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UK Sponsored: Vivere l'Italia: Italian Language, Art & Culture (Arts & Sciences)
Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
Fees and Policies Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2016 06/26/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Art, Art History, History, International Studies, Italian Language, Italian Language & Literature, Italian Studies, Literature
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Niamh Minion
Program Director:
Ioana Larco, Matteo Benassi
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Vivere l'Italia: Italian Language, Art & Culture (Arts & Sciences)

May 15-June 26, 2016
Piazza di SpagnaProgram Overview

Vivere l'Italia is a six-week program in Rome, Italy - the country's capital and one of the most renowned cities in the world for its art and monuments. Students will spend their time studying the language, exploring the city and interacting with the locals. The program will give students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the Italian language, art, culture and history: from the ancient to the modern Romans.

During their stay in Rome and their one-night visit to Florence, students will observe and learn first-hand about the diverse and nuanced layers of Italian cultural and artistic history of the Classical, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern periods. During the numerous onsite visits integral to the courses, students will have the opportunity to appreciate incredible works of art such as: The Roman Forum and Coliseum, the Vatican, Michaelangelo and Caravaggio's paintings and sculptors, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, the Palaces that host the Italian Parliament, and much more!

  • Earn up to 8 credits!
  • Increase your appreciation of Italian art, music, literature and architecture
  • Practice Italian with the Italians
  • Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine!
For more information about the program, click here!


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. 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 before or after the program's international travel.
  • Students will enroll in one language course depending on their level of proficiency (Italian 101 or 102: Elementary Italian, 4 credits; or Italian 201 or 202: Intermediate Italian, 3 credits)
  • Students will also enroll in ITA 263: Studies in Italian Culture (3 credits)
    • Note: this course fulfills the UK Core: Inquiry into the Humanities requirement
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students will not be required to complete ISP 599-related coursework. Graduate students may opt out of ISP 599 altogether if they wish, however, graduate students who opt out of the course altogether will have to pay tuition for the above listed courses.
Housing & MealsColosseum

Students will reside in shared apartments (double or triple rooms) for the duration of their stay in Rome. On overnight excursions outside of Rome, students will reside in monasteries or guesthouses. Breakfast will be included for the students every morning, as will three group dinners, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • 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 UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

VaticanPassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
 U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Italian Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information

The College of Arts & Sciences Education Abroad web page

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Ioana Larco, faculty member in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Kentucky,; Matteo Benassi, faculty member in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Larco will be directing the program.

Ms. Niamh Minion, EA Advisor,

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