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UK Sponsored: Italian Language, Art and Culture in Tuscany (Arts & Sciences)
Arezzo, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
The UK Education Abroad deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Art, Art History, Fine Arts, International Studies, Italian Language, Italian Studies
Housing Options:
Homestay, Student Residences
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Thomas Teague
Program Director:
Ioana Larco, Matteo Benassi
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:

UK Sponsored: Italian Language, Art & Culture in Tuscany

Dates TBD - Applications will be accepted for the 2015 summer program once dates have been established!

Program OverviewGiostra

Summer is the perfect time to learn Italian in Italy! This program will introduce students to Italian language, art and culture on an everyday basis and is open to students with beginning to advanced Italian language proficiency. Students will hone their Italian speaking, listening, and understanding skills throughout the program during class lectures, while living with Italian families, participating in course excursions and while interacting with the host city of Arezzo.
Students will learn about the Italian Tuscan Renaissance through class lectures and visits to museums, churches and buildings that exhibit original art objects of frescoes, paintings, sculpture and architecture. Students will also study poetry, music and architecture, particularly of Arezzo and Siena; and generally of Tuscany.
Arezzo is a lovely hill town and a small but very lively city in Tuscany. It is very beautiful and less touristic than Florence and Siena yet is in close proximity to these popular cities. Students will receive instruction in the cooking as well as in the art of Arezzo and the Tuscan region and learn to navigate successfully in stores, the post office, markets and restaurants, etc.


  • Learn Italian in the beautiful city of Arezzo, Italy in the Tuscan region. 
  • Increase your appreciation of Italian art, music, theatre and architecture.
  • Experience the everyday culture of Arezzo while living with Italian host families for two weeks.
  • Participate in an Italian cooking class and tour an olive oil press.
  • Take full day excursions to Siena, Florence and Ravenna.
  • Earn up to 8 credit hours.
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  • This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines.
  • Although beneficial, students are not required to have taken an Italian course prior to participating in this program.
  • In addition to the Education Abroad program application (found on this website), students will be asked to participate in an interview with either Dr. Ioana Larco, or Dr. Matteo Benassi, prior to acceptance into the program. Interested students should email one of the faculty members to arrange a meeting.

Academic Credit 

  • UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty.  UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • Students will enroll in three courses - one Italian language course, one culture course and the required study abroad course.
  • Depending on individual level of proficiency students will enroll in one of the following Italian language courses:
    • ITA 101 (4 credit hours)
    • ITA 102 (4 credit hours)
    • ITA 201 (3 credit hours)
    • ITA 202 (3 credit hours)
    • ITA 395: Independent Work in Italian (3 credit hours)  for students with advanced proficiency
  • All students will enroll in ITA 263: Studies in Italian Culture: Tuscan Art and Culture through Time (3 credit hours).  For Arts & Sciences majors: ITA 263 fulfills 3 hours of the Arts & Sciences Humanities requirement.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
  • Classes will be held at the British Institute, Arezzo (BIA), Monday through Friday, 9:00-10:20am, 10:40am-12:30pm, and 1:30-2:50pm. Students will have access to computer labs with internet access and a reading room/study area.
  • The Convitto Santa Caterina provides free wireless internet access.

Housing & Meals arezzo

  • Students will have the great fortune to live with Italian families for two weeks. This will afford students the opportunity to become familiar with the everyday life of the city and region of Italy. The homestay will also allow students to gain a significant understanding of the similarities and differences between the American and Italian ways of life.
  • For the remaining 4 weeks of the program students will live in the Convitto Santa Caterina, a wonderful 17th century renovated palazzo. Three students will be assigned to each room.
  • Students will be provided breakfast and dinner while living with the host family, and participants will share a welcome dinner and farewell dinner as a group. Students will have breakfast provided for the remaining four weeks in the Convitto. For lunch and dinner, students can purchase complete meals from the residence for a very reasonable price.
  • Housing will be within walking distance of the classroom location.
  • As part of the program fee, participants will be provided a cell phone for their own use. There will be no usage fees for incoming calls from the US, but all other usage fees will be charged to the student.


  • Participants are responsible for their own international transportation. Transportation will be provided for all participants from the Florence airport to Arezzo. Students must be at the Florence airport by the designated time (June 1 at 4:00pm).

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs 

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Required Applications

  • Students must complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and a supplemental application with International Studies Abroad (ISA). The supplemental ISA application will be provided to all accepted students after the application deadline.

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at the Italian Embassy.

Travel Medical Insurance 

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information.

For More Information 

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Ioana Larco,, and Dr. Matteo Benassi,, are faculty members in the Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Benassi will be directing the program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
The UK Education Abroad deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (