Torino, Italy
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Course Information

Torino, Italy | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You must enroll in at least 12 and up to 18 credits. While you may enroll in up to 18 credits, we recommend you enroll in 12-15 credits in order to have time to fully experience the local area's culture and people. Course availability may be subject to change for reasons beyond our control, such as student interest.

Italian Language Studies

All students are required to spend the beginning of the fall and spring semesters taking an intensive six-week Italian language course, which allows for rapid acquisition of language and culture. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each, but may vary by level. All language courses focus on the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. You may choose one of the following courses:

Intensive Language Period

After the intensive period, students have the option to take an additional language course listed below. You may choose one of the following:

International Business/Politics, Architecture/Design/Art, and Italian Studies

Taught in English
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region, International Business/Politics, and Art, Design, and Architecture as well as provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies.

Fall Semester

  • Internship (up to 3 credits) This course has a refundable fee.

International Business and Politics

Architecture/Design/Art and Italian Studies

Spring Semester

  • Internship (up to 3 credits) This course has a refundable fee.

International Business and Politics

Architecture/Design/Art and Italian Studies

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

Field Studies

USAC helps you explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region with carefully planned excursions and field trips. These experiences combined with academic components (readings, research, lectures, written assignments, etc) deepen your understanding of the subject matter. The Viticulture Business Field Study course is an example of this type of course; projects will be assigned and graded as part of the final evaluation and students will be required to keep a “portfolio journal” using writing and photography. A final oral presentation may be assigned.

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with exposure to the Italian language. Italian language ability is very helpful, but not necessary to complete an internship. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Internship credit(s) are only offered in addition to the minimum 12-credit load.

Past internships have mainly been in architecture/design; communications and marketing, but are not limited to these areas. Example placements have included: architecture studios, car/ industrial/ urban design; graphic design; furniture design and design with recycled materials; tutoring English to Italian university students, children, adults; assisting in English classes in kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools and after-school activities; designing marketing / advertising materials for architects, designers, restaurants, schools and other businesses; communications firm; promotion and assistance of USAC; translating, video making, public speaking/cultural presentations. Additional options with local and international companies may be available. The on-site staff will try to set up different, requested options if possible. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility—enrollment in Torino program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Host University Courses

Taught in English or Italian
Enrich your studies by taking advantage of the chance to attend courses at your host university. Opportunities vary. In some cases you will be able to enroll directly as a student and earn transferable credit, in other cases you may earn a letter or certificate of completion along with a grade which may or may not be accepted for credit by your school. Work with your home academic advisor to determine whether such courses will be accepted for credit. Even when they don't, look at the opportunity as a learning bonus. Courses taken at the host university are taken in addition to your USAC classes and do not replace USAC credits. Work with your Resident Director to determine your options and to avoid conflicts with your USAC class schedule.

The University of Torino offers courses USAC students may attend, but most require a strong command of Italian.
A limited number of additional courses offered by the University of Torino may be available in English. These are a great way to immerse yourself in the local university and make friends outside of your USAC courses. Keep in mind that these courses need to be taken in addition to your full time USAC course load and transfer of credit is not guaranteed. Your Resident Director must approve and will help you to compile a course schedule that will accommodate both USAC and the University of Torino's calendars. You will receive more information and sign up for these courses when you arrive in Torino.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Italian I

Fall (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)

Presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those grammatical aspects of the Italian language that, because of their difficulty, require frequent review and further development. A comprehensive revision of the grammatical points that present the most trouble in Italian. Care will be taken on understanding and practicing the use of all grammatical forms in both the written and spoken Italian. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Italian.

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Advanced Italian II

Fall (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)

Presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those grammatical aspects of the Italian language that, because of their difficulty, require frequent review and further development. A comprehensive revision of the grammatical points that present the most trouble in Italian. Care will be taken on understanding and practicing the use of all grammatical forms in both the written and spoken Italian. Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Italian.

