The Year in Italy by wuxiangyu


									Department of Italian

The Year in Italy

1 Before you go:
       1.1 The Year Abroad Programme and Erasmus Placements.
       1.2 Variants of the Programme
       1.3 Other Periods of Residence Abroad
       1.4 Prerequisites of the Year Abroad
       1.5 Aims of the Year in Italy
       1.6 Student Responsibilities
       1.7 Choosing the Right Location
       1.8 Paperwork
       1.9 Financial Arrangements
       1.10 Contacting Your Host Institution
       1.11 Arranging Accommodation
       1.12 Making the most of your year abroad – Careers Advisory Service

2 While in Italy:
      2.1 On Arrival
      2.2 Language Courses
      2.3 Trouble Shooting
      2.4 The Italian Academic Year
      2.5 Easter Visit by Warwick Staff
       2.6 Student Life in Italy
       2.7 University Courses
       2.8 Academic Work Requirements
       2.9 Advice on Language Development
       2.10 Reading
       2.11 Libraries
       2.12 Travel in Italy
       2.13 Safety and Welfare Issues

3 Back in Warwick
      3.1 Preparation
      3.2 October Language Examination
      3.3 Debriefing Workshops
      3.4 Careers Advice

4 Useful Addresses & Sources of Information
       4.1 Erasmus Exchange Contacts
       4.2 Warwick University Contacts
       4.3 Other Useful Addresses
       4.4 Further Reading
5 And Finally…

     I Checklist
     II Address Form
     III Year Abroad Questionnaire
     IV Personal Evaluative Questionnaire

                                   The Year in Italy

The information contained in this booklet is devised to help you organize your Year
Abroad and make the most of the time you will spend in Italy. It is also intended to remind
you of your responsibilities before, during and after the placement, and of the requirements
set out by Warwick regarding the amount of time you must spend in Italy and the academic
work you have to carry out while there.

Read this booklet carefully, and take it with you when you go to Italy. Make sure you
check it regularly to remind you of deadlines and other important information. We suggest
you customize and regularly update your ‘Checklist’ (see Appendix I), adding to it any
personal details/deadlines.

NB: This booklet is intended as a guide for the use of students. It does not replace the
regulations published in the University Calendar
Every effort has been made to provide accurate and up-to-date information. However,
changes may occur after the publication of this booklet. The Department of Italian reserves
the right to modify or cancel any statement in the guide and accepts no responsibility for any
consequences of such modification or cancellation. You should keep in touch with the
Department, as well as adapt/supplement this booklet as necessary. Any problems related to
these notes should be discussed with your personal tutor or the Year Abroad co-ordinator.
Any inaccuracies noticed should be reported immediately to the Departmental secretary.
Website (a copy of the present document is available at
this address)

It is essential that you comply with all requirements (length of stay, course attendance,
essay submission, presence at the Easter Venice visit, etc.), and failure to do so may affect
your ability to continue with your degree.

If you have any doubts, please consult your personal tutor, the Italian Department secretary,
or the Warwick year abroad co-ordinator. All of them can normally be reached by e.mail,
phone or fax, as well as post.

We also recommend that you immediately start organising your stay in Italy (and
accommodation in particular). The Italian Department will pass on your details to the relevant
Italian university, which should then get in touch with you directly. However, it is highly
advisable to make contact with them as soon as possible (certainly by mid June).
addresses/contact numbers for all institutions involved are given in the final section of this

                                  1 BEFORE YOU GO....

1.1 The Year Abroad Programme and Erasmus Placements.

All students of the Department of Italian are required to take part in the Year Abroad
Programme. The duration of the Year Abroad is to be understood as coinciding with the
Warwick Academic Year, although it is advisable that students should leave for Italy slightly
earlier to find accommodation, etc., and, where applicable, to take part in any preparatory
courses offered by their host institution (you should check if and when these take place).

Students who wish to go to Italy much earlier, or to stay on at the end of their Year Abroad
(e.g. to take up a summer job) do so on their own initiative and responsibility.

All eligible students will spend their time in Italy studying at an Italian university under the
Erasmus Exchange programme, funded by the European Union. All Erasmus students will
receive a bursary from the EU (amounts vary yearly) and will not pay fees to the Italian
university. To be eligible for Erasmus, students must normally be an EU or EEA national or a
national of one of 13 associated countries (see International office for further information).
UK and EU students spending the whole year under Erasmus will also be exempt from
Warwick fees for that year. Non-EU students will normally pay an amount equivalent to 50%
of the standard UK fees for that year.

The Department of Italian is responsible for providing a suitable number of Erasmus
placements with Italian Universities. Students are required to select a placement among
those made available. Although students cannot be guaranteed their first choice, efforts
will be made to ensure that all students will be placed with their second or at most third
choice of institution. The Department will not normally allow more than three, or
exceptionally four students to spend the Year Abroad in the same location.

Current exchanges include the following locations: Arezzo & Siena (both University of
Siena), Forlì (University of Bologna), Pavia, Pescara, Pisa, Rome (Università La Sapienza),
Genoa, Naples (Istituto Universitario Orientale), Salerno, Turin, Urbino, Cagliari, Verona,
Trieste, Messina, Catania & Ragusa (both University of Catania), Brescia (Milan Catholic
University). We are „guests‟ at the University of Pavia, which has an agreement with the
University's Politics and International Studies Department, and we are occasionally able to
send students to further Italian universities which have exchanges with other Warwick

A student will only exceptionally be allowed to spend the Year Abroad at an Institution not
featuring in the exchange programme. In this case it is the student‟s responsibility to take care
of financial, administrative and other implications of the period abroad.

Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to replace study at an Italian university with
a different form of placement.

1.2 Variants of the Programme

The following variants of the programme apply to different constituencies:
 Most students in the Italian Department will go to Italy during their second year.
 Students taking German and Italian (beginner level) will spend the first two terms of
   their second year in Italy, followed by a term in Germany; the co-ordination of the period
   spent in Germany is the responsibility of the Department of German, and students should
   make contact with the Year Abroad co-ordinator for that department early in the
   year. Although this booklet will generally refer to „the Year Abroad‟ it is understood that,
   unless otherwise specified, all information and requirements also apply to students
   spending two terms in Italy.
 Finally, post-A level students on French and Italian or German and Italian degrees
   will be going abroad in year three, and have a choice between the two countries; the
   decision should be taken at the start of year two at the latest, and students should
   then immediately report to the year abroad co-ordinator of the relevant department.

1.3 Other Periods of Residence Abroad

All students are encouraged to spend, during later years of study, further periods in Italy or in
the place of their joint/ subsidiary language. Even if these periods are brief (several weeks to a
month), they are extremely helpful in refining language skills and can be useful for seeing old
friends and exploring future work possibilities in the host country. In past years, a number of
Warwick students have returned to Italy to take language courses, stay with Italian friends,
work as volunteers or in paid employment, etc. A number of possibilities are indicated in the
„Vacation Residence‟ folders in Harpal‟s office. Such periods are not funded by the Italian
department and are completely voluntary.

1.4 Prerequisites of the Year Abroad

In order to be allowed to embark on your Year Abroad, you are required to have successfully
completed the previous year of your study programme.

1.5 Aims of the Year in Italy

The Year Abroad is an integral part of your programme of studies and should be
considered as such. The main aims of the programme are:
 language proficiency: to develop your spoken and written skills to near native level of
   proficiency in a full-immersion situation; to refine your communication skills in different
   contexts and situations
 academic development: to further your knowledge of Italian literature, history and other
   subjects relevant to your degree by attending courses at an Italian university
 cultural development: to acquire first-hand, in-depth knowledge of contemporary Italy
   and develop your understanding of cultural phenomena and cultural diversity
 personal development: to exploit the opportunities offered by a substantial period of
   residence in a culture different from your own, and to develop your skills in situations
   which require you to take responsibility for autonomous decisions

1.6 Student Responsibilities

The University of Warwick has responsibility for providing suitable placements, as well as
the programme framework, preparatory meetings, relevant information and advice before,
during and after the Year Abroad.

Students’ responsibilities include the following:
 attend all meetings and workshops, and read all material provided in preparation to the
   Year Abroad
 respect and adhere to the guidance offered by the Italian Department concerning the Year
   Abroad placement
 complete all paperwork within set deadlines and respond in good time to any
   Department/University communication
 deal with all recommended preparatory personal arrangements in good time
 get in touch with and/or promptly respond to your host institution in Italy
 on arrival, make immediate contact with the International Office (or equivalent) and the
   Erasmus co-ordinator in your host institution, and maintain regular contact throughout the
 promptly inform the Department, as well as relevant people/offices in your host
   institutions, of your address details and notify any subsequent changes (see address form
   in the Appendix)
 show respect for the laws and culture of your host country

   follow the rules (including any health and safety advice) of your host institution
   take responsibility for your own learning, ensuring that you attend at least the minimum
    set number of options at your host institution, and making the most of opportunities to
    improve your language, communication and cultural skills
   be aware of and keep up with all assignments and work set out for your period abroad
   ensure that all materials/assignments to be submitted are received by the
    Department/University within set deadlines
   respond promptly to any communication from the Department, the International Office or
    any other office at Warwick or your host institution
   attend and take part in full in the Easter Venice visit
   immediately notify the Italian Department in Warwick, as well as relevant offices/people
    in your host institutions, of any emergencies or major problems
   ensure you make necessary arrangements for your return to Warwick (e.g. submit option
    forms, enrol, consider accommodation arrangements, etc.)
   participate in all debriefing and assessment activities on your return to Warwick

It is also expected, though not required, that you should be prepared to offer advice to
participate in meetings set up for students preparing for the Year Abroad.

