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Program Dates: August 17 - November 22, 2020*

August 17 (arrival date August 18) - August 26: UK dates of the program (August 27 - travel date)

August 27 - November 22: Italy dates of the program

Early Application Process


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $9,515† (including the $500 Program deposit)


Standard Application Process


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $9,515† (including the $500 Program deposit)

* August 17 is the last possible day to depart US for the UK (August 18 - arrival date).

Approximate 2020 cost, including deposit. The final program fee is subject to change depending on student enrollment.


UGA Cortona Italy Studies Abroad Fall
The UGA Cortona campus in Autumn; the outdoor gas-fired ceramics kiln is at left.

The setting for the UGA Cortona 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 Program and its students.

In this idyllic environment, UGA Cortona provides a challenging opportunity for the serious student who wishes to combine international travel with an intensive period of studio and 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.

Although based in Cortona, students begin their experience in Rome or Naples. Throughout the program, field trips are made to many major cities and artistic centers in Italy such as Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Florence, and many other sites.

UGA Cortona Staff

  • Chris Robinson - Program Director
  • Kristine Schramer - Associate Director
  • Enza Valente - Office Manager in Cortona
  • Maggie Pavleszek - International Center Advisor
  • Sierra Robbins - International Center Advisor
  • Ann Marie Hormeku - International Center Advisor
  • Maggie Faz Perry - International Center Coordinator
UGA Cortona Italy Studies Abroad Fall
UGA Cortona Ceramics Instructor Phillippa Stannard coats unfired earthenware with slip.

Academic Program


These courses offered during in Fall 2020 the fulfill UGA Core Curriculum requirements for Area IV: Humanities and Arts.

  • ARST 2100 – Introduction to Painting and Visuality
  • ARST 2210 – Introduction to Photography and Image Culture

Complete Course Offerings

Art History

Students have an opportunity to visit and study some of the most influential works in western art. Each week the instructor lectures/presents a specific work of Italian art. The lecture is followed by a prearranged visit to observe the work "in situ". Each student is responsible for the analysis (formal, art historical, visual) of a comparable work.

  • ARHI 3065 — Modern Art — Survey of major artists and movements in Europe from the late nineteenth century to World War II, and subsequent developments in American Art. 
Art Core

Advanced cross-media research and studio production on a topical theme in contemporary art.

  • ARST 4915/6915 — Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art — Advanced cross-media research and studio production on a topical theme in contemporary art. Readings, guest lectures, and field research will guide discussions on the topical theme of the course. Students will develop studio work addressing teh theme utilizing the media of their expertise. 
  • ARST 2500 — Introduction to Ceramics — Development of personal expression using the ceramic process.
  • ARST 3500/4500 — Intermediate Ceramics/Advanced Ceramics — Sculptural and functional ceramic forms with an emphasis on personal expression and individual style.
  • ARST 2010 — Drawing and Visuality — Explores the potential of drawing in a contemporary context by incorporating goals and strategies that move beyond direct perception and conventional mimetic visual modes. Drawing language and media will be researched and studied to promote personal expression and understanding of form both practically and intellectually.
  • ARST 3010 — Advanced Drawing — Advanced drawing stressing individual projects and experimental approaches.
Jewelry and Metalwork

Beginning students work primarily in the lost-wax casting process and are introduced to soldering and hand finishing techniques. Advanced and graduate students are encouraged to work on individual interests.

  • ARST 2600 — Jewelry and Metals: Design and Construction — Introduces hands-on techniques and conceptual topics associated with the creation of jewelry and objects. Emphasizes the connection to traditional and contemporary craft and art practices/movements and frames these within the arena of current and historical material culture.
  • ARST 3610/4610 — Jewelry Movement/Advanced Metalwork — Students will develop and refine technical and conceptual abilities by making mechanisms for jewelry. Fundamental tools and techniques will be introduced over the course of the semester. Students will investigate movement by making chains, hinges, and findings with an awareness to body as site.

