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Program Dates: June 5 - 30, 2019

Early Application Process — 2019


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $2,900*

Standard Application Process — 2019


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $2,900*

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


Program Description

This course is a study of international business in Italy. Using the summer Short Session I timeframe and structure, this program focuses on international business contextualized by the culture, sights, and setting of Italy. Program participants will have the advantage of UGA’s residential center in Cortona, Italy while incorporating travel to business centers such as Rome and Venice. The International Business course will be complemented with a second course on Photography, exploring the culture of Italy’s rich visual experience. The Photography course will process social, religious, political, and historical themes through the camera lens, exposing visuality of the “Bel Paese” and how it relates to Italy’s functioning economy.

Program Location

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 UGA 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 - Terry Business and Image in Italy Junemester 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.

Program Director and Course Leaders

  • Chris Robinson - Program Director
  • Kristine Schramer - Associate Director
  • 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

INTB 5100: Special Topics in International Business

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: POD
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Cornwell
Department: Terry Department of Economics
Phone: 706 542 3670
Email: cornwl at


ARST 2210 - Introduction to Photography and Image Culture
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: POD
Instructor: Ben Reynolds
Department: Dodd, Photography
Phone: TBA
Email: benr at

TOTAL: 6 Credit Hours


2019 Program Dates

June 5th, 2019 - All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Italy. In order to arrive in Rome on June 6th for the beginning of the program, June 5th is the last possible day to depart the United States for Rome (arrival June 6th).

June 6th, 2019 - Official start of the program

June 30th, 2019 - Official end of the program

2019 Tentative Itinerary

First Half of the Program:

  • Classes in Cortona
  • Cortona City Tour
  • Overnight Excursion to Venice (two nights)
  • Classes resume in Cortona

Second Half of the Program:

  • Excursion to Florence
  • Free Day
  • Classes resume
  • Flex Day - Group activity TBD
  • Overnight Excursion to Rome (three nights) - walking tour
  • Depart Rome for the U.S.

Housing and Meals

Accommodations will be provided in a variety locations in Cortona, ranging from historic convents to modern hotels. Continental breakfast consisting of bread, jam, fruit juice, and coffee or tea, will be served at each housing facility.

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.

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. 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 with specific dietary needs.

Program Costs

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 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.