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  • Locations: Arezzo, Italy
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 10/31/2018 11/30/2018 05/12/2019 06/03/2019
Fact Sheet:
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Program Type: Faculty-led Area of Study: Communication, Media, Theatre
Eligibility: 18 years or older at time of departure, GPA: 2.5 College: College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Language of Instruction: English Scholarship Opportunities (not exhaustive): CCU College of Science Study Abroad Scholarship, CCU Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Board of Visitors Study Abroad Scholarship, CCU Honors Program Global Enhancement Award, Gilman International Scholarship, Hagan Scholarship, Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award, Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship, International Education Financial Aid, Marilyn and David Domke Study Abroad Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Program Description:
The "Coastal in Tuscany" faculty-led program is a repeating program that allows students the opportunity to learn about Italian language and culture over the course of three weeks in May. The program is based in Arezzo, Italy, one of Tuscany’s most scenic and historic walled cities. As a historical site, Arezzo dates back to the Iron Age, and became an Etruscan center of considerable importance during the period prior to the establishment and expansion of the ancient Roman Republic. The city’s continued cultural heritage is manifest in noteworthy Roman, medieval and Renaissance architectural and artistic sites and objects. Coastal’s program is based at the Accademia dell’Arte’s Villa Godiola in Arezzo, an American artistic and educational center that provides housing, classroom space, support services, and meals (https://www.dellarte.it/). During their stay in Arezzo, students will become familiar with Italian social and other practices of daily life, including travel, dining out, shopping and more. 

The Coastal in Arezzo program has a strong humanities and arts-based focus, and allows students to explore and study some of Italy’s most famous sites of artistic and historic merit under the tutelage of veteran trip leaders and accomplished Coastal faculty. Sites to be visited include Florence, Fiesole, Orvieto, Siena, Rome, Venice and possibly others.  

Coastal faculty will provide all instruction, offering both Italian and Arts courses. Both faculty leaders are offering Core Curriculum courses for general recruitment. The staff at the Accademia includes both Americans and Italians; they will provide on-site assistance as needed should emergencies arise. 

Due to Italy’s natural terrain, a considerable amount of walking will be required on every 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-country, and many historic sites have steep stairways and narrow doorways.