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  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UNC Charlotte applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of approval into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:

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Please see the "Fact Sheet" listed above in this program brochure for more information regarding the following eligibility requirements:
  • Minimum UNC Charlotte GPA (cumulative) required at time of application
  • Prior Language Study Required (if applicable)
  • Student level at time of study abroad program
In addition to meeting the aforementioned requirements, students are also required to:
  • Be in good disciplinary standing at time of application and prior to departure
  • Complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application by the applicable deadline
  • Have passed or be currently enrolled in Italian 1201
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Agree to volunteer for the Casa della Cultura Italiana and the Honorary Consul of Italy
  • Participate in the Scholarship Awards Reception hosted by the Italian staff
  • *Declared Italian minor preferred
  • *Business and Engineering majors preferred
Students who have concerns regarding their eligibility are encouraged to discuss these concerns with an Education Abroad Advisor to determine whether or not they would be considered for this program.
Direct Enrollment Programs
Students participating in a direct enrollment program will be enrolled at a host university as an individual student (not through an exchange agreement or affiliate provider). This means the student is responsible (after receiving approval to participate in the program) for applying to the host university to get accepted, determine what expenses are associated with the program, ensuring the official transcript is sent to OEA at the end of the program, etc. Just like any other study abroad program, students will receive academic credit for the courses they take abroad and will work with their academic department(s) to determine what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take in order to stay on track for graduation. Financial aid and scholarships can be applied to any study abroad program awarding the equivalent of full-time academic credit.

OEA recommends direct enrollment programs for students who are:
  • Independent
  • Organized
  • Looking for cultural immersion (depending on program)
  • Comfortable participating in the program knowing there may or may not be other UNC Charlotte students attending the host university that same semester

Scholarship Opportunity
Students who apply for this program will be considered for a scholarship to help cover expenses associated with the program. The objective of this scholarship is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the Italian language, business culture, and technology.  With more than 100 Italian companies based in North Carolina (50 of which in the Charlotte region), this is a particularly valuable opportunity.  Students participating in this program will receive intensive Italian language training for five weeks during the summer at Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan, Italy.  In addition to cultural excursions and activities, the participating students will have the opportunity to visit various Italian businesses and shadow managers of these companies in order to gain insights into Italian Students are housed in host families, who integrate them fully into their daily lives.
Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci
The Leonardo da Vinci school is located in a splendid university campus in the area of Navigli, a meeting-place for artists and beating heart of Milanese nightlife with its many cafes, bars, boutiques, vintage bistros and very modern art galleries…The school is well-connected to the centre of the city by metro and buses. All classes have air conditioning and in the campus, there is also a park, a cafe and a restaurant for students, with quality food and cheap prices. The secretary and reception is found in the main building. There, you can find a dynamic and young environment, all of the information that you need and a free Internet point where you can surf the web or connect your laptop (both without charge) to our wireless network.

