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Montepulciano, Italy Summer Session I
Montepulciano, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Maymester/Early Summ
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
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:
Montepulciano - Italy, Summer Session I

**The application deadline for this program is 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! Applications are reviewed in order of receipt of application deposit. 

San Biagio

Program Description

The four week 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, Valdosta State University, Georgia Highlands College, and Kennesaw State University, since 2000.

Program Dates

May 13 - June 12, 2016 (these dates are subject to slight change)

Program Cost

$ 4,750.00 Cost includes airfare, housing, four dinners per week, program-related field trips including all admissions/museum entry fees, overnight stays in Rome and 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 $2,225.00 is due March 1, 2016
2nd installment of $2,225.00 is due March 15, 2016.

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 3 credit hour courses, for a total of 6 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:

Understanding Visual Art in Italy – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Ernesto R. Gomez, GCSU

Understanding Visual Art in Italy serves as an introduction to Italian Renaissance and Baroque art through an examination of the artists who created it. You will learn about the artists’ lives, and the lives of the historical figures who commissioned the works of art that we will view while on field trips to the Vatican Museums, Rome, Siena, Florence, Pisa and Montepulciano. Class time will consist of lectures on the basic elements and principles of art and design and discussions focused on art history with an emphasis on the Italian Renaissance. Please consider central Italy as your classroom for the next four weeks.
Cultures and Interpersonal Relationships – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Tsu-Ming Chiang, GCSU

Interpersonal relationships are profoundly influenced by cultural contexts and ethnic heritages.  It is often difficult to realize such influences without contrasting various behaviors and relationships across cultures. Through readings and field trips in Italy, this course examines how individuals’ personalities, family interaction and larger economic and cultural contexts affect interpersonal behaviors from parent-child, family, friendship to romantic relationships.  Students will be challenged to analyze individual relationships and learn to appreciate cultural construction of perceiving principles and norm behaviors.  It will provide a valuable cross-cultural perspective in understanding how cultural contexts contribute to social interaction and relationship formation in the increasingly globally connected world.
Intro to Political Science: Power and Participation in Italian Politics – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Jamie Scalera, GSU

Political Science is incredibly dynamic, drawing on a number of disciplines to explore the distribution of power and authority across a diversity of political systems around the world.  In this course, we will explore the foundations of Political Science, paying particular attention to the structural and procedural elements of politics.  Along the way, we will survey the four main subfields of Political Science—American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory—with a particular focus on Italian politics.  We will also examine a number of contemporary political issues, including the polarization of partisan politics, efforts to control political violence, and the struggle for economic equality.
Postcards from Italy: The Visual Diary – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Geo Sipp, KSU
(KSU: ART 3150 or ART 4150, GCSU: ARTS 4985, GSU: TBD, VSU: TBD, GHC: TBD)

The focus of this session’s Illustration course is the visual diary as a narrative, and how you as potential designers and artists might express the continuity of idea and stylization to a diverse audience. We will examine image and narrative within the broader context of art and design. Moreover, we will work towards developing perceptual acuity through on-site observation. By the end of the session students should be able to formulate a range of responses in the production of imagery, and sustain a coherent approach to the development of visual material over a sequence of images.
Humans and the Supernatural in World Literature – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Theresa Welford, GSU

We’ll read and discuss various works of literature, beginning with the ancient world (nearly 6000 years ago) and making our way up to Shakespeare’s day (the late 1500s). We’ll discuss literary techniques and characteristics that appear in the works we’re reading. We’ll also discuss societal beliefs, ideas, and practices embodied in or implied by these works, and we’ll look for common ground, as well as diversity, in the literary works that we read.  And, of course, we’ll talk about humans and the supernatural, which will include gods, goddesses, monsters, and ghosts.
You will select ONE of the following afternoon courses:

Intro to Human Development Through Cross-Cultural Exploration – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Tsu-Ming Chiang, GCSU

This is an introductory course in human development. An overview of principles and theories of human growth and development will be examined with an emphasis on cultural application and analysis.  Students are expected to read the theoretical perspectives on physical, cognitive and social emotional development and observe cultural differences in relation to these perspectives.  Unique field trips to museums, parks, local schools, and possible orphanage in observing interactions between Italian children and their families or caretakers will be used for in-class discussions.  This course will provide opportunities for students to contrast American and Italian family dynamics and education systems to understand cultural influences on human development.
International Relations: Conflict and Cooperation from PAX Romana to Today – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Jamie Scalera, GSU

What does it mean to be a citizen living in a global world? For many, today’s global world has brought positive change by increasing trade, inspiring innovations in technology, and expanding the reach of democracy, human rights, and freedom.  For many others, however, being a part of the international community has come at a high cost of increased poverty, devastating disease, violence, and the loss of cultural identity.  Our challenge is to learn how to live in this complicated world.  In this course, we will explore the evolution of international politics from the era of Pax Romana to today to provide us with the foundation for understanding and engaging the global world around us.
The 9th Art: The Graphic Novel in Europe – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Geo Sipp, KSU

In this course we will explore the form of visual literature known as “comics” or “comic art”. More specifically, our concentration will focus on the genres of the “9th Art”, the graphic novel in Europe. The graphic novel is venerated as an art form in Europe. Referred to as “Bandes Dessinées, or "drawn strips", the art form makes no designation as to its content. We will analyze the art and the stories that have made graphic fiction the most popular form of literature in the world.
Travel Writing – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Theresa Welford, GSU

In Travel Writing – which is suitable for students in ALL majors – we’ll do some serious (and not-so-serious) exploring. As we begin our journey, we’ll discover the secrets of travel writing, by reading and discussing articles and books by best-selling writers including Bill Bryson (Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe) and Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun). Along the way, we’ll use creative writing techniques to craft enjoyable and memorable records of our own experiences in Italy, using forms such as poetry, creative nonfiction, postcards, blogs, and “tweets.”

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.

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! Applications are reviewed in order of receipt of application deposit. 

Faculty Contact Information

Academic Director: Ernesto R. Gomez, GCSU

Ph: 478-445-8514

Tsu-Ming Chiang, GCSU
Ph: 478-445-0863

Jamie Scalera, GSU
Ph: 912-478-4204

Geo Sipp, KSU
Ph: 470-578-6139

Theresa Welford, GSU
Ph: 912-478-0156

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
Nadine Northcutt
Ph: 470-578-2092

Valdosta State University
Irina McClellan
Ph: 229-333-7410

Georgia Highlands College
Bronson Long

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:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester/Early Summ 2016 02/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2016 06/12/2016
NOTE: Your application will not be considered until you have paid the $300 application deposit. Applications are processed on a first come first serve basis based on date of application deposit payment.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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