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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

What You Need to Know

Attend the world’s most famous classic film festival, Cinema Ritrovato, while immersing yourself in all aspects of film. Based on a total filmmaker/film studies approach, this intensive program combines the study of film history, visual strategy, preproduction planning, and production. The Italian Cinema class will give you a broad perspective on Italian Neorealism and its legacy—from filmmakers such as Rossellini and Fellini to contemporary filmmakers. Film projects are done in groups of two or three, with a focus on filmmaking. The goals are to engage in creative and ongoing dialogue with your new surroundings and to reduce the gap between reality and perception through use of the film medium.

During the program students will also have an opportunity to learn survival Italian, explore Bologna, and travel to regional cities and villages.  Check it out here!
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Eligibility and Requirements

Upper level undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply to this program. Basic knowledge of Italian is recommended though not required.

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Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip transatlantic flight to Bologna. Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by Syracuse Abroad and are included in the program fee.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

Students are housed in shared rooms in dorms or hotel/hostel arranged by Syracuse Abroad for the duration of the program.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


Topics in Film Production
FIL 400/600, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

The Film Revolution Post WWII
FIL 500, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

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 Alex Mendez, B.A. Mass Communications, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Venezuela   /  M.F.A. Film,  Syracuse University  /  M.A. Scriptwriting, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Alex Mendez Giner, an award winner filmmaker with over 15 years of experience as a film director. His works explore human relationships, through films set on the frontier between reality and imagination. He has obtained several awards, of particular relevance is the Audience Choice Award presented at the 14thShanghai International Film Festival. His most recent work, "The Book of Judith," received a production grant from the New York State Council of  the Arts. His films have been shown in several international festivals and more than 20 countries around the globe. He currently teaches film at Syracuse University.



 Program begins:  Early June 
 Program ends:  Mid July
 Application deadline:  February 10*

* Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


    UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits)
 Tuition  $7,782 (*2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $1,900 (estimated)
 Total  $9,682 (estimated)
        GRADUATE (6 credits)
 Tuition  $9,720 (*2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $1,900 (estimated)
 Total  $11,620 (estimated)

*Tuition is estimated until new rates are released in March 2020.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,750
Books & Supplies: $100
Personal: $500
Meals: $500

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket. 
*Please note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.