Italy UGA

Qualified St. Lawrence University rising juniors and seniors who have declared a major or minor in Fine Arts are eligible to spend the fall or spring semester with the University of Georgia program in Cortona, Italy.  The program offers a variety of studio courses in painting, ceramics, drawing, book arts, jewelry and metal work, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design and photography. In addition to coursework, students will have the opportunity to participate in course related field trips, weekend field trips, and cultural activities within the local community. Cortona is a small city of 22,000, located in Arezzo, in the heart of Tuscany.  The UGA program hosts  approximately 50 students each semester, and has been in existence since 1970. 

  • Based in Cortona
  • Fall or Spring semester
  • Pre-requisites: 2.8 GPA recommended, FA 131, FA 116 or 117, and one upper level studio course (one semester of Italian highly recommended)
  • Fine Arts majors and minors
  • Live in student housing (a converted monastery)

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Cortona is a small Tuscan town, about twenty miles south of Arezzo, with a rich historical and cultural environment in which students can easily immerse themselves. Cortona is built on the crest of Monte Sant-Egidio and is surrounded by a massive ancient city-wall that for the most part corresponds to or is made up of walls constructed during the time of the Etruscans. Other remains of Etruscan and Roman buildings can still be seen within the city walls. The architecture of Cortona is often a mixture of periods and styles, revealing layers of history. Cortona's painting tradition was dominated by the Sienese tradition throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The flowering of artistry has been constant throughout Cortona's history.

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In addition to the required Art History course, students choose electives in studio courses in painting, ceramics, drawing, book arts, jewelry and metal work, sculpture, print making, graphic design, and photography.

Students must be enrolled full-time. Studio courses as well as the required Art History course transfer as 1 SLU unit while other courses transfer as .83 SLU units. Students who enroll in fewer than three studio courses should be aware that they will be behind units toward graduation and may need to take more than four courses to be considered full-time.   

For further information on course offerings please visit the Cortona website.

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The program includes day-long field trips every Saturday throughout each semester to nearby locations such as Perugia, Assisi, Arezzo, Florence, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Siena, Ravenna and others. It also includes overnight trips to Rome and Venice and possibly other cities depending on the semester. In addition, there are a variety of cultural activities with the local community and an end-of-semester exhibition of student and faculty work.

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All students on the Cortona program will live in the John D. Kehoe building– a converted monastery located on the UGA Cortona campus. Students will eat breakfast in the residence, and three dinners per week are held in a downtown restaurant.  Students will be provided a stipend for all other meals.  

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Please click here to find the  Program Calendar.

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Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.

On site: The program in Italy begins with an Orientation session on the terrace of the Torre Rossa in Rome, where the group spends approximately 3 days before travelling to Cortona.  

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the Italy program please contact one of the following people.

CIIS OfficeKelley Lawson-Khalidi, Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Peer Advisor: Kelsey Smith, Italy Spring 2014 - Questions about the student experience.

Faculty Coordinator: Melissa Schulenberg - Questions about program academics.

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