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Montepulciano, Italy Summer Session I
Florence, Italy; Montepulciano, Italy; Orvieto, Italy; Rome, Italy; Siena, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Maymester/Early Summ
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Scholarship Available: Yes Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartments
Minimum GPA: 2.5 (Undergrad), 3.0 (Graduate) Graduate or Undergraduate: Undergraduate
Education Abroad Programs by College: College of Arts, College of Humanities and Social Science, Interdisciplinary Departments: Art, English, Political Science, Political Science and International Affairs, Psychology
Payable Account Code: 8156
Program Description:
Program is Full - New Applicants will be placed on the wait-list.
To view Italy Session II please click here.

Montepulciano - Italy, Summer Session I

**The application deadline for this program is February 1, 2017**

A $300 application fee is due at the time of application. Please note: You will NOT be considered for this program until you have paid this deposit AND have made your course selections! Applications are reviewed in order of receipt of application deposit and course selections. 

San Biagio

Program Description

The Montepulciano, Italy Summer Study abroad program allows students an opportunity to take lower and upper division course work in historic Tuscany. Montepulciano is centrally located between Rome and Florence with accessible bus and rail transportation to the rest of Italy. Kennesaw State University has overseen this study abroad program, a consortium among Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southern University,  Georgia Highlands College, and Kennesaw State University, since 2000.

Program Dates

May 11 - June 15, 2017 (these dates are subject to slight change)

Program Cost

$5,000.00 Cost includes airfare, housing, four dinners per week, program-related field trips including all admissions/museum entry fees, overnight stay in Florence, and insurance.
***Tuition is not included in the program cost.  Tuition is paid separately to your home institution***
***Please note that program fees paid with a credit card are subject to a service fee. This service fee is controlled by the Bursar at Kennesaw State University and is not part of the total program fee. If you would like to avoid this fee, you can pay by web check.***

A $300 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application. This deposit will be subtracted from your total fee. Payments are broken down into two installments. 

1st installment of $2,350.00 is due March 3, 2017
2nd installment of $2,350.00 is due March 17, 2017.

Gilman Scholarship 

Gilman Scholarship Deadline: March 7, 2017
Do you meet the eligibility criteriaApply now!

For information about scholarships available for this program please visit our website:


Students share two to four bedroom apartments with other students within the program. Although the apartments are located within the historic walls of Montepulciano--the newest being over 300 years old, they are equipped with modern amenities.



Students MUST take TWO courses, for a total of 6 or 7 credit hours. All courses are offered at the undergraduate level and students from participating universities will be registered for courses at their home institution. See below for course listings and descriptions.

You will select ONE of the following morning courses:

Globe Trekkers: Traveling through World Literature – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Cindy Bowers, KSU
(KSU: ENGL 2110, GCSU: ENGL 2110, GSU: ENGL 2111s, GHC: ENGL 2111)
Travel, its strangeness and wonders, has been the subject matter of much of World Literature.  This course will help us engage in our Italian experience though a number of travel narratives, ancient and modern, written by authors from India, Africa, Arabia, and the West.  Join Ibn Battuta as he tours Africa in the 14th century; endure the middle passage with Olaudah Equiano; share Samuel Clemens’ bemusement with Americans and Italians while on the “Grand Tour”!  Our final project is a digital text of our journey to Italy that can be kept and shared with family and friends.  The project, which can be done online, will include written, graphic, media, and photographic elements of our field trip tasks and experiences.

World Languages and Cultures – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Renata Creekmur, KSU
(KSU: FL 2209, GCSU: MFLG 2950, GSU: FORL 1090s,  GHC: GHHC 2901 or HUMS 2011)

In this interactive course, students compare and contrast world languages and cultures and their manifestations in our society. Students identify global and local issues by choosing specific linguistic and cultural concepts reflected in authentic, present-day contexts. Students will be able to describe their personal, academic, and professional interests in pursuit of future opportunities in fields that require linguistic and intercultural communicative competence.

Love, Pleasure, Friendship and the Good Life – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Jim Winchester, GCSU
(KSU: PHIL 4490, GCSU: GC2Y or  PHIL 4950, GSU: PHIL 3030s, GHC: HUMS 2011 or GHSS 2901)

Reading works of philosophy and literature (including Italian and Roman works—ancient and modern) we will examine how love, pleasure and friendship have been understood and how these things can contribute to a good life.  This will be a discussion based seminar.

Intellect and Passion Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art – 3 Credit Hours (Course Full)
Instructor: Dan Sachs, KSU
(KSU: ARH 4490, GCSU: ARTS 4950, GSU: ART H 4435s, GHC: ARTS 1112 or HUMS 2901)

Students will explore the major accomplishments and impact of Italian 15th-, 16th and 17th-century masters. Learn how the intellectual and artistic developments of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods continue to affect our way of thinking, our art, and even our everyday lives. We will explore the sculpture of Donatello, Michelangelo and Bernini, the architectural advances of Brunelleschi, Bramante, Michelangelo, Bernini, Borromini and the paintings of Masaccio and his fellow Early Renaissance painters, its successors in the High Renaissance and the Mannerist periods, and the 17th century:  Baroque art.  We will study the brilliance of Bernini and Caravaggio, Orazio and Artemisia Gentilleschi and the Carracci School.

