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Dates: May 15 - June 7, 2021*

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)

* May 15 is the last possible day to depart US for Italy (May 16 - arrival date).

Approximate 2021 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. The topics discussed will focus around the social, economic, and legal context for doing business in Italy, such as global supply chains, European Union, international marketing, and foreign direct investment.

Italy is an interesting case to study for several reasons. Italy’s economy is the 8th largest in the world, and the US is one of its most important trading partners (2015). Italy currently does not have a bi-lateral investment treaty with the US and lags behind other industrialized nations in terms of foreign direct investment. The Whitehouse’s National Export Initiative recently set a goal to double exports, and thus have ramped up support of US companies to start or expand exports to Italy. In contrast, ongoing economic weakness and setbacks to governmental reform initiatives (e.g., legal and regulatory systems, tax structure, and bureaucratic “red tape”) undermine Italy’s position as a desirable investment destination. Nevertheless, IBM, GE, Pfizer, Whirlpool, EDS, Lear and other US companies are locating in Italy, and more are expected.

The program will include lectures and visits to companies and civic and non-profit organizations to learn from policy experts and business practitioners. Excursions to nearby business districts such as in Rome and Florence will expand on what Cortona offers relative to the topics of study. Additionally, visits to historic sites and cultural attractions will be integral to the accompanying study of Italian culture (ROML 3000). Students will be required to complete individual and team assignments, and write a comprehensive reflection paper that synthesizes what they learn and experience in the program.

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 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, the UGA Cortona - Terry Business and Culture in Italy 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 Leaders

  • Chris Robinson - Program Director
  • Kristine Schramer - Associate Director
  • Enza Valente - Office Manager, Cortona
  • 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
Co-requisites: ROML 3000
Instructor: TBA
Department: Terry
Phone: TBA
Email: TBA

ROML 3000 - Italian Culture
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: POD
Co-requisites: INTB 5100
Instructor: TBA
Department: Romance Languages 
Phone: TBA
Email: TBA

TOTAL: 6 Credit Hours

2021 Program Dates

May 15, 2021 - All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Italy. In order to arrive in Rome on May 16 for the beginning of the program, May 15 is the last possible day to depart the United States for Rome (arrival May 16).

May 16, 2021 - Arrival date in country

June 7, 2021 - Official end of the program

2021 Tentative Itinerary

First Half of the Program:

  • Classes in Cortona
  • Optional free wine tasting in Piazza
  • Optional wine dinner
  • Cortona City Tour
  • Overnight Excursion to Rome (two nights)
  • Classes resume in Cortona

Second Half of the Program:

  • Free Day
  • Overnight in Florence (two nights)
  • Classes resume
  • Optional wine tasting in Piazza
  • Flex Day - Group activity TBD
  • Free Day
  • Final Banquet
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Depart Rome for the U.S.

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

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. 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.