• Cortona: a small, safe Tuscan town with numerous cultural activities that shares a 44-year tradition of goodwill and respect with the University. The government and local citizens provide generous support and encouragement to the UGA Studies Abroad Program and its students.
  • A rich, historical environment where students can easily merge with the normal lifestyle of a typical Italian community
  • Provides a challenging opportunity for the serious student who wishes to combine international travel with an intensive period of studio and classroom work.
  • Academic resources include a computer lab and a library.
  • Student facilities open extended hours for studio work & activities.
  • Day-long field trips throughout each semester to nearby locations such as Perugia, Assisi, Arezzo, Florence, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Siena, Ravenna and others. Field trips occur on Saturdays and vary per session.
  • Overnight trips to Rome, Venice, Naples and various other cities depending on itinerary.
  • Full-time staff in Cortona.
  • Program fee includes a shared dorm-style room while in Cortona, breakfast every day, some dinners, shared 3-star hotel room, and travel in Italy with the program. *TUITION IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEE. The University of Georgia will bill students for tuition, technology fee, special institution fee, green fee, and out of state fee (if applicable).  Tuition rates vary depending on class / year  of enrollment and major.  A schedule of tuition fees can be found at www.bursar.uga.edu.  Students normally register for 12-13 hours in the spring and fall, and 9-10 in the summer. For more information on costs and money matters, visit our travel section.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Location: Cortona, Italy, in the region of Tuscany
  • Institution: Lamar Dodd School of Art, The University of Georgia
  • Student Body: Approximately 275 students per year (approximately 50 Spring Semester, 100 Summer Semester, 50 Fall Semester, 75 Maymester), with over 500 colleges represented since the beginning of the program in 1970.
  • Housing: Spring, Maymester, Summer, and Fall students live in a renovated 15th century monastery, in multiple-bed dormitory rooms with shared modern bathrooms.
  • Activities: Orientation in Athens for summer semester for those close enough to attend; there is another onsight orientation held for all students and faculty when the group meets in Italy, course related field trips, weekend field trips, cultural activities with the local community, end-of-semester exhibition of student and faculty work, visits by artists and lecturers supplement regular course instruction, approximately 8-10 days of travel at the beginning and end of each semester to cities that have included Rome, Naples and Venice. Summer students attending on odd-numbered years will have the opportunity to visit the Venice Biennale. Reunion (in Athens, Georgia) every January.
  • Information Technology: 14 new G5s with OS 10.4, a large format color printer, and a standard B&W printer, three flat bed scanners and a slide scanner
  • Academic Calendar: Two thirteen week semesters (Fall Semester: August-November, Spring Semester: February-May), one 8 week semester (Summer: June-August), and one month long semester (Maymester: May-June)
  • Faculty: 6-10 professors each semester from The University of Georgia and other universities in the US and Italy. Courses taught in English. Italian classwork is taught partially in Italian.
  • Estimated Class Size: 10-20 students per course with the exception of art history classes. Art History is required in Fall and Spring Semesters and thus larger. During the Summer, art history is strongly recommended but not required, but class size is usually smaller.
  • Library: On-site library of well-selected volumes related to the courses offered in Cortona. The public library in Cortona is open for those who read Italian. Its holdings include an important collection of illuminated manuscripts.
  • Program Fees: Effective Summer 2014, the program cost is $7,800 (Summer Semester), $11,600 (Fall Semester), $3,840 (Science Maymester), and $3,468 (Viticulture Maymester). PROGRAM COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE OR TUITION. Students who are not residents of Georgia or do not attend a University System of Georgia school will pay an additional $250 out of state fee.