1.7 Choosing the Right Location

All students will be required to select three locations from those available under the Erasmus
exchange. When making your selection you should have in mind both academic and
personal objectives. Remember that you are not a tourist spending a short vacation in a
resort, but rather a resident for 6-9 months: do not choose a location simply because you have
heard about it. We recommend that you do not just consult a tourist guide, but do some or all
of the following:
 think of the type of environment you feel most at home in
 focus on specific academic objectives and check which institutions may cater for them
     (remember, however, that most Italian universities will offer a very large range of
     options, and „league tables‟ do not apply in Italy in the same way as in the UK)
 use the internet to gather information on the relevant location/area
 check the internet site of the relevant university
 check information held in the Department concerning the University and location you are
     interested in (e.g. prospectus, questionnaires filled in by previous exchange students)
 get in touch with Warwick students who spent their year in the relevant location
 get in touch with Warwick students currently in Italy
 get in touch with Italian exchange students currently in Warwick

1.8 Paperwork

Before you go you should make sure that you have completed/obtained the following:
 Erasmus Exchange form: to be obtained from the International Office and returned to
   them. Confirmation of Warwick Student Status: two copies of a letter confirming your
   student status will be available from the Italian Department secretary before the end of
   your first year. You will need this letter on arrival at your university abroad and when
   registering with the police. We advise you to take some further copies should you need
   them for accommodation, bank accounts, etc. It may also be useful to take your Warwick
   Student/Library Card with you. (A similar letter, in English, will be sent out by the
   International Office during the summer).
 Passport: check that you have a valid passport which will not need to be renewed during
   your Year Abroad, and remember to take it with you. If renewal is needed make sure you
   apply for it in good time. When in Italy remember that you should always carry
   identification on you.

   If you drive in Italy, remember you are required to carry your driving licence on you
    at all times (and it can also be used as a document of identification).
   Visas: non-EU citizens may need a VISA to enter Italy and/or spend an extended period
    there; make sure you check early on by contacting the Italian embassy/consulate and, if
    needed, apply in good time
   You will need to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This is not available
    to non EU-citizens. You get this by collecting a form from the Post Office and completing
    and returning it to the appropriate address. You will be sent your card, which is
    approximately the size of a credit card, in the post. Please keep this with you at all times
    while you are abroad, it will give you emergency cover for 12 months If you have any
    queries about this telephone the helpline: 08459 1 54811.
   Insurance: you must make sure that you take out fully comprehensive insurance before
    you start your Year Abroad. Check that the policy covers a continuous sojourn abroad
    and that it will extend to your whole stay in Italy. If you lose any luggage, money, etc.,
    it is essential to report the fact to the Police at once in order to have the required
    documentation for the Insurance Company. The small print of your insurance documents
    will describe this procedure. It is a good idea to have a note of the serial numbers of any
    cameras, etc., and the numbers of your credit cards.
   Health care: make sure you seek advice from your regular GP as to any personal and
    general health recommendations. If you require regular prescriptions or other special
    treatment you should carry a letter from your GP outlining your needs.
   ISIC: getting an International Student Identity Card in the UK will help you get discounts
    for cinema tickets, museums, and rail travel.
   Photographs: it is advisable to take with you a few passport-size photographs. You may
    need them when registering with the police or the Erasmus office, and having them ready
    at hand may save you quite a lot of time.
   Anything else...: make sure you promptly return any forms sent to you either by Warwick
    or by the Italian university you will be attending. Always check carefully whom a form
    should be returned to - and remember that most offices close in Italy during at least part
    of August.

NB: It is advisable to take a photocopy of your passport, insurance and other vital
documents in case they should be damaged or stolen while you are abroad. They are often
required by the local authorities (including the police), so bring them along when you are
dealing with your residence permit, etc.

1.9 Financial Arrangements

If you are taking part in a Erasmus exchange, all tuition fees for the Year Abroad are paid for
by the UK Government. Different rates apply for overseas students (normally 50% of
standard UK fees for that year, but check with the Year Abroad Co-ordinator, the
International Office and the Registry). Students who are allowed by the department to make
special arrangements, falling outside the Erasmus exchange scheme, should remember that in
this case tuition fees remain payable to Warwick during the Year Abroad (home/UK and EU
students will usually pay half the „normal‟ rate); you'll also be expected to pay visiting student
fees at the Italian host institution. In this case, whoever takes on the cost of your university
education during the years you spend at Warwick, is normally also responsible for paying
your home fees during your Year Abroad: it could be part of your student loan or grant, or
paid for by your parents, or by yourself… The same is true, for all students, as far as
maintenance is concerned: your normal arrangements (loan, grant, parental support…)
should continue. Some students take on a part-time job to boost their living allowances (make
sure the job is safe!). Erasmus students, besides not having to pay any tuition fees in Italy or
at Warwick, receive a mobility grant towards the surplus cost of living abroad; the precise
amount varies from country to country and from year to year, and they still need their basic

maintenance allowance. (Only some non-EU nationals are eligible for the Erasmus bursaries;
see 1.1 above).

Make sure you have a clear idea of where you stand financially, well before you leave.
Consider right from the start what financial implications your Year Abroad programme may
have, and check with the relevant offices about any figures, payments, or arrangements you
are not sure of.

It is advisable to take to Italy an amount of Italian currency (euro) in cash and an amount in
travellers cheques. Remember it may be handy to have some small change on arrival: ask
your bank if they can provide any before you go.

A number of bank cards and credit cards can be used with the right pin number to draw
money from cashpoints (bancomat) in Italy directly from your account in the UK. You are
advised to check on any costs involved (many UK banks will charge either a set fee for
withdrawals, or a percentage of the amount withdrawn, or both).

Money can be transferred (by your parents, or whomever you decide to employ for the
purpose) by International Money Order, or by direct transfer from a UK bank to any Italian
bank of your choice, where it can be withdrawn in the form of cash. Service charges apply.

You can open an Italian bank account (usually un conto estero) and have your bank or your
agents (i.e. parents) transfer your money, grant, etc. directly to it. Ask your bank, in very good
time, whether it has a special arrangement with any particular Italian bank.

Finally, remember that the cost of living in Italy is high; so, go easy on your spending,
particularly at the beginning. Should you be in real financial difficulties, the university may
be in a position to advance you a short-term loan. Do get in touch with us immediately if you
are in serious difficulties. It is also advisable to enquire about loans and overdrafts with your
bank, before leaving.

1.10 Contacting Your Host Institution

The Department is responsible for forwarding your details to your host institution in Italy.
Once this has been done, that University will normally send you all relevant information
concerning registration, courses, accommodation, etc.

You should, however, get in touch with the International Office (or equivalent) and/or the
Erasmus co-ordinator of your host institution to clarify any details, to ask about further forms
to fill in (or simply to touch base), and you should certainly do so if you have not received
any information from them by mid June.

1.11 Arranging Accommodation

Your most demanding task in arranging the year abroad will be finalizing accommodation.
Your host institution will normally forward to you information concerning accommodation,
but it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure you make suitable arrangements. Remember
that Italian universities are normally not campus based but rather located within urban areas -
and this has consequences for accommodation. Options normally include one or more of
the following:
 university residence: a few of our partner universities offer student accommodation and
    will book this for you
 shared rented flats: universities will usually forward a list of addresses and contact
    numbers and you will be responsible for getting in touch (you may need to pay a deposit)

   rooms with host families: as above
   you may also go your own way...

In all cases, we strongly suggest that you take some of the following steps
 get in touch with Warwick students who have been or are in the same location: they may
    provide advice and tips - or even the solution!
 get in touch with Italian exchange students currently at Warwick: some past students have
    arranged to share with Italian colleagues met at Warwick or with their friends
 consult past questionnaires filled in by students during their Year Abroad and held in the
    Italian Department
 contact local agencies (but beware of costs!)
 use local publications (many cities will have local papers such as La Pulce devoted to
    small ads)
 use the web to check local publications, local authorities sites, etc. Many towns have an
    electronic bulletin board with announcements such as rentals: e.g.,
 exploit any personal contacts you have in the area
 contact the Italian State Tourist Board, 1 Princes Street, London W1B 2AY, Tel: 0207
    408 1254 asking for information about your particular city, addresses of pensioni and
    rooms to let (camere da affittare)
 contact the Ente Turismo of the town or city you are going to (check the Web for details)

Further advice on finding/checking out accommodation:
 while it is advisable to arrange accommodation before you go, some students take a room
   in a pensione or youth hostel (ostello per la gioventù) for the first week or two, while
   making contacts. This is a good way to get to check out places - but consider budget
 when arranging any type of permanent accommodation, don't forget to ask what it
   includes in terms of linen, cooking facilities…
 when talking to agencies, accommodation office, etc., you may also want to express a
   preference as to its location (e.g. women especially might prefer not to have a room/flat
   on the ground floor).
 Remember that „first come first served‟ is a rule commonly applied by University
   Accommodation offices and similar outfits: get in touch with them a.s.a.p and then
   respond promptly to all correspondence.
 in general, it is worth bearing in mind that in university towns and big cities,
   accommodation is often rented out to coincide with the start of the academic year: so
   if you arrive too late, you may find that the best rooms or flats have gone. Contacting host
   institutions, agencies and all other relevant people early, and leaving the UK by mid-
   September at the very latest, may be the best strategy.
 whatever decision you come to about accommodation, you are strongly advised not to
   live with other English people if at all possible and particularly not after the first term
   in Italy. Some students have moved several times during the year as they have got to
   know their town better.

