On-site classes are part of this course.
    • Syllabus
Local Homestay

  • 1 - 2 students per household
  • Students will have a private bedroom with shared bathroom, kitchen, and living spaces
  • Kitchen available for occasional use with permission from host family
  • Partial board included - four dinners with host family per week, breakfasts included. All other meals are paid for by the student, out of pocket.
  • All students apply for 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