giovedì 2 aprile 2009

study abroad in italy 2009 - first picture

This is MNSU studying abroad in Italy 2009:

The girls are doing really well, and they seem to enjoy their unique experience. Tropea has welcomed them warmly and we from the Italian language school we do everything to make this study abroad in Italy program a blast!

Ragazze... divertitevi!
La squadra della Piccola Università Italiana


study abroad in Tropea - stiamo per arrivare

Il tempo è passato velocemente... Tropea: stiamo per arrivare!

study abroad in italy with great teachers

Hi, My name is Marisa I'm from Coon Rapids, MN where my mom and dad still live. Coon Rapids is about 20 minutes from Minneapolis, so I go there as much as I can. Right now I am living in Mankato, MN for school. It is about an hour and a half from my home town.

My family includes my mom, dad, a little sister named Kelsie and a dog named Bailey. My sister lives with me in Mankato. We are very close, she is my best friend. I try to see my parents as much as possible, but it can be hard with school and work.

I enjoy reading, going to the beach, hanging out with my friends, meeting new people and just having a good time.

I am very excited to study abroad in Italy, I've wanted to travel there for a long time now so I was very happy to see the opportunity come up. I love learning the language, even if it is difficult for me at times since this is the only other language I am learning other than English. Filomena is a wonderful teacher, you can tell she loves to teach us and really wants us to learn. She's very helpful and a very fun and kind person. Even with the language barrier she manages to get her sense of humor through to all of us girls she's teaching. I can only imagine how wonderful the rest of the teachers at the Piccola Università Italiana are going to be and cannot wait to meet you all.

study abroad in Tropea - experience of a lifetime

Sono Anna. Sono di Hurley, Wisconsin. Sono Americana. Mi piace leggo e rido e mangio e bevo vino bianco e mi piace giocare a tennis.

So, like I said, my name is Anna and I am originally from a small town in northern Wisconsin. I have now lived in Mankato for a year now and I really like it. I am a junior at MSU and am majoring in Women Studies and History :) I am so thankful for this opportunity to study abroad. I have always wanted to travel and this will be my first time out of the United States besides Canada. I am really looking forward to being there! 9 days from tomorrow :) I'm excited!

I has been so wonderful having Filomena! She has been so fun and a wonderful teacher! She has done a great job in preparing us for this journey. Again thank you so much for this opportunity! It will be the experience of a lifetime. :)

Ciao! -Anna

giovedì 19 febbraio 2009


Ciao~Sono Ashley. Sono di Renville, Minnesota. Sono Americana :)Sono le 23:18 a Giovedi (sorry, I don't know how to do the accents!) Mi piace faccio spese e rido e leggo e sorrido e pulisco. Io amo mi famiglia e amiche.

Time for a little english...Like I said, my name is Ashley. I am originally from a very small town in Minnesota called Renville, and am now living in Mankato where I am a junior at Minnesota State University studying mass communications and psychology. Like Maddie said, it is very very cold here in the winter, so I am too looking forward to getting away for a couple months. However, the snow is melting at a surprising rate for it only being February, so Filomena could have had a much colder experience. :)

I think I can speak for the other girls when I say we all love having Filomena here and having the chance to get to know her. She is an such a good teacher and makes our 2 hour and 50 minute class very fun. I think learning what she has been teaching us these past 5 weeks will be very helpful for when we arrive. I absolutely can't wait to come to Tropea, although I will miss my family, friends, and boyfriend a great deal, this will be an experience of a lifetime.Ciao!*Ashley

venerdì 6 febbraio 2009

greetings from america!

hello! my name is maddie, and i am a student at mnsu in mankato, minnesota. i am a sophomore and i study history. eventually, i would love to be a high school history teacher and coach cross country or track. i am very close with my family. i have four people in my family, including my mom, dad, and one brother, seth. i love spending time with them, my wonderful friends, and my boyfriend billy. I also enjoy reading biographies and watching movies. 

i am so excited to come visit tropea! i have been looking forward to this opportunity ever since i looked into it, and i just cant wait for this adventure to finally take place! i think this experience is going to be a blast!!! minnesota is cold this time of year, so heading to a warmer place will be so nice. 

well, thats a little about me. i will post again soon! see you :]

domenica 1 febbraio 2009

Eccoci! Tutto è iniziato, esattamente, tre settimane, un giorno, cinque ore, quaranta minuti e trenta secondi fa...
L' impatto con il Nuovo Mondo? Freddo direi.
La foto rende l'idea eh?!
E così, dopo essermi smarrita varie volte nel Campus, dopo innumerevoli tentativi di capire e di farmi capire, dopo un leggero principio di congelamento eccomi qui a raccontarvi questa speciale avventura. Tutto è nuovo per me e lo osservo con entusiasmo e curiosità.
L' impatto con le ragazze è stato bello. Questa sarà un' esperienza speciale per tutti noi e questo il luogo di scambio di sensazioni e di esperienze.
Un po' un diario di viaggio e allora , via! Let's go!

martedì 6 maggio 2008

The school video of the Piccola Università Italiana

The school video will provide a better impression of the school, its classrooms, the school activities and the city of Tropea!

