Macerata Study Abroad

with NMU's own

Dr. Peter Goodrich!

Winter 2014

Check Dr. Peter Goodrich's presentation about the trip!

Discover la dolce vita off the beaten track in Macerata - an area few tourists ever experience. You will live and study in this medeival walled city, a lively university town.  Settled into a hilltop town nestled between the Chienti and Potenza rivers, you'll explore Romanesque, Renaisance, and Baroque architecture throughout the walkable town and command striking views of the picturesque Marche region..

Learn more about Macerata.   Experience the natural beauty of the area, including the beaches of the Adriatic Sea, only 30 minutes away;  the coastal cliffs of Mt. Conero; the thermal baths and underground caverns; and the peaks of the Apennine mountains that surround the city.  Originally a Roman settlement, Macerata is a perfect location for your study abroad - a place to immerse yourself in "real" Italy.

Left: Prof. Filiberto Bracalente, On-site Program Director. Right: Student housing



The Program

  • Co-Sponsored with long-term NMU partner, AHA International.
  • No previous language study required - students take Italian language at any level, from beginning through advanced.
  • Tandem Project available - an exchange of language with local Italian university students
  • Specially designed painting course offered at the Accademia di Belle Arti
  • Numerous course-related excursions.  Past sites include trips to Florence, Rome, Assisi, Loreto, Tolentino and Ascoli Piceno.
  • Many destinations and activities supplement classroom learning - excursions to the beach, wine tastings at local vineyards, hiking in the Appenine mountains, concerts and musical performances are all important components of the rich cultural experience.
  • Students live in apartments with other AHA students and/or local Italian university students.  Limited homestay options.
  • Expert on-site direction from long-term site director, Dr. Filiberto Braccalente.
  • Check out the Spring Semester Macerata Students Facebook page for exciting photos and descriptions of real-life adventures


Mandatory:  Students enroll in Italian Language (beginning to advanced; 3 to 5 semester credits) and 1-credit hour Cross-Cultural Communication/Perspectives.

Electives:    Choose from two to three additional courses (all 3-semester-credit hours).  Individual course syllabi available.  Previous NMU course equivalents listed in parentheses. Students arrange appropriate course credit with NMU department heads prior to enrollment.

  • Imagining Italy in Anglo-American Literature, taught in Spring 2014 by visiting NMU professor, Dr. Peter Goodrich.  NMU students may count as upper division/liberal studies course (EN411, Topics in World Literature, 3 cr.)

  • History of Art & Architecture: The Medieval City-State and the Renaissance Town (3 cr.AD495)

  • Italy in the Movies through the Eyes of American and Italian Masters of the Cinema (3 cr. EN326 or IP485)

  • Painting the Italian Experience (AD495, 3 cr.)

  • Modern Italy: History and Culture of the Italian People (HS495, 3 cr.)

  • Cross-Cultural Communication/Cross-Cultural Perspectives (IP485, LG 495, 3 cr.)

  • Italian Levels 1-4 (3 cr.)

How to Apply

  • NMU students apply through the International Programs Office.  Contact Susan Morgan ( for on-line application instructions and financial aid budget.
  • Non-NMU students and members of MCSA Consortium schools: Apply through your university study abroad office.

Finances and Scholarship Support

2013 Spring Program Fee:  $14,900, which includes academic instruction, housing, international health insurance, orientation, textbooks and course-related excursions.  Not included: international airfare, meals, personal spending and individual travel.

NMU students will be offered applications for available NMU Foundation study abroad scholarships.
AHA offers some scholarship support as part of the on-line application process.
MCSA Consortium scholarship may be available; consult your university's study abroad advisor.
Qualified students may also apply for Benjamin A. Gilman awards: