Nurture critical thinking. Delve into compelling topics.
Partake in Italian culture.

Here begins a new learning experience.

Dolomit is grounded on the belief that Trentino represents an ideal location to reflect on global processes thanks to its history as a borderland and its exceptional natural features. We craft each program with a particular attention to the environmental and cultural context, which offers inexhaustible critical insights and can be fully lived in everyday life. Our programs and activities ensure individualized attention in dynamic settings, and take place in high-quality facilities.

Let’s discover the learning experiences that can fulfill your curiosity!

STUDY ABROAD

DOLOMIT SUMMER SCHOOL 2017

Dolomit offers a university-level summer school in Trentino with the support of a local network of distinguished scientific and cultural institutions, including the college of art and design LABA Trentino, the history research institute Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino, and the Adamello Brenta Nature Park. The program takes place in a special setting, the Garda Trentino region, a Mediterranean pocket nestled in the Italian Alps, where inspirational landscapes and a diverse cultural heritage welcome inquisitive-minded students. The Summer School 2017 focuses on four academic areas – fine arts, history, environmental studies, and Italian – and proposes a catalog of innovative 3-credit courses designed according to the requirements of the U.S. higher education system. The teaching method is based on an active learning approach: dynamic in-class activities are integrated with carefully planned laboratories, guided visits, and fieldwork experiences. In order to grant participants personal attention and to build a productive environment, each course accepts a maximum of twelve students. The structure of the program allows students to enroll in one course in each of its five 3-week sessions. In addition, Dolomit offers participants the opportunity to gently delve into Italian culture and become acquainted with the Garda Trentino area: an optional “Discovery Week” takes place immediately before every session.

OUR COURSES

Beauty & Creativity

FINE ARTS

Modernism in Europe and the United States, late-19th c. - mid-20th c. more info

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Modernism in Europe and the United States, late-19th c. - mid-20th c.
A survey of modern Western art in its aesthetic, social, and political contexts. Special attention is paid to historical avant-garde movements that transformed into art the dramatic challenges of a new technological and psychological reality. Topics include Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Abstractism, Dadaism and Surrealism; major artists from Trentino, such as Giovanni Segantini and Fortunato Depero; the arts patronage of Peggy Guggenheim and her interest in European art.

Futurism and the 20th-c. International Avant-Gardes more info

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Futurism and the 20th-c. International Avant-Gardes
A course designed to offer in-depth understanding of Futurism – the Italian foundational avant-garde movement of the past century – and of its impact on the development of the arts worldwide. Futurism originated in the early 20th century from the rejection of the dominant artistic traditions of the Italian past, and aimed at a glorification of modernity. The history of the movement is tightly bound to Trentino, whose major art museum and research institution – the Mart – is hosting portions of the class activities and provides unique study material. Topics include the lives and works of Marinetti, Depero, Boccioni, Balla, Dottori, Severini, Carrà, Russolo, and the major international artistic currents influenced by Futurism, such as Dadaism, Surrealism, and Abstractism.

Introduction to Digital Photography more info

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Introduction to Digital Photography
The course introduces students to the fundamental principles and techniques of digital photography, and includes a number of practical exercises in the Garda Trentino area and its surroundings. Students will learn the working and use of a digital camera, lighting and composition techniques, and image editing. Shoot assignments will take place both indoor and outdoor, and students will be able to work on specific creative projects with a variety of subjects and styles, such as portraits, urban and natural landscapes, and reportages.

Digital Photography: Landscapes and Reportage more info

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Digital Photography: Landscapes and Reportage
This course is directed to students who already possess a basic knowledge of the theory and practice of digital photography. It offers participants the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills through projects that explore the realms of urban and natural environments, historical and modern architecture, travel reportage, and documentary photography. Through a variety of outings and practical exercises made possible by the exceptional richness of the region, students work on technical competency, visual thinking and conceptualization, creative problem solving, and aesthetic presentation of photographic production.

Interpretation & Memory

HISTORY

Europe in the Age of the World Wars, 1900-1945 more info

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Europe in the Age of the World Wars, 1900-1945
The course investigates a decisive period in modern European history, with the support of the resources of a pivotal borderland territory at the core of the continent: Trentino and its surrounding area. This region was at the center of most of the crucial events and processes of the first half of the 20th century, that are thus analyzed through a balanced mix of lectures, seminars, visits and laboratories. Topics include: Belle Époque Europe between empires, nationalisms and ethnic conflicts; the momentous occurrences of World War 1; the rise of totalitarian ideologies and regimes; the socio-economic, political and cultural context of the 1930s; World War 2 and its long-lasting consequences on contemporary Europe.

