Office of Global Engagement

SUMMER 2024 - ITALY: World Cinema in a Global Context

In this Brown Global Summer Program, explore world cinema and film production against the backdrop of the world-renowned Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival in Bologna, Italy.

ITALY: Summer 2024 • Virtual Info Session

Click below to watch a recording of a virtual info session and learn all about ITALY: World Cinema in a Global Context.  Facilitated by faculty directors, Massimo Riva (Italian Studies) and Regina Longo (MCM), this info session provides an overview of academics, cultural programming, housing, costs, eligibility requirements, and instructions for submitting an application for Summer 2024.

Click to watch the info session recording!


This fully immersive, intensive and project-oriented summer course introduces students to World Cinema and its histories through an original contextualized approach centered around the Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival, hosted every summer by the Cineteca of Bologna.  

Program Highlights:

  • Visits to the Cineteca of Bologna and its laboratories (Immagine Ritrovata) to examine the processes and procedures of film restoration and preservation; 
  • Guest lectures and seminars focused on the role of archive-based festivals in the development of a transnational community of “cinephiles”; 
  • Participation in multiple daily screenings at the Cinema Ritrovato Festival, including whole class attendance of an evening program featuring a 3000-seat open-air theater in Bologna’s main piazza;
  • Participation in two master classes with filmmakers, historians, and critics, as part of the festival program or organized by the instructors;
  • Two-week culminating retreat/workshop on film production at the Artistic Residence “Casa Fellini” in Gambettola, where director Adriano Sforzi and other resident artists will guide students in the techniques of “observational cinema” to be applied to the final project, a treatment for a short film.



  • Course Title: ITAL1029/MCM1205 - World Cinema in a Global Context
  • Credit: Participants will earn one unit of credit, equivalent to four semester hours.
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Language of instruction: All classes are delivered in English. All films are shown in their original language with Italian and English subtitles. Activities will include an introduction to “Survival Italian.”


*June 17, 2024 – July 17, 2024

*Please note that program dates and itinerary are tentative and will be finalized in Spring 2024.


June 17, 2024

Arrival in Bologna; check in to program-arranged housing

June 18 – June 21, 2024

Orientation / Pre-Festival Lectures (Bologna)

June 22 – June 30, 2024

Cinema Ritrovato Festival (Bologna)

July 1 - July 17, 2024

Post-Festival Film Production Workshop / Retreat (Gambettola)

July 17, 2024

Program ends; check out of program-arranged housing 


  • In Bologna, students will be housed in an international student residence in single rooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. 
  • In Gambettola, housing will be provided. However, the exact format of housing will be determined based on student enrollment. We anticipate that this will be in multiple occupancy settings. 
  • Please note that all participants are required to stay in program-arranged housing. Independently arranged housing will not be permitted.
  • Some meals will be provided as part of program activities. Otherwise, students should budget accordingly to provide for their own meals. 


Brown Global Summer Program participants are billed for Brown Summer Session Tuition, the Brown Summer Session Enrollment Fee, and a program fee that covers housing, program activities, and some meals while in-country.  The tuition and fees for Summer Session 2024 are published on the Student Financial Services website.  The program fee for this program is $5,500.

This program also has anticipated expenses, including airfare, that will not be billed by Brown.  We will be uploading detailed estimates of the unbilled expenses for this program in the coming weeks on this website.


Brown undergraduates who receive financial aid during the academic year may be eligible for a Summer Grant towards their Summer Session tuition and enrollment fees. Eligible students will be contacted by the Office of Financial aid in late February/early March with information about their eligibility.


Please make note of the following deadlines for Summer 2024 programs.  Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    • Thursday, February 1: Preferred Application Deadline
    • Friday, March 1: Final Application Deadline
    • Friday, March 8: Admissions Decision
    • Friday, March 15: Commitment Deadline


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