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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Montepulciano, Italy; Orvieto, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Rome, Italy; Siena, Italy
  • Program Terms: Late Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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: English, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology & Criminal Justice
Payable Account Code: 8B03
Program Description:

Montepulciano - Italy, Summer Session II

**The application deadline for this program is March 1, 2018**

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

June 28 – Aug 2, 2018 (these dates are subject to slight change)

Itinerary - Italy II.pdf

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 April 2, 2018
2nd installment of $2,350.00 is due April 16, 2018

Gilman Scholarship
Gilman Scholarship Deadline: March 6, 2018
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.
Italy Housing


Safety & Security

Faculty members will hold several orientations prior to travelling which will be used to discuss how to prepare for your trip and safety and health advice.

State Department:
Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Health and Safety Additional Information:
 Italy Summer Health and Safety Handout.pdf

Education Abroad Physical Requirement Assessment Form.pdf


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:

The Art in Society – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Matthew Haffner, KSU
(KSU: ART 1107, GCSU: ARTS 1110/1105, GSU: TBD, GHC: GHHU 2901/HUMS 2011, VSU: TBD)
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 experiences and field visits to a variety of arts events in dance, music and theater and/or visual arts. 
Cross Cultural Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Katherine White, KSU
(KSU: PSYC 3355, GCSU: PSYC 4950, GSU: TBD, GHC: GHSS 2901, VSU: TBD)
This  course will cover the science  of how cultures deferentially affect human psychology. Cross-cultural psychology is, by definition, a comparative field in which at least  two cultures are directly compared for the  purpose  of identifying  psychological universals  as well as sources of psychological diversity. It also strives to address the Western culture bias that historically exists in the psychological research literature, while building cultural  understanding.  By taking  this course in a study abroad program . you will have the exciting opportunity to compare and contrast American culture with Italian culture, first-hand. In other words, you  will get hands-on experience in the role of a  cross-cultural  psychologist!

Discovering the Art and Beauty of Mathematics in Italy – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Belinda Edwards, KSU
(KSU: MATH 4490, GCSU: MATH 4950, GSU: TBD, GHC: GHMA 2901, VSU: TBD)
Discovering the Art & Beauty of Mathematics in Italy explores the mathematics behind Perspective in Art, Dance, Music, Architecture, and Nature. We will address such questions as: What role does mathematics perspective play in paintings and photography. How is dance related to symmetry? Which geometric shapes are strongest for holding weight? How is mathematics reflected in nature? What is the mathematics behind the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Leaning Tower? We will visit the actual sites to see mathematics theory come alive. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore mathematics beauty while living in Italy. 
Science, Society, and the Environment II – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Lisa Adams, KSU
(KSU: SCI 1102, GCSU: INST 2950 (Counts are Area Core D), GSU: TBD, GHC: GHSC 2901, VSU: TBD)
This course is the second in a two-part sequence that fulfills the general education science requirement.  This course investigates how population growth over human history has impacted Earth, and explores sustainable solutions to the overuse and degradation of resources by examining Italian case studies.

You will select ONE of the following afternoon courses:
Documentary Photography: The Italian Landscape and the Culture of Tuscany – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Matthew Haffner, KSU
(KSU: ART 4490 4490, GCSU: ARTS 4985, GSU: TBD, GHC: GHHU 2901/HUMS 2011, VSU: TBD)
This course is an introduction to documentary photography and its basic practices for fine art application. This course explores various methods of photographic image-making in contemporary art and its interpretations. Assignments and class critiques will emphasize the development of a visual vocabulary and explore the possibilities of photography as a visual arts medium.

Introduction to General Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Katherine White, KSU
(KSU: PSYC 1101, GCSU: PSYC 1101, GSU: TBD, GHC: PSYC 1101, VSU: TBD)
The primrary purpose of this course is to expose you to psychology and provide you with a broad foundation for the field. Both classical research and contemporary issues  will  be discussed to relate established  psychological  theories  and research findings  to daily  human behavior. By taking this course in a study abroad program, we will also exp lo re how psychological theories and research findings are similar and different across cultures . We will compare and contrast American culture with Italian culture first-hand.  but we will also explore cultural similarities and differences across Asia, Africa, and  Latin America.

Mathematical Modeling in a Historical and Cultural Context – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Belinda Edwards, KSU
(KSU: MATH 1101, GCSU: MATH 4950, GSU: TBD, GHC: MATH 1101, VSU: TBD)
Have you ever wondered how the concepts you’ve learned in mathematics class relate to the real world? If so, this is the course for you! Learning Mathematics History in a Cultural Context explores classical and modern mathematics in a problem-solving and cultural context. While in Italy, you will become familiar with Italian mathematicians, artists, scientists, engineers, and architects, see where they lived and the masterpieces they created. We explore how earlier civilizations influenced/failed to influence later ones and how mathematics concepts evolved in these various civilizations. This course will help future mathematics teachers use history in their teaching, and other non-STEM majors see mathematics as a continually developing human activity.

The Science Behind Wine – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Lisa Adams, KSU
(KSU: BIOL 4490, GCSU: BIOL 4950, GSU: TBD, GHC: GHSC 2901, VSU: TBD) 
This course will focus on the science behind wine. We will explore the cycle of photosynthesis to fermentation to wine. Topics such as how the climate and soil type affect the wine’s taste and smell as well as the different methods of winemaking from red to whites. We will examine the agricultural practices involved and how winemaking has influenced the Italian culture. Field trips to local vineyards will allow students to learn from vintners about growing, harvesting, and fermenting Italian wines. Students will examine sustainable, traditional, and organic practices used in winemaking.

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 March 1, 2018

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 and course selections. 
Montepulciano Hill

Faculty Contact Information

Joe Dirnberger (Academic Director, Biology: KSU)
Ph: 470-578-6546

Matthew Haffner (Art and Design: KSU)
Ph: 470-578-2021

Belinda Edwards (Mathematics: KSU)
Ph: 678-872-4727

Katherine White (Psychology: KSU)
Ph: 570-478-4493
Lisa Adams (Biology: KSU)
Ph: 470-578-3631

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

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. 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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.