Arizona in Orvieto - Summer

Program Facts

Program Type: UA Faculty-led

Credit Type: UA Direct Credit

Level of Study: Graduate , Undergraduate

GPA: 2.5

Class Eligibility: Freshman who will be Sophomores after the Spring Semester , Sophomore , Junior , Senior , Graduate

Language of Instruction: English

Program Open To: UA and Non-UA Students

Explore Arizona in Orvieto - Summer

Arizona in Orvieto is one of the most popular summer study abroad programs in the beautiful, quaint town of Orvieto, located just one hour from Rome. Students earn U of A direct credit through the broad variety of courses offered, taught by both UA and Italian faculty, which includes a variety of academic fields.


The Arizona in Orvieto program is one of the few programs which enables students to take courses from various academic fields and receive UArizona direct credit. Students participate in numerous field trips and museum visits throughout the semester and term which include visits to various sites. Students from all majors are welcome to participate.

Summer 2024

Summer 2024 tentative dates: 5/17 - 6/23/24 (Please do not purchase airfare until instructed by your Study Abroad Coordinator)

All classes are direct UA credit! Students must select 2 courses from the options below taught by UArizona Faculty who will be joining students over the summer and by local instructors who live in Orvieto. Summer 2024 course will be updated soon!

Summer Courses


CLAS 222: Classics through the Ages

Course Description:

Dr. Nathaniel Katz. In this course, we will explore the towns, museums, and galleries of Italy to learn how Greek and Roman myths have inspired artists, thinkers, and ordinary people over the centuries

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Tier 2 Humanities
UArizona Units:

CLAS 335: The Roman Empire: Rulers and Ruled

Course Description:

Dr. Nathaniel Katz. This course explores the Roman empire from the perspectives both of the ruling Romans, and of the non-Roman peoples they ruled in Italy and beyond.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Tier 2 Humanities/ Humanist Perspective
UArizona Units:


ITAL 496A: Topics in Advanced Italian Studies- Food, Wine & Italian Culture

Course Description:

Dr. Claudio Bizzarri. Social, political and cultural changes in Italy since the first millennium B.C. have shaped the multi-faceted Italy of today. In a global landscape dominated by tendencies towards cultural sameness, the course aims to identify what constitutes Italian cultural specificity, "Italian flair" emerging as a prominent element of Italian culture, lifestyle and identity. Among the topics that will be discussed are the aspects connected with food, wine production and the idea of Made in Italy, connecting the differences with the material culture aspects, i.e. tradition and everyday life in Italian regions. We will be able to understand what is real inappropriate to do when meeting an Italian grandma or how to avoid being spotted as a foreigner along the main street of an Italian city. DOP, DOC and IGT will mean something to you at the end of the course and you will not pour wine in your glass as if it was Coke. This course is taught in English and counts towards the minor and major in Italian.
*Course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 units or unlimited completions*

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
ITAL Department Elective or Food Studies Major Elective: Food Society, and Culture
UArizona Units:

Why study abroad in Orvieto?

The town of Orvieto is located in central Italy, in Umbria, the region known as "the green heart of Italy". It stands high on a tufa plateau with cliff walls falling sheer to the valley below.

Considered by many travelers to be one of the world's most beautiful towns, Orvieto combines Italian small town friendliness and atmosphere with the beauty of the Umbrian countryside. It is also one of the great centers for Italian art and archaeology. Surrounded by treasures from the Etruscan period, Gothic era, the Renaissance and the 19th century, the student has the entire town as a living classroom.

Read more about Orvieto and explore the galley of photos on the Arizona in Orvieto website. 

Orvieto is an ideal location to visit the most important cities and sites in Italy, being approximately one hour away from Rome by train, and a little over two hours from Florence.

A 2-day trip will be organized and all costs (transportation, admissions to sites/museums, lodging and some meals) will be included in the program fee.

Full-day optional excursions may be organized, depending on the interest for the scheduled courses, to:

  • Rome

  • Florence

  • Tivoli (where we’ll visit Hadrian's Villa, the astonishing architectural project of the Emperor Hadrian, and Villa d'Este, a Renaissance villa famous worldwide for its beautiful gardens and fountains)

Guided visits to:

  • Orvieto Cathedral and St. Brizio’s Chapel

  • Archaeological sites in the Orvieto area

  • Museums in Orvieto

  • "Orvieto Underground", a special guided tour to the hidden, underground section of the town

Cultural excursions and activities:

  • Cooking classes

  • Wine-tasting

  • Visit to a local artisan workshops

The field trips destinations and cultural activities may vary according to the season and courses offered.

Students live in nice, fully furnished apartments, all located in the historical district in Orvieto and within walking distance from the school. Generally, an apartment with two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and living room, is shared by four students (no co-ed housing). Housing costs are included in the program fee, and they will also cover all expenses (water, gas, electricity bills), sheets and towels (changed once a week), and a weekly cleaning of the apartment. 


  • Students who receive the Pell Grant may qualify for the Gilman Scholarship is a national study abroad scholarship sponsored by the Department of State. Many UA students have received the Gilman Scholarship! 
  • The Fund For Education Abroad is another national study abroad scholarship that is a great opportunity- if you are eligible, be sure to apply!
  • Although it is not exhaustive, our office has put together a list of study abroad scholarships & we have compiled them into a database. Please visit our Scholarship Tracker to view the available scholarships. Do not forget that Scholarship Universe also is another great resource! 
  • W.A. Franke Honors College Study Abroad/Travel Scholarships 
  • Cynthia White Travel and Study in Italy Award: Students who are enrolling in a UA Classics/Religious Studies course in Orvieto are eligible to apply!
  • The Arizona in Orvieto Classics Award:  Awards of up to $1,500 are available for any UArizona student enrolled in Classics courses through the Arizona in Orvieto Study Abroad Program in summer 2024. Priority will be given to majors or minors in the Department of Religious Studies & Classics, but all UArizona students (with any major/minor) can apply.
  • SILLC Global Award Fund: Benefits UA undergraduate students in good standing who are declared majors in any of the SILLC disciplines
  • The Department of Religious Studies & Classics Awards
  • College of Humanities (COH) Scholarships: The COH offers a number of scholarships specifically for study abroad, including the Fearless Inquiry Award, Alfred and Mary Beigel Memorial Scholarship ($5,200), Donna Dillon Manning and Larry Horner Endowed Humanities Award for Study Abroad ($2,500), Donna Swaim Study Abroad Award for Double Majors ($1,000), Werner Schirmer Memorial Scholarship ($400). See complete list above for general scholarship opportunities from COH.



Term: Summer
Application Deadline: February 25
Start Date: Late May
End Date: Late June

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