Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


Middlebury College at University of Ferrara

Posted on July 22, 2010

In affiliation with Middlebury College ~ University of Ferrara


The Middlebury College Program in Ferrara provides a unique experience in which students study Italian and become a part of the Italian community. The City of Ferrara (pop.: 130,0000) provides a university town backdrop for study abroad. It is an opportunity to find yourself as one of very few Americans as you build your Italian language fluency within this wonderful Italian city.


Ferrara is situated along the Po River and is only thirty minutes from Bologna and one hour from Venice, Italy. It was once described as “the first modern city of Europe.” The city is unique in that automobiles are absent from within the city walls. Instead, bicycles are used as the primary mode of transportation and a great way to see what the city has to offer. Ferrara is home to a wonderful cathedral, museums, shops, and cafes that line the city streets.


Academic Year, Fall, or Spring semesters

Program Dates

Fall: mid/late September - late January
Spring: early February - late June

Courses & Credit

Students take 4 courses per semester in order to receive 4.0 Wheaton credits. All courses are taught in Italian. Students take courses at the University of Ferrara.

Admission Requirements

Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall, in major, and in language courses). Completion of a minimum of five semesters of college‐level language study or the equivalent, including one content course comparable to Middlebury College’s appropriate pre‐requisite course. Students should take a language course the semester prior to study abroad through this program.


Wheaton Tuition Only: Expenses covered include tuition & fees, one round-trip airfare from NY area or Boston to Rome/Bologna, program‐related excursions, and Italian Insurance.

Housing & Board

Students are housed in student apartments near the university with assistance from the Middlebury College Pre‐placement program. Students are responsible for housing and board fees.

Other Fees

In addition to room and board, students are responsible for $500 administrative fee, passport and visa fees, domestic travel to overseas departure city and study abroad supplemental insurance.


Guidelines are available in the Center for Global Education; the application process is on line.


Make an appointment to see Gretchen Young at the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

  • Bioethics
  • Contemporary Art History
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Fifteenth Century Italian Comedy
  • General Linguistics
  • History of Philosophy
  • History of Roman Law
  • History of Scientific Thought
  • Human Geography
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Medieval Art History
  • Introduction to Medieval History
  • Modern History
  • Modern Italian Literature
  • Music History
  • Nineteenth Century Italian Poetry
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Political and Economic Geography
  • Psychology of the Cognitive Process
  • Urban Sociology

For complete list of course offerings, check Middlebury College's website.

Financial Aid

More information is available regarding various scholarships and financial aid through Middelbury's website.

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