Safety: whatever accommodation arrangements you make, remember that it is
ultimately your responsibility to make sure that you have taken all necessary legal and
safety precautions. This remains true even if your host institution is helping with the
arrangements. Remember that in most cases Italian universities do not own halls of residence
and do not have an Accommodation Office as such. Often, advice is delegated to student
associations and other bodies, who will assist you to the best of their knowledge (and will
indeed be very useful) but cannot be held responsible for legal/safety matters. If in any doubt,
you should take legal advice about the type of contract or other documents you are signing
with your landlord. You are also advised not to sign a contract for the whole year without

having seen the accommodation and having satisfied yourself that you are happy with all
arrangements. Deposits and rent paid in advance may make it difficult to change, so explore
various possibilities and look around before deciding. You should also check appliances
(gas and electric) and security arrangements (main doors, windows, locks on bedroom
doors, etc). Finally, you should check that your accommodation has fully functional smoke
alarms and gas/carbon monoxide detectors. If not, ask the landlord to install/repair them
(failing that, paying for an alarm yourselves constitutes a small but literally vital investment).

PS: Don’t forget to make arrangements for final-year accommodation at Warwick, if
you want to live on Campus.

1.12 Making the most of your year abroad – Careers Advisory Service

For many of you, the year in Italy will be the highlight of your degree course, a unique
opportunity to experience studying abroad, really get to grips with the language and make
new friends. But as well as having fun there are opportunities to use the year to develop your

Besides, many students find part-time jobs during part or all of their stay in Italy. This is
allowed by the Department as long as it does not interfere with study. The Department cannot
offer individual assistance on this issue, but some of the resources mentioned below might be

Read on to discover how the year abroad will improve future employment opportunities, how
to increase your chances of finding work in Italy, and how the Careers Service can help you.

Developing your skills:
When it comes to making applications for graduate jobs and work experience, recruiters look
for evidence that you'd be an effective employee. Your experiences in the year abroad are
valuable to back up claims that you have these skills. Even though your main activity will be
study rather than work, you will still get the chance to develop skills such as:
     Adaptability - as you are only there for a year, you'll need to get used to Italian life
        pretty quickly, demonstrating that you can cope with change and adjust to new
     Problem solving - day-to-day challenges like finding your way around a new town
        and university will test your analytical skills and resilience
     Communication using another language - in a range of social and academic settings
        will help develop your interpersonal skills
     Confidence many students tell us that the main benefit of a year abroad is developing
        your own self-belief
Especially for those of you who have only been learning Italian for one year, embracing the
year abroad shows that you enjoy a challenge and are keen to learn - vital life skills that will
stand you in great stead in the future.

Being aware of this learning whilst it is happening helps you to make the most of it later, so
it‟s useful to keep a diary or some notes of how you are developing. Being in a new
environment also gives you a chance to learn things about yourself, such as how you respond
to change and to specific situations. This can provide useful insights for the future when you
are making decisions about what sort of work will suit you.

Finding Work Placements in Italy
During your year abroad year you have the opportunity to acquire some work experience in
Italy. This is a chance to find out about the differences between English and Italian work

procedures. It may help you decide whether working abroad is something you would consider
in your future. This is the time to build contacts if you are thinking of working in Italy after
graduation. After all, networking is essential to find work in Italy.

It is worth considering whether you would rather do casual work or work which will be
related to your future career plans. Also decide what you are aiming to achieve from this
experience – you may wish to develop skills, or make a decision about a career option, or
learning about the work environment, etc.

You can find work in local newspapers or electronic bulletin boards. There are also specific
services which give assistance in finding work experience abroad:

To find other useful websites have a look at: - Weblinks and Headhunter - explore working abroad.

Remember that whatever you choose to do you will be gaining skills you can talk about at
interview. Employers always value the learning obtained through work experience.

Developing your career
If you think you might want to work in Italy in the longer term, your year in Italy
gives you the chance to track down information which may not be available to you on
your return. Make the most of this invaluable opportunity to develop contacts and
find out how Italian organisations operate, particularly their recruitment practices and
their views of UK graduates. Keep a record. It might be two or more years before you
need this information.

Things to find out include:
     Which organisations typically recruit graduates? What skills and qualifications do
        they look for?
     Which sectors are recruiting well at the moment? What jobs are advertised for
        native English speakers?
     How and when should you apply? Where are vacancies advertised? (or how can
        you find out about them before they are advertised.) What documentation will you
     Check local papers and noticeboards on campus, the local SCIC and recruitment
        agencies (see local pagine gialle). Talk to your fellow students, colleagues, friends,
        landlord, and their families and friends.
     Italians are great networkers, so join in!

Use the Careers Service before you go
Here is a list of just some of the resources in the Careers Service that are worth consulting
before the end of term. You'll find lots of contact details that could help you find work when
you are there:
        Live and work in Italy
        Azienda Informa
        Summer Jobs Abroad 2007
        Au Pairs and Nannies guide to working abroad
        Getting a job in Europe

       Teaching English in Italy
       Careers in Europe

Come and visit us in University House. You'll also find useful info in the working abroad
section of the Prospects site at

Using the Careers Service - whilst you are there
Keep in touch with us by regularly checking our website at
Use our Careers Forum to compare what you are finding out about in Italy with the situation
in the UK.

Contact us by email if you have a specific careers query
Contacts by internet:

Stephanie Redding, Careers Adviser:
Telephone : 024 76 5275523

                                    2 WHILE IN ITALY

2.1 On Arrival

As soon as you arrive in Italy you should do the following:
 make sure you immediately report to the Erasmus office (or equivalent) and Erasmus
    co-ordinator. They will be able to offer invaluable advice on what to do next. Remember
    that, as anywhere, their availability is, at least for offices, limited to normal working
    hours, probably 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday (full details of opening hours are
    usually given on each University's website). If you arrive at a weekend, you will
    normally have to find a temporary hotel, pensione, or Youth Hostel.
 NB: If you have been allowed to go to Italy as a visiting student, and NOT under a
    Erasmus arrangement, please make sure you DO NOT present yourself to the
    Erasmus office. When dealing with the Italian university, please make sure they
    understand you are a visiting student NOT a Erasmus student.
 finalize your registration and obtain a student's card (tessera). This will entitle you to
    use the Mensa for meals, get discounts in Museums, Art Galleries, Libraries and so on,
    and possibly discounts on bus passes etc. (this is another case when extra passport-size
    photographs will be needed). Remember - take with you a copy of the letter confirming
    that you are a bona-fide student of Warwick University.
 gather information on courses, starting dates, timetables, ... and start selecting your
    options; you should check out a few and make your final selection no later than three
    weeks from the start of the courses.
 familiarize yourself with your surroundings and finalize accommodation arrangements.
 once you have an address, register with the police (go to la questura) and obtain your
    permesso di soggiorno (residence permit). You must do this before the end of your
    first month. It is possible you may only be allowed three months and have to go back to
    the questura in January to renew your permit. Your request for a “permesso” may also
    need to be put in writing on an officially stamped sheet of paper, called carta bollata,
    available at tobacconists. If you are a citizen of the EU make this known as soon as
    you get to the questura, in order to avoid the much lengthier procedures (and longer
    queues) usually to be endured by extra-Europeans. Take all your documents with you:
    passport, three passport-type photographs, original El28; insurance documents and letter
    from us confirming you are a bona fide student at Warwick.
 find out where your nearest local British Consulate is: they may be willing to help in an
 follow any preparatory and/or Erasmus exchange courses made available by your host
 inform the Italian Department in Warwick of your address, telephone number and,
    if at all possible, fax number and email address (see Address Form in the Appendix).
    If you have no telephone try to provide us with an emergency contact number. Remember
    that any subsequent change of address must be communicated to the Secretary of the
    Department of Italian a.s.a.p.

