"It was a really interesting and engaging course. I was really passionate about what I was learning, so I had a lot of fun learning, engaging in class, participating in discussions and it was really worth it. The highlight of the program was definitely the course itself, as in the content that we learnt and even the assignments! I really loved learning about Italian cinema and scriptwriting, so I had a lot of fun studying, completing the assignments and watching the required movies. I also don't feel confident very often, but in this class I felt like I was really smart, appreciated and liked. I think our lecturer was also amazing, she had great expertise in both practice and in theory and she always managed to keep us engaged for the whole time. I also loved being able to experience a new city and culture whilst learning something I loved. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to be able to travel around Italy on the weekends."
- Emily Booth, former AIM Overseas participant
Applications are now open for this program for July 2020! Click here to apply now.
This program explores 2 courses in the space of 4 weeks. You will first delve into Creative Italian Story Telling: from Literature to Cinema to other forms of fiction, before turning your attention to world famous director Federico Fellini and the Contemporary Italian Cinema.
In Creative Italian Story Telling, you will analyse some of the most important adaptations of Italian Literature for the seventh art. It is a great opportunity to discover the Italian culture through poetry, literature, playwriting and screenwriting. You will then have the chance to write a story and develop it into a short film screenplay using the creative writing techniques you will have studied earlier in the course.
The class on Federico Fellini and the Contemporary Italian Cinema will focus on Federico Fellini’s career, from his debut as screenwriter during Neorealism to his masterpieces of the ’50s and ’60s.You will then explore the boundaries of contemporary Italian cinema with the most significant directors and their movies: Roberto Benigni Gabriele Salvatores, Matteo Garrone and Paolo Sorrentino (who won for best film in a foreign language at the Academy Awards 2014).
* Details of the 2020 program are still subject to final change *
"Great experience, with a great professor and beautiful country. The highlights of this program, was definitely the people and country. I had never been to Europe before and so being able to travel around before and during the program was something so excited that I looked forward to every weekend. The people I studied with and met throughout my explorations also made the trip incredibly worthwhile."
- Lilian Chau Sutherland, former AIM Overseas participant
Over the course of the program you will cover the following topics:
The course will analyse some of the most important adaptations of Italian literature for the seventh art, identify the resistance of literature and discover masterpieces of Italian Cinema. Students will gradually develop an understanding towards the changes from the source material to the new text.
This course includes a creative experience through literature and cinema: the writer’s lab. Each student will be given tools to write a story and develop it into a short film screenplay.
After “meeting” the Master, students will discover the main trends and filmmakers in contemporary Italian cinema. Since cinema is a mirror to our world, students will learn a lot about contemporary Italian society through the seventh art.
Below is a tentative list of visits, you will be provided with a confirmed list of activities upon arrival.
- MIC is an interactive museum of cinema. Participants will see the development of cinema as an art form; pre-cinema and film archives with Milano at the beginning of last century, Futuristic short films and Giuseppe Verdi’s funeral; the development of advertisement and animation; experience film dubbing; see boards with film settings in Milan and the chain distribution in Milan since 1896.
- Guided tour of Milan
- Guided tour to Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition
- Visit to Sforzesco Castle
- Guided tour to Duomo Cathedral, Duomo Terraces, Vitttorio Emanuele Gallery and Piazza Scala
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (also known as UCSC or UNICATT) is an Italian private research university and was founded in 1921. Cattolica is the largest private university in Europe. Its main campus is located in Milan, with satellite campuses in Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona, Rome and Campobasso. The Milan campus, situated in the heart of Milan’s St. Ambrose district, is characterised by chapels and great halls which mark the university’s original use as a monastery as far back as the 8th century. UCSC has been awarded 5 stars by international university ranking system, QS Stars, and has been noted as the fourth most recommended university to attend by international students. Gain first hand exposure to the European perspective on international relations by living in Europe itself and learning about regional concerns in context.
Mara Perbellini is the main lecturer of the course. She is a scriptwriter and story analyst for major film and TV production companies. After obtaining her BA degree in Italian literature and Master’s Degree in screenwriting at the Università Cattolica of Milan, she began to write screenplays and work as a story analyst for Rai Fiction and Eagle Pictures. She also worked as assistant director on the TV-movie “Una famiglia per caso” for RAI 1.