You will select ONE of the following afternoon courses:

Science, Society, and the Environment I – 4 Credit Hours
Instructor: Joe Dirnberger, KSU
(KSU: SCI 1101, GCSU: ELEC 1101, GSU: TBD, GHC: ENVS 1123)

This course is the first in a two-part sequence that fulfills the general education science requirement. This course includes an online lab component. Using Italy’s long history of landscape change, we explore how alterations in the movement of matter and energy lead to environmental problems, and how modern science, its origins centered in Renaissance Italy, understands the consequences of these changes.

Nuns, Wives, and Concubines: Italian Women Renaissance Writers – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Cindy Bowers, KSU
(KSU: ENGL 4490/4372, GCSU: ENGL 4950, GSU: ENGL 5090s, GHC: HUMS 2011)
Read the works and view the art of famous and notorious Renaissance Women including Vittoria Colonna, Arcangela Tarabotti, Laura Cereta, and Artemisia Gentilescchi.

Introduction to Italian Language and Culture I – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Renata Creekmur, KSU
(KSU: ITAL 1001, GCSU: ITAL 1001, GSU: FORL 1090s,  GHC: GHHU 2901)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the fundamentals of spoken and written Italian. All four skills (listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing) will be stressed. Since Italian 1001 is a basic course, vocabulary acquisition is particularly important. Students will also be exposed to the geography and cultural aspects of Italian culture.

Survey of Philosophy – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Jim Winchester, GCSU
(KSU: PHIL 2200, GCSU: PHIL 2010, GSU: PHIL 2010s, GHC: PHIL 2010)

We will discuss ancient and contemporary texts (with an emphasis on Roman and Italian authors such as Cicero, Ficino,Tulia d’Aragona, and some contemporary texts).  We will focus on how these writers can help us think about how to live. This will be a discussion based seminar.
Arts in Society – 3 Credit Hours (Course Full)
Instructor: Dan Sachs, KSU
(KSU: ART 1107, GCSU: ARTS 1105/1110, GSU: ART 1000s,  GHC: ARTS 1113)
Through an examination of the role of arts in society, and an in-depth study of visual works of art, this interactive course provides an understanding of the creative process and develops skills in creativity and critical analysis. Heightened perceptual abilities will be developed through class discussion, experiences and field visits to a variety of art collections and buildings.

NOTE: All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this program. If taking this course for graduate credit, students must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible.

Pre-Departure Orientation Conference

KSU students participating in this education abroad program are required to attend the Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation Conference.  This conference is designed to inform students about a variety of critical pre-departure concepts and other important themes, ranging from cross-cultural content to practical safety information all students should know when traveling abroad.

For more information on the PreDOC including registration, please click here.

Application Deadline

Applications are due February 1, 2016

A $300 application fee is due at the time of application. Please note: You will NOT be considered for this program until you have paid this deposit AND have made your course selections! Applications are reviewed in order of receipt of application deposit and course selections. 

Faculty Contact Information

Joe Dirnberger (Academic Director, Biology: KSU)
Office Phone # 470-578-6546

Cindy Bowers (English:KSU)
Office Phone # 470-578-6133
Renata Creekmur (Foreign Languages, Italian: KSU)
Office Phone # 470-578-7732

Jim Winchester (Philosophy: GCSU)
Office Phone # 470-445-5513

Dan Sachs (Art History, School of Art and Design: KSU)
Office Phone # 470-578-3591

Administrative Contact Information

Students from participating institutions should meet with the study abroad advisor on their campus for more information.  Students from other institutions should contact the program office at Kennesaw State University for registration assistance:

Georgia College & State University
Jarris Lanham
Ph: 478-445-2368

Georgia Southern University
Danielle Smith
Ph: 912-478-7968

Kennesaw State University
Tara McDuffie
Ph: 470-578-2672

Georgia Highlands College
Bronson Long
Ph: 706-368-7618

All application deposits are non-refundable, except in the case of:

* Program cancellation by Kennesaw State University
* A wait-listed student who is not added into the program
* A student who has applied to one education abroad program and clearly notifies the Education Abroad Office--in writing and prior to the application deadline--of his/her desire change the application to an alternate KSU program.

Refunds for application fees will be issued in the same form of payment originally used for purchase.  Please be sure to retain all account information used for purchase and notify the Education Abroad Office (EAO) in advance if there is a problem with your account.  The EAO will not be responsible for refunds sent to closed accounts.


Upon registration for the KSU faculty-led education abroad academic course(s), the designated program fee, which is separate from tuition is charged to the student's account. The student has up to one month to pay the program fee in full, following a specific payment schedule. Failure to pay the program fee in full by the stated deadline may result in deletion from the program.

All program fees are non-refundable, except in the case of students who have legitimate, documented medical, (emergency) family or military reasons for withdrawing from a program after paying the program fee.  In all cases, the student will only receive recoverable fees, subject to the rules/policies of external service providers.  Any such refund will not include the initial application fee and will not be issued until after the education abroad program is completed.


Payment and refund of tuition will follow the normal processes establish by the Offices of the Registrar and Bursar.  Students wishing to withdraw from any study abroad program or course must submit their request in writing through the Education Abroad Office.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.

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