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Tuscan hill town of Cortona

Cortona overlooks the Chiana Valley in Tuscany. The UGA campus is at lower right, just inside the city wall.


Since 1970, the University of Georgia Cortona Program, located in the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy, has been a leader in education abroad. It is UGA’s oldest study abroad program, calling the town of Cortona home for 50 years.

The UGA International Center in Cortona, Italy offers study abroad programs in Art and Art History during the Spring, Summer, and Fall academic terms. Additionally, it runs more concentrated programs during the month of May; these Maymester programs specialize in a variety of disciplines, including UGA in Italiano, Terry Business & Culture, Science and Art History, Viticulture and Enology, and Theatre. We also offer a Junemester opportunity, Terry Business & Image in Italy.

Cortona is a hill town located in central Italy, in the region of Tuscany, approximately 65 miles from Florence, and 120 miles from Rome. Many visitors travel to Cortona from around the world, giving the town an unmistakably international flavor. Each year it hosts numerous concerts, festivals, performances, and exhibitions, and there is an active community of artists living in and around Cortona.

Its history begins during the Etruscan period (600 to 300 BCE), and includes occupation by the Roman empire, rebirth as a medieval comune (independent city-state), and prosperity during the Italian Renaissance under the Grand Dukes of Florence. It is the birthplace of painters Luca Signorelli (1445-1523) and Gino Severini (1883-1966).

UGA Study Abroad: The Cortona Experience

In this video, UGA Cortona Summer 2016 alumnus Alex French relates his experience as a student on the program:

UGA Cortona History

Learn about UGA Cortona founder Jack Kehoe’s vision for the program, and its subsequent 50-year-long history.

UGA Cortona Facilities

Read more about the unique UGA Cortona campus, including its extensive Fine Arts studio facilities.


Discover the many sites visited by UGA Cortona students as part of their studies, including Siena, Florence, and Venice.

Faculty and Administration

Review the current teaching faculty at UGA Cortona, previous faculty members, and current administrative staff.

Teaching Opportunities at UGA Cortona

Learn how to apply for teaching positions at UGA Cortona.


Connect with CIAO, UGA Cortona’s incredible alumni organization.