Introduction to Public History more info

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Introduction to Public History
This course introduces participants to the field of public history, intended as the application of historical knowledge and methods to the promotion of public engagement with the past. Primary subjects of inquiry are key concepts such as interpretation, representation, memory, heritage, commemoration, and preservation. In addition, the course addresses the implications of transforming history as an academic discipline into a cultural, political and economic practice. A series of guided visits and guest speakers allows students to gain first-hand understanding of a variety of public history interventions, drawing from the major public history institutions and projects available in the area: museums, archives, historical societies, civic celebrations, monuments, historic sites, audiovisuals, and digital works.

Sustainability & Communities

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Food, Culture and Society more info

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Food, Culture and Society
This course studies food procurement, production, processing, distribution and consumption in its cultural and social implications. Italy on the whole, and Trentino in particular as a border region between the Mediterranean and the Nordic worlds, constitutes an ideal setting to explore topics such as: the evolution of food systems across time in their changing contexts; the impacts on the environment and on social justice produced by different agricultural models and food industries; nutrition and health; meanings of food, culinary traditions and identities; food and tourism. The program includes guided visits and tastings at a number of local producers and companies.

Environment, Culture and Society more info

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Environment, Culture and Society
The course examines the changing relations between humans and natural environments through the lens of the social sciences. An overview of the major dynamics and challenges rising from human-environment interaction is coupled with a focus on an exemplary region: the European Alps. Addressed topics include: population, subsistence strategies and economic development across time; nature and the environment in relation with fundamental spheres of the human life (religion, ethics, gender, arts); conservation, environmental movements and policies; globalization and climate change; the future of the Alpine region and of mountain areas at large. Students have the opportunity to participate in laboratories, excursions and other educational activities conducted in collaboration with major scientific and environmental protection institutions of Trentino.

Applied Ecology more info

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Applied Ecology
The course introduces participants to the application of the fundamental principles and procedures of ecology to conservation and natural resource management. Scientific methods and critical thinking are employed to evaluate complex interactions between humans, organisms and physical environments, with special attention to the unique context of the Alps. A major goal of the class is the acquisition of problem solving skills by the students, who are thus required to gain experience in the collection, analysis and presentation of data and results. Thanks to the collaboration with state-of-the-art local institutions in the fields of the natural sciences and environmental protection, the curriculum comprises relevant educational tours, laboratories and field exercises.

Perception & Expression

ITALIAN

Elementary Italian 1 more info

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Elementary Italian 1
Italian courses are designed to improve communication skills through dynamic and interactive methods, and are organized according to students’ previous knowledge of the language. In addition to providing rigorous study of the language elements and structures, the classes comprise role games and real situation exercises that facilitate the active learning of Italian with its linguistic and cultural features. Each of the three main proficiency levels – Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced – requires a sequence of two 45-hour intensive courses – 1 and 2 – in order to be completed.

Elementary Italian 2 more info

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Elementary Italian 2
Italian courses are designed to improve communication skills through dynamic and interactive methods, and are organized according to students’ previous knowledge of the language. In addition to providing rigorous study of the language elements and structures, the classes comprise role games and real situation exercises that facilitate the active learning of Italian with its linguistic and cultural features. Each of the three main proficiency levels – Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced – requires a sequence of two 45-hour intensive courses – 1 and 2 – in order to be completed.

Intermediate Italian 1 more info

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Intermediate Italian 1
Italian courses are designed to improve communication skills through dynamic and interactive methods, and are organized according to students’ previous knowledge of the language. In addition to providing rigorous study of the language elements and structures, the classes comprise role games and real situation exercises that facilitate the active learning of Italian with its linguistic and cultural features. Each of the three main proficiency levels – Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced – requires a sequence of two 45-hour intensive courses – 1 and 2 – in order to be completed.

Intermediate Italian 2 more info

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Intermediate Italian 2
Italian courses are designed to improve communication skills through dynamic and interactive methods, and are organized according to students’ previous knowledge of the language. In addition to providing rigorous study of the language elements and structures, the classes comprise role games and real situation exercises that facilitate the active learning of Italian with its linguistic and cultural features. Each of the three main proficiency levels – Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced – requires a sequence of two 45-hour intensive courses – 1 and 2 – in order to be completed.

