Elementary Italian I and II (ITAL 1110/1120), equivalent to Cornell's on-campus first and second semester courses, begin two weeks ahead of all other classes, with an intensive daily class that runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. After the first two weeks, the language classes continue with three 90-minute classes each week throughout the remainder of the semester. The courses include group expeditions around the city and cultural orientation through activities such as shopping, cooking, dining, and theater performances. An additional course fee is charged to cover recreational activities.
Students participate in these classes for the entire semester and receive 4 credits.
NOTE: Students who withdraw from Italian 1110 or 1120 during or after the first two weeks are charged a $200 drop fee. ITAL 2110 (third semester Italian) when offered, begins after orientation along with regularly scheduled courses. Course offerings are contingent on adequate class sizes. Pre-enrollment for all language classes before departure is required.
It is advised that students study Italian for at least one semester or preferably a full academic year before living in Rome, particularly students enrolled in the urban studies track of the Cornell in Rome program.
For students who cannot fit a 4-credit language course into their schedule, there is a non-credit, two-week only course available for a $200 fee. This course begins two weeks ahead of the official start of the semester and runs on an intensive five-hour per day schedule for two weeks only.This non-credit course is open to beginning Italian students only.