Northern Michigan University will offer an educational program in Macerata, Italy, that combines course in travel writing and Italian art, culture and language with weekly excursions to notable cities and landmarks.

The program is tentatively scheduled May 11-June 20. Interested students or community members should contact NMU English Professor John Smolens by mid-January at jsmolens@nmu.edu. Firm commitments from 15 participants are required.

NMU students have been studying in Macerata for years. The upcoming spring program is a joint effort between NMU and American Heritage Association (AHA) International, which operates under the auspices of the University of Oregon.

Smolens will teach the travel writing workshop. Filiberto Bracalante, site director and instructor for Macerata study-abroad programs offered through AHA International, will teach a course on the art and culture of Italy, with regular instruction in conversational Italian. Weekly excursions are scheduled to include Assisi, Rome, Urbino, Fracassi Caves and Loreto, among other locations.

The NMU delegation will stay in shared apartments. Program fees will cover eight hours of instruction, course materials, housing, weekly excursions, medical insurance, airport transfers and AHA support. The final cost will be determined by the number of participants, but is estimated at $7,600 plus airfare and daily expenses.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director