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Business Leadership, Management and Teamwork

Fall (General Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (General Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)

Course Objections: Increase participant’s awareness related to communication style, the ability to influence others, and their leadership competencies. Provide concepts and tools with the scope of acquiring and improving skills. Experience applying the concepts of leadership, teamwork, and negotiation. Learn and apply the concepts of leadership, teamwork and negotiation. Increase understanding of the definitions, characteristics, and contexts related to leadership. Further develop skills of speaking and presenting in group contexts. Develop a personal action plan for the improvement of related skills.

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Creating a Model United Nations: International Politics and Diplomacy

Fall (International Affairs, Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to provide an orientation to the activities of the United Nations, as well as providing an understanding of the modalities of international politics and diplomacy. This course will include discussion of current events, salient international issues, topics of international law and some of the procedures of diplomacy. We will examine main points about the history and purpose of diplomacy as well as its relationship to international politics and affairs.

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Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union

Fall (Economics, History, Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

The creation of the European Union will go down in history as one of the most remarkable achievements of the twentieth century; in less than two generations Europeans fought two appalling wars among themselves, appreciated the dangers of nationalism and sat down to design a system that would make inconceivable that they would ever take up arms against each other again. A body of laws and treaties has been agreed upon and a set of institutions has been created that have altered the political, economic and social landscape of western Europe. The main objective of this class is to gain understanding on how European Union works and about what it means for the millions of people who live under its jurisdiction. Our goal is to provide students with fair understandings of concept of the European market integration within the present framework of globalization, trade liberalization and regionalism. Taught in English. (Fall semester)

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Economic Integration and Common Markets

Spring (Economics, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Elementary Italian I

Fall (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills.

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Elementary Italian II

Fall (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Italian.

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History of Modern Design

Spring (Architecture, Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Intercultural Communication

Fall (Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain positive communication and relationships across cultures. Students will explore the definition, nature and manifestation of culture while examining their own values, traditions and beliefs. Through active in-class and out-of-class activities, students will learn about the similarities and differences in communication behaviors and explore language usage, nonverbal style, and perceptions in order to see how they influence face-to-face communication between individuals of different cultures in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world. Course Benefits: Knowledge about diverse communication and observation practices will enhance your ability to study, work and live in any culture of the world. Taught in English.

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Intermediate Italian I

Fall (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian.

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Intermediate Italian II

Fall (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Italian.

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International Finance

Spring (Finance, International Business; 300-level; 3 credits)

International Finance is a course about the realities of doing business in a multinational environment. Analytical emphasis is placed on understanding the current global financial environment faced by multinational firms. Students and professors engage in analytical discussions regarding international finance processes, systems, strategies, and risk management in order to arrive at the core of the most important elements and actions necessary to successfully manage the financial operations of multinational firms. Topics to be discussed will include foreign exchange markets, international financial markets, international banking, currency derivative markets, risk management & investment decisions in the global marketplace This course is offered as a guided learning/experiential course through USAC Turin. Every student is expected to complete a series of reading, research, and writing assignments and actively participate in discussions of “real world financial analysis”.

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International Human Rights: International Law and Politics Topics

Spring (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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International Marketing

Spring (International Business, Marketing; 400-level; 3 credits)

A study of all aspects of marketing unique to international business. This course examines the impact of cultures, ethics, history, politics, and the law on marketing practice in the globalized economy. It also provides knowledge of tools for cultural analysis and discusses issues related to culture, the economy, and all other environmental variables that affect global business. A better understanding of cultural diversity is essential for successful international business, and this course provides a comprehensive perspective. Prerequisite: lower level Business core. Taught in English. (Spring semester)

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Italian Cinema in English Translation: Twentieth-Century Italy Through the Lens of the Cinema

Fall (Art, Film, Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

This film course serves as a key to understanding Italian society through a wide-ranging historical look at Italian cinema. The course introduces the history of Italian film and its major genres, studies the relationship of film to literature and the performing arts, and examines films currently released in the commercial and the film festival circuits. Torino, birthplace of Italian cinema, is the ideal site for the course – also for the National cinema museum at the Mole tower.

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Italian Composition I

Fall (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian.

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Italian Composition II

Fall (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage. Prerequisite: five semesters of college Italian.

