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Montepulciano, Italy Summer Session I
Montepulciano, 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: 2.0 (Undergrad) Graduate or Undergraduate: Undergraduate
Education Abroad Programs by College: College of Arts, College of Humanities and Social Science, College of Science of Mathematics Departments: Biology, English Education, History Education, Visual Arts
Payable Account Code: 8156
Program Description:
Montepulciano - Italy, Summer Session I


**The application deadline for this program is February 4, 2015.**

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!

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Program Description

The five 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 and Kennesaw State University, since 2000.

PowerPoint & Photos from previous years: Montepulciano PowerPoint.pdf

Program Dates

May 14 - June 21, 2015 (these dates are subject to slight change)

Program Cost

$ 5,400.00 Cost includes airfare, housing, four dinners per week, program-related field trips including all admissions/museum entry fees and emergency health insurance.

Estimated Cost Form.pdf

***Tuition is not included in the program cost.  Tuition is paid separately. ***

***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 $2,550.00 is due March 5th
2nd installment of $2,550.00 is due March 19th.

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 the three 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 that will meet from 9:00 - 11:30 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays. Morning courses reserve Tuesdays for all-day field trips.

Honors World Literature: Denizens, Travelers, and Soujourners in Cultural Context - 3 credit hours
Instructor: Liza Davis, KSU
(KSU: ENGL 2210H, GCSU: ENGL 2110H, GSU: ENGL 2111, VSU: TBD)

In this special Honors "Great Books" section of World Literature, we will examine a variety of literary and cultural perspectives through literary texts ranging from ancient to modern, with special emphasis on works by major Italian authors, from Ovid and Petrarch to Montepulciano’s own Iris Origo. We will also read texts by writers from other nations who have experienced Italy as visitors.  Our emphasis will, to some degree, be interdisciplinary:  we will look not only at the aesthetic characteristics of what we read, but at the historical, political, and social context influencing each writer as well. Through our reading, discussion, films, and field trips, we will discover what these works have to say about human experience. 

Diplomacy and Deterrence - 3 credit hours
Instructors: Dr. Daniel Papp and Maureen McCarthy, KSU
(KSU: PSYC 4490, GCSU: PSYC 4950, GSU: PSYC 3030, VSU: TBD)

In this advanced seminar students will explore the role of psychology in the international arena of diplomacy and deterrence. Historical sources of international tension and conflict will be highlighted, as well as diplomatic efforts to overcome tension and conflict. Psychological aspects of interaction among diplomats will highlight principles that serve to deter or end conflicts. Students will learn about the psychological principles that can be used to transform cultures of violence to those of peace.

Imagining Italy - 3 credit hours
Instructor: Jennifer Flaherty, GCSU
(KSU: ENGL 3350, GCSU: ENGL 4955, GSU: ENGL 5090, VSU: TBD)

Imagining Italy encourages students to consider the evolution of Italy’s identity in the popular imagination. How has the legacy of ancient Rome evolved, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses to William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus to pop culture films like Gladiator? How have Italians depicted their own country, from Boccaccio’s Decameron to Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita? How is Italy written by outsiders, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Irving Stone, or Francis Mayes? Students will watch films on Italy and read selections from a variety of texts, using different interpretations of Italy to formulate critical analyses and arguments. Using site visits combined with texts and screenings, we will ‘read’ the national identity of Italy through its art and architecture as well as its prose and poetry.

Art and Culture in Italy - 3 credit hours 
Instructor: Patricia Carter, GSU
(KSU: ART 1107, GCSU: ARTS1105/1110, GSU: ART 1000, VSU: TBD)

In this course you study master works of Italian art alongside unique attributes of Italian culture to acquire a true appreciation of the modern Italian civilization you experience.  In Italian culture, life and art are inseparable. In this course you study master works of Italian art alongside unique attributes of Italian culture to acquire a true appreciation of the modern Italian civilization you experience.  Instruction includes the use of digital cameras to make images that transcend the typical snapshot or travel photo, as well as website/blog and publication design. 

You will select ONE of the following afternoon courses that will meet from 1:00 - 3:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. Afternoon courses reserve Thursdays for all-day field trips.

Renaissance Voices in Context: Italian Humanism in Literature, Philosophy, Art and Architecture - 3 credit hours
Instructor: Liza Davis , KSU
(KSU: HON 4490, GCSU: IDST 2305, GSU: ENGL 5090, VSU: TBD)

In this upper-level Honors Seminar, we will read and discuss selected works of six men and women who articulated and demonstrated the philosophy of humanism in Renaissance Italy: Francesco Petrarch, Leon Battista Alberti, Galileo Galilei, Marsilio Ficino, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Laura Cereta. Whenever possible, we will link our course readings to our field trips, visiting sites directly or indirectly associated with the authors we read and, in general, exploring the flowering of creativity and secularism in the literary, philosophical, and artistic works of the period.

Intro to Psychology - 3 credit hours
Instructor: Maureen McCarthy, KSU
(KSU: PSYC 1101, GCSU: PSYC 1101, GSU: PSYC 1101, VSU: TBD)

The scientific approach to the study of psychological phenomena, human development, learning and thinking, motivation and emotion, perception, testing and measurement, personality and behavior.

Art Studio - 3 credit hours
Instructor: Patricia Carter, GSU
(KSU: ART 4490, GCSU: ARTS 1200/1000/4985, GSU: ART 4950, VSU: TBD)

With the Tuscan countryside as backdrop and a Renaissance-era fortress as studio, you will develop a portfolio of exhibition ready artwork, representative of your Montepulciano experience.  Working in your individual style you will develop new skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage and mixed media to create images that capture iconic Italian sentiments like glowing fields of sunflowers, silvery olive groves, ripening vineyards, and ancient ruins, reflecting your life in Montepulciano and field trips to Florence, Rome, Pisa, and Siena. This course is designed for all levels of students, whether you have no experience in the art studio or are a seasoned artist  that wishes to learn alternative and advanced processes in traditional media.

Underworlds and Afterlives - 3 credit hours
Instructor: Jennifer Flaherty, GCSU
(KSU: ENGL 2110, GCSU: GC2Y 2000/ENGL 2110, GSU: ENGL 2111, VSU: TBD)

‘Underworlds and Afterlives’ is a world literature and culture class incorporating books, films, and artwork from Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. It can be cross-listed as both World Literature (which is needed by students from all of the participating colleges and universities) and GC2Y (a sophomore-level global perspectives class required of all Georgia College graduates).  The opportunity to take GC2Y abroad will make the Montepulciano program especially appealing to Georgia College students. The use of Roman author Virgil and Italian authors Dante and Tasso make the course a great fit for a study abroad program in Italy.

NOTE: All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.0 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 4, 2015

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!

Faculty Contact Information

Program Director: Edward Eanes
Ph: 470-578-3302

Instructor: Liza Davis, KSU
Ph: 470-578-3514

Instructor: Maureen McCarthy, KSU
Ph: 470-578-6296

Instructor: Patricia Carter, GSU
Ph: 912-478-5358

Instructor: Jennifer Flaherty, GCSU
Ph: 478-445-3180

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



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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