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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Summer Program in Turin

June 3-July 14, 2018


The Cornell Summer Program in Turin is designed for students who want to learn about European politics and policy debates and to immerse themselves in a city rich with history and culture.

The ancient city of Turin is nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean in the magnificent Piedmont region of Northern Italy. Previously the seat of the Italian monarchy, Turin was the first capital of modern Italy and has served as the focal point of many important social and political movements. During the Mussolini period, Turin was a stronghold of anti-fascist resistance. The city is still renowned for its left-wing intelligentsia and is also the book publishing hub of Italy. More recently, Turin has been closely linked to the Slow Food Movement, founded in 1986 in the famous wine-growing Langhe district of Piedmont.

Today, metropolitan Turin has a population of almost two million and is a major European and Italian center for industry and commerce. The city center features grand boulevards full of specialty shops, atmospheric cafes, and world-class restaurants, as well as palaces and cathedrals showcasing some of Europe's best examples of baroque architecture.

Notable sites include the Egyptian Museum, which houses the most important collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts outside Cairo; the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, best known as the home of the controversial Shroud of Turin; and the Mole Antonelliana, a landmark building that contains the impressive National Museum of Cinema. In addition, the University of Turin, founded in 1404, is one of the oldest universities in Europe and among the most significant research universities in Italy. In 2006, Turin became the largest city ever to host the Winter Olympic Games.

Cornell in Turin includes two consecutive interdisciplinary courses, GOVT 3323 European Politics and PAM 3620 Population Controversies in Europe and the U.S. Students may choose to enroll in one or both of these courses. Both are taught by Cornell faculty and hosted at the Einaudi Foundation in the majestic Palazzo d'Azeglio in downtown Turin. The program also features a number of extracurricular activities and excursions.

Enrollment is limited to a maximum of seventeen students per course in order to ensure the highest quality of instruction. Participants may enroll in either one or both of the two course offerings. Eligibility is based on good academic standing, intellectual interest, and personal maturity.

Lecture and discussion sessions are conducted in English, so no knowledge of Italian is required. The program is open to all university and college undergraduate students; participants need not be Cornell students.

For Cornell students, GOVT 3323 satisfies the requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences' degree in social and behavioral analysis and counts toward the minor in European studies. PAM 3620 counts toward the minor in inequality. Both courses may fulfill the 120 credits that Cornell undergraduate students must earn for graduation. Depending on a student's college, the courses may also fulfill other requirements for electives, distribution requirements, or majors.

Cornell in Turin is coordinated by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at Cornell University, in partnership with the Cornell Institute for European Studies, the Departments of Government and Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell, the Luigi Einaudi Foundation in Turin, the Comune di Dogliani, and the San Giacomo Charitable Foundation.

In the news

Cornell in Turin students get good view of Euro unrest, Cornell Chronicle, August 1, 2016
Cornell in Turin cited for study of 'model' community center, Cornell Chronicle, March 10, 2016