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Italian Conversation

Fall (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course facilitates the acquisition of language necessary to express oneself in daily situations as well as in more difficult contexts. Functionally oriented conversational themes and related vocabulary and phraseology will be introduced for discussion and intensive practice.

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Italian Cuisine

Fall (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

Students are given the opportunity to observe the art of preparing Italian foods and study the relationship between food and culture. USAC provides instruction and facilities for this cooking class. Each student is charged a separate, non-refundable fee of $280 to help pay for the ingredients. This fee also entitles you to enjoy the great dishes that are prepared in class! Taught in English.

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Italian Culture

Fall (Anthropology, Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Fall (Anthropology, Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

Study of Italian culture via discussions of contemporary society and current events. Cross-cultural comparisons will be examined through film, news media and students' experiences in Italy. Taught in English.

Questo corso affronta vari aspetti della cultura italiana attraverso lezioni frontali, letture, video, discussioni, e osservazioni sul campo. L’obiettivo principale è la comprensione della società italiana, includendo la storia più recente, le differenze regionali, le principali istituzioni, e questioni d’attualità. Agli studenti sarà richiesto di riflettere sulla loro formazione culturale, e di condividere le loro esperienze in Italia con il resto della classe. In particolare, si analizzeranno gli stereotipi più comuni allo scopo di rivelare la realtà dell’Italia odierna.

***The 200 level class is taught in English and the 300 level class is taught in Italian***

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Marketing Principles

Fall (Marketing; 200-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Modern Architecture

Fall (Architecture, Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

The history of modern architecture from the late 18th century to 1965. The course considers the "prehistory" of modern architecture and follows its development as a new architecture by addressing rapidly changing cultural, economic and technological forces unleashed by the Industrial Revolution and modern science.

Lectures will be presented in conjunction with engaging in-class activities. Video watching, online researches, readings, writings and drawings will be a completing part of the course program and will amplify the work done in class.

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Operations Management

Fall (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)

The goal of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the concepts and techniques of Operations Management across all activities of an organization and for all types of processes. Basic methods of analysis to support decision-making will be presented. On completion of the course, the student should be able to identify appropriate analytical techniques for given decisions, perform basic quantitative analyses using these methods, and make basic judgements regarding effective management of operations in manufacturing and service environments. Prerequisite: lower level Business core. Taught in English.

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Twentieth-Century Art

Spring (Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

This advanced-level course provides a historical overview of the major ideas, social and political events, artists and art movement of the 20th Century. Throughout the course, we will engage with a wide variety of media from the last century including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, collage, manifestos, sound art, film, design, architecture, performance art, and new media installations. Lectures will be presented in conjunction with in-class discussions. The course will incorporate visits to local museums and art collections. Special attention will be given to Italian art movements – such as Futurism and Arte Povera. The final grade will be based upon in-class activities, a museum essay, and mid-semester and final examinations.

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Urban History of the City: from Ancient to Modern

Fall (400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Viticulture Business Field Study

Fall (Agriculture, General Business; 300-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to provide students an academic and cultural experience of visiting and learning from vineyards in the Torino countryside area called the Langhe (which was recently honored as a UNESCO world heritage site). The aim is to familiarize students with the deep, complex and ancient wine culture in Italy and specifically the region of Piemonte. Students will visit the locations, learn hands-on in the fields about the harvest, growing and care procedures related to the grapes and vines; students will learn and observe inside the small and large vinification facilities to understand better the physical process of creating wine—up to the corking, bottling and packaging process. Wine making / wine business experts will lead the lessons and discussions about the business of winemaking, marketing, promotion, shipping, exporting, operations, logistics etc. National laws, policies, procedures, along with traditions, beliefs and practices will be addressed. Cultural differences, as well as differences in small and large, family and corporate-run vineyards will be addressed.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer I (5 weeks): Open

Summer I & II (10 wks): Open

Summer II (5 weeks): Open

Fall or Yearlong: Filling quickly

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

65 students

Instruction

English | Italian

Member

AACUPI--Association of American Colleges and Universities in Italy