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Italy is home to several of the world's most significant cultural legacies. With a residential experience in-country, students will be able to explore the breath of Italian historical and cultural legacy through first-hand encounters with art and material ranging from the ancient Roman through the early modem era.  Chants who participate in this faculty-led program will explore Italian history and heritage via first-hand encounters with sites and objects that date all the way back to ancient times. The group will reside at Accademia dell' Arte located in the hilltop city of Arezzo, one of Tuscany's oldest and most scenic walled cities.

While living in Arezzo, weekend trips are planned to Rome and Florence with day trips to surrounding medieval towns. Students will benefit academically from travelling to these cities where direct contact with monuments, events, artifacts will permit a more thorough contextualization of what they are learning. They will be exposed to a variety of contexts, life-styles, and socio-economic conditions that specifically define the peculiarity of each city.Cultural benefits of foreign travel for students will be also achieved through the immersion in Italian society and traditions. Since students will have a residential learning experience, they will be exposed to  and become familiar with Italian customs thereby fostering the appreciation for cultural diversity. The small and familiar dimension  of Arezzo will also allow for an authentic full-immersion language experience, impossible to attain in large cities.

Activities will include: Rome: Forum, Colosseum, the Vatican museums and St. Peter's; historic Florence: the birthplace of Renaissance; Pompeii; and historic sites of Arezzo.

Students will attend classes and grow familiar with local ways of life ( customs, language, theater, history, nightlife, and of course the food!), and faculty will organize co-curricular activities tailored to each course.
Students enrolled in MUS 41 OQ will give two public performances in Arezzo and use those performances to provide the repertoire to study in VPA 103.  In addition, students will view cathedral architecture of the region to understand and contextualize the acoustic, philosophical and technical developments in that inform and are reflected in the creation of the great works of art in Western Civilization.

HFA205 students will learn about cultural heritage studies, through case studies in public history, museum studies, archaeology, and art history on site in Italy and in the classroom at Arezzo. Students who elect to take an upper division history course will do advanced work in public history and museum analysis. Students in HIST593 will have the opportunity to earn graduate credits while abroad while studying topics in history and public history at the graduate level.

Students taking IT AL 115 will acquire basic language skills to actively interact with native speakers, engage in daily conversations, and carry out simple tasks in the target language. Daily life amidst the olive groves is complemented by weekend excursions to Rome and Florence plus day trips to surrounding towns so we can benefit from direct contact with artistic and cultural monuments, thoroughly contextualizing the beauty and history before us. An upper level course, ITAL 350, will be offered for students at the intermediate level who want to enhance their language and culture experience through studying abroad. It is paramount to offer this opportunity also to students who have already reached a good level of language proficiency.

This program positions students to experience Italy under the expert tutelage of accomplished CCU faculty. Go global with Coastal for an Italian summer to remember!

Physical Requirements: Due to Italy’s natural terrain, a considerable amount of walking (approximately one to three miles per day), at times on uneven surfaces, will be required on each day that involves a field-trip or outing. Religious sites will be visited often as these include or contain some of the country’s greatest treasures. Students will be expected to wear suitable footwear, and on days when we will visit churches or synagogues, to wear modest clothing covering shoulders and midriff, with hemlines not higher than mid-thigh. Most cities and cultural heritage sites in Italy are not ADA compliant. There are few elevators in Italy, and many historic sites have steep stairways and narrow doorways. Regular travel on trains and buses.

Course Information

ITAL 115
Course Instructor: Ariana Fognani
Credits Offered:

ITALIAN STUDIES I. This is a hybrid course which introduces students to the Italian language and the many facets of Italian culture. This course also helps students to develop the basic language skills of speaking, listening, and communicating in everyday situations in Italian culture. As a hybrid course, three credit hours are delivered face-to-face and the other two credit hours are via distance learning activities when students return home.

HFA 205
Course Instructor: Mary Kate Clary
Credits Offered: 3

HFA205 is a 3 credit hour course that is also a requirement for the Culture Heritage studies certificate. This course introduces students to the concepts of cultural heritage. It explores the range and breadth of cultural heritage, from physical structures to cultural traditions, from man-made objects to natural landscapes, and rom the pre-historic to the modern world. Students are also presented with critical theory in the discipline and methods and approaches to protection and preservation of cultural heritage.

VPA 103 – Topics in Fine Arts
Course Instructor: Phillip Powell
Credits offered: 3

This course is designed to provide the student with the basic understanding of how the arts critically influence and culturally enhance our everyday experience. Each section will present a variety of modes that are rooted in artistic expression. Topics will draw from one or more of the following disciplines: Created Writing, Music, Theatre, and the Visual Arts, F, S, Su.

