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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:
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 HAS BEEN EXTENDED to March 8, 2019**
***Note: For your application to be considered, students must submit the following by March 8, 2019

- $300 Non-Refundable Deposit
- Completed Medical Clearance Form*
- Course Selection

*See medical clearance form header below for details

Completed applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications will NOT be considered until ALL of the above items are received and reviewed
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, Valdosta State University, and Kennesaw State University since 2000.

Program Dates

June 27 – Aug 1, 2019 (these dates and the itinerary are subject to slight change)

Updated Itinerary for AY 18.19 (2.5.19).xlsx

Medical Clearance Form Information
A completed medical clearance form is required by for acceptance onto this program. In order to complete the medical clearance form please follow these steps:
1. Print and fill out the medical clearance form provided in your application or here: Education Abroad Medical Clearance Form Final.pdf
2. Print out the physical assessment form here: 9_Montepulciano Summer_Physical Assessment.pdf
3. Print out this brochure page (or at least the part with the program description)
4. Take the medical clearance form, physical assessment, and program description to a licensed medical provider
5. Once the entire medical clearance form is filled out, please return to the Education Abroad Office via mail, fax (470-578-9171), or in-person

Program Cost (subject to slight change)

$5,300.00 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***

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 $2,500.00 is due April 1, 2019
2nd installment of $2,500.00 is due April 15, 2019

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

The Student Orientation for ALL students accepted onto the program will be held on April 27th on the Kennesaw Campus at Kennesaw State University.  Please plan to be available all day for this MANDATORY orientation.  More details to come soon.

State Department:
Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Health and Safety Additional Information:
4_Montepulciano Summer_Health&Safety.pdf


Students MUST take TWO 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:

World Theatre: Greeks and Romans – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Lisa Abbott, GSU
(KSU: Determined by College of the Arts, email, GCSU: THEA 3100, GSU: THEA 4338, GHC: HUMS 2011/GHHU 2901, VSU: TBD) 
In this course we will be exploring the foundation of Western theatre by studying the Greek and Roman theatres in terms of structure, commentary, and contrasting scripts.  We will see how the Greek and Roman theatre each reflect the cultures from which they come and contrast the two forms of theatre.  In Italy we will explore the remains of Greek and Roman theatres, watch street perfromances that grew out of the Mime traditions of both Greece and Rome, and look for opportunities to perform scene work from the scripts we are studying.
Introduction to Sociology – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Christina Wolfe, GHC
(KSU: SOCI 1101, GCSU: SOCI 1121, GSU: SOCI 1101, GHC: SOCI 1101, VSU: TBD)
This course explores the sociological analysis of society, its culture, and its structure. Both classical research and contemporary social issues will be discussed, with emphasis placed on social science methodology and theoretical foundations. Topics include basic sociological concepts, socialization, social interaction and culture, social groups and institutions, deviance and social control, social stratification, social change, and marriage and family. By taking this course in a study abroad program, we will also explore how sociological concepts and findings are similar and different across cultures by comparing and contrasting American and Italian culture.

Plants and Civilization – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Paula Jackson, KSU
(KSU: BIOL 4490, GCSU: BIOL 4950, GSU: BIOL 1335, GHC: GHSC 2901, VSU: TBD)
Plants could do fine without animals, but we could not survive without them! They have changed the planet we live in and modified our behavior. We depend on plants, for food, clothing, shelter, drugs, medicine, and much more. Plants are the basis of life on earth and influence human history in both small and large ways. In this course, we will look at the biology of plants and their influence on human past, present and potential future. We will use examples from Italy; centrally Florence and Rome to highlight the influence plants have had on human history.
The Arts in Society – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Dan Sachs, KSU
(KSU: ART 1107, GCSU: ARTS 1005/ARTS 1110, GSU: Contact Campus Rep., GHC: ARTS 1113, VSU: TBD)
This lecture/discussion course will introduce students to the world of global art in all its varieties.  An introductory study of theatre as an art form and practical act, this course provides students with a foundation for the understanding and analysis of the theatrical event.

You will select ONE of the following afternoon courses:

Theatre Appreciation – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Lisa Abbott, GSU
(KSU: TPS 1107, GCSU: THEA 1105, GSU: THEA 1100, GHC: THEA 1100, VSU: TBD)
An introductory study of theatre as an art form and practical act, this course provides students with a foundation for the understanding and analysis of the theatrical event.
In Italy we will focus on the earliest forms of theatre, the role of Italy in the Renassiance, and will explore theatrical ruins, watch street performances, develop commedia performances of our own, and look at the connections between art and theatre.

Sociology of Food in Italy – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Christina Wolfe, GHC
(KSU: SOCI 4490, GCSU: SOCI 3433, GSU: SOCI 3094, GHC: GHSS 2901, VSU: TBD)
What people eat, when they eat, and how they eat reflect the specific history and culture of a society. We will examine how food in Italy is a reflection or microcosm of the larger culture. The course will examine the ways in which modern and contemporary social, economic, and political changes—in technology, education, family structure, gender roles, public health, environmental protection, and immigration—have led to changes in food culture. Food policy will be addressed in the context of cross-national comparisons between the United States and Italy. Attention will be given to how class, social status, gender, race, and ethnicity affect food consumption, choice, and behavior.

Science, Society, and the Environment – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Paula Jackson, KSU
(KSU: SCI 1102, GCSU: ELEC 1102 (Area D for Non-Science w/ Petition), GSU: BIOL 1230, GHC: GHSC 2901, VSU: TBD)
This course is the second in a two-part sequence that fulfills the general education science requirement. We will look at human influences on the environment using Italy, and the cities of Florence and Rome as central examples. We will use field trips to Rome and Florence to explore issues of human population growth, population densities, resource use, and explore sustainable solutions.

Special Topics: Donatello to Bernini – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Dan Sachs, KSU
(KSU: ARH 4490, GCSU: ARTS 4950, GSU: ART 3532, GHC: ARTS 1112, VSU: TBD) 
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 Renaissance masters Donatello, Michelangelo and their contemporaries, the architectural advances of Brunelleschi, Bramante, and Michelangelo, as well as the paintings of Masaccio and his fellow Early Renaissance painters, its successors in the High Renaissance and the Mannerist periods. We will also examine the art and architecture of the 17th century:  Baroque art.  We will study the brilliance of Bernini and Caravaggio, Orazio and Artemisia Gentilleschi and the Carracci, a.k.a. The Bolognese School, as well as the architectural advances and innovations of Bernini, Borromini and Guarini.

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 March 1, 2019

A $300 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application.

Important notes:

- You will NOT be considered for this program until you have paid the deposit AND submitted your completed medical clearance form AND submitted your course selection
- Applications are reviewed in order of receipt of application deposit, medical clearance form, and course selections

Montepulciano Hill

Faculty Contact Information

Faculty Director: Todd Harper

Lisa Abbott (Arts: GSU)
Ph: 912-478-0530

Christina Wolfe (Sociology: GHC)
Ph: 706-368-7622

Paula Jackson (Ecology: KSU)
Ph: 470-578-6655

Dan Sachs (Arts: KSU)
Ph: 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
Dorothee Mertz-Weigel
Ph: 912-344-2804

Kennesaw State University
Katie Emslie
Ph: 470-578-4953

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.