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 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 mandatory
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 2018, Professors Chad Davidson, David Newton, and Micheal Crafton will offer the following courses:
ENGL 4002/4005: British Literature II/American Literature II (you may choose to count it as either of those but not both)
ENGL 4210: Advanced Creative Writing: Travelogue
ENGL 4310: Translation and Its Discontents
ENGL 4385: Travel and Travail (The Literature of Exploration)
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. 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.). Those 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.
Total cost for the 2018 summer program (excluding tuition) is $4216. This figure includes all program travel (including round trip airfare to Rome, chartered bus to and from Spoleto, and some field trips and admission costs while in Italy), accommodations in private apartments in Spoleto, four dinners per week in family-run restaurants (as well as a few other special feasts), and some 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: full refund, less a $50 administrative cost
Before March 1: $500 refund
Before April 1: $1000 refund
After April 1: no refund
Payments may be made by check (made out to "UWG"), and payable in the Office of Education Abroad in Mandeville Hall, or online via Terra Dotta (where applications are housed): studyabroad.westga.edu.