2.2 Language Courses

This is also the time to find and follow a local language course, either at the University, if
available (this will be the case for most Erasmus exchanges), or at a private language school
of your choice. Note that many universities in Italy will offer language couses for foreigners
only for the first couple months or so. For further instruction later on, you will probably need
to look into private teaching arrangements. Do take advantage of any possibilities there may
be to set up tandem sessions with Italian native speakers, or to attend activities that are of
interest to you and will put you in situations where you will be speaking more of the

2.3 Trouble Shooting

If you are faced with any initial problem, as it could happen if our Italian colleagues have
failed to receive or interpret the right information (it can happen in the best of families, or
organisations), do not panic or fly off the handle, but let us know as soon as possible and
we will try to fix it by contacting the right people as soon as we can. Everything has gone all
right in the past and it will do so this time.

The ethos of these exchanges is a small but positive result of the ideals of European co-
operation; but, as always, individual arrangements depend very much on the goodwill and
efficiency of individuals. So, do not let the odd mishap or misunderstanding upset you and try
yourselves to be good ambassadors for your University so that these exchanges can
continue to flourish.

2.4 The Italian Academic Year

Because of the recent adoption of semesters by most Italian institutions the official university
year in Italy can last from either October or November to the end of June. The University of
Warwick, however, requires you to spend its Academic Year in Italy, that is from the
beginning of October to the end of June.

There will be much shorter vacations at Christmas and Easter than you would have in
Warwick, but there may be a pause in teaching between January and February, when exam
sessions take place.

During the year visits home are allowed (for example at Christmas), but you must fit them
into the Italian University holidays, except where difficult personal or family situations arise;
remember that you could be asked (by your local authority, for instance) for proof of travel
and residence, so do please keep all receipts. You must also be available for the Venice
visit, which will take place shortly before Easter (you will be informed of exact dates as
soon as they are available in the second term).

2.5 Easter Visit by Warwick Staff

There will be a visit by Warwick staff during the Easter vacation, when everyone will
gather together at the Palazzo Papafava in Venice. The visit lasts approximately two days
and you are required to attend it in its entirety. On arrival at the hotel you will be asked for
your passport so please make sure you have it with you.

We will send you our visiting programme in good time, but its exact date depends on the
programmes of the Palazzo and will not be confirmed to us until January/February. You
should allow for some flexibility and should not make any arrangements for travel or visits by
friends/family until you know the exact dates of the Venice visit.

The visit will provide a chance for individual tutorials and joint sessions, concentrating on
the outcomes of your experience so far, advances in your academic and language work, etc.
Feedback will be offered on your first Italian essay (see section 2.8).

During the visit, further information will be distributed and advice given on options for year
three and four. Typically forms will need to be filled out and returned during the visit.

Accommodation in Venice is free, but students will be placed in shared rooms, and we regret
that you cannot, for instance, have friends staying with you while there. Reasonable travel

costs (usually second class train ticket from/to placement location) will be reimbursed by
Warwick on submission of receipts/tickets.

2.6 Student Life in Italy

You should be aware that life at Italian universities differs in many respects from student
life at Warwick. For instance, Italian students tend to have much less personal contact with
their teachers; at the very least, contact is likely to be much more formal. Do not wait for your
Erasmus co-ordinator or other tutors to summon you: you should make a point of introducing
yourself to all your tutors as soon as possible, and to find out when and where they hold their
'Ora di ricevimento'. Don't be surprised if some of these hours will occasionally be cancelled
or if there are long queues: just make sure you ask what is the best way to contact a tutor in
case of need.

Additionally, different emphases and approaches to teaching and studying could mean larger
class sizes and more „lecture‟ type classes than you are used to. Ask whether there are
'seminari' linked to the main lecture series: these may be optional, and will probably provide
an environment which is much more conducive to exchanges and discussion with others.

Finally, many Italian students continue to live at home whilst attending university, or return
home for the weekend rather than stay at university for the whole term. This can make
university residences very quiet places at the weekend - but it also means you have extra
opportunities to forge links with the community, to join local groups and networks (look out
for theatre and music societies, film clubs, etc.) and perhaps to visit your new friends at their

2.7 University Courses

You are required by Warwick to attend at least three modules (if the university you will
be attending delivers year-long courses) or four modules (if the university offers
semester-long modules, in which case you should take at least two in the first semester
and two in the second). If courses are modularized, you should aim to take a number of
credits equivalent to the standard Warwick load for one academic year (120 CATS, i.e.
60 ECTS - European Credit Transfer System), or just below. This load should translate
into roughly the same number of contact hours you would have in Warwick (ie
approximately 12 hours per week). If this is not the case, and / or you have any doubts
contact the Italian Department in Warwick with full details of duration, contact hours
and ECTS value of the modules you are thinking of taking at your host university.

Remember that there are at least two faculties which can offer you suitable courses: the
Facoltà di Lettere and the Facoltà di Lingue (but other denominations may be possible!);
ask for/check websites, brochures, syllabi and general information from both. Students of
English in the Facoltà di Lingue will be interested in making contact with you for language

At least one course should be in Italian literature, history or culture, and the remaining
two/three should be approved options which are relevant to your degree. These include
Theatre, History of Art, Cinema, Politics, History of the Italian Language, Music,
„Glottodidattica‟ (i.e. language teaching), etc.

Make your selection and then contact the Warwick Italian Department a.s.a.p., with
detailed information on the programme. We will then inform you that your programme of
study has been approved, or advise you as to necessary changes. You may follow further
courses if you wish and do not need to get these approved.

Should you have any problems in finding suitable courses or in attending them, you
must immediately inform us, offering full details and documentation (e.g. an up-to-date

Each course may consist of two or three lectures and perhaps a seminar each week (if the
course lasts for a semester, the same overall amount of hours will have been concentrated in
fewer months, so the number of hours per week will go up).

You are required to attend lessons regularly and to take part in any relevant seminar

You are not formally required to take exams in your host university, but it is strongly
recommended that you should do so. Any marks received in such an examination will
not influence negatively your degree result.     However, good performance in any
examinations taken in Italy will become part of your overall profile and can be used in
future references.

2.8 Academic Work Requirements

You are required to complete a number of assignments and submit them to the Italian
Department in Warwick within set deadlines. Assignments can be submitted by post or fax
(addressed to the Italian Department Secretary). It is your responsibility to check that they
have been received.

All assignments must be completed in order to allow you to proceed to the next part of
your degree. Failure to submit one or more assignments within deadlines may prejudice your
progress. The Department should be informed in good time of any serious reasons which
might require an extension. Please note that deadlines are to be understood as referring to the
date by which we should receive your assignment in Warwick. Late work will be
penalized according to the usual relevant Warwick guidelines.

Advice on topics, research methodology, bibliographic sources, etc. can be obtained by
contacting Warwick tutors well in advance of the deadline for each assignment. Before
writing your essays, read carefully the booklet entitled A Guide to Essay Writing available
from the Department of Italian and on the departmental website. This will give you
valuable guidance on style and referencing practice. Also please note that, since all
assignments will be marked, you should double-space your piece of work and leave wide
margins for comments. Students who do not do this will receive much less helpful feedback
on what they have written. Do make sure to proofread what you submit!

The assignments are as follows:
 Module report 1: 1500-2000 words in Italian giving an account of the modules followed
   in the first semester; deadline: 15th February;
 Module report 2: 1500-2000 words in Italian giving an account of the modules followed
   in the second semester; deadline: 1st July; NB: if your modules are year-long, all module
   accounts should be submitted by this date;
 Extended essay (2000-2500 words) in Italian devoted to either a topic related to one of
   the modules followed while in Italy or to a topic related to Italian history, culture or
   society. It is advisable to clear the topic with the Year Abroad coordinator. (Note that
   this piece must be entirely your own work, although you are of course allowed to use
   outside sources, as long as these are properly referenced); deadline: 1st July.

You will also be required to fill in two questionnaires:

   Year Abroad questionnaire: containing factual information which may be of use to your
    colleagues in future years; this is to be given to Warwick staff during the Easter
    Venice visit
   Personal Evaluation Questionnaire: containing your assessment of the Year Abroad
    and of its outcomes; to be submitted in Warwick on day 1 of next Academic Year.

You will receive feedback on your first module report during the Venice residential. The
second module report, the extended essay, and your evaluative questionnaire will be part of
the discussion during the oral examination you will sit on returning to Warwick (see
section 3 below). Feedback on the extended essay and on the second module report will
be given to you in October/November.

2.9 Advice on Language Development

In general, take every opportunity to hear, speak, read and write Italian. Endeavour to speak
Italian at all times (a little difficult if you stick continuously to your Anglo-Saxon friends).
Read at least one weekly magazine and newspaper regularly. Go to the theatre, cinema and
opera if you can afford it. Listen to the radio and watch television selectively if you can.
Students have been particularly impressed with the usefulness of watching television. Above
all, make as many Italian friends as you can, and listen and talk to them as much as possible.
Try to write exercises or essays in Italian, and have an Italian student correct them for you in
exchange for correcting his/her work in English.

