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Program Dates: June 8 - July 3, 2020*

Early Application Process


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $2,900† (including the $300 deposit)


Standard Application Process


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $2,900† (including the $300 deposit)

* June 8 is the last possible day to depart US for Italy (June 9 - arrival date).

  Approximate 2020 cost, including deposit. 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 international 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 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 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
  • Maggie Pavleszek - International Center Advisor
  • Sierra Robbins - International Center Advisor
  • Ann Marie Hormeku - International Center Advisor
  • Maggie Faz Perry - International Center Coordinator

Academic Program

INTB 5100: Special Topics in International Business

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: POD
Instructor: TBA
Department: Terry
Phone: TBA
Email: TBA

ARST 2210 - Introduction to Photography and Image Culture
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: POD
Instructor: TBA
Department: Lamar Dodd
Phone: TBA
Email: TBA

TOTAL: 6 Credit Hours


2020 Program Dates

June 8, 2020 - All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Italy. In order to arrive in Rome on June 9 for the beginning of the program, June 8 is the last possible day to depart the United States for Rome (arrival June 9).

June 9, 2020 - Arrival date in country

July 3, 2020 - Official end of the program

2020 Tentative Itinerary

First Half of the Program:

  • Classes in Cortona
  • Cortona City Tour
  • Overnight Excursion (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

Students who are not residents of Georgia or do not attend a University System of Georgia University or College pay an additional $250.00. 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.