In Spring 2009, the new exchange program between UMass Amherst and the Forlì campus of the University of Bologna
was launched. This competitive program is designed for the most qualified and motivated Italian majors who intend to spend one or two semesters at the prestigious Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori (SSLiMIT) in Forlì. Students can also take courses taught in English at the Colleges of Political Science and Economics.
he Forlì campus
, UMass undergraduates will have access to all services available to local students at the host University and will be considered, in every respect, students of the host institution for the duration of the study period.
Forlì is the most important city of the region called Romagna (part of Emilia-Romagna) in Central Italy and is located 37 miles west of Bologna and 40 minutes east of some of the most lively and sought-after seaside destinations of the Adriatic coast of Italy such as Rimini, Riccione and Cesenatico. A city full of history and art, Forlì was founded in Roman times and had a key role in Italian history during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the point that Dante Alighieri refers to it in canto XXVII of his Inferno and mentions the city's name explicitly in Inferno XVI.
With its 114,683 inhabitants, Forlì sits outside the major tourist routes, setting the stage for the ideal full immersion Italian cultural experience in a cozy and elegant urban environment which provides a remarkably high quality of life. Its strategic central location along major train and highway routes, guarantees easy access to all major cities in Central and Northern Italy, from Rome to Venice, from Florence to Milan.
The L. Ridolfi airport, on the other hand, offers easy connection to many European destinations. Libraries, museums and its elegant architecture make Forlì an ideal university town, and an inexhaustible source of cultural and leisure activities for foreign students.
Credits earned through courses related to Italian Studies count toward the Italian major at UMass (must be pre-approved by the exchange coordinator before registering). Courses are taken through the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (SSLMIT). Typical courses taken by students at SSLMIT may include: Translation Italian/English; Italian Literature; History of Italian Culture and Identity; Linguistic Interpretation; and other courses offered through SSLMIT. NOTE: There are a limited number of courses offered in English each semester. Credits will be transferred to the home institution at the end of each semester. There are a few courses taught in English through the Political Science and Economics departments.
The program is organized to keep costs as close as possible to those of students attending UMass. Tuition and fees are comparable to UMass tution and fees, under the current arrangement. Students are responsible for their own housing and Forli will assist in the process. UMass students often secure housing through the Koiné Association
. Housing and food expenses in Forlì are comparable to Amherst
, when taking into account the monetary exchange fluctuation. Additional costs for students participating in the exchange are: round trip flight to Italy
, residency permit (visa), personal and vacation expenses. Students on financial aid can apply for a student loan adjusted to the additional costs of the program abroad.
Students interested in participating in the exchange should e-mail Prof. Roberto Ludovico at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the semester(s) they would like to spend abroad. Candidates will meet with Prof. Ludovico and will be asked to provide one letter of recommendation and a one-page statement describing what motivates them to participate in the exchange and of how such experience would contribute to their academic curriculum as Italian majors. The Italian Foreign Programs Committee will then evaluate the applications and choose the candidates based on their academic success, the strength of their motivation and their commitment to Italian Studies. Students cannot apply to participate in the exchange during their last semester before graduation.