2.10 Reading

As well as reading set texts, try to read as much as possible during the year. Always have a
modern novel on the go, and try to broaden your range systematically. Tackle as many of the
texts included in reading lists for next year’s options as you can, particularly the Italian
books, which we recommend you buy locally. It is useful to begin with the shorter, easier
books, and try and read all of them, once at least, before you come up in the third year.
Become acquainted with some of the Italian works of criticism mentioned and make the most
of library facilities at your Italian University. Make a routine of study and stick to it as much
as possible. Your Italian University course work will not be so structured or supervised
as it is at Warwick, so you must provide your own discipline.

2.11 Libraries

Make sure that you make full use of any library facility your city may offer. There are
biblioteche nazionali in Rome, Florence, Turin and Naples. There is an excellent theatre
library in Venice, the Casa goldoniana, and one in Rome, the Buccardo in Via del Sudario. In
addition to the university library, seek out your local library and enquire about borrowing
rights. You may have to pay a deposit, returnable on your departure. You may also need one
of your Warwick lettere di presentazione and a photo, and the librarian may require you to
leave a document (e.g. tessera or passport) before you are allowed to read in a particular
library. Addresses of the libraries in your city will be listed at the front of the local telephone
directory and on most street plans. Be aware that very few Italian libraries have open
stacks; unless you are needing a reference work, you will usually need to find the book’s
signature from the electronic (or even card) catalogue at request it at the service desk.

2.12 Travel in Italy

As soon as you arrive, get acquainted with the peculiarities and availability of local transport
and the most convenient and cheapest fares. Remember that, generally, bus tickets are not
sold on the transport, but you must acquire them before you get on board, often at a news-
stand (edicola) or a tobacconist (tabaccheria). You then stamp your ticket (convalidare) by
inserting it into a machine on the bus (tram, etc.). If you are staying in one place for a long
time, it will often be much cheaper and convenient to acquire weekly, monthly or even season
passes (abbonamento). (Enquire at main transport offices, at terminals, etc.)

It is obligatory to validate (convalidare) your train ticket before boarding the train (including
on return journeys). This is done by stamping it in a machine provided for the purpose at the
station. Fines are applicable if you do not stamp your ticket.

Increasingly, travel by air within Italy can be competitive with rail travel, particularly with the
development of the fast (but expensive) high-speed links from Milan to Naples.

Take the opportunity to travel within Italy as widely as possible. You will already be aware
of the great differences between the regions. Get to know your own city and region well, then
try to explore several others. Florence, Rome, Naples and Venice should be high on your list
of priorities, but don‟t ignore smaller gems such as Todi, Ravenna and Lucca, which are often
far less overrun by tourists. Travel by train and bus is cheap in comparison to what it is in
England, and you may be able to take advantage of cheap excursion tickets and season tickets.

2.13 Safety and Welfare Issues

Your welfare during your Year Abroad is of prime concern to the Department of
Italian, to the University of Warwick and to your Italian host institution. We will all do
everything in our power to help you deal with problems, or - better still - to prevent problems
from occurring. Often too the British Consulate and other institutions can offer help and
advice. In most cases, however, you are best placed (and can reasonably be expected) to sort
things out. When problems do occur, make sure you immediately contact: the
Department and the International Office in Warwick; your Erasmus co-ordinator and
the International Office in your host institution

Come prepared!
 Did you check you have the appropriate insurance(s) to cover illness, accidents and
  death, both whilst you are at work/studying and during your leisure-time?
 Keep handy a list of useful addresses and telephone numbers, not just those of friends
  (incl. the Department) and family (to keep in touch), but also that of the British Embassy
  and British Consulate (e.g. in case your passport is stolen), your bank and credit card
  company (e.g. in case you lose your payment card) etc. Make a duplicate to keep in a safe
 Did you bring your regular medication? A spare pair of glasses? …

Personal Safety
When it comes to Personal Safety, prevention is the best remedy. Whilst women students are
often perceived to be at greater risk, the following advice is intended for both men and
women. Basically, for your Year Abroad, the same ground-rules for personal safety apply in
Italy as in Britain. But even if you are used to „looking after yourself‟, you may still feel
more vulnerable abroad than you would at home. So, it makes sense to take extra care.

The Student Union at Warwick distributes free personal attack alarms to all students on
campus and also to students going on exchanges. You should carry one of these while abroad

and use it if in need. Alarms are available from Union North Reception between 9.30 a.m. and
6.30 p.m. Monday to Friday (during term time).

Accommodation (see also 1.11 above):

Whatever accommodation arrangements you make, there are a few simple ground rules
to follow:
 Remember to KEEP YOUR DOOR LOCKED at all times, especially at night and even
    when you leave the room for a very short while.
 Check who has a spare key, in case you lock yourself out, and how to raise the alarm, if
    need be.
 When you first arrive, the accommodation offered may not live up to your expectations: if
    you feel the accommodation is not particularly safe, immediately make your
    concerns known and see whether there are any solutions or alternatives. You may find
    that the room on offer is the best starting-point from which to find another room or flat to
    rent (though not at the price of your personal safety!).
 Check out the safety features of your flat, room or house. Is there a fire escape? A
    smoke-alarm? Can the curtains be fully drawn, or the shutters completely shut after dark?
    Who is responsible for the maintenance of gas heaters, electric appliances etc.? What is
    the insurance cover?

When out and about:
Awareness of your surroundings and a few simple precautions can make all the difference to
your safety. Be streetwise! Bear the following checklist in mind:
 Ascertain the nature of the neighbourhood you are living in or going to: is it safe (by
   day/after dark)?
 Check the street-lighting (how much of it where?)
 Take a note of the last bus times. Is it wise to take the very last bus or metro?
 Take a note of the cost and location of taxis for when you’ve missed the last bus.
 Take a note of the emergency number(s) for police, ambulance and fire service. Make
   sure you have a phone card or the appropriate change to make a call. Or, if you have a
   mobile phone, is it charged and does it work in that area?
 Take a screech alarm with you (available FREE from the Students’ Union, Education
   and Welfare Office): it will give you confidence –hopefully you’ll never have to use it.
   Carry it in your hand or pocket (not your handbag or rucksack), where it’s ready for use.

And remember the basic rules:
 Try to look as if you know where you’re going. Walk purposefully.
 Strength often lies in numbers: avoid going out on your own at night, or even by day in
   certain unsafe areas.
 Women: carry a sensible handbag. Men: maybe your back pocket is not the best place to
   carry a wallet. Bear in mind that your mobile phones, cameras, and designer sunglasses
   are as coveted by thieves and pickpockets abroad as they are in Britain.
 Do not put all your money and payment cards in one place.

Some Final, General Hints
 Follow up any interest you may have in the social or political problems of Italy, but it is
   ill-advised to become directly involved in agitation, student strikes, etc. of even the
   mildest kind.
 You should also be aware that penalties for possessing and/or taking narcotics (or even
   carrying them unwittingly) are extremely severe, being foreign is no protection, and
   might lay you open to deportation. Remember, if you do anything illegal, as a foreigner
   you will be at a further disadvantage and the penalty may well be worse.

   In some particularly touristy places (i.e. large cities like Rome) you should be careful
    not only of handbags, wallets and suchlike being taken or snatched away from you, but
    also mind carefully any exposed valuables like jewellery, gold ornaments etc. A money
    belt can be useful in risk areas such as these. You have known how to take care of
    yourself and your belongings without becoming paranoid since leaving home and coming
    to university but any new place presents at first new unrecognised dangers, as well as
    exciting possibilities. Be careful, listen to local warnings, and enjoy yourselves!
   Do not be tempted to buy goods from the many illegal African sellers present in most
    major cities and on the beaches. Buying counterfeit goods is as much of a crime as
    selling them and is punishable, in many places, with extremely high fines.
   Women will find rather more attention paid to them than in England. The best answer to
    any unwelcome attention is to maintain total indifference. Use your common sense and
    take the same precautions you would take in your own country (e.g. do not invite
    strangers into your flat for private language lessons and if you are on your own or even
    two of you - do not accept lifts from strangers - better still do not hitchhike at all).
   Finally, issues of racial, sexual and all other kinds of discrimination should be taken
    seriously and reported promptly to Warwick as well as to your host institution. Like all
    European countries, Italy is an increasingly inclusive and tolerant society, yet this does
    not mean that it is immune from unacceptable behaviour. You should be aware that any
    „visible‟ difference can trigger such reactions – hopefully in a very small and increasingly
    isolated minority. Intolerance and abuse are never acceptable; should you be the victim of
    these, in any form, do immediately seek support.


The Italian Government has implemented new immigration law concerning foreign citizens -
European students. It is your responsibility to understand and follow the new procedures.

Students from EU member states, who will stay up to 3 months or less, are exempt, provided
that they have the European Health Insurance Card -

Students from EU Member States who will stay more than 3 months must carry out a
registration at the Ufficio Anagrafe (municipality office) within 10 days after the first 3
months have passed. This procedure is mandatory, and it requires the following documents:

       Personal ID (or Equivalent)

       Declaration by the host university stating the duration of the student’s exchange
        period. (this document is issued by the International Relation Office upon registration
        at our offices)

       Proof of economic means of subsistence: a dedicated form will be provided by the
        Ufficio Anagrafe (students will be asked to mention the source of their economic
        support and to prove their declaration by giving details such as bank account number
        or a photocopy of their credit card)

       Health insurance policy covering all risks that students might incur in during the
        whole exchange period abroad, according to Italian law (D.lgs. 30/2007): the
        following documents are accepted:

            a. E106 Form: This form is usually provided by the National Health Service of
               the home country before departure. (This is the most convenient solution!)
               Form available at

            b. Private insurance policy: it can be purchased either in the home country or in

            c. The insurance company will also need to fill in an additional form, the
               Certificate of compliance to the Italian law (Certificato di Conformità alla
               legge italiana) which is attached.