MUS 410Q – Music Study Abroad
Course Instructor: Phillip Powell
Credits Offered: 3

A course requiring travel to a foreign country that prepares students to between understand and evaluate their musicianship though immersion in culture and music. Focus will be on the sociocultural, historical and nationalistic music of a foreign country, including how performance practices differ from those used by musicians and composers here in the US.

HIST 594  - Topics in History
Course Instructor: Katie Clary
Credits offered: 3

In depth readings and researched selected in historical subjects; themes and/or methods not currently or regularly available in the Graduate History curriculum. May be repeated for credit under different topics. As needed.

ITAL 350
Course Instructor: Arianna Fognani
Credits Offered: 3
Course Prerequisite: ITAL 211

This course is designed as a Language study abroad course with instruction by native speaking instructors. Credit hours granted depending on the number of hours taken. Upon successful completion of an approved program students must furnish a certificate and/or examination result. Prior consultation with the Department of Languages and intercultural Studies is mandatory before enrollment. This class is repeatable up to 6 credits.

Program Leaders 

Ariana Fognani, Assistant Professor, 843-349-2779
Forgnani will be part of the Faculty Mentorship Program for “Coastal in Tuscany” 2020. A native of Arezzo, she completed part of the undergraduate and graduate education in the U.K., France, Egypt and the U.S. In the past she took American college students to different parts of Italy, including Siena (Vassar Summer Program), Urbino (Rutgers Summer Program). In summer 2017 and 2019 she co-led the “Franklin and Marshall immersive program in Tuscany,” where she also taught an intermediate language course. Fognani has extended experiences in teaching Italian language and culture courses adopting authentic material, task-based activities, and encouraging students to critically reflect on their international learning experience. She will be deploying a similar approach in teaching ITAL 115 and ITAL 350.

Philip Powell, Professor, 843-349-2515
Dr. Phillip M Powell is a professor of music and has been a faculty member at CCU since 1998, teaching piano and piano pedagogy. Since moving to South Carolina, Dr. Powell has maintained an active performing schedule with concerts frequently heard on South Carolina Public Radio. Locally, Dr. Powell has performed with the South Carolina symphony Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony, playing concerto repertoire ranging from Mozart to Gershwin. As a collaborative pianist, Powell has appeared with artists such as Kennedy Center Honors recipient Martina Arroyo, soprano; Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano; Sungwon Yang, cello; Jasmine Choi, flute; David Jolley, French horn; and Grammy nominated Tinc Thing Helseth, trumpet. He has served as President of the Coastal Concert Association, Music Director of the Musicale de Geneve series and a member of the Board of Directors of the Litchfield Dance Arts Academy and of the Long Bay Symphony. Dr. Powell holds the BMA from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied with Drs. Todd Welbourne and Edward Gates. He also attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival as a student of the late Edith Oppens. Dr Powell holds a Masters of Music from Indiana University, where he was a student of both Karen Shaw, and Shegio Neriki and the Doctorate of Music also from Indiana University where he was a student of the late Michel Block.

‌‌Mary Katie Stringer, Assistant Professor, 843-349-2564
Katie Clary received a PhD in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013, and her MA in Ancient History from the University of Memphis, with a certificate in Museum Studies in 2008. Her work has focused on the accessibility in museums and her current manuscript is about the global implications and histories of human remains in museums

Cost to Participate = Program Fee ($4,563) + Tuition (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate) + Out-of-pocket Expenses

The tuition for this course is for Maymester term. 

Included in Program Fee: Roundtrip airfare from U.S. to Italy; accommodations; breakfast each day and 15 other meals at the Villa; local transporation; planned excursions; and emergency medical insurance ($1.80 a day, for every day traveling).

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Estimated out-of-pocket expenses: $515 for meals not covered by the program fees plus an additional $150 for optional activities. Please note that this estimate will vary based on individual spending habits and does not cover the cost of a new passport. Students should ask their program leaders for more details about estimated out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Pre-departure housing: students will be meeting on campus in the week leading up to the departure date and must have accommodations during this period.  Students should confirm the departure date with their program leaders before securing housing.
Discounted Tuition for Education Abroad Students: $366/credit
CCU credits  Program Fee Tuition  Technology Fee
Expenses (estimate)
Cost to
3 credits $4563 $1098 $15 $665 $6341
6 credits $4563 $2196 $30 $665 $7454


Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount Due
Deposit Oct. 30, 2019 $300 (refundable until commitment deadline Dec. 5, 2019)
Program Fee Payment  Feb. 11, 2020 $4263
Tuition and Technology Fee Payment May 7, 2020 Varies (see above)

Deposits can be made in person at Student Accounts or by phone. After acceptance to the program, the payment of the program fee as well as payment of tuition can be made online through WebAdvisor or in-person/by phone through Student Accounts. Tuition charges are distinct and different from program fee charges. Please note that payments made with a debit or credit card will be charged a service fee of 2.7 percent. For more information about methods of payment, visit Student Accounts.

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