Padua Language & Liberal Arts Program (Summer)
A thriving and ancient university city with few tourists, Padua offers a unique opportunity for study abroad. The program is headquartered at the BU Padua Academic Center, located in the heart of the historic center.
Students enroll in two courses from either list below:
CAS AH 354: Venetian Renaissance Art and Architecture (4 credits)
This course considers the painting, sculpture, and architecture produced in Renaissance Venice within the context of the unique political, social, and historical dimensions of the city. Visits to Venetian palaces, churches, and museums complement the coursework. Taught in English. Syllabus
CAS HI 262: Modern Italian History (4)
(Prerequisite: CAS LI 212, fourth-semester college-level Italian, or the equivalent. Formerly CAS HI 330.) Taught in Italian with discussion sections in English. Syllabus
CAS IT 343: Contemporary Italian Literature (4)
(Prerequisite: CAS LI 212, fourth-semester college-level Italian, or the equivalent.) Covers contemporary Italian literature from the turn of the century to the 1960s. Taught in Italian. Syllabus
CAS IT 345: Ideas and Images of the Italian Renaissance: Humanism in Venice and Padua (4)
This course focuses on the special characteristics of the Renaissance in Venice and its territories in Padua. While the main focus is to define the ‘humanist’ movement, the course exemplifies humanism and its creative products by foregrounding Venetian cultural artifacts and literary, and also by juxtaposing these with some of their Florentine counterparts. Students will take weekly class-trips to important sites. Syllabus
Please note that 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)
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
Download a description of the Padua Language & Liberal Arts Summer Program.
Program Faculty & Staff
The Boston University Padua programs are administered by staff in both our Boston and Padua offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Padua. The office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Padua, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.
Faculty & Staff Profiles
- Elisabetta Convento, PhD, Director
- Mara Levorato, Finance and Operations Assistant
- Bonnie Ponthier, Student Affairs Coordinator
Courses are taught by local Italian faculty and visiting Boston University faculty.