                PLEASE NOTE: The Ufficio Anagrafe will not carry out the registration
                unless this form is duly filled in and attached to the policy itself.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can be used for medical assistance within the
first 3 months, if students stay longer and if they have the E106 form, they can carry out a
regular registration in the National Health System and have a private health insurance, they
will pay for all health services and ask for reimbursement.

We recommend that you go to Italy with all necessary documents, because this will facilitate
your stay in Italy.
If any clarification is needed, then please ask your host university, as they will be best point
of information.

PLEASE NOTE: as these rules have just been introduced, it is possible that there will be
some discrepancies in the way each local authority implements them. Should you encounter
any difficulties and/or need any further documentation please make sure you contact your
host university and/or us (Italian department, International Office) for advice and assistance.

                                  3 BACK IN WARWICK

3.1 Preparation

You must make sure that you have taken care of necessary preparation before you get back to
Warwick. This includes academic matters (e.g. choice of options) and personal
arrangements (e.g. accommodation).

Make sure you have carried out all required course preparation (e.g. set reading) and you
have your last assignments from the Year Abroad ready for submission on the first day of

Getting involved with the Italian Society and the Italian Department’s Student Staff
Liaison Committee (SSLC) is also a good way to get back into the swing of university life.

3.2 October Language Examination

This exam is generally set for the first two Fridays of the first term back, and it is worth
30% of the total language mark for the year. It consists of two parts:
 A written paper including comprehension & writing practice (l5%): in this exam you are
    required to listen to an extract of authentic spoken Italian (news items, radio interviews,
    etc.,) and write a report or summary of it in Italian.
 An oral (l5%): in this exam you are required to give a 3-5 minute presentation (this must
    be entirely your own work) on the topic of your extended essay. This will be followed
    by a general conversation with the examiners; your critical analysis, essay, module
    reports and personal evaluative questionnaire will form the basis for some of the

NB. The remaining 70% for language is allocated to the examinations taken in the following

3.3 Debriefing Workshops

One or more meetings will be organized, usually in the Autumn Term, between returning
students, Italian exchange students, and first year students who will take part in the Year
Abroad programme during the following Academic Year. The aim of these workshops is to
encourage reflection on the Year Abroad experience, help preparation for those still to go,
and generally provide a forum for discussion on how to improve the programme.

3.4 Careers Advice

This is a good time to think about updating your CV and getting in touch with the Careers
Advisory Service in Warwick.

Remember that the Year Abroad is highly valued by many employers, and think about
how this experience has improved your skills profile. These are some of the abilities you
might want to think of: cultural awareness, communication and intercultural communication
skills, decision making, self confidence, flexibility and adaptability, action planning,
budgeting, prioritising, exploring and creating opportunities, coping with uncertainty,
problem solving, networking, negotiating, ...


4.1 Erasmus Exchange Contacts

Remember that the University lecturers mentioned in this list do not expect to act as English
university tutors but have agreed to give advice on academic matters.

 PLEASE NOTE : The following details are correct at the time of printing. Changes
may take place subsequently. Please consult web pages for the relevant universities if in
      any doubt and also let us know of any modifications you become aware of.

AREZZO Università degli Studi di Siena
Academic contact:
Professor Federico Siniscalco (
Dipartimento di Letterature Moderne e Scienze dei Linguaggi
Università degli studi di Siena Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Arezzo
Viale Luigi Cittadini 33
52100 Arezzo
Tel: 00 39 0575 92.64.15 (direct)
Fax: 00 39 0575 92.64.10

Sig.ra Lucia Salvatore
Centro Servizi - Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Arezzo
(Palazzina dell'Orologio)
Viale Luigi Cittadini, 33
52100 Arezzo
Tel: 00 39 0575 92.64.43
Fax: 00 39 0575 92.63.82

Professor Irene Meloni
Tel.: 00 39 070 675.71.35
Facoltà Di Lingue e letterature straniere
Università di Cagliari
Località sa Duchessa
09100 Cagliari

Dott.ssa Anna Maria Aloi
Ufficio Internazionale, Palazzo Cugia
Via Santacroce 67, Cagliari
Tel. 0039 070 67.55.378 (Ullu)
     0039 070 67.55.381 (Aloi)
     0039 070 67.55.382 (Dott.ssa Carboni)
Fax: 0039 070 6755380

For Catania:
Professor Iain Halliday
Stanza 126
Ex-Monastero Benedettini

Piazza Dante, 32
95124 Catania
Tel: 0039 095 7102269
Fax: 0039 095 7102200

Dott.ssa Cinzia Tutino
Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali
Via Tommaselli 31
Tel: 00 39 095 73.07.971
Fax: 00 39 095 73.07.964

For Ragusa:
Professor Stefania Arcara
Letteratura Inglese (sede di Ragusa)
Studio Docenti
Tel: 0039 0932 62.27.61
Complesso di Santa Teresa (Ragusa Ibla)
E.mail :

FORLÌ: Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti eTraduttori - SSLMIT,
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Prof. Adele D‟Arcangelo
Dipartimento di Studi Interdisciplinari su Traduzione, Lingue e Culture
Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori
(Università degli Studi di Bologna)
Corso Diaz 64
47100 Forlì
Tel: 0039 0543 374515 (direct)
      0039 0543 374777 (department)
      0039 0543 374505 (faculty)
Fax: 0039 0543 374523

Sig.ra Patrizia Palotti
Ufficio Erasmus
Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori
(Università degli Studi di Bologna)
Corso della Repubblica 136
47100 Forlì
Tel: 00 39 0543 374558
Fax: 00 39 0543 374545

Ufficio Erasmus Centrale
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Dipartimento Relazioni Internazionali
Via Zamboni 33,
40126 Bologna
tel. 051 2099348/ 051 2099350/ 051 2088357
fax 051 2099779


Prof. Massimo Bacigalupo
Università degli studi di Genova
DISCLIC - Dipartimento di Scienze Comunicazione Linguistica Culturale
Piazza S. Sabina 2
16124 Genova GE
Tel : 00 39 010 20.99.555
Fax : 00 39 010 24.65.890

Servizio Alta Formazione e Mobilità Internazionale
Settore VIII
Capo servizio: Dott.ssa Maria Traino
Dott.ssa Irene Patanía Tel: 00 39 010 20.99.300
Via Bensa 1
Genova 16124
Tel: 00 39 010 20.99.545
Fax: 00 39 010 20.95.012
Call Centre: Mon-Fri 9.00-12.00 ; Tue & Wed also 14.30-16.00 ; Tel: 0039 010 20.99.545

Dott. Stefania Taviano
Dipartimento di Letterature e Culture Straniere
Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Polo Annunziata98168 Messina
Tel: 0039 090 3503481

Dott.ssa Elvira La Rocca (
Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali
Università degli studi di Messina
Piazza Pugliatti 1
98100 Messina
Tel/Fax: 00 39 090 67.64.278
Tel: 00 39 090 67.64.279

NAPOLI (IUO - Istituto Universitario Orientale)
Prof. Giuseppe Balirano
Dipartimento di Studi Americani, Culturali e Linguistici
Palazzo Giusso, IV piano, Stanza 10
Largo San Giovanni Maggiore 30
Tel. 00 39 081 69.09.527
Office hours: Tuesday 13,30-15,30

Valeria De Bonis/Mariella Lepore Email:
Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali
IUO- Istituto Universitario Orientale
Via Nuova Marina 59
80134 Napoli
Tel: Erasmus Office: 00 39 081 69.09.312/314/308

Fax: Erasmus Office: 00 39 081 69.09.315
E.mail office:

Please also consult Erasmus Co-ordinator in Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies.

