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BA(Hons) Italian Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
51464 USD
National
51464 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department
School of Arts and Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1600
ACT (avg)32
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About this course

The University of Pennsylvania, strong in its interdisciplinary and international dimensions, supports a flourishing Italian Studies Program. The Program's distinctive configuration reflects our setting on the Penn campus and in the heart of Philadelphia. Students can choose a traditional concentration in language and literature or shape more individualized curriculums that connect to sister programs. Such cross-disciplinary study may engage another Romance Language or reach beyond the Department, through courses sponsored by Comparative Literature, the Center for Italian Studies, Cinema Studies, and a growing number of electives in Arts and Sciences related to issues of national and ethnic identity. Additionally, at a time when the study of foreign languages at the k-12 level is growing across the country and there is a global need for teachers of English as second language, undergraduate students in the Italian program are eligible to apply for an accelerated program of master's degree study by seeking admission to the Graduate School of Education as submatriculants, in their junior or senior year.

Philadelphia, whether sampled informally or more in depth on academic field trips, complements Penn Italian Studies. Its rich history and multicultural heritage are arrayed in the city's museums, libraries, national monuments, musical institutions, theatrical troupes, its Italian Market, and International Film Festivals. A sister-city of Florence, Philadelphia is home to an Italian Consulate with which the University closely collaborates.

The Center for Italian Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences promotes the culture of Italy and Italian-Americans through activities involving the campus community and residents of the Philadelphia-Delaware Valley area. Administered by a faculty Director and Academic Advisory Committee, it coordinates initiatives that promote ties with Italy and link many departments within the University. Currently, these are Classical Studies, English, History, History of Art, Landscape Architecture, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Romance Languages. This network provides an academic structure within which students of Italian Studies at all levels can plan the courses they will take.

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Eligibility Criteria

Eng lang – On the TOEFL-iBT exam (Internet-Based Test), competitive applicants tend to have a composite score of 100 and above (the exam is scaled from 0-120, with 120 being a perfect score) with demonstrated consistency on each section of the exam (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). On the Paper- Based TOEFL, Penn tends to admit students with a score of 600 and above (the exam is scaled from 310 to 677, with 677 being a perfect score).

  • IELTS - 7.0
  • SAT - 1600
  • ACT - 32

 

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Course Modules

Honors in Italian Studies
Applicants for Honors in the Major should have an average of at least 3.5 in the major and at least 3.3 overall GPA during the fall term of their senior year. All applicants must register for Italian 398 (1 course) in the spring semester of their senior year and write a senior thesis of approximately 30 pages in length under the supervision of a faculty member whose area of expertise coincides with the subject of the thesis. Italian Literature majors will write the honors essay in Italian; Italian Culture majors will write it in English. In order to qualify for honors in Italian Studies, students must receive at least an A- in Italian 398. Interested majors should confer with the Undergraduate Chair early in the fall semester of their senior year to select a thesis advisor and to discuss the requirements of the Honors Program.

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How to Apply

Required materials-

  • Common Application & Penn Writing Supplement
  • Official High School Transcript
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Academic Teacher Evaluations (2)
  • Early Decision Agreement
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Final Report

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