Study abroad program in Italy

Now the Piccola Università Italiana has expanded the existing programs and has inaugurated a STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM with MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, MANKATO. This blog was created to offer space to our students from the United States attending this very special Study Abroad Program in Italy. Their impressions, thoughts, experiences, and adventures during their time in Southern Italy, Tropea will be posted on this blog and it will give space to those, who are interested in the Italian culture and Italian language and who always wanted to learn more about this beautiful country.

Studying abroad is an important experience!
Join our study abroad program in Italy!

About the Italian language

In Italy, Latin remained the official written language for many centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire and was used for diplomacy, by the Church and in literature. But apart from this learned form of Latin there was also a spoken form that changed constantly with everyday use and gave rise to many different local variations that turned into forms of vernacular, the language of the common people. In the XIIIth century, the vernacular grew further and further away from Latin itself to become a separate literary language the Cantico delle Creature (Song of ALL Creatures) by St. Francis of Assisi was probably written in 1225 and is the earliest poetic work written in Italy’s lyrical vernacular.

The new language grew steadily in importance, mainly perpetuated by life in the burghs and it was in this type of cultural background that the ideas and poetry of Dante blossomed, who wrote the first ever work of poetry in the Florentine vernacular, the marvellous Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy), turning him into “the father” of the Italian language. Latin continued to be used alongside the vernacular for many centuries to come.

Then in 1800, with Alessandro Manzoni, came the linguistic unification of Italy and the Italian language was born – a new language that was not literary but commonplace and comprehensible to all. Italian is still a highly cultured and refined language, and immensely stimulating for foreigners taking an interest in Italy, for study purposes, family traditions or just out passion. Never before has Italian and the image of Italy been so highly acclaimed figures reveal there are about 200 million people in the world who either speak, are studying or wish to learn Italian.

The Italian language reflects what Italy is today: a country greatly changed and still transforming, a country that is not what is used to be nor as picturesque stereotypes would have it; a country with positive sides and contradictions too that just keeps on charming tourists from all over the world!


mercoledì 9 aprile 2008

About the Italian language school

A great passion dedicated to the Italian language to the country and its culture and especially the belief in a region, which has always been discriminated against in favour of other regions in Italy, has given the impulse to a vision. In 1993 Antonio Lamantea founded the “Caffè Italiano Club” in Calabria as an Institute of Italian Culture and Italian language. In 2004 the name was changed to “Piccola Università Italiana”, when it was recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

The Italian language school is located in the heart of the old town of Tropea in a beautiful historical building from the 18th century restored and extended to the infrastructure of a professional school building in 1993. Tropea is a charming, medieval town with a population of 7.000. Located on the instep of the Italian boot, it lies on the same latitude as the famous Aeolian Islands. Italians affectionately refer to Tropea as the Pearl of Calabria. Here, you find unspoilt natural landscape with lush green vegetation, forming a magnificent contrast with the deep blue, crystal clear water of the sea.

In order to give the students the opportunity to achieve a high learning effect, the number of participants for each italian language course is limited to a maximum of 3 to 6 students. In addition to the usual Italian course programme, the “Piccola Università Italiana” also offers Italian language courses which place special emphasis on the vocabulary used in the tourist industry, hotel business, commercial Italian for import/export, medicine, art, literature and history as well as preparatory courses for the C.I.L.S. examination. For people passionate about sport, the school offers combined programmes, just like Scuba Diving, sailing or mountain biking.

The highlight of the summer program 2008 is the “L’Italiano Navigando”, Sailing through the fantastic and picturesque Aeolian Islands on a 22 meter long wooden boat combined with professional Italian lessons onboard.

The weekly cultural programme offers various opportunities to indulge in the Italian Culture. cinema evenings with classical Italian films, private classical concerts at school, motorboat excursions to discover unspoilt white sandy beaches with deep blue crystal clear water and many cultural excursions in Calabria, the Aeolian Islands, Campania and Sicily.