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  • Location: Rome, Arezzo, Florence, Siena, Assisi and Cortona, Italy
  • Italy Country Report (PDF)
  • Travel/Program Dates: May 10-31, 2020
  • Cost to Participate: $4,563 plus tuition
  • Application Information
  • Online Application
  • Courses Offered
  • ARTH/HIST 323 Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
  • VPA 103 Topics in the Fine Arts
  • HIST 494 Special Topics: Italian History in Italy

Italy is home to several of the world’s most significant cultural legacies, and 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. Students will attend classes and grow familiar with local ways of life (customs, language, theater, nightlife, and of course the food!), and faculty will organize co-curricular activities tailored to each course.

VPA 103 students will examine the craft and history of acting by attending performances and viewing theatrical architecture of the region. ARTH 323 students will be stunned by the splendor of Italy’s famous frescos, paintings mosaics, and statues. HIST 494 students will trace changes in the country from the ancient Roman Republic and Empire through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. 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. 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

Students participants can take ONLY TWO of the following courses (any combination).

ARTH/HIST 323 Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture. (3 credits). (Prereq: none). This course surveys the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Italian peninsula c. 1300 – 1550 and examines key figures such as Masaccio, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael. 
Instructor: Stephanie Miller

VPA 103 Topics in the Fine Arts. (3 credits). (Prereq: none). This course is designed to provide the student with the basic understanding of how the arts critically influence and culturally enhance our everyday experience. Satisfies Core Goal 2, Part D.
Instructor: Ben Sota

HIST 494 Special Topics: Italian History in Italy. (3 credits). (Prereq: none). This course covers  the history of Italy from the Etruscan era to the modern era. The chief goal is to put the many people and places we see in historical context. 
Instructor: Brian Nance

Program Leaders 

Stephanie R. Miller, Associate Professor of Art History, 843-349-2630
Professor Miller specializes in Italian Renaissance art history. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University, and her research interests include the tin-glazed terra cotta sculpture of Andrea della Robbia, the living and work arrangements of art producing families of the Renaissance, and the domestic material culture of women and children in early modern Italy. Professor Miller has traveled to Italy several times.

Ben Sota, Assistant Professor of Theatre, 843-349-2145
Professor Sota earned his MFA in Directing from the  University of Hawai'i at Manoa and his MFA in Physical Theatre from Accademia dell'Arte in Italy. He is the founding artistic director of Zany Umbrella Circus, a physical theatre company that has toured both nationally and internationally. He has directed and produced more than 40 shows and performed them at the National Council on Foundation, the National Storytelling Convention, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at Al Hussein Amphitheater in Amman Jordan, Mass MoCA, Summer Stage in Central Park, Hager Fikir Theatre in Addis Ababa, ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu, The White House, and the Corcoran Gallery. In additional to theatre, Benjamin studied circus formally at Flic Circus School in Turin, Italy, the San Francisco Circus Center, Trapeze Arts, and Acro Sports. He holds a Certificate in Pantomime from the Berliner Schule für Schauspiel, Berlin, Germany. 

‌‌Brian Nance, Professor of History, 843-349-2461
Professor Nance earned his PhD in Renaissance and Early Modern History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. The author of numerous scholarly books and articles on the history of Renaissance medicine, Dr. Nance teaches courses in Renaissance History, the History of Medicine and Science, Tudor/Stuart History, and European Intellectual History. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, playing acoustic guitar, and growing antique roses.

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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