Coursework offers students the opportunity of working in the environment where painting ideas ideas developed during the Italian Renaissance were born. All levels of students are encouraged to develop strong personal approaches to painting.

  • ARST 2100 – Introduction to Painting and Visuality — Introduction to contemporary perceptual painting, a synthesis of global image culture. Emphasis is placed on historic motivations, non-western influences, subject matter, and composition by utilizing painting media and image interpretation. Students learn painting techniques, respond to issues through painting language, and articulate their analysis through critiques and written responses. (CoreCortona: Area IV Humanities and Arts)
  • ARST 2110 – Intermediate Painting – Painting applied to still life, landscape, abstraction, and the human figure from live models.
  • ARST 2210 — Introduction to Photography and Image Culture — An introduction to photography and contemporary image culture, including history, criticism, and practice utilizing digital cameras and image interpretation. (CoreCortona: Area IV Humanities and Arts)


Studio Facilities

UGA Cortona features extensive on–campus studio facilities, and therefore offers an opportunity unique among study abroad programs: the cultivation of a daily artistic practice while immersed in the art and culture of Italy. The Fall studio courses use these facilites:

Tentative Program Itinerary

UGA Cortona Italy Studies Abroad Fall
UGA Cortona students and faculty visit Assisi.

First Half of the Program:

  • All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to travel abroad. In order to arrive in London for the beginning of the program, August 17 is the last possible day to depart US for the UK (August 18 - arrival date)
  • Arrive in London - The program begins with an orientation session and roll call at hotel.
  • Depart UK for Italy (Rome)
  • Depart Rome for Cortona
  • Cortona Day - Cortona History/Culture
  • Field trip to Venice
  • Cortona Day

Second Half of the Program:

  • Field trip to Florence
  • Cortona Day - Cortona History/Culture
  • Studio Day in Cortona, preparation for La Mostra (Exhibition)
  • Exhibition Set-Up
  • Exhibition Opening - La Mostra
  • Exhibition take down/crate packing
  • Depart Cortona for Naples
  • Naples area

Housing and Meals


Living conditions for UGA students are similar to those experienced by European students in pensiones or one-star hotels. The John D. Kehoe building is the permanent UGA Cortona facility, and has been recently renovated with modern conveniences. The Kehoe building has multiple-bed dormitory rooms and shared bathrooms. A large courtyard provides students an opportunity to gather outdoors to study, draw or tend to personal chores such as laundry. Downstairs is a large kitchen. In an adjoining room, a continental breakfast is served between the hours of 7:00am to 9:00am. There are several coin operated washers for use, but many students choose to wash their clothes by hand in available sinks or tubs. The terrace has several clothes lines to dry your clothes on, which is the only means to do so. There are several common rooms available for studying or reading. The Kehoe building doors remain locked but each student is provided with a personal key. Linens are provided and are changed by the staff.


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 3 nights a week during the Spring and Fall semesters and 4 nights a week during Maymester and Summer semesters. Spring and Fall students will also receive a voucher 1 night a week, redeemable from one of many restaurant options in Cortona (conditions/terms apply). When taken with the group, meals are typical Tuscan fare prepared and served at Tonino's Ristorante, one of the most well-known and respected restaurants in the region. The University of Georgia group gathers for dinner at 7:30 pm. 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.

Meals While Traveling

UK information: TBA. Breakfasts and dinners while in Naples and Rome; Breakfasts and some dinners while in Florence; only breakfast is serviced while in Venice. Please refer to specific itineraries for program travel.

Program Costs

Tuition is not included in the program fee. See for tuition rates. Students generally take 12-15 hours. 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

Students who are not residents of Georgia or do not attend a University System of Georgia University or College pay an additional $250.00. Please contact us well in advance if you wish to take advantage of the opportunity outside the program to extend your time in Italy. Should you require additional information, please contact us by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 706-542-7120.


Scholarship opportunities are available for UGA Cortona students. Click here to learn more.

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.