Professor Ettina Confalonieri
Università degli Studi di Pavia
Dipartimento di Studi Politici e Sociali
Via Luino 12
1-27100 Pavia
Tel : Office : 00 39 0382 98.43.64; 98.43.34 (Cristina Guasco);
Department : 0039 0382 98.48.00
Home : 00 39 0382 30.32.04
Fax : 00 39 0382 21.726

PESCARA (Università degli studi G. d'Annunzio)
Dott.ssa Emanuela ETTORRE
Dipartimento Scienze Linguistiche e Letterarie
Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere
Viale Pindaro, 42 - 65121 Pescara - Italy
Tel: 0039 085 4537823
fax: 0039 085 4537832

Institutional LLP/Erasmus Coordinator
Professor Paolo De Maria
Coordinatore Istituzionale Erasmus
Università degli Studi “G.d’Annunzio”
Chieti (Pescara)
Tel: 00 39 0871 35.54.461 (Email:

Ufficio Rapporti Internazionali
Dott. Gabriella Di Peppe
Dott.ssa Lorella Marino
C/o Rettorato
Via Dei Vestini
Campus Universitario
66013 Chieti Scalo
Tel: 00 39 0871 3556052/54
Fax: 00 39 0871 3556128

Prof.ssa Giovanna Cermelli ( )
Dipartimento di Linguistica "T. Bolelli"
Via Santa Maria 36
56126 Pisa
Tel. 0039 050 2215903
Fax: 0039 050 2215645

Sig.ra Bruna Orlando
Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali

Università di Pisa Pacinotti 44
56100 Pisa
Tel: 00 39 050 2212227
Fax : 00 39 050 2212222


Prof. Stefano Semplici
Residenza Universitaria „Lamaro-Pozzani‟
Via Saredo 74
Rome 00173
Tel : 00 39 06 (Prof. Semplici)
Tel : 00 39 06 (Switchboard) 00 39 06 (Secretary)
Fax: 00 39 06

Academic (Languages)
Prof. Gnisci Armando
Dipartimento di Italianistica e Spettacolo
(+39) 0649913233

Prof. Massara Giuseppe (Languages)
Dipartimento di Anglistica Americanistica Germanistica e Letterature Comparate
Tel : 00 39 06 (dipartimento)
      00 39 06
Fax: 00 39 06

Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza"
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma

Ufficio Erasmus:
Alberto Guerra e Paolo Sorato
Dati di contatto disponibili alla pagina www.uniroma1.i/europrog/erasmus/raef.php

Per la Facoltà di Sociologia (Faculty of Sociology)
 Prof. Pipan Tatiana
Dipartimento di Sociologia e Comunicazione n. 21
(+39) 0649918384

Ufficio Erasmus:
Roberto Fasano
Dati di contatto disponibili alla pagina www.uniroma1.i/europrog/erasmus/raef.php

Erasmus Contact for Student Mobility Enquiries
and Institutional Bilateral Agreements:

Contact persona: Dott.ssa Matilde Capolei
Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
Settore Programmi Internazionali – Ripartizione IV Studenti
Palazzo delle Segreterie, Scala C – Piano terra
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
I – 00185 Roma

Tel: +39.06.4991.2730-728

Professor Maria Teresa Chialant
Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari
Università degli Studi di Salerno
Via Ponte Don Melillo
84084 Fisciano (SA)
Tel : 00 39 089 969233
Fax : 00 39 089 969636

Dott. David Federico/Dott ssa Nunzia Fraiese/Dott. ssa Silvia Governatori
Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali - Erasmus
Università degli Studi di Salerno
Via Ponte Don Melillo
84084 Fisciano (SA)
Tel (Federico): 00 39 089 962486
Tel (Fraiese): 00 39 089 962492
Tel (Governatori): 0039 089 962491
Fax : 00 39 089 962487

Professor Siniscalco (See Arezzo above) is now the Erasmus co-ordinator for Siena as well.

Ufficio Speciale per le Relazioni Internazionali
Head of the International office: Dott. Annalisa Poggialini
Contact persons for incoming students:
Dott. Cándida Calvo Vicente
Dott. Simona Querci

Via San Vigilio 6
53100 Siena
Tel (Poggialini) : 00 39 0577 232403
Tel (Calvo Vicente): 00 39 0577 232158
Tel (Querci): 00 39 0577 232496
Fax: 00 39 0577 232392

Dott.ssa Chiara Lombardi
Facolta‟ di Lettere
Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio
Via S. Ottavio, 20
10123 Torino


Dott. Alessandro Luisón
Ufficio Mobilità Internazionale
Via S. Ottavio n. 8/10 BIS
1024 Torino
Tel: 0039 011 67.04.426
Fax: 00 39 011 23.61.017
E.mail ufficio:
Direttore sezione: Dott. Andre Verro (00 30 011 67.03.026)
Office: Tel: 0039 011 6704425

Torino accommodation website :

TRIESTE (Università degli Studi di Trieste)

Faculty Erasmus Delegates: Prof. Ana Cecilia Prenz e Laura Pelaschiar
Dipartimento di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali
Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Androna Campo Marzio, 10 - 34123 Trieste
Tel. 0039 040 558 2326
Fax: 0039 040 558 4382
Tel. 0039 040 558 4414
Fax: 0039 040 558 4382
Sito web:

Web site:

Head of International Mobility Office: Dott.ssa Carla Savastano
E-mail: -
Ripartizione Mobilita' Internazionale
Piazzale Europa 1 - 34127 Trieste
Tel: 00 39 040 558.3002
Fax: 00 39 040 55.83.713
Sito web:

Deputy Rector for Student Mobility: Dr. Sergio Zilli
E-mail: -
Dipartimento di Storia e Storia dell'Arte
Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Via Economo, 4 - 34124 Trieste
Tel: 0039 040 558 7505
Fax: 0039 040 558 7508

Prof. Ivo Klaver
Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere
Istituto di Lingue "Leone Traverso"
Piazza Rinascimento,7
61029 URBINO
Tel: 00 39 0722 30.33.64
Segreteria dell'Istituto Dott. Roberta Ramaioli
Tel. 0722 30.33.50
Fax 0722 30.33.48

Ufficio Erasmus e Relazioni Internazionali
Università degli Studi di Urbino
Via Saffi, 1
61029 Urbino
Tel: 0039 0722 305330/305327/305328/305329
Fax: 0039 0722 329186

Direttore: Dott. Fabrizio Maci

Professor Carla Sassi (Coordinatrice Erasmus presso la Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere)
Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere
Dipartimento di Anglistica
Via S Francesco 22
Tel: 0039 045 802 8317
Fax: 0039 045 802 8729

Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali
Dott.ssa Lisa Bonfante
Via dell‟Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Tel: 0039 045 802 8596
Fax: 0039 045 802 8411
International Relations Office: (Relazioni Internazionali)

4.2 Warwick University Contacts

The Department of Italian, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL.
Italian Department Secretary: Mrs Harpal Singh
Tel: 00 44 24 76 52 4126
Fax: 00 44 24 76 52 8174

The following are the extensions and e-mail addresses for members of academic staff (first
dial 02476):

Erasmus coordinator in Italian (and personal tutor for all students on Year Abroad):
Dr Loredana Polezzi     523253 

Head of Department:
Dr Jennifer Burns          573096  

Prof. Ann Caesar           524125  
Dr Maude Vanhaelen         550638  

Dr David Lines          523250
Dr Simon Gilson         573095
Dr Joanne Lee           551109

The International Office, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Contact person: Amanda Ashby
Tel: +44 2476 57 43 26
Fax: +44 2476 52 43 37

The Careers Service:
Contact :
Telephone : +44 2476 52 42 39

Senior Tutor and Counsellors:
Telephone : +44 2476 52 27 61

Students' Union Advice and Welfare Service:
Telephone : +44 2476 57 28 24

4.3 Other Useful Addresses

Italian Consulates
 The Italian Consulate, 38 Eaton Place, London SWlX 8AL
    Tel: 0207 235 937l. Open Monday - Friday 9.30 a.m. - l2.00 noon.
 The Italian Consulate, 111 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2HY
    Tel: 016l 236 9024. Open Mon-Fri 9.30 - l2.30 p.m.

Centre for Non-Residents (previously Contributions Agency), International Services (EC),
Department of Social Security, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE98 1YX. UK.
Telephone 08459 154811.
Telephone from outside UK: 00 44 191 22 54811.

NB: As soon as you can, add to the list the numbers of: British Consulate, local police,
hospital, first aid, your own doctor (if you have one), or any other useful numbers which you
can use and report back to us for future students.

4.4 Further Reading

   Rosemary Plumb, The ... issimo! guide: the guide to Italy for those living and travelling
    on a limited budget (Market Harborough: University Texts, 1994). [At present, the
    general guide and separate ones on Florence and Rome are available. Further guides to
    other cities are planned and in production. Enquiries should be directed to: University
    Texts, P.O. Box 31, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9RX.]
   William Ward, Getting it Right in Italy: A Manual for the 1990s (London: Bloomsbury,
   Derek Aust with Mike Zollo, Italian Language Life & Culture (London: Hodder &
    Stoughton, 2000)

                                   5 AND FINALLY…

Your Year Abroad is a unique chance to experience life and study in an entirely different
environment. We hope you will enjoy it and also find it useful for your personal as well as
your academic development.

The Department and the University are committed to providing you with support and
information, in order to make your Year Abroad a success. We welcome any constructive
feedback which may help us to improve our Year Abroad programme in future years.

June 2010

                          Appendix I: Checklist
You should customize this checklist by adding any personal deadlines and make sure
you check it regularly. Remember that failure to respect deadlines and/or carry
out required action may jeopardize the success of your Year Abroad and your
ability to complete your degree programme.

