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  • Locations: Taormina, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/21/2018 05/05/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Liberal Arts Department/School: Foreign Languages and Literatures
Program Type: Auburn University Internship/Externship AU Faculty Director(s): Giovanna Summerfield,
Majors: ALL MAJORS Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Applicant Restrictions: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Program Description:

AU Liberal Arts - Semester Internship Program
in Taormina, Italy


Auburn University offers an intensive academic and internship program for undergraduate students in Taormina, Sicily, Italy. Students will spend the entire semester in Italy, from late August to mid-November or from mid-January to mid-April. No previous knowledge of Italian is required since the program offers language courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced level.

The school, Il Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana Babilonia, is housed in a historic villa, just steps from the 2000+ year old Greek Theater. Located in the center of Taormina, the school property is filled with citrus trees, Mediterranean plants, centuries-old palms, monkey puzzle trees, and magnolias, as well as many other exotic trees and plants. The teaching methodology emphasizes the communicative approach in classrooms of no more than 10 students to ensure that students are able to employ the Italian language in the Italian context. The school is accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, I.A.L.C. (International Association of Language Centres) A.S.I.L.S.(Association of Language Schools of Italian as a Foreign Language) and E.L.I.T.E. (Excellent Language Institutions Teaching in Europe), the University for Foreigners of Perugia, and the University Ca' Foscari of Venice for teachers of Italian. It is quite easy to travel to any part of the country as well as to visit other parts of Europe. Students can travel at their own expense during the period after the end of the program.


  • All majors are eligible to participate in this program
  • No previous knowledge of Italian is required
  • Non-Auburn (Transient) students must also apply to Auburn University ($50 fee)


Fall 2017:

  • 6 August 2017: Program Start Date in Italy
  • 19 November 2017: Program End Date

Spring 2018:

  • 21 January 2018: Program Start Date in Italy
  • 5 May 2018: Program End DateTaormina2

Fall 2018:

  • 5 August 2018: Program Start Date in Italy
    • 26 August 2018: Start date if participating in 12 week option.
  • 18 November 2017: Program End Date


An international internship is an invaluable complement to traditional classroom learning and builds marketable skills and professional connections. Taormina is an ideal internship location for the student who is interested in total immersion into the Italian culture and language. Students can enroll in a 3 credit (65 hours) or 6 credit (130 hours) internship course. Students in a variety of majors can be placed in internships with a focus on: hospitality and tourism, event management, retail and merchandising, information technology, marketing and sales, communication and media, culture, art, and museum, food and agriculture.

Students are able to take Italian language courses offered at any level as well as culture or literature courses. For more information, please contact Dr. Giovanna Summerfield ( Courses offered include:


ARTS 1720: Art History in Sicily*
ENGL 2200/2210: World Literature*
FLIT 1000-3000: Italian language all levels
FLIT 3000-3110: Italian literature
FLIT 3050: Italian Cinema
FLIT 3110 or 3510: Mafia: Regional, National, or Global Issue?

FLIT 3510: Many Manifestations of Italian Culture
FLIT or GEOL credits: Geology of the Mediterranean and the Volcanoes of Sicily

HIST 3970: History of Sicily

*These may be used for core credits





Program Fee

Tuition, entrance, orientation, transcripts, certificates, student card, internet access (except for weekends)



Medical and security evacuation insurance (through United Healthcare Global)



Excursions (required for program)



Transportation: All land transfers



Housing: with local family.



Meals: Half/Full Board (family)


Auburn Abroad Fee

Required for all AU and Non-AU students on AU Programs. Billed separately on student’s eBill.


Necessary Expenses NOT covered by Program Fee above

Airfare is not included. Contact the Director for possible flight arrangements.

To be determined

Additional courses To be determined on site


Estimate $175 plus

Optional excursions and cultural activities

To be determined on site

Personal expenses, excursions, meals not included with boarding.

Personal preference


Participants will be housed with local host families for a full immersion experience.


Taormina, Italy

J. W. Goethe wrote about Sicily, in his book Italianische Reise, "Without Sicily, Italy cannot be fully understood. It is here one finds the key to all things." With its sun, its beige pebble and sandy beaches, its warm blue waters, its snow-topped volcano, its forests and rolling hills, Sicily has always been at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Every major European royal dynasty wishing power wanted to "own" it; every major power has left its mark. In arts, law, and sciences, Sicilian contribution has been enormous: Caronda, Pirandello, Quasimodo (2 Nobel Prizes), Verga, Bellini, Antonello da Messina, Renato Guttuso, Sciascia, Vittorini, Tornatore, Dolce & Gabbana are unforgettable, without mentioning writers who have written of it (among these are Vivant Denon, Maupassant, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and D. H. Lawrence).

Taormina, on top of the Mount Tauro hill, overlooking the coastline of the Ionian Sea, is a treasure chest of history: walking along its streets, one finds a Theatre and Gymnasium of the Greek Empire, Odeon and Baths of the Roman Empire, and architectural traces of the Byzantine, Arab, and Norman dominations. It offers many opportunities of entertainment, among these the International Festival of Taormina Arte (films, operas, plays, ballets, and concerts) all year long.  

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If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Application for a United States passport should be made at least 120 days in advance of your departure date. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as you know you are participating in the program. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


  • Contact Dr. Giovanna Summerfield for more information (

This program is currently not accepting applications.