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Program Dates: May 7 - June 13, 2020* (Tentative)

Early Application Process


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $5,135† (including the $300 deposit)


Standard Application Process


Basic Estimated Program Cost: $5,135† (including the $300 deposit)

* May 7 is the last possible day to depart US for Italy (May 8 - arrival date).

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

Please e-mail UGA Cortona for application information.

Program Description

The completion of ITAL 2110 (Intensive Intermediate Italian) and ITAL2110L (Intensive Intermediate Italian Language and Culture Laboratory) through the UGA in Italiano program will fulfill the Franklin College Language Requirement, but more importantly will allow students to enroll in upper division coursework in Italian upon their return to the Athens campus. In terms of language proficiency, direct and constant contact with native speakers will allow students to develop proficiency in Italian at a greatly accelerated pace, which in turn will allow for an enriched cultural literacy. Daily one-on-one conversation with a native speaker (required as part of the ITAL 2110L course) is an opportunity that is simply not available in Athens. 

The cultural and social understanding that is gained by living in the home of an Italian family, and conversing directly and regularly with the Italian people, will offer students an integrated and full-immersion experience that is rewarding on personal, intellectual, linguistic, and cultural levels. The on-site administrative team at the center in Cortona has already identified and vetted the prospective host families. This service is one of the benefits of housing our program within the Cortona center and its associated administrative support structure. Integral to the program is the guided interaction with the Italian community and its cultural institutions and sites relevant to the understanding of Italian culture and society. As the basis for ITAL2110L (Intensive Intermediate Italian Langauge and Cultural Laboratory), these interactions will allow students to enhance their study of the Italian language by contextualizing it within their parallel acquisition of knowledge and understanding of Italian culture and society.

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 - UGA in Italiano 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 with host families in the Cortona city center.

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

ITAL 2110: Intensive Intermediate Italian

Credits: 6
Meeting date(s): TBA
Instructor: Dr. Paola De Santo
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ITAL 2110L - Intensive Intermediate Italian Language and Culture Laboratory

Credits: 3
Meeting date(s): TBA
Instructor: Dr. Paola De Santo
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TOTAL: 9 Credit Hours

Tentative Program Itinerary

Day trips:

  • Perugia / Assisi
  • Orvieto / Civita di bagnoregio

Overnight excursions:

  • Florence / Siena (one night in Florence or Siena)
  • San Gimignano / Volterra

Immersion excursion (one week):

  • The program will end in Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy.

Housing and Meals

Breakfast is served every morning by the host family. A typical breakfast consists of bread, jam, fruit juice, and coffee or tea.

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 provided by your host family 4 nights per week.

Program Costs

Tuition is not included in the program cost. See for tuition rates. 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 planned field trips
  • Shared hotel accommodations when traveling and homestay in Cortona
  • Some breakfasts and dinners while traveling with the program group
  • Dinner 4 days a week while in Cortona (provided by host family)
  • Breakfast 7 days a week while in Cortona (provided by host family)
  • 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.