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Reggio Calabria, Italy

Program Description

JMU’s Summer Program in Reggio Calabria is a four-week program in which students who have completed the first semester of the beginner level of the language, can earn 6 credits by attending classes in language and culture. The prerequisites established by the JMU Dept. of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures will be followed for each course.

Students attend classes every day, M-F, at the University for Foreigners “Dante Alighieri”. Language classes are taught by the University for Foreigners’ professors. Courses in culture and literature are taught by the JMU professor, Giuliana Fazzion, and if we have Int’l Business majors, business classes are taught by Prof. Damanpour. Every weekend there is a cultural trip; there are at least 3 guided tours.

Location Description

This is a four-week program based in Reggio Calabria, at the Università per Stranieri Dante Alighieri. The program gives students the opportunity to earn JMU credits while living in Calabria, the region whose name means “land that produces beautiful things”.

Reggio Calabria is a beautiful location on the water in the famous Stretto di Messina which separates Italy from Sicily. The seafront that faces Sicily, defined as “the most beautiful kilometer in Italy” by the famous poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, has a breathtaking view of the volcano Etna.

The people of Reggio Calabria are very hospitable and kind towards visitors and foreigners. The University is based in the downtown area of Reggio Calabria, a three-minute walking distance from the Sicily- facing seafront.


Guiliana Fazzion | | Italian, Foreign Languages, Literature, and Cultures


Students will stay in apartments for the duration of the program.

All lunches and 2 special dinners are included in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

Students can use American cell phones or buy cell phones on location.

There is a trip every weekend, one of which will be 2-days long.  

Students live in apartments; each apartment can host 4 or 6 JMU students.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.


Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite: ITAL 101 or permission of the instructor

Open to all majors and class levels

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ITAL 102: Elementary Italian II (3 credits)

ITAL 212: Intensive Intermediate Italian (6 credits)

ITAL 231: Intermediate Italian I (3 credits)

ITAL 232: Intermediate Italian II (3 credits)

ITAL 300: Italian Grammar and Communication (3 credits)

ITAL 375: Business and Society in Italy (3 credits)

ITAL 446 : Women Writers in Contemporary Italian Literature (3 credits)

ITAL 447: The History and Culture of South Italy (3 credits)

ITAL 490: Special Studies in Italian Culture (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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