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Montepulciano, Italy Summer Session II
Florence, Italy; Montepulciano, Italy; Orvieto, Italy; Rome, Italy; Siena, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Late Summer
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: 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, 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

June 21 – July 27, 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 April 3, 2017
2nd installment of $2,350.00 is due April 17, 2017

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



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:

Great Books: Dante’s Purgatorio– 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Howard Shealy, KSU
(KSU: HONS 4490 or HIST 4490, GCSU: IDST 2302/4950 or ARTS 2800/4950, GSU: HIST 3030s, GHC: GHSS 2901)
This is a study of Florentine and Italian society in the late Middle Ages/Early Renaissance through Dante’s Purgatorio.  In the Inferno, Dante travels through Hell. In Purgatorio, we will climb with him through Purgatory, learning about Italy’s colorful past from the repentant souls we encounter along the way.  Field trips to Rome and Florence will emphasize sites that relate to both the characters in Purgatorio and to the world of 14th century Italy including Roman ruins, early Christian churches, and the physical layout of both cities. Montepulciano is an ideal environment for our day to day studies as so much of it preserves the core of a medieval hilltown.
Child and Adolescent Development: ‘What don’t you know and how will you learn it? – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Sean Callahan, GHC
(KSU: PSYC 3010, GCSU: PSYC 2103, GSU: TBD, GHC: PSYC 2103/2126 or EDUC 2130)
This course is designed for people who are considering a career in education, but it is also very appropriate for those planning to work in other professions dealing with people, such as medicine, law, or even sales. Finally, it is a course for anyone who wants to know more about how people (including themselves) learn, develop, and are motivated. Therefore, we will be studying psychology from an educational perspective with an emphasis on the impact of the study abroad experience in and around Montepulciano on learning, development and motivation. Theorists covered include, but not limited to, Erikson, Bandura, Kohlberg, Piaget, Dabrowski, Vygotsky, Montessori, Goleman, Mayer and Salovey.
Principles of Public Speaking – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Shana Bridges, GSU
(KSU: COM 2129, GCSU: RHET 1110, GSU: COMM 1110s, GHC: COMM 1110/1210)
This is an active learning course (meaning: lots of practice!) intended to familiarize you with the process of organizing, drafting, and delivering speeches from different genres. By the end of the semester, you should be able to: Exhibit audience adaptation: Speakers who take the needs and expectations of the audience into consideration and choose the language and content accordingly convey effective messages that are more likely to engage and sustain their audience’s attention. Demonstrate effective speech organization: Students will learn how to gather supporting materials and organize their speeches coherently.Establish ethical public speaking practices: Speakers should cultivate a strong sense of ethos, or character, as a speaker by conveying accurate information from credible sources; internalizing a sense of responsibility and respect for their audience; and refraining from language that will offend or alienate their audience.
Science, Society, and the Environment II – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Lisa Adams, KSU
(KSU: SCI 1102, GCSU: ELEC 1102, GSU: TBD, GHC: ENVS 1124)
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:

How the Renaissance was Born – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Howard Shealy, KSU
(KSU: HONS 4490 or HIST 4490, GCSU: ARTS 2810/4950, GSU: HIST 3030s, GHC: HIST 1121)
This course will be based on two key books: The Merchant of Prato Author: Iris Origo's; and Brunelleschi’s Dome. Author: Ross King. The Merchant of Prato gives us a look at the birth of the Renaissance through the life of a 14th-15th century Tuscan merchant preserved in his correspondence with his business partners and his wife. Francesco di Marco Datini rose from near poverty to become both a successful pioneer of international trade and an early patron of the arts. Filippo Brunelleschi was one of the early recipients of that patronage.  Brunelleschi’s Dome will give us another way of understanding Florence and the Renaissance. While it is focused on the creation of one of the great architectural achievements that launched the rebirth of art and architecture in Renaissance Europe, King’s book reveals a great deal more about Renaissance society, the government of Florence, and how thought and art were inspired by the rediscovery of the Roman past.  Field trips to Florence have obvious connections: the Duomo itself and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi, the Accademia and other museums. Field trips to Rome would emphasize the kinds of things that would have inspired these artists, their patrons, and the writers and thinkers of the Renaissance. One obvious example is the Pantheon.

Enriched Introduction to General Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Sean Callahan, GHC
(KSU: PSYC 1101, GCSU: PSYC 1101, GSU: TBD, GHC: PSYC 1101/1101H)
This is a broad survey of the major topics in psychology, including but not limited to research methodology, biological and social factors influencing behavior, development, learning, memory, personality and abnormal behavior/therapy. In this course, emphasis is placed upon the impact of the study abroad experience and observed behavior in Italy as it relates to and deepens the course content.

Rhetoric of International Relations – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Shana Bridges, GSU
(KSU: COM 3325, GCSU: RHET 4950, GSU: COMM 4330s, GHC: COMM 1502 or HUMS 2011)
This course will focus on the historical and contemporary role and function of rhetoric in international relations. Specifically, we will study how rhetoric creates, maintains, and perpetuates national identity formation in Italy and elsewhere.

The Science of Wine: From Seed to Cork – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Lisa Adams, KSU
(KSU: BIOL 4490, GCSU: BIOL 4950, GSU: TBD, GHC: BIOL 2180)
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, 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! 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

Howard Shealy (History and Philosophy, and Great Books: KSU)
Ph: 470-578-3619

Sean Callahan (Psychology: GHC)
Ph: 678-872-8542

Shana Bridges (Communications Arts: Georgia Southern)
Ph: 912-478-7122
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

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
Late Summer 2017 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 06/22/2017 07/27/2017

** 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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