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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, 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. 
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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

June 23 – July 24, 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 April 1, 2016
2nd installment of $2,225.00 is due April 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.
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:

World Literature before 1800: The Odyssey and Aeneid – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: M. Todd Harper, KSU
(KSU: ENGL 4380, GCSU: INST 4950, GSU: ENGL 5090s, VSU: TBD, GHC: TBD)

Virgil’s Aeneid describes the foundation of the Roman empire, and, yet, it is almost a carbon copy of Homer’s Odyssey in its description of Aeneas’ escape from Troy to his eventual arrival on what will become Roman soil.  This course will focus on the literary themes and techniques of the Aeneid through a comparison to the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Passion and Power: Early Masterpieces of World Literature – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Jon Hershey, GHC
(KSU: ENGL 2110, GCSU: ENGL 2160, GSU: ENGL 2111s, VSU: TBD, GHC: ENGL 2111)

Relationships lie at the heart of these world literature masterpieces—some sincere, some sinister—and take readers on adventures of passion and power.  Love relationships, friendships, relationships of faith are woven through these works. With the Italian literary heritage at the core, we will explore relationships in world literature across cultures from Ancient and Medieval works to the Renaissance. We will explore Virgil’s epic The Aeneid as well as The Sunjata, the epic of West Africa.  Aristophanes’s comic play Lysistrata deals with sexual politics and war. We follow Dante in his longing after the true path, and the tales of Boccaccio and Chaucer.   Christine de Pizan reveals the power of women in a work unlike any other, The Book of the City of Ladies.   Lyric poetry from China, from India, and from Italy set the tone for all modern poetry thereafter.  Shakespeare’s Othello examines how a leader gains everything and then loses it.

Global Issues: Jihad v. McWorld in Modern Europe – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Jack Moran, KSU
(KSU: POLS 2401, GCSU: INST 2950, GSU: INTS 2090s, VSU: TBD, GHC: TBD)

Global Issues is an introductory survey course designed to introduce the students to numerous current issues confronting the globe's policy-makers and populations. Specifically, the course provides an opportunity for diversity in the student's educational program and provides information that fosters global understanding and engagement.
Introduction to Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Ginny Zhan, KSU
(KSU: PSYC 1101, GCSU: PSYC 1101, GSU: PSYC 1101s, VSU: TBD, GHC: TBD)

General psychology is the scientific approach to the study of psychological phenomena, human development, learning and thinking, motivation and emotion, perception, testing and measurement, personality and behavior.
Being part of Study Abroad in Montepulciano Program, the Italian culture and its effect on observed behavior will be highlighted and examined, and incorporated into the course content.
Maschio e Femmina, Uomini e Donne: Sociology of Gender – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Daniel Farr, KSU
(KSU: SOCI 3324, GCSU: SOCI 3432, GSU: SOCI 4332s, VSU: TBD, GHC: TBD)

Sex, gender, and sexuality are organizing principles of social life.  This course will explore these intersecting concepts with a particular focus upon gender and gender diversity.  We will explore a variety of social institutions through which gender construction can be understood (such as education, work, family, religion, politics, etc.).  Within this course we will engage various activities which will highlight the gender distinctions and similarities that emerge when observing a foreign culture (Italian and foreign tourists) and contrasting with the American experience. We will explore visible public displays of gender, television & film, print media, and social interactions.
You will select ONE of the following afternoon courses:

Where in the World: An Introduction to Creative Writing – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Jon Hershey, GHC
(KSU: WRIT 3000, GCSU: ENGL 2208, GSU: WRIT 2131s, VSU: TBD, GHC: ENGL 2116)

The writing of short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction often begins with establishing place, regardless of the actual “subject” of the piece.  Using Italy as the real-world prompt, students will write in a variety of formats and learn to sharpen their editing skills in this introductory workshop course.   Field trips will provide a subject matter of place—and we will discuss a variety of writing samples that also use Italy as a setting.  
The Politics of Dante’s Divine Comedy: Italy’s Saints and Sinners – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Jack Moran, KSU
(KSU: HON 4400 or POLS 4490, GCSU: POLS 4950, GSU: POLS 4031s, VSU: TBD, GHC: TBD)

Dante's Divine Comedy is considered by most to be the greatest work of Italian literature as well as a leading masterpiece of world culture.  On the most basic level, it provides for us a metaphorical pilgrimage from sin to virtue.  In so doing, he provides an analysis of human nature as well as that of medieval Italian society.   The main objective of this class is to understand these aspects of the book and to determine its relevancy to modern Italy.   

Cross-Cultural Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Ginny Zhan, KSU
(KSU: PSYC 3355, GCSU: PSYC 4950, GSU: PSYC 3030s, VSU: TBD, GHC: TBD)

This course will provide an overview of the study and application of psychological principles from a global cultural perspective, including Asian, African, European and North and South American cultures.  Topics such as cognition, attitude structure and change, interpersonal communication, personality and mental health will be discussed in the contexts of different cultural orientations in the world, and both between and within-group differences and similarities will be discussed. 
Being part of Study Abroad in Montepulciano Program, the Italian culture and its effect on observed behavior will be highlighted and examined, and incorporated into the course content.
Seeing America from Afar: Introduction to Sociology – 3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Daniel Farr, KSU
(KSU: SOCI 1101, GCSU: SOCI 1121, GSU: SOCI 1101s, VSU: TBD, GHC: TBD)

This course will be an introduction to the field of sociology.  We will examine some of the basic patterns of social behavior and the structures and functions of social organizations, such as: gender, sexuality, families, politics, race and ethnicities, education, and others. The goal of this course is to expand one’s understanding of their social existence and to examine the social world with a critical eye. Through activities that contrast Italian culture and American culture, you will see the “strangeness” of what you assume to be just “normal.”

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, 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. 
Montepulciano Hill

Faculty Contact Information

Academic Director: Todd Harper, KSU
Ph: 470-578-3619

Jon Hershey, GHC
Ph: 678-872-8121

Jack Moran, KSU
Ph: 470-578-6452

Ginny Zhan, KSU
Ph: 470-578-6679

Daniel Farr, KSU
Ph: 470-578-7970

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
Late Summer 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 06/23/2016 07/24/2016
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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