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Contact: Dr. Chad Davidson, davidson@westga.edu Program Type: Short-term study abroad (3-5 weeks)
Language of Instruction: English Open to Class Level: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Housing Options: Apartment Area(s) of Study: Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Interdisciplinary, Literature
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Required Credit Hours: 6 Click here for a definition of this term Maximum Available Credit Hours: 7
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Program Charge (excl. tuition): $4378
Program Description:
Tasha in ItalyProgram Description: Want to spend four weeks in a picturesque hilltop town in the green heart of Italy? Want to sip a cappuccino by the Rialto Bridge in Venice or sample the famous Parmigiano cheese in an open air market in Bologna? Want to marvel at the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, and the teeming nightlife of Rome? Then join us for our summer study abroad program in Spoleto, Italy, sponsored by the UWG Department of English.

On top of exciting studies, students will also take field trips, germane to their classes. Aside from in-town forays, we will also visit the nearby towns of Assisi and Perugia, and the Caput Mundi herself, glorious Rome. 

Spoleto’s history, like that of many towns and cities in Italy, is long and rich. Its roots go back before Rome (when it was known as Spoletium), even before the Etruscans. Many believe the “Umbri” first settled there over 5000 years ago (though the first historical record dates to 241 B.C.E., and discusses Spoleto as a Roman colony). During the Punic Wars, Spoleto was a valuable ally of Rome and, so the legends go, successfully resisted Hannibal in his march down the Italian peninsula. In the late sixth century C.E., the Lombards made the strategically located town the capital of their independent Duchy of Spoleto. Still later, in the eighth century, Spoleto became part of the Holy Roman Empire. In the twelfth century, Barbarossa demolished the city, and since then it's been in a kind of amber, preserved in such a way that visitors can enjoy all these fascinating layers--from Roman amphitheaters to medieval fortresses, from Romanesque churches to contemporary galleries.

Spoleto is also typical of the region in that it perches on a hilltop, with its serpentine cobblestone streets cascading down to the plains below. Unique, however, is Spoleto’s magnificent thirteenth-century aqueduct (built on Roman foundations), which connects the town to nearby Monteluco. There, students can hike miles of trails into what the Italians call “the green heart of Italy.” (Umbrian towns are known not just for their stunning hilltop locations but also for the pristine surroundings.) If that were not enough, Spoleto also hosts the Festival of Two Worlds, a combined art, theater, and music festival that takes place in early July, and that has become world renowned. In fact, many Americans first know the name Spoleto because of its sister festival in Charleston, South Carolina.


Leah in Italy no textIn terms of gastronomy, Umbria is well-known and celebrated for its flavorful olive oil (many say the finest in all of Italy), its crisp white wine from Orvieto, and its robust red from Montefalco. Cheeses tend toward sheep's milk varieties (since grazing land for cattle is scarce), and dishes heavily favor game (wild boar, rabbit, etc.). Vegetarians, however, will fare wonderfully in Spoleto and should be pleased to know that Umbria is home to the fantastic black truffle. If you have not sampled this highly aromatic and flavorful tuber, you are in a for a treat.

Four weeks of exposure to another culture and another language often changes students' lives, promoting personal growth and maturity. Students who accompanied Dr. Davidson on the study abroad trip to Montepulciano in 2006, for example, went on to participate in a year-long ISEP program in the Czech Republic, receive a Fulbright scholarship to teach American literature in Slovakia, and complete a graduate program in social work at the University of Georgia. This program, then, could be merely the beginning of a long engagement with travel and cultural contact, which you will continue to nurture throughout your undergraduate career and beyond.

Courses:
The Spoleto Program provides six hours of instruction in upper- and lower-division English courses, as well as language training taught by native speakers at our sister school ArteLingua in Spoleto. Each three-credit course will have 45 contact hours. Courses vary depending on the level of students enrolled. This year's offerings include:

XIDS 2100: Italian Culture Past and Present
ENGL 4000/4002: British Invasion: English Authors in Italy
ENGL 4/5210: Advanced Creative Writing: The Travelogue


Classes meet for four class hours each week for a total of twenty hours.
Classes take class-specific excursions on Fridays for a total of twenty-five hours.

 
Costs and Deadlines:
The total program fee of $4378 is due in three installments with the following deadlines:
  • Deposit of $1000 due at time of application (by February 1, 2019)
  • First payment of $2000 due  March 1, 2019
  • Final payment of $1378 due April 1, 2019
The program fee includes: Roundtrip airfare from Atlanta, housing in apartments around Spoleto, many of your meals (several lunches and dinners), tours and cultural excursions at sites including Spoleto, Assisi and Rome, travel insurance. For information on tuition and additional costs, click on the Budget Sheet link at the top of the page.

Scholarship information:
  •  Interested in applying for an Education Abroad Scholarship? Click here. Deadline for Education Abroad Scholarship applications is the same as your program deadline.
  • First time international traveler? Apply for a Wolves Abroad Grant here. Deadline for applications for Spring and Summer 2019 is November 5, 2018.
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