Milan, Italy
Students will have the chance to experience life in the cosmopolitan city of Milan, one of the biggest international hubs of Europe. Located in the northern section of Italy, nestled against the Alps, Milan is known as "the beautiful country." Domestic and international transportation makes it not only easy to travel from Milan to other destinations within Italy, but also the surrounding countries of France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Milan, with its extensive history and cultural influence, is a blend of modern and classical that will capture the attention and suit the tastes of any student.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Host University Courses
UNC Charlotte Equivalent Course Credit
The Office of Education Abroad does not determine UNC Charlotte equivalent course credit for host university courses. Please refer to our website below for more information regarding the academic credit process: Any course that the student takes abroad will be reported on their UNC Charlotte transcript upon their return, regardless of whether or not the student fails the course or does not need the course to graduate.
The grading system abroad will be different from the grading system at UNC Charlotte. Upon receipt of the official host university transcript, which can take anywhere from 1-6 months to receive once the student returns from abroad, the Office of Education Abroad will evaluate all grades earned and convert them to an A-F letter grade while referring to the World Education Services standard conversion calculator. Note that this process takes 4-5 weeks before the documentation is sent to the Office of the Registrar, who will then post the UNC Charlotte equivalent course and corresponding A-F letter grade earned on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Program Length
The Scuola Leonardo DaVinci provides intensive language training which consists of five weeks of classes. Each day students receive four hours of language instruction. In addition, they are invited to participate in cultural excursions and activities each afternoon and evening as well as on the weekends. Students can choose when they want to start the program as there are multiple start dates offered throughout the summer, however, it's recommended students participating in the June or early July option.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Housing Options
Students can select from either a single room in a shared apartment or a homestay. It's recommended students select a homestay in order to complement the linguistic and cultural experience. Refer to the list of accommodation options for more information.
Cost of Housing
The cost of housing will vary depending on which of the options the student chooses and whether or not the student is in a private or shared room. Housing will be paid to either the host university or host country (i.e. landlord, leasing office, management company, etc.). 
Housing Application
Once approved by the Office of Education Abroad, students will then be completing an application with Goethe to register for the session(s) they want to enroll in. Depending on the location and session, students will either apply for housing during this application process or, once accepted into the institut, will complete a housing application at that time. More directions will be given to the student by Goethe throughout the application process.
Housing Before & After Study Abroad
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For students who live on-campus at UNC Charlotte, they should apply for on-campus housing online as normal for the semester they return from studying abroad. For students who live in off-campus apartments, it's important to consider your lease terms and determine when a good time to go abroad may be.
Meal plans are not typically offered at universities outside of the U.S. Students should budget for the cost of groceries, eating at restaurants and purchasing food at dining halls on campus and consider the cost of living in the host city.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Cost Estimate Sheet
Students should first read the cost structure below. Then, they can refer to Cost Estimate Worksheet below in order to input costs applicable to them as it relates to which Goethe session(s) they will be participating in:
Direct Enrollment Cost Structure
The following is an outline of the cost structure, which lists common expenses incurred and to whom they will be paid (if applicable). For more information about the estimated cost for each expense, please utilize Goethe's website and complete the worksheet above as it pertains to you.
  • Paid to the Office of Education Abroad:
    • Application fee and deposit*
    • Study abroad administrative fee*
    • International health insurance*
  • Paid to the Host University
    • Tuition & fees (cost determined by host university and paid in host currency)
    • Housing
    • Other fees required by the host university, if applicable
  • Miscellaneous Costs:
    • International flight to and from host destination
    • Meals
    • Passport
    • Visa or residence permit (if applicable)
    • In-country transportation
    • Books and supplies
    • Personal expenses
    • Personal travel expenses
    • Additional health insurance policies required by the host country (if applicable)
    • Travel Insurance
    • International Student ID Card (optional)
*Indicates a required fee
Financial Aid
Students who are financial aid recipients can utilize their funds towards their study abroad expenses. Students should expect to receive the same amount of financial aid they typically receive based off of their FAFSA. In some cases, depending on the cost of attendance abroad, the Office of Financial Aid may be able to expand the student's budget, allowing them to access additional aid in the form of loans. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the start of the semester (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar) the student goes abroad (e.g. August, January, May or July). This means that students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for some expenses (e.g. application fees, housing deposits, airfare, etc.). 

At time of disbursal, financial aid will be disbursed to the student directly via direct deposit or refund check (it is recommended that students set up direct deposit for ease of receipt). It will then be the student's responsibility to submit payment to any entity they owe a balance to at that time (if applicable, such as the Office of Education Abroad, the host university, etc.). Students must take the equivalent amount of full-time credit at UNC Charlotte while abroad in order to receive their full financial aid award. Students who fail to remain the equivalent of full-time while abroad will be required to pay back the financial aid awarded for that semester.
Scholarship Opportunities
Students interested in participating in the Italian Scholarship at Leonardo Da Vinci School in Milan program can apply for a $2,000 scholarship offered by the Casa della Cultura Italiana ( in Charlotte to support their study abroad in Milan, Italy, if they meet the eligibility requirements listed above. The Casa della Cultura Italiana aims to fund projects that will help create long-term friendships and promote a better understanding between the people of Italy and the Charlotte region. For information on how to apply, please see the "Application Process" section below.

CCI-NC is committed to:
1. Promoting the diffusion of Italian business culture through the promotion of trade and foreign direct investment between Italy and North Carolina.
2. Serving as a business education resource for Italian companies based in North Carolina and U.S. companies based in NC that are interested in doing business in Italy.
3. Supporting North Carolinian cultural institutions showcasing Italian art and business culture.
4. Raising funds, primarily within the Italian community, to support local communities (e.g., schools, scholarships for underprivileged students, cultural events, etc.).
5. Promoting Italian art and culture, as well as scientific and business endeavors.
Casa della Cultura Italiana-North Carolina (CCI-NC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a strong relationship between the Italian community in North Carolina and the local community.

Students who are recipients of the CCI-NC scholarship are able to put their scholarship funds towards the costs associated with the program. However, the CCI-NC scholarship funds will not be disbursed to the student until the start of the semester they go abroad (i.e. Summer I or Summer II). Funds cannot be disbursed early for any reason. With that being said, some expenses may need to be paid out-of-pocket, such as registration for the program (paid to the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci), airfare, study abroad fee and insurance, etc.

