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Program Dates: May 9 - 31, 2019

Early Application Process — 2019


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $2,860*

Standard Application Process — 2019


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $2,860*

* Approximate 2019 Cost. The final program fee is subject to change depending on student enrollment.


Course Description:

The courses offered on this program are designed for undergraduate students with career goals in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, veterinary medicine, biological and biomedical sciences, exercise science, nutrition, research, and teaching. 

The setting for the University of Georgia's Cortona Studies Abroad Program is the small, quiet, walled hilltown of Cortona, Italy. Centrally located within the Tuscany region on the crest of Mont S. Egidio overlooking the vast Val di Chiana, Cortona is surrounded by beautiful olive groves, vineyards, rich valley farmland and immense history.

The town of Cortona is a veritable museum that offers the student a rich artistic and historical environment that reveals itself through fine examples of Etruscan, Roman, Romanesque, and Renaissance art and architecture. Since 1970, the small community of Cortona and the University have shared a mutual tradition of goodwill and respect where the local government and citizens provide generous support and encouragement to the Studies Abroad Program and its students.

In this idyllic environment, the UGA Cortona - Science Maymester Program provides a challenging opportunity for the serious student who wishes to combine international travel with an intensive period of classroom work while merging with the lifestyle and culture of a typical Italian community. Students live in a newly renovated 15th century monastery that provides premium studio spaces and living quarters with historic surroundings. 

Program Director and Course Instructors

  • Chris Robinson - Program Director
  • Kristine Schramer - Associate Director
  • Dr. Michael Tiemeyer - Course Instructor
  • Dr. Michael Pierce - Course Instructor
  • Dr. Jennifer Griffiths - Course Instructor (Art History)
  • Enza Valente - Office Manager, Cortona
  • Mary VanNus - Administrative Specialist
  • Shamara Battle - Centers Abroad Advisor
  • Darcy Neufeld - Centers Abroad Advisor
  • Maggie Faz Perry - Centers Abroad Coordinator


Academic Program

Course Offerings:

BCMB 3433 - Biology for Medicine. 4 credit hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1107 or equivalent.

ARHI 2121 - Introduction to Italian Art. 3 credit hours. 
Students will learn how to appreciate, analyze, and think critically about original works of art in situations unlike the traditional art appreciation or art history classes. The emphasis will be on seeing and discussing actual works of art in their cultural settings, not reproductions through digital images. Each student will be given a specific work that they will prepare in advance in order to present to the class on site. 

2019 Program Dates

May 9th, 2019 - All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Italy. In order to arrive in Rome on May 10th for the beginning of the program, May 9th is the last possible day to depart the United States for Rome (arrival May 10th). 

May 10th, 2019 - Official start of the program

May 31th, 2019 - Official end of the program

Tentative Program Itinerary

First Half of the Program:

  • Orientation in Cortona
  • Visits to:
    • Piazza
    • Cathedral and Diocesan Museum
    • Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca
    • San Francesco and San Domenico
    • Santa Margherita
    • San Niccolò and Santa Chiara
    • Duomo Complex
    • Baptisery
    • Piazza del Campo
    • Palazzo Pubblico 
  • Excursion to Florence:
    • Brancacci Chapel
    • Museo dell'opera del duomo
    • Santa Croce
    • Cappella Medici
    • Castagno Last Supper
    • San Lorenzo
    • Uffizi

Second Half of the Program:

  • Return to Cortona
  • Day visit to Orvieto:
    • Orvieto Cathedral and San Brizio Chapel
    • Sant'Agostino
  • Excursion to Rome:
    • Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo
    • Borghese Park
    • Galleria Borghese
    • Capitoline Museums
    • Santa Maria della Vittoria
    • San Carlino
    • Sant' Andrea alQuirinale
    • Dioscuri
    • Trevi
    • The Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona
    • San Luigi dei Francesi
    • Pantheon
    • Minerva
    • Vatican Museums
  • Program ends and departs from Rome


Housing and Meals

A continental breakfast is served every morning at the Kehoe Building. Continental breakfast consists of bread, jam, fruit juice, and coffee or tea. Students who want or need additional food for breakfast may buy groceries and keep them in the student refrigerator.

Lunch while in Cortona and on field trips will be on your own. In Cortona, there are many options for an inexpensive quick lunch at local grocery stores and bars, as well as numerous full-service restaurants. For lunch, sandwiches are available at most bars and grocery stores in town. A "toast" in Italy is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, and most bars will offer other choices as well. Any of the grocery stores in town will prepare a sandwich made to your specifications or you can buy your own fruit, cheese and bread. The range of restaurants in Cortona varies from first-class full menu restaurants to more inexpensive places where you can order a pizza or a plate of pasta. If you would like to go to a full-service restaurant for lunch, the prices will generally be higher and you will pay for service. A cover charge is automatically added to your bill and you are also expected to tip your waiter. Sitting down in a restaurant means possible waiting times, as food in Italy is cooked only after you order it. In Cortona, smaller family-run restaurants are usually fairly inexpensive and provide an opportunity to make friends with the Cortonese.

Evening meals are shared as a group 4 nights a week (Monday-Thursday) during Maymester and Summer semesters. While in Cortona, the group meals will be covered at Tonino's Ristorante. Tonino's Ristorante serves typical Tuscan fare, and is one of the most well-known and respected restaurants in the region. The dining room seats approximately 100 people and is serviced by the professional staff of Tonino’s. The restaurant has a balcony with a bar on the upper level providing a spectacular view of the Val di Chiana and is a relaxing place for a before or after dinner coffee or aperitif. Students are responsible for their weekend dinners and can choose to prepare their meals or eat at one of the many restaurants in Cortona. Dinner at Tonino's consists of three courses: the first course (primo piatto) is usually pasta or rice, the second course (secondo piatto) is usually meat or fish and a selection of salad or vegetables, and dessert (dolce) is usually fruit or cake or pastry. A different second course is served to those who are vegetarians.

Program Costs

Tuition is not included in program fee. See for tuition rates. Students generally take 9-12 hours in the summer. The cost of the program includes:

  • Program Deposit (due after acceptance to program) - applied towards total program cost
  • International Health Insurance (UGA requirement)
  • Charter bus transportation on all planned field trips
  • Charter bus transportation from beginning cities to Cortona, and from Cortona to program ending city
  • Shared hotel accommodations when traveling and dorm in Cortona
  • Breakfast and dinner while traveling with the program group (Breakfast only while in Venice)
  • Dinner 4 days a week while in Cortona
  • Breakfast 7 days a week while in Cortona
  • Program t-shirt

Please view the Cost of Attendance sheet for more detailed information.

Accommodation Statement

UGA education abroad programs strive to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Areas of disability include, but are not limited to visual, hearing, learning, psychological, medical, and mobility impairments. If you receive disability-related accommodations at UGA or at your home university, or if you anticipate needing accommodations at your overseas site, you will arrange for them with your study abroad program director and the staff in the Disability Resource Center. Examples of accommodations include note taking assistance, extended test time, a quiet testing location, alternative text/media, and accessible housing. Please provide information about your accommodation needs at least 4 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations. Students are asked to disclose disability-related needs prior to the start of the program to help ensure that there are no delays in accommodations and that the student can enjoy the full study abroad experience.