She has had over twelve feature film stories and screenplays purchased or optioned, including the treatment of "Bugie e miracoli" for Academy Award Winner Producer Marina Cicogna. In addition to her screenplays, Mara has had a number of scripts produced for animated series, such as “The Lord of Shadows” and “Uffa che Pazienza!” (Rai 2, season 1 and 2, which earned the Pulcinella Award at Cartoons on the Bay 2008 as best TV series for children).
She also attended the Film School at the New York Film Academy, both in NYC and in L.A. (at Universal Studios) and the London Academy of Radio, Film & TV: while there, she directed, wrote and edited 4 short films.
In 2006 Mara joined the Faculty o f IES Abroad Milan, where she teaches History of Italian Cinema and filmmaking. In 2012 she joined the Faculty of Università Cattolica where she teaches creative storytelling with Prof. Provenzi. She’s also tutoring Italian film students at Università Cattolica, both for the Screenwriting Master Program and the film-making summer course at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
In 2009 she got an Award for best screenplay at the Fiuggi International Family Film Festival with the film “Il sirenetto”. After that she wrote several prime-time mini-series and series, such as “Distretto di polizia 8” (Canale 5), "Ci vediamo a Portofino" (Rai 1), “La vita che corre” (Rai 1), “Eleonora Duse” (Publispei) and “Ombre sulla neve” (Casanova Multimedia).
In 2012 she wrote 5 plays for “Decalogo parte prima” that premiered at the Spoleto “Festival dei due mondi”. She’s currently writing other 5 plays for “Decalogo parte seconda” as well as some cinematic projects.
Students will be staying in dorm style accommodation and will be sharing a room with at least one other student. The accommodation is roughly 20 minutes away (metro and walking) from the University. All rooms have WiFi and a private bathroom as well as kitchen facilities.
Hear the experiences of other students on this program
“Even as a four year old girl, I knew I was Italian and what that meant. Through primary school all my independent projects were related to Italy. For most of my life I have been trying to learn the language, but it was really hard to learn it in a classroom environment. And of course when this opportunity to study at UniversitÃ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy”
- Jessica Renaglia, Double degree in Journalism and Arts (majoring in Creative Communications and Film & Television). READ MORE
The city of Milan has an ancient cultural heritage and legacy. Modern Milan is recognised as a world fashion and design capital, with a major influence in commerce, industry, music, sport, literature, art and media. The city remains one of Europe’s main transportation and industrial hubs, making it one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in Europe.
Milan boasts long experience of public transport: its first street cars date back to 1841. Today, the wide assortment of trams, buses, trolley-buses and the three lines of the subway makes it easy to get to almost every corner of town. The Fiera Milano City, for instance, is on the red subway line 1 (direction Rho Fiera, Amendola Fiera stop).
Tickets (Euro 1.5) are not on sale on vehicles: you can buy them at most newsstands and in some bars. You can use a ticket for 90 minutes on as many trams and buses as you like, but only once on the subway. Tickets to reach some suburban subway stations (Rho and Rho Fiera, the two stops for Milanofiori Assago, the three ones in Cologno, and towards Gessate beyond Cascina Gobba) are more expensive.
With a world-renowned reputation for its gastronomy, fashion and design, there is no shortage of shopping and eating opportunities in Milan. The city centre is home to most of Milan’s shopping, eating and entertainment. Some places of note:
Brera. This is one of the most exclusive and fashionable places in Milan, with an atmosphere vaguely reminiscent of Paris, with its artists, open-air coffee shops and sophisticated boutiques. This area, which could be described as “luxury Bohemian” includes Via Brera, Via Solferino, Via Pontaccio, Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como. Alongside it there are many eighteenth century palaces including Palazzo Brera at number 28 Corso Como that houses the famous Pinacoteca.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The gallery with its glass and iron structure was built around 1870 and is called the “salotto di Milano” (The Milan Lounge). It houses old coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and historical bookshops. Luxury shops sit side-by-side with fast-food outlets such as McDonalds.
Milan has won the 2015 Eurocities award for Innovations for its project on “Fewer cars, more shared spaces, better quality of life for all”. Read more on sharing mobility strategy in Milan.
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Early bird applications for our Mid-Year 2020 programs are now closed. They will open again on 6 January 2020.
In the meantime, you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates.
You’ll also be notified when applications are open!
The application process for this program are as follows:
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.
3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.
7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.
8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.
9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.
10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 4th May 2020.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
For more information, see our . Alternatively, you are welcome to or . Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.