Responsibility — UNC Charlotte, its employees and agents, act only as agents in operating this program and are not liable for any loss, delay, injury, or damage to person or property resulting from any cause beyond the control of the operating agents. The operating agents reserve the right to alter this program at their discretion without prior notice to participants. The program director reserves the right to refuse to retain any person as a member of this program in which case no refund is made. No refunds are possible for service not used by participants after the program is in operation. Any additional expense resulting from illness, accident, natural disasters, wars, strikes, riots, acts of governments, improper passports, visas or necessary traveling documents, or from any conditions whatsoever beyond the control of the operating company are to be borne by the individual participant. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during time passengers are not on board their planes. The passengers' contract in use by the airlines concerned, when issued shall constitute the sole contract in use between the airlines and purchasers and/or passengers. Any IATA carrier may be flown.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Application Process
  • Refer to the Steps to Study Abroad
  • Complete Study Abroad 101
  • Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor: In order to receive access to the required OEA application, students are required to meet with an Advisor at least once. During the one-on-one advising appointment, the Advisor will give the student access to the OEA application if they are ready to apply. Please note that clicking the "Apply Now" button above will take students back to their "Advising Application," which is not an application to study abroad. 
  • Complete an OEA Application by the applicable deadline
  • OEA will then evaluate the student's OEA application to determine whether or not they meet the requirements of the program
  • If approved, students will be notified and they should then apply to the Goethe Institute of their choosing for the sessions they would like to participate in

OEA Application Components
  • Personal statement in English
  • UNC Charlotte transcript 
  • Disciplinary record clearance
  • $35 application fee and deposit
The components listed above are subject to change. More instructions on how to complete these requirements electronically can be found in the OEA application.
OEA Application Cycles & Deadlines
Please refer to the "Dates/Deadlines" section above this brochure to determine whether or not an application cycle is currently accepting applications. If a note appears that reads "This program is currently not accepting applications," this is because the deadline for the subsequent semester has already passed and students are not yet able to apply for future semesters. Students can gain access to the OEA application according to the following timeline (subject to change):
  • Summer/Fall/Academic Year: Applications open in late October
  • Spring/Calendar Year: Applications open in mid-April
The OEA application deadlines are as follows:
  • Summer/Fall/Academic Year: March 1
  • Spring/Calendar Year: October 1
In some cases, OEA may be able to consider late applications. Please ensure you have completed the Study Abroad 101 requirement and then meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to determine whether or not you are able to apply late. Please keep in mind that, should late applications be considered, chances of placement decrease significantly after the deadlines outlined above have passed.
Host University Application
Once approved to participate in the program, students will be responsible for applying to the host university, if applicable, in order to received acceptance. Students who are selected as scholarship recipients will be working directly with the scholarship committee to apply to the host university and will be prompted to complete this secondary application at time of notification of the scholarship results.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Host University/Country Resources
Travel Insurance
Although not required, the Office of Education Abroad highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance (also known as cancellation insurance) should personal or global circumstances prevent your participation in the program. You are encouraged to consider obtaining travel insurance and to keep in mind that many travel insurance policies must be purchased within twenty-one days of your initial deposit to apply to the program.
Passports & Immigration
All participants are individually responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate documentation to obtain entry clearance to their host country. General information about passports and immigration requirements (including visas) is available on the OEA website. Please note that the Office of Education Abroad is legally unable to advise on visas policies and procedures.
Health & Safety
The safety of our students traveling abroad is of the utmost importance to the Office of Education Abroad and UNC Charlotte. Current events are monitored constantly and OEA is in direct contact with students and on-site constituencies in the event of an international emergency. The OEA will work with UNC Charlotte risk managers, on-site staff, the U.S. Department of State and our international insurance provider to determine the best course of action to keep students safe in the event of an emergency abroad.

All study abroad participants are enrolled in mandatory international health insurance which covers a range of medical issues, support services, and evacuation in case of emergency. We also advise that student’s take the responsibility to do their own research in preparation for international travel. We want students and their families to feel comfortable with travel plans prior to departure. Helpful resources include:
LGBTQ+ Travelers
It is important to keep in mind that other cultures around the world may have different attitudes and laws regarding LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ students interested or participating in this program should familiarize themselves with the attitudes of the destination country and may wish to explore the following resources:
Students with Disabilities
Many students with disabilities study abroad each year; however, it is important to keep in mind that other cultures may have different attitudes and varying accommodations and laws regarding disabilities. If you are a student who has a learning or physical disability and you are interested in studying abroad, please disclose any requested accommodations to OEA as soon as possible so that we can begin working with you and the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services to see if and how we are able to meet your needs. 

To prepare for success, students are encouraged to begin researching the desired host country and consider how they will manage their disabilities abroad well in advance of selecting a program. There are many resources available to students with disabilities who are considering studying abroad. If accommodation on a desired program is not possible or advisable, we will do our best to help you find an alternate program to ensure you are able to engage in a study abroad experience.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Office of Education Abroad
CHHS 256
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Study Abroad Peer Advisors
Each semester the Office of Education Abroad manages the Study Abroad Peer Advisor and OEA internship program, comprised of UNC Charlotte students who have studied abroad. Their role is to speak with students interested in going abroad and to share their experience. Check out our Interns & Peer Advisors and email them with any questions you may have about their program or experience abroad!
For questions regarding this program, please contact:

Dr. Daniela Dal Pra
Lecturer in Italian and Assistant to the Director of Film Studies
Department of Languages and Culture Studies
COED 439

All information listed above is subject to change.