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Art in Cortona
Cortona, Italy
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Furman applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2014 01/20/2014 
02/14/2014 08/28/2014 11/18/2014
 NOTE: The Art in Cortona program is less than 90 days in duration,so students will not be eligible to receive a student visa. Students must comply with the Schengen Area regulations which permit a stay of 90 days within continental Europe within a 180 day period. This affects Furman students who plan to participate in a continental European May Ex (or independent summer/winter travel in Europe) immediately prior to or after a semester in Cortona. For more information about the regulation, please see the State Department website.
Spring 2015 01/20/2014 
02/14/2014 02/01/2015 04/26/2015

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Affiliate Language of Instruction: English
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Bob Chance - Art Areas of Study: Art
Type of Course Credit: Transfer credit Credit Hours Per Term: 12 credits, 13 credits, 14 credits, 15 credits
Eligible Class Status: 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, State Aid
Housing: Dormitory/ Residence Hall
Program Description:



This Program provides a challenging opportunity for the serious art student who wishes to combine international travel with an intensive studio and classroom experience. The medieval hilltown of Cortona offers a rich historical environment where students can easily integrate with the lifestyle of a typical Italian community.
With a variety of art history, studio art, and cultural classes year round, the Cortona Program continues a tradition of excellence unmatched by any other program in the nation.

Location: Cortona, Italy, in the region of Tuscany
Institution: Lamar Dodd School of Art, The University of Georgia
Student Body: Approximately 100 students per year (approximately 50 each semester), with students stemming from over 500 colleges since the beginning of the program in 1970.


Faculty: 6-10 professors each semester from The University of Georgia and other universities in the US and Italy. Courses taught in English. Italian classwork is taught partially in Italian.
Estimated Class Size: 10-20 students per course with the exception of art history classes. Art History is required in Fall and Spring Semesters and thus larger. During the Summer, art history is strongly recommended but not required, but class size is usually smaller.
Library: On-site library of well-selected volumes related to the courses offered in Cortona. The public library in Cortona is open for those who read Italian. Its holdings include an important collection of illuminated manuscripts.


Students can choose from a variety of classes each semester. During the spring or fall, students should select 4 courses. All students are required to take Art History 3020.

Art Education

Graphic Design

Papermaking & Bookarts

Art History




Interior Design


Creative Writing

Jewelry & Metalwork



Landscape Architecture






All students are welcome to apply for this program, but preference will be given to students whose applications provide evidence of academic and personal relevance, an eligible GPA, and a general understanding of the Art in Cortona program. After the Furman application has been completed, students will be contacted by the Furman faculty adviser for Art in Cortona, Bob Chance, who will interview applicants.  Once applicants have been approved by Furman, they will fill out a separate application for Art in Cortona.

In order to receive credit for courses taken at Art in Cortona, students must submit a Transfer Course Authorization Form to the Registrar at Furman in order to be pre-approved for courses and credits.  Please contact the Registrar at Furman if you have specific questions about this form.


Housing: Spring and Fall students live in a renovated 15th century monastery, in multiple-bed dormitory rooms with shared modern bathrooms

Orientation in Athens for summer semester for those close enough to attend; there is another onsight orientation held for all students and faculty when the group meets in Italy, course related field trips, weekend field trips, cultural activities with the local community, end-of-semester exhibition of student and faculty work, visits by artists and lecturers supplement regular course instruction, approximately 8-10 days of travel at the beginning and end of each semester to cities that have included Rome, Naples and Venice. Summer students attending on odd-numbered years will have the opportunity to visit the Venice Biennale. Reunion (in Athens, Georgia) every January.

A continental breakfast is served every morning at the Kehoe Building. Continental breakfast consists of bread, jam, fruit juice and coffee or tea. Students who want or need additional food for breakfast may buy groceries and keep them in the student refrigerator.

Lunch while in Cortona and on field trips will be on your own. In Cortona, there are many options for an inexpensive quick lunch at local grocery stores and bars, as well as numerous full-service restaurants.

