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Study in Europe

Erasmus in Italy

Student experience 2013/14: Katie Andrews, fourth year Undergraduate Student, back from Venice:

(for practical aspects about her experience, see also page bottom)

Katie in Venice Cavalli San MArco Ca

‘The benefits to be gained from a year abroad are truly endless; not only on a practical level, with aspects such as language learning, but on a deeper level too. I feel a more confident and capable person in myself, and it's such a useful skill to be able to interact with people from another culture. I made friends out there from all over the world who I remain in contact with, and I have so many amazing memories. Venice is a truly beautiful and unique city, full of vibrancy and history and culture; I learned so much about the city, and it's a great feeling to think that there's a city out there I know like the back of my hand. In coming back to Warwick, I feel more academically competent, more linguistically skilled, and in general a more ambitious person. Knowing you can complete an experience like that gives you such a sense of achievement that just cannot be beaten.’

Pathways through Italian Language Modules

  • BEGINNERS: Year 1 = IT101; Year 2 = IT211; Year 4 IT301 (optional)
  • INTERMEDIATE: Year 1 = IT108; Year 2 = IT211; Year 4 = IT301 (optional)
  • ADVANCED: Year 1 = IT107; Year 2 = IT301; Year 4 = IT401 (optional)

Students embarking upon these degress courses with some prior knowledge of Italian are asked to ensure that they arrange with the Italian Dept to attend the Placement Tests on Wednesday morning of Week 1, to enable them to be allocated to the appropriate module level.

First and Second Year students should contact the Italian Dept before the start of the academic year, in order to find out when the first language meeting is, at which they will be allocated to their language module groups.

Planning for your year abroad

During your 1st year, a meeting may be arranged by the Departmental Erasmus Officer Prof. Suzanne Frey-Kupper with the International Office to get you thinking about where you might like to spend your year abroad: Bologna, Padua, Rome or Venice.

During the Autumn term of your 2nd year, there will be a formal presentation by the International Office and the department will be asked to officially nominate students to the International Office for places at particular universities by January. During the spring term, there will be a formal briefing for students going abroad in the Autumn, along with distribution of all necessary forms. In the summer term, you will complete the necessary forms and finalise your application.

You are responsible for organising your own accomodation while you are on your year abroad. This should be done during your 2nd year in conjunction with the International Office. It also makes good sense to contact current Warwick students who are on their year abroad to find out where they are living and ask suggestions. Many students organise to take accommodation over rented by previous Warwick students. It is a good idea if you can to plan a trip to Bologna/Padua/Rome/Venice in the Easter vacation in order to see the city/university and your potential accomodation.

Before you go, you will also need to make a Learning Agreement, which lists the courses you plan to take while abroad (which should add up to equivalent of 120 CATS), which is agreed both by Warwick and your host university. It is possible to make changes to this once you arrive in Italy (and such changes will need to be agreed on the 'Changes to Learning Agreement' form).

While you are abroad, you are supported by the Warwick International Office, alongside the Erasmus University Partner International Office and if necessary by the Classics department Erasmus Officer and your personal tutor. The University provides travel insurance while you are on your placement (but not health insurance). Your funding is provided 70% at the start of your year (when your signed arrivals form is received) and 30% when you return home.

Assessment criteria

Students on any of the Study in Europe degrees must obtain an overall 2.1 (60-69) average profile at the end of the 1st year for students to be allowed to continue with this degree, and a mark of 56+ in the Italian language module must be achieved, and impeccable attendance. If a student fails to attain the necessary results, (s)he will revert to the standard form of the degree (ie Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient history and Classical Archaeology) and not be allowed to take the Erasmus year abroad.

Student results in exams during their Erasmus year abroad do not count towards their final Warwick degree mark. However they must pass their exams during their year abroad. If a student fails their year abroad exams, then they will revert to the standard form of their degree when they return to complete their final year at Warwick.

More information from the Warwick International Office:

You can get more information about organising your Erasmus year abroad from the Warwick Study Abroad team. Oportunities via department are detailed here.

More information from Katie:

My modules (each 6 ETCS) were :

  • Storia Romana - Giovanella Cresci
  • Fondamenti di Linguistica - Anna Marinetti
  • Storia di Venezia e del Veneto - Riccardo Cella
  • Archeologia e storia dell'arte greca e romana - Luigi Sperti
  • Italian for Foreigners - Intermediate - Giuseppe Maugeri

‘Students only register for exams, not modules; this is done online via the account you set up during matriculation. Elisa Gamba of the International office was very helpful to guide me through; she also set up my new university email account and checked my Learning Agreement. Changes to the Learning Agreement are not usually too much of a problem, so long as it is not changing every other week.

The 2 main semesters are divided into 2 halves each; I took one module per quarter, with one module enduring the whole of the second semester on top. This equated to about 11 hours of teaching per week. All my modules were taught and assessed in Italian apart from the History of Venice module.
Assessment is, for most modules, completed via an oral exam, for example, at the end of each quarter, plus with a further period added on at the end of May. All of my modules were assessed in this way apart from History of Venice, which required an oral presentation and a written paper. Few modules in Italian universities require written assessment. Assessment is out of 30 marks, with 21 being the pass mark (once passed, the relevant ECTS are 'in the bag'). The style of teaching is much less interactive than in English universities and the relationship with professors is more formal.'

Katie was staying at the Fondazione Pier Giorgio Falciola, c/o Convento SS Redentore.

KAtie with drink Katie & Annie