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UK Sponsored: Vivere l'Italia: Italian Language, Art and Culture in Tuscany (Arts & Sciences)
Arezzo, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
Program Dates &
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Fees and Policies Summer 2
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Art, Art History, English, Fine Arts, History, International Studies, Italian Language, Italian Language & Literature, Italian Studies, Literature
Housing Options:
Student Residences
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Sarah Whitaker
Program Director:
Ioana Larco, Matthew Giancarlo
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Vivere l'Italia: Italian Language, Art and Culture in Tuscany/Arezzo (Arts & Sciences)

June 14-July 26, 2015
Arezzo CityProgram Overview

Summer is the perfect time to learn Italian in Italy! This program will introduce students to Italian language, art and culture during class lectures and course excursions, all while interacting with the host city of Arezzo on an everyday basis (i.e. in stores, the post office, markets and restaurants). Students will learn about the Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance periods also through visits to museums, churches and buildings that exhibit original art objects of frescoes, paintings, sculpture and architecture. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to discover the influence that Italy and Italian writers in general, and particularly of the Tuscan region, had on English literature.

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 enough proximity to these more popular cities to allow students to visit in their free time as they wish.

To preview the syllabus for this course, click here! (Syllabus to be uploaded soon!)

  • Learn Italian in the beautiful city of Arezzo, a city in the Tuscan region of Italy
  • Increase your appreciation of Italian art, music, literature and architecture
  • Take full day excursions to Florence, Siena and Orvieto
  • Earn up to 8 credit hours for the price of one!

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 have the option to choose between two academic tracks:
    • Track 1: students will enroll in two courses: one Italian Language course depending on their level of proficiency (Italian 101 and 102: Elementary Italian, 4 credits; or Italian 201: Intermediate Italian, 3 credits) and either ITA 263: Studies in Italian Culture: Tuscan Art and Culture through Time (3 credits) or ENG 338: Topics in Literature: Italy in the English Literary Imagination (3 credits) for a total of 6-7 credits (depending on level of Italian proficiency).
    • Track 2: students will enroll in two courses: ITA 263: Studies in Italian Culture: Tuscan Art and Culture through Time  (3 credits) and ENG 338: Topics in Literature: Italy in the English Literary Imagination (3 credits) for a total of 6 credits.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students retain the ability to opt out if they wish
Note: ITA 263 fulfills 3 hours of the A&S Humanities requirement and UK Core-Inquiry in Humanities. ENG 338 provides A&S 300-level credit, Humanities credit, elective credit and pre-1800 credit in the UK English major. Both courses count as electives for the upcoming Minor in Italian Studies, and both will be taught in English.

Housing & MealsArezzo Narrow Street

Students will be housed in the Convitto "Santa Caterina", a 17th century renovated palazzo. Students will be housed two or three to a room, and wireless internet will available for free in the common areas of the palazzo. The palazzo is also within walking distance of the classroom at Liceo "Vittoria Colonna" where students will have access to study rooms, computers and internet free of charge, and is also in close proximity to numerous food vendors. Students will be responsible for all meals on their own with the exception of the welcome and farewell dinner, but students may purchase complete meals from the Convitto for a reasonable price and will also be provided with a list of alternate food vendors upon arrival. 

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. 

Orvieto Etruscan AcropolisPassport & 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,; Matthew Giancarlo, faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Larco will be directing the program.

Ms. Sarah Whitaker, EA Advisor,

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2 2015 03/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 06/14/2015 07/26/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.