For lunch sandwiches are available at most bars and grocery stores in town. A "toast" in Italy is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, and most bars will offer other choices as well. Any of the grocery stores in town will prepare a sandwich made to your specifications or you can buy your own fruit, cheese and bread. The range of restaurants in Cortona varies from first-class full menu restaurants to more inexpensive places where you can order a pizza or a plate of pasta.

If you would like to go to a full-service restaurant for lunch, the prices will generally be higher and you will pay for service. A cover charge is automatically added to your bill and you are also expected to tip your waiter. Sitting down in a restaurant means possibly waiting times, as food in Italy is cooked only after you order it. In Cortona, smaller family-run restaurants are usually fairly inexpensive and provide an opportunity to make friends with the Cortonese.

Evening meals are shared as a group 3 nights a week during the Spring and Fall semesters and 5 nights a week (Monday-Friday) during Maymester and Summer semesters. The meals are typical Tuscan fare prepared and served at Tonino's Ristorante, one of the most well-known and respected restaurants in the region. The University of Georgia group gathers for dinner at 7:30pm in the downstairs dining room. The dining room seats approximately 100 people and is serviced by the professional staff of Tonino's. The restaurant has a balcony with a bar on the upper level providing a spectacular view of the Val di Chiana and is a relaxing place for a before or after dinner coffee or aperitif. Students are responsible for their weekend dinners and can choose to prepare their meals or eat at one of the many restaurants in Cortona.

Dinner at Tonino's consists of three courses: the first course (primo piatto) is usually pasta or rice, the second course (secondo piatto) is usually meat or fish and a selection of salad or vegetables, and dessert (dolce) is usually fruit or cake or pastry. A different second course is served to those who are vegetarians.

Meals While Traveling:
Only breakfast is served while in Venice.



Insurance:  Students will be required to enroll in an international insurance policy provided by Art in Cortona but are encouraged to check with their own policies to see if they will be covered while overseas.


The basic price of the program is estimated at $11,600.00 for Spring or Fall 2013 semesters. TUITION IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS COST. See for tuition rates. Students generally take 9-10 hours in the Summer and 12-13 hours in Fall or Spring.

Students who are not residents of Georgia or do not attend a University System of Georgia University or College pay an additional $250.00.  If you elect to stay more than one semester, the cost of the second consecutive semester is reduced by $500.  Please contact us if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity for an extended time in Cortona.  Should you require additional material, please contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 706-542-7120.

The cost of the program paid by the student before departure includes most basic needs from the time the program begins in Italy until the official end.  Included in that cost are:

    Application fee / Deposit (due at time of application) - refunded if you are not accepted, applied towards total program cost if you are accepted
    International Health Insurance (UGA requirement)
    Charter bus transportation on all planned field trips
    Charter bus transportation from beginning cities to Cortona, and from Cortona to program ending city
    Shared hotel accommodations when traveling and dorm in Cortona
    Breakfast and dinner while traveling with the program group (Breakfast only while in Venice)
    Dinner 4 days a week while in Cortona (Spring & Fall Semesters);
    Dinner 5 days a week while in Cortona (Maymester and Summer Semesters)
    Breakfast 7 days a week while in Cortona
    Program t-shirt


All students will be billed by Furman for the cost of the program plus a $375 Furman administrative study away fee. Students are not responsible for paying published costs for Furman tuition, room, or board during their semester away and will only be responsible for the billed amount of their Art in Cortona semester.


Students are eligible to apply Federal and State financial aid towards the cost of the Art in Cortona program. Must complete a Consortium Agreement prior to departure in order to have their aid applied to the semester cost. Furman institutional aid and scholarships will not be applied to the program cost, but students will not lose their aid for the following semesters.




The Furman Campus Advisor for Art in Cortona is Bob Chance in the Art Department.

If you need to contact the program directly, by e-mail: or by phone: 706-542-7120.

This program is currently not accepting applications.