2020 Summer Italian Intensive Program for College Credit

**The 2020 edition of the Italian Intensive Program is suspended due to COVID-19**

Interested in improving your knowledge of Italian language and culture to advance your studies at both the high school and university levels?

This one-of-a-kind program designed for high school students on a university campus is available at Montclair State in an intensive summer format, including guest speakers and off-campus tours. In just three weeks, it prepares students to move with confidence from Italian 3 to an AP or advanced Italian class, while granting 3 college credits at a very affordable price. The program has been offered for three years in a row (20172018 and 2019) and in its fourth edition in 2020 it will again offer a RESIDENTIAL OPTION to better serve the high school population of New Jersey and the Tri-State Area at large as they transition to their university experience.

“If it weren’t for this course, I don’t think I would have wanted to study Italian in college” – Vincent Falcone (Fox Lane HS, Pound Ridge, NY; student 2019 Summer program participant; MSU student majoring in Language, Business, and Culture in Italian starting in Fall 2020)


Tuition: $855 (tuition, registration, and activity fees – note that lunches are not included for non-residential students)
Parking: $25
Residential package: $595 for room (accommodation Sun evening through Thur afternoon in The Heights dormitory) and board (meal plan valid at any time in all cafeterias open in summer: list with open hours).


Conducted in the target language by an experienced native-speaking teacher, this immersive program leads to the study of more complex structures of the language and the expression of emotion, personal opinions, agreements and judgments, both in written and oral forms. Structured around the course ITAL 240 (Intensive Italian Bridge Course), the program is organized around thematic units on such topics as: immigration and Italian identity; Made in Italy (food, fashion) and sustainability, and draws from authentic materials including films, advertising, YouTube videos, music, news, etc. Overall, students benefit from an engaging college experience on a campus boasting a dynamic Italian program and proximity to New York City for enriching field trips.

Do you have any questions? Please visit our FAQ PAGE, and for further inquiries contact the program coordinator Patti Grunther (gruntherp@montclair.edu) or write to the office at inserra@montclair.edu.

THE PROGRAM RUNS FROM 9AM-1:30PM including lunch (students bring their own lunch) and INCLUDES OFF-CAMPUS VISITS 

Summer 2020 tours (dates and times TBD)

Past tours have included: The MET, the Tenement Museum, the Botto Museum, the Yogi Berra Museum, and Italian stores (Scavolini, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, MO Gelato).


“Prendiamoci un caffè insieme” – Lunch talks and afternoon activities range from the history of Italian landscaping to coffee tastings. Among others, students will meet architects, art historians, designers and pizzaiolos and learn about their very individual field of expertise in the realm of Italian and Italian American culture. Lunch talks are a mandatory part of the program and require attendance. Afternoon activities are primarily targeted to our residential students, however, will be open for commuting students on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program is offered by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies and the Italian Program (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures) at Montclair State U, in association with the Early College Program and Summer Sessions, with the co-sponsorship of IACE (Italian American Committee on Education), and the generous support of the NJIHC (New Jersey Italian Heritage Committee (TBC for 2020). It is the only program of this type in Italian in the U.S. It has been recognized as a Best Practice in Italian teaching in the Tri-State Area at the 2018 national meeting of the U.S. “enti gestori” (managing units), which are in charge of the promotion of Italian language in connection with the Italian Consulates.

Over time, the summer program has produced a consortium of local high schools, which is bound to expand given the great benefits to both the HS and the university systems created by initiatives such as this program.


Original developer and coordinator: Patti Grunther

Patti Grunther lived in Italy for more than 20 years and has been teaching Italian at Watchung Hills Regional High School since she moved back to the U.S. with her family. She has taught Italian at all levels of the high school system as well as English as a Second Language and Linguistics at local colleges, including Montclair State University, Kean University and Bloomfield College. She serves on the AATI (Association of American Teachers of Italian) board as Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative and is the recipient of the 2019 AATI Distinguished Service Award in the K-12 category for her achievements in bridging high school, university and pre-professional experiences through Italian.

Instructor for 2020 edition: Roberta Scortechini

Roberta Scortechini was born and raised in Italy. After graduating from the University of Perugia with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures, she taught in the Italian public school system for a decade, before moving to the United States. Since then she has been teaching Italian on several university campuses in New Jersey, including Montclair State University for over half-a-decade. She regularly participates in professional development workshops and collaborates with various entities as a translator. She was the instructor for the 2019 edition.

Program director at Montclair State University: Teresa Fiore 

Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies and Professor of Italian) is a widely published scholar; coordinator of interdisciplinary cultural programming; and the recipient of awards and grants. As a faculty member, she is strongly committed to curriculum innovation and pedagogical experimentation in dialogue with the high school system. For the summer program she serves as the active liaison with a variety of offices on campus as well as with supporting institutions and individuals off campus, and as supervisor for content and activities. To learn about the projects she has spearheaded and coordinated over the years (and continues to support via the Inserra Endowed Chair) in order to strengthen the relationships between the HS and university systems, see here.

Note: Dr. Marisa Trubiano served as faculty co-developer with Dr. Fiore for the period 2017 through 2019. See her bio on the main page of the summer program.

Quick link to this page: tinyurl.com/MSUmmer2020