Film History and Preservation in Italy

photo of Italy


Program dates: June 19, 2024 – July 7,  2024

Study with Professor Shelley Stamp in Bologna, Italy, while attending the renowned Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival. The world’s leading festival of film preservation, Il Cinema Ritrovato features premieres of restored film prints and rare gems of mainstream, arthouse, experimental, and early film, giving students an in-depth knowledge of international cinema. Following the film festival, students will remain in Bologna for in-depth classes on film history and preservation.

Language of Instruction: English 

Courses:  FILM 132A: International Cinema to 1960 (5 units) and FILM 185S: Film Preservation and Restoration (2 units)

Summer Session: 1

Max Enrollment: 17

Faculty Leaders: Shelley Stamp, Professor of Film and Digital Media (she/her/hers)


Quick Facts

Location – Bologna, Italy

Eligibility – Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, 45 units completed at the time of departure.

Minimum GPA – 2.3 cumulative GPA or higher 

Majors – Open to Film and Digital Media Majors or Minors

Prerequisites –  must have completed FILM 20A prior to departure

Application Materials 

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least six months after the program’s end date is required to apply or a receipt indicating that it has been ordered.
  • Financial Agreement – Download, read, and electronically sign the Financial Terms and Conditions document. You will be required to upload it in the application.


  • Bologna – Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy, located in the Po Valley. It is the seventh largest city in Italy and about one hour from Venice and Rome. Home to the University of Bologna, founded in 1088, the city is well known for its miles of porticos, lively piazzas, art, and gastronomy. Bologna has several nicknames that describe its inviting atmosphere: “La Grassa” or the “fat one” due to its renowned cuisine, “La Dotta” or the “learned one” due to its ancient university, and “La Rossa” or the “red one” due to its beautiful red rooftops as well as its left-leaning politics.  
  • Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival – Programmed over 9 days, the Ritrovato is the world’s premiere festival of film preservation. 400+ films are shown in multiple cinemas and in the city’s historic outdoor piazza. Evenings during the festival include special presentations of films outside under the stars. Festival attendees enjoy live musical accompaniment, panels and lectures by esteemed filmmakers and film archivists, themed programs that provide students with in-depth knowledge of fascinating strands of international film history.
  • Museo Fellini: Day trip to Rimini on the Adriatic coast to visit the Museo Fellini, dedicated to the life and work of Italian director Frederico Fellini.
  • Cultural activities: Guided activities in Bologna will include city tours and visits to local film organizations.


Application Fee

  • There is a Non-Refundable $200 UCSC Global Learning Application Fee. It is charged to your UCSC account after March 1, 2024.



Italy is located in south-central Europe, bordering France to the west, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria to the north, and Slovenia to the east. Often described as in the shape of a boot, Italy’s diverse landscape includes the Alps, valleys, forests, and even active volcanoes. Much of the country and its islands are surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. It is the third-largest economy in the euro-zone with a population of about 62 million, of which 5% are non-Italians, including Albanians, Romanians, Ukrainians, other Europeans, and Africans. Although Italian is the official language, much of the population speaks a regional dialect. Learn more about travel in Italy here. Learn more about identities in Italy here

Host Organization
UCSC has partnered with API for this program. API is a US-based company with extensive global infrastructure of host universities, industry partners, community organizations, and vendors in nearly 25 countries. When you arrive in Italy, you’ll be greeted by API’s on-site staff who will support you every step of the way. 

Weather and Climate

In June and July, the temperature in Bologna is likely to range from a low of 65°F to a high of 95°F. Bologna has a humid temperate climate and summers are generally hot and muggy.   Read more about the weather in Bologna here

Travel Documents Required for US Citizens

Passport required for US citizens. If you are not a US citizen please email to learn about additional travel documents you may need to pursue this program.

Country Information Resources

Currency: Euro

Official Language: Italy


Accommodations will be in single hotel rooms for program duration. Linens and towels, weekly cleaning, internet access, and daily breakfast are included. 

Please note that elevators, air conditioners, and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


Your accommodation provides a daily breakfast. Welcome and farewell dinners are also included in your program fees. Most lunches and dinners are not included.


Global Seminars are generally accessible, though some locations may present unique challenges regarding mobility. These will be addressed as needed and accommodations can be made. Please email to inquire more about if this program is a good choice for you. 

Students with DisabilitiesIf you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Course Descriptions

Film 132A: International Cinema to 1960 (5 units)

This is a survey of international cinema organized around the film festival Il Cinema Ritrovato

and the programs offered during its 2024 season – yet to be announced. We will attend some screenings together as a class, but students will also have opportunities to select films on their own. Class visits will be arranged with archivists, scholars, film festival programmers and others attending the film festival.

Film 185S: Film Preservation and Restoration (2 units)

Students will learn about contemporary practices of film preservation and restoration by attending talks on important film restoration projects and visiting one of Europe’s premiere film restoration facilities, L’Immagine Ritrovata at the Cineteca Bologna.

Contact course instructor if syllabi needed for program approval

Course Credit

Students on UCSC Global Seminars earn regular UC Santa Cruz course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, and General Education (GE) requirements. UC Santa Cruz students can use UCSC Global Seminar courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements.

Last modified: Feb 23, 2024