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Cortona, Italy

Program Site: University of Georgia study center, a few minutes walk from the center of Cortona in Tuscany.

Eligibility: Open to Fine Arts majors only. Must have completed at least at least one year at USC before the start of the semester. Minimum 3.0 GPA and completion of the following USC Fine Arts foundation courses: FA 101a, FA 102, FA 106, and FA 150. Although only one semester of college-level Italian is required, past participants recommend taking at least two semesters, as this facilitates interaction with the local community.

Description: Nestled in eastern Tuscany and only an hour from Florence, Cortona offers a rich historical environment that reveals itself through examples of Etruscan, Roman, Romanesque, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Situated on the crest of Mont S. Egidio overlooking the Val di Chiana, the town is surrounded by olive gardens, vineyards and rich valley farmland.

The UGA Cortona program welcomes about 50 students per semester, and offers the opportunity to combine an intensive period of studio and classroom work with the normal lifestyle and culture of a typical Italian community.

Academics: Courses are taught in English by American and local professors. Students may choose from art history, ceramics, drawing, Italian language, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. UGA also offers courses in areas such as landscape architecture, papermaking and bookmaking; interested students may take these courses but will not be awarded USC credit.

In addition to intensive studio and classroom work, mandatory field trips take place each Saturday to cities throughout the region such as Assisi, Siena, and Perugia. These destinations contain important historical masterpieces and provide students the opportunity to see contemporary art, visit working artists, and experience international exhibitions.

Course Load and Credit: Students take four to five courses per semester, one of which must be Art History. The maximum number of units granted per semester is 15. (Due to the intensive nature of the program, students should carefully consider whether they can manage five courses.)

Activities and Other Program Features: Students spend approximately two weeks at the beginning and end of each semester traveling to major cities and artistic centers throughout Italy such as Rome, Florence and Venice. Guest artists and lecturers often give lectures to supplement classroom instruction. Students and program faculty exhibit their work in a show at the end of each semester. Interested students may participate in activities with the local community.

Accommodations: Students live in a 15th century monastery which has been converted to a dormitory; rooms and bathrooms are shared. Continental breakfast is served daily and dinner is provided each evening in one of Cortona’s best restaurants, Tonino’s.

Dates: Fall, Spring or Year. Fall semester runs from late August to late November, spring semester runs from early February to late April.

Estimated Semester Cost:

Additional Expenses*........$11,107

Cost Updated: 5/28/15
Text Updated: 8/11/15

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.

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