Advanced Italian 1 more info

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Advanced Italian 1
Italian courses are designed to improve communication skills through dynamic and interactive methods, and are organized according to students’ previous knowledge of the language. In addition to providing rigorous study of the language elements and structures, the classes comprise role games and real situation exercises that facilitate the active learning of Italian with its linguistic and cultural features. Each of the three main proficiency levels – Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced – requires a sequence of two 45-hour intensive courses – 1 and 2 – in order to be completed.

Advanced Italian 2 more info

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Advanced Italian 2
Italian courses are designed to improve communication skills through dynamic and interactive methods, and are organized according to students’ previous knowledge of the language. In addition to providing rigorous study of the language elements and structures, the classes comprise role games and real situation exercises that facilitate the active learning of Italian with its linguistic and cultural features. Each of the three main proficiency levels – Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced – requires a sequence of two 45-hour intensive courses – 1 and 2 – in order to be completed.

OUR SESSIONS

  • MAY 13 – JUNE 3
  • JUNE 3 – JUNE 24
  • JUNE 24 – JULY 15
  • JULY 15 – AUGUST 5
  • AUGUST 5 – AUGUST 26

The optional “Discovery Week” begins the Sunday before the start of each session

The Instruction and Services fee is € 2,900 per session, and includes tuition for all educational activities, application fee, course material, welcome and goodbye dinners, accident insurance, the valuable Trentino Guest Card, and much more.
The “Discovery Week” fee is € 400, and covers fifteen hours of survival Italian and four outings.
Housing rates vary from € 210 to 270 per week, according to session, group size, and specific location. Exact costs will be announced at the time of acceptance. Students are accommodated in comfortable hotels and guesthouses, and treated with daily breakfast.
Multiple Sessions Discount
Get € 300 off for each additional session you enroll in
Best Buddies Discount
Enroll with friends and each of you gets a € 200 discount
Academic Merit Grants
Awards assigned on the basis of cumulative GPA, motivation letter, and CV – One € 300 grant available per session
Blogging Grants
Become one of the program’s official bloggers – Two € 200 grants available per session
Take a look at the students’ blog and programs' photogallery to learn more about our alumni's experience with Dolomit.

STUDENTS’ BLOG

PROGRAMS' PHOTOGALLERY

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ITALIAN COURSES

Dolomit established a partnership with Ingarda Trentino – the destination management organization of the Garda Trentino area – to offer package study holidays in the field of Italian language and culture at competitive rates, starting in April 2016.

Each 1-week course includes 15 hours of in-class teaching with specialized teachers, who adopt dynamic and interactive methods to improve communication skills and tailor classes to meet students’ needs and proficiency.

Participants have the opportunity to integrate their learning experience with thematic activities in the fields of art & culture, food & wine, sports & outdoors, during which they can expand their knowledge of the language in real situations, as well as take advantage of the resources of the region.

Dolomit is also available to organize personalized Italian courses and activities, in accordance to the specific needs and goals of the participants.

Starting from € 520.00 per person. This offering is administered by Ingarda Trentino. For further information and reservations, please visit the Ingarda Group Offers webpage and contact Luisa Visintainer, the person in charge of Marketing for Ingarda, at booking@gardatrentino.it.
For personalized educational activities, please contact us at info@dolomit-learning.it.
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ACTIVITIES ON DEMAND

Dolomit is available to plan and carry out learning experiences tailored on personal and institutional needs. Trentino and the neighboring provinces of the Dolomites are an ideal setting to learn Italian as well as to explore topics in the humanities and social sciences. Dolomit relies on its expertise to design educational activities in a variety of formats (from one-to-one lessons to articulated programs) to be conducted in Italian, English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese. Please feel free to contact us and discuss your educational needs.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS

Dolomit is looking forward to cooperating with professors and universities from around the world to organize ad hoc study abroad programs and study trips in the Dolomites area, all year round. Thanks to its deep connection with the territory and its relationships with local institutions and service providers, Dolomit is able to efficiently take care of all the practical needs for a successful educational experience. In addition, Dolomit can provide complementary academic activities to enrich the program curriculum, i.e. thematic excursions as well as courses in the human sciences and Italian language and culture. To discuss your necessities and expectations, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.