A member of the Central Careers team recently embarked on a field trip to the Italian city of Venice. The aim of the trip was to immerse students in the Italian culture – via the Linguae Mundi language programme – and give them the opportunity to practice their language skills outside of the classroom.
The group comprised of seventeen students representing a range of faculties, including Automotive Design students with a keen interest in Italian motor design and students studying interior design seeking inspiration from the well-preserved classic décor.
The week-long trip included museum excursions and a visit to the renowned Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) in St. Mark’s Square and a guided tour of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In order to keep things exciting, the trip leaders decided to set a series of group challenges for the participants, including asking local Venetians to teach them a traditional song which they had to learn and then record on video!
Overall, the trip was a success and all participants agreed that the itinerary enabled them to gain a taste Venetian culture. Students (and staff) are actively encouraged to partake in international activities on and off campus which can include learning a language with Linguae Mundi, which can then lead to attending a field trip! The benefits of engaging in international activities include boosting your employability prospects by learning a language, to broadening your intercultural experience.
For more information on international opportunities provided by the University – including Linguae Mundi – follow the link to the Centre for Global Engagement’s page on the Student Portal http://bit.ly/1n9Apo2. Ciao!