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Venice, Italy - Italian Language and Culture

Italian 101 | 3 credits

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About the course

Coursework: Italian 101 (3 credits)

This course is led by UBC faculty member Dr. Luisa Canuto.  

The course is more intense than a standard Italian 101 course, with longer class periods and a number of visits around and outside Venice. The intensity of our Italian 101 course is meant to help you familiarize with the language and the city in a relatively short amount of time, and to provide you with the advantages of the ‘immersion’ experience while in Italy.

This is a highly participatory class and you will, therefore, be asked to do many activities and exercises in pairs and in groups. We will:

  • act out role-plays
  • conduct simple interviews with Italian native speakers and
  • make short presentations
  • read dialogues and short readings
  • review and practice fundamental grammar concepts
  • discuss cultural aspects of Italian life
  • practice real-life situations and visit Italian sites, using Italian as much as possible

During this course, you will substantially increase your comprehension and reading skills and develop your overall literacy in Italian, and with the confidence to explore and get to know the city and Italian people on your own.

The schedule includes topics per each class, the list of the different visits, homework and when the tutors are expected to join us. Please note that times and other details may need to change depending on your learning process and also to accommodate possible scheduling conflicts.

Evaluation techniques will include a number of different methods such as:

  • exams and quizzes
  • structured face-to-face or online interactions with native speakers
  • short presentations
  • drama techniques
  • online assignments such as blogs and ePortfolio
  • field trips to explore the local Italian community

About the experience

A typical day might include:

Class with different activities in small groups AND with Italian tutors

Visits to different sites mostly by foot or boat

Group breakfast OR lunch OR dinner

Notable environmental conditions:

City environment in summer in Italy - average temperatures between 25-32C

In-class time(not always with air conditioning) or walking around

Lots of physical activity including walking



Students will stay in a Residence with double rooms (each with their own bathroom), which is generally used by Italian university students.

General timeline

The program will take place in (Venice and the surrounding area, Italy) June 9 - 29, 2019.  Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.  

Program dates: June 9 - 29, 2019.


To be accepted for this Global Seminar, you have to meet both program-specific requirements as well as Go Global’s general eligibility.

Program-specific requirements

This course requires no pre-requisites and is open to all students interested in a language program.

Science students specifically need to be in third-year as of 2019W to take this course.  Commerce students need to be in third-year as of 2019W, or obtain special permission from their Faculty, in order to take this course.

Global Seminars - general eligibility

You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application

You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar

You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar

You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure

You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date

Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis

You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar

Program fees and costs

CAD 2,500-$2,800 + tuition and flight

The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award.

Program fee includes Program fee DOES NOT include
Accommodation Tuition*
Program-related travel Flight*
Program-related excursions Incidentals*
Meals *depending on program
Go Global fee ($415.00)

*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to your destination is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.

Please contact a Global Seminar Advisor if you have questions about the program fee. Connecting early with an Enrolment Service Advisor will also be helpful in order to plan for your trip.

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after you accept your spot in the program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit posted on SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit due date

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at go.global@ubc.ca.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Pre-departure policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences.  In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


Global Seminars Advisor

Student Advising

Drop in advising - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm

Please email go.global@ubc.ca with your student number in the subject line.

Global Seminars Advisor


Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

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