While the UWG Italy Study Abroad Program in Spoleto is housed in the Department of
English, you do not need to be an English major to participate. In fact, students from all across the
university come with us each year, and we strive to provide as much diverse content
as possible. The Italy program provides six hours of instruction in upper- and lower-division
coursework, as well as language training taught by native speakers at our sister school
ArteLingua in Spoleto. This year, coursework will be offered in Art, English, and
Creative Writing. Students enroll in two three-credit courses but may receive one
additional hour by signing up for the XIDS 1002 Italian Culture class (fulfilled by
the language training). Class sizes are very small (with a maximum of eight students
per class), and professors spend a great deal of time outside of class with students
in conversation and conferencing.
For 2017, Professors Chad Davidson and Casey McGuire will offer the following courses:
ENGL 2110: World Literature Survey
ART 3151: Art in Italy
ENGL 4210: Creative Writing
ART 4985: Writing about Art
Remember, too, that the classroom is just one part of the educational experience abroad.
Much more learning takes place on the streets of Spoleto, on the train to Rome, in
a cafê chatting with locals. In other words, try not to base the entire trip on how
you will count the courses you will take there. Studying abroad is about more than
six credit hours.
Each class meets twice weekly--either on Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays--for two hours each meeting. Additionally, we take field trips each week to destinations germane to classes and built in to the overall cost of the program. Field trips focus on sites in and around Spoleto itself, and points somewhat farther afield (Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, etc.). Field trip destinations will be set early in the year of travel but will almost certainly include Rome and Assisi, and also important archeological and religious sites in Spoleto. Travel costs associated with class-based field trips are included in the program.
And if that were not enough, classes are held in the gorgeous Palazzo Mauri in Spoleto's historic town center. Frescoed rooms and gorgeous vistas of the town await.
Total cost for the program (excluding tuition) is $4750 for summer 2017. This figure includes all program travel (including round trip airfare to Rome, chartered bus to and from Spoleto, and all field trips and admission costs while in Italy), accommodations in private apartments in Spoleto, five dinners per week in family-run restaurants, and twelve hours of intensive Italian language training.
The payment schedule is as follows:
February 1: $1000 due
March 1: $2000 due
April 1: Remainder due
The refund schedule is as follows:
Before February 1: all money refunded
Before March 1: $500 refunded
Before April 1: $1000 refunded
After April 1: no refund
All payments must be by check (made out to "UWG"), and payable to Dr. Chad Davidson, Department of English, TLC 2236. Alternatively students may pay online via Terra Dotta (where applications are housed).