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This booklet is the result of suggestions and contributions from many of the faculty, students and participants of the UGA Studies Abroad Program. It reflects the accumulated experience of many first-time travelers to Cortona and is meant as a practical tool of information to help newcomers ease the "culture shock" of exposure to a foreign country.

Since the purpose of this handbook is eminently practical, it is subject to change and modification. This present edition is by no means intended as final. In fact, we welcome any suggestions for additions, deletions or changes that would help in making this publication more useful.

For suggestions or for questions you might have about Cortona and your travel in Italy, please contact the UGA Cortona office in Athens.

UGA Cortona presents this information for students who have been accepted to one of our programs and are preparing for their trip to Italy.

UGA Cortona Student Handbook

Read the official Student Handbook, which contains an extensive amount of information about UGA Cortona policies, travel details, and additional resources.


Learn about scholarship opportunities for UGA Cortona students.

Passport and Visa Information

Review important information about travel documents you will need to attend UGA Cortona.


Check out practical advice about what to bring and what to leave behind as you prepare to live abroad.

Money Matters

Learn the safest, most secure ways to handle money while in Italy.

Staying in Touch

Find out how you can keep in touch with family and friends while you’re studying at UGA Cortona.