                              Before you go
Deadline                Action                              Notes
From beginning of       Start thinking about locations,
year 1                  gather information, contact
                        students currently or previously
                        in relevant locations
Terms 1, 2, 3           Take part in all Year Abroad
a.s.a.p.                Return Erasmus form to
                        International Office
Term 3                  Check passport validity             If non-EU, check VISA
Term 3                  Collect student status
                        confirmation letters from Italian
                        Department and International
Term 3/Summer           Complete the form „request for
                        accommodation for academic
                        year 2011/12‟, available from
                        International Office
Term 3/Summer           Take out insurance
Term 3/end July         Contact Host institution/Respond    Check start dates of courses
                        to correspondence                   and preparatory sessions
                                                            Discuss accommodation

Summer                  Make financial arrangements
Summer                  Contact your GP for medical
Summer                  Make travel arrangements
Summer                  Inform host institution of your     Make arrangements to meet
                        date of arrival                     academic/administrative

                              While in Italy

Deadline                Action                              Notes
On arrival              See Academic/Administrative         Obtain information on
                        Contacts                            academic courses and all
                                                            other advice
On arrival              Finalize accommodation              Check legal arrangements
                                                            and safety standards
On arrival              Finalize registration and obtain
                        student card
a.s.a.p.                Inform Warwick Department of
                        any problems
a.s.a.p.                Return address form to Warwick
                        (or e.mail info)
a.s.a.p.                Make final selection of modules
                        and inform Warwick for approval
a.s.a.p.                Enrol in language courses at
Right after 3rd month   Register with the Anagrafe       See sec. 2.14 in Handbook

15th February           First 1500-2000 word account of     Deadline for all accounts of
                        semester-long modules to be         year-long modules: 1st July;
                        received by Warwick                 for writing requirements,
                                                            see sec. 2.8 in Handbook
March/April             Attend Venice residential;          Bring your passport!
                        submit Year Abroad
                        Questionnaire and fill out module
                        choices for following year in
                        Warwick (these will be further
                        discussed during the Residential
                        and will be collected there)
1st July                Extended essay (2000–2500           All module accounts to be
                        words) on course-related topic,     submitted on this date if
                        plus second-semester module         modules are year-long; for
                        report (1500–2000 words) to be      writing requirements, see
                        received in Warwick                 sec. 2.8 in Handbook
Spring/Summer           Check arrangements for Year 3
Before leaving          See academic & administrative       Thank them!

                Back in Warwick
Deadline        Action                      Notes
Day 1, Week 1   Submit evaluative
Week 1 & 2      Oral exam and language test
                (check timing and location)
Term 1          Update CV and contact
                Careers service
Term 1 & 2      Debriefing and workshops

                        Appendix II: Address Form
This form should be returned a.s.a.p., and no later than 1st November, to The
Secretary, Italian Department, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
or, preferably, faxed to 00 44 (0)24 76528174. Alternatively, you can e.mail the
same information to

You should retain a copy of this form and use it to inform the Department of any
changes in the information provided.

Student Name:


Year of Study:

Host Institution:

Length of placement (either 2 or 3 terms):

Postal address while in Italy:

Telephone while in Italy:


Fax while in Italy (if available)

Emergency contact in Italy (if available):

Emergency contact in UK (or other country of permanent residence):

Next of Kin:




               Appendix III: Year Abroad Questionnaire
We hope you all enjoyed, or are enjoying, your year abroad. Each year this
questionnaire is filled in by Warwick students studying in Italy in order that more
information is available to subsequent years about the places they have chosen to go
to. Please fill in this form giving as much detail as possible, including names and
addresses where applicable. Bad and good, please be truthful! The information you
give here is valuable to know in advance as we are sure you are aware, so please take
some time to fill it in.
You should have this questionnaire ready for collection by staff during the Venice Residential


(a) Which town did you live in?

(b) Why did you choose this place and did it fulfil your expectations?

                                            RED TAPE

(a) How did you deal with formal arrangements such as residents’ permits from
    police/local authorities?

(b) Where did you go to get them?

(c) How long did it take to get it sorted out?

(d) Did you have any problems getting the permesso? And were there any special
    requirements? (ie. Photocopied documents etc.)


(a) What accommodation arrangements did you make before you arrived in Italy?
    Please give details of addresses, costs, and contact names, etc.)

(b) Where did you stay on arrival?

(c) How did you find out about long term accommodation? (Please give contact
    numbers, addresses of estate agents, titles of local publications with
    accommodation pages, etc.)

(d) What type of contract did you sign? Do you have any comments/advice on legal

(e) What kind of safety checks did you/your host university/your landlord have in
    place? Do you have any advice/warnings for others?
(f) Where did you stay permanently?

(g) What was the area like?

(h) How far was it from the centre of the town?

(i) How did you get to the centre of the town from where you lived?

(j) Were there shops, eating places, nightlife in the immediate vicinity?

(k) Describe travel facilities
    What means of transport did you use?
    How much did it cost?
    Did you have a season ticket?
    Any helpful hints/quick routes etc.?


(a) Address

(b) Courses you attended/know about/recommended courses

(c) Enrolment procedures

(d) Student facilities/associations/language centres etc.

(e) Where are the main libraries and bookshops/bargain bookshops?

(f) Did you buy many books for your courses in Italy?

(g) How much contact did you have with lecturers at the Italian University?

(h) Contact names (students, lecturers, other staff etc.)

(i) How do you get to the university from the centre of the town?

                               LANGUAGE SCHOOL

(a) Name

(b) Address (include e.mail, fax, web page, etc.)

(c) Cost
(d) Structure of lessons

(e) Quality of teaching

(f) Would you recommend it to others?

(g) Tips on language learning in general (ie. Watching television, reading
    newspapers/books etc)

                                     SOCIAL LIFE

(a) How did you make friends with people initially?

(b) Describe the cultural/entertainment facilities you found and would recommend to
    others and any that should be avoided at all costs! Please include names,
    addresses, cost etc



Others- please specify

                              TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
(a) Please list the places you would recommend that people see in & around the town
    you lived in, in order of importance (ie. 1 = favourite, 10 = least favourite)

           (a) How often did you come back to the UK during the year?

(b) Did you travel a lot in Italy?
(c) Where?

(d) How did you get to these places?

(e) Where did you stay when you got there?
(f) How much did travel and accommodation cost?

(g) Are there any hostels or hotels you would particularly recommend?

(h) Any tips about travelling? (ie. Venice in February for the Carnevale, single tickets
    costing the same as return etc.)

                                  MONEY & WORK

(a) How much money did you spend on food, entertainment, travel etc. weekly?

(b) Did you have a job while in Italy? If yes, give details (type of job, relevant
    addresses/contacts, salary, etc.)

(c) Did you find any other sources of extra finance? If yes, please give details

                                  AND FINALLY…

(a) Did you need medical treatment while in Italy? If so, please give details.

(b) How did you deal with accommodation arrangements for the 3rd year?

(c) How did you keep in touch with Warwick and the Italian Department?

(d) Is there any other information that you would have appreciated knowing before
you went?

              Appendix IV: Personal Evaluative Questionnaire

Name: …………………………………..

Italian University: ……………………..

This questionnaire is intended to allow you to reflect upon and evaluate several
important aspects of your experiences during Year Abroad in relation to the following
four categories: linguistic, academic, cultural and inter-cultural, personal
development. In this way, the questionnaire will not only be an important stage in
evaluating the Year Abroad but it will also provide the basis for your own resoconto
upon which the oral examination at the beginning of Year Three will be based.

You are required to submit this questionnaire on the first day of term, on
returning to Warwick

                                       1. Linguistic

1) How would you assess your Italian at this stage? Please include estimates of how
   much time you spend each day on the following skills and provide comments:

   (a)      speaking at various levels (e.g. formal or informal, telephoning)

   (b)       listening in various contexts (e.g. conversations with strangers, lectures,
         radio, TV, cinema, theatre, etc)

   (c)      reading (e.g. newspapers, novels, magazines, etc)

   (d) writing (esp. assignments completed during the year)

2) What factors and contexts have been most important in improving your Italian
   during the Year Abroad (e.g. studying at university, social networks, living
   arrangements, etc.)

3) What are the main areas in which you feel that you need to improve and what
   conscious steps have you taken towards improvement?

                                    2. Academic

1)     How do you evaluate in general terms the experience of studying at an Italian

2)     What specific courses and areas of study did you find most stimulating and

3)     What difficulties have you experienced in the university setting and how did
       you deal with them?

4)     How well has your programme of study complemented and/or added to your
       studies at Warwick?

                          3. Cultural and Inter-cultural

1) What aspects of Italian culture do/did you find most different from your own

2) Has any sense you may have had of cultural stereotyping been weakened or
   reinforced (please give examples) during your Year Abroad?

3) To what extent has the Year Abroad made you reflect upon and/or question your
   own cultural background (please give examples)?

                              4. Personal Development

1) What do you see as the most important areas of personal development during the
   Year Abroad and indicate the reasons for this.

2) What areas of personal development has the Year Abroad brought that you do not
   feel you would have gained studying in England.

                            EVALUATIVE COMMENTS

                                                              Year: ….………

List below the more notable things you have done or which have affected you during
the past month in relation to the areas of (1) linguistic progress, (2) academic studies,
(3) cultural and intercultural awareness, and (4) personal development.





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