Arizona in Orvieto - Summer

Program Facts

Program Type: UA Faculty-led

Credit Type: UA Direct Credit

Level of Study: Undergraduate

GPA: 2.5

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

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.

Join us and our partners from Italy for an Arizona in Orvieto Info Session on Feb. 12, 2024 at 11am!

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

Art

ART 242: Intro to Photo Concepts

Course Description:

Professor Joseph Farbrook. In this course, students will examine photographic history, theory, and practice. Students will learn to apply the viewpoint of an artist to analyze image-based creative expressions, explore diverse perspectives, and investigate challenges faced by local, national, and online communities. Students will put this perspective into practice through the thoughtful creation of digital photographs, written reflections, and peer critique. This course will be tailored to the unique perspective of the Orvieto, Italy summer program.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Tier 2 Arts/EP Artist
UArizona Units:
3

ART 358: Creative Strategies in Visual Design

Course Description:

Professor Joseph Farbrook. This course examines issues, principles, methodologies, theories and visual language of graphic design, illustration and new media. Students will be required to keep a journal, create and write a study, create visual responses to design prompts, and participate in discussions. This course will be tailored to the unique perspective of the Orvieto, Italy summer program.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Tier 2 Arts/EP Artist
UArizona Units:
3

Astronomy

ASTR 204: Great Debates- Galileo and the Birth of Modern Science 

Course Description:

Dr. Richard Poss. This course uses our Italian setting to explore the pivotal role of Galileo in the history of science. We’ll begin with the clash of world-systems in the Presocratics and Aristotle through the Middle Ages, and the character of early theories and experiments. We will examine the Copernican Revolution and its impact on modern culture, the shock waves radiating out from the invention of the telescope, and the “Many Worlds” hypothesis and how it affected our sense of our role in the universe. Further topics for debate include national policy towards orbital debris and “killer asteroids,” human vs. robotic exploration of space, and the ethics of terraforming. There will be writing prompts, an essay exam, and a final project.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Tier Two Natural Sciences
UArizona Units:
3

ASTR 333: Astronomy and the Arts    

Course Description:

Dr. Richard Poss. This course examines the intersection of astronomy and the arts by studying astronomical ideas as they occur in works of literature, art, and music. From frescoes in ancient Rome to YouTube videos, we will examine the artifacts for what they reveal about both the poetic and the scientific worlds. Our location in Orvieto will allow us to engage especially with the currents of the Italian Renaissance and early modern period. Classroom sessions will be a combination of lecture and discussion. There will be short writing prompts, a final project, and students will keep a notebook. Fulfills course requirements for Astronomical Studies Minors.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Building Connections
UArizona Units:
3

Classics

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. Religious Studies majors/minors may enroll in this course for RELI credit, please contact nathanielkatz@arizona.edu for more information.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Tier 2 Humanities
UArizona Units:
3

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. Religious Studies majors/minors may enroll in this course for RELI credit, please contact nathanielkatz@arizona.edu for more information.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Tier 2 Humanities/ Humanist Perspective
UArizona Units:
3

English

ENGL 160D2: Nonhuman Subjects- Monsters, Ghosts, Aliens, Others

Course Description:

Dr. D.R. Ransdell. This course aims to explore the nature of human identity and values, particularly in relation to the “Other.” Not only do “monsters” include ghosts and other supernatural beings, but they also include the symbolic monster that puts society at risk, the evil “other” that threatens a society’s best intentions. Students will consider their own role as “other” while living in a small Italian village. Then they’ll study current views on the paranormal before graduating to a study of famous haunted houses and archaeological sites within Italy. They’ll also consider societal evils such as technology and the fast pace of modern life—both of which are often at odds with traditional Italian values. Finally, students will compare political figures such as Berlusconi to other adversarial politicians within Europe, thus providing students with a new international perspective.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Gen Ed: Tier II Traditions & Cultures/EP-Humanist
UArizona Units:
3

ENGL 307: Business Writing

Course Description:

Dr. D.R. Ransdell. Business Writing provides applied, hands-on experiences with professional business writing. The course explores how to address ethics of communication and how to navigate opportunities and challenges presented when writing business correspondence. Students engage in rhetorical analysis, research, persuasion, reflection, and revision in professional contexts. Students write a variety of workplace genres, including emails, memos, proposals, resumes, cover letters, white papers, and digital web spaces.
In Orvieto, this course will include an European Union (EU) focus. Students will investigate small local companies, learn about finances throughout Italy as well as Europe, and analyze aspects of EU life. Final portfolios will showcase a combination of documents they might use to apply for jobs, grants, or graduate schools in the U.S. with an added international perspective that highlights a richer understanding of their place within the world community. *Prerequisite: English 101 & 102, English 109, or comparable sequence

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Gen Ed: Building Connections
UArizona Units:
3

Information Science & eSociety

ESOC 150B: Social Media and Ourselves

Course Description:

Prof. Michael McKisson. Through the lens of international travel in Italy, this course will act as a gateway to understanding how social media sites influence and are impacted by ourselves, as well as the role of social media in our relationships. With a focus on both theory and practical applications, this course gives learners opportunities to delve into how mobile technologies and being online impact daily living, personal health, individual success and interpersonal relationships.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
Gen Ed: Tier 1 Individuals & Cultures/Building Connections
UArizona Units:
3

ESOC 300: Digital Storytelling & Culture

Course Description:

Prof. Michael McKisson. This course will lay a foundation for understanding how stories shape communities, identities and memories while immersing ourselves in the Italian culture and international travel. Students will be required to call on their own intellectual, emotional and imaginative processes to develop their own skills in digital storytelling, interviewing, oral history collection and use of relevant digital storytelling tools to tell the stories of their time in Italy. This course can also be used by Journalism students to fulfill Journalism 307, a required course for majors and minors.

Partner Course Code:
UArizona Equivalent Course:
UArizona Units:
3

Italian

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:
3

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.

 

Good to Know:

LGBTQ+ Equality Index rating: Italy rates 64/100 (with 100 being the most equal) on Equaldex’s LGBTQ+ Equality Index.

Global Peace Index rating: Italy ranks 34/163 in the Global Peace Index. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country.

Languages spoken: Italian (official); German, French and Slovene-speaking minorities. 

Students live in fully furnished apartments all located in the historical district in Orvieto and within walking distance from the school. Generally, apartments have 2-3 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and living room and is shared by 4 to 6 students (no co-ed housing). Housing costs are included in the program fee, and they will also cover all utilities (water, gas, electricity, wifi, trash/recycling), sheets and towels which are changed once a week, and a weekly cleaning of the apartment. Students will be required to pay a refundable €100 housing deposit payable upon arrival in Orvieto.  If there is no damage caused to the property, the deposit will be returned at the end of the program.
 

 

  • Students who receive the Pell Grant may qualify for the Gilman Scholarship is a national study abroad scholarship sponsored by the Department of State. UA students have received funds totaling over $1.5 million from the Gilman Scholarship! Application will open in mid-January and close March 7, 2024.
  • The Fund For Education Abroad is another national study abroad scholarship that is a great opportunity. Application is already open, if you are eligible, be sure to apply before the Feb. 7, 2024 deadline!
  • 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, Dana and Jeffrey Vandersip Endowed Humanities Award, Donna Dillon Manning and Larry Horner Endowed Humanities Award for Study Abroad, Donna Swaim Study Abroad Award for Double Majors & the Werner Schirmer Memorial Scholarship. 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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