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Global USC in Italy: Languages, Arts & Humanities

This program provides students with a unique opportunity to gain USC course credits while learning about languages, arts and humanities in Siena, Italy.

Program Description

Students participating in the Global USC in Italy: Languages, Arts & Humanities program will be accompanied by a USC Study Abroad Office staff member, and courses are instructed by USC faculty. During this program, students have the chance to immerse themselves in Italian culture while earning credit. In addition to taking courses and exploring Siena, students participate in educational and cultural excursions. 


Siena, Italy


May 11 - May 31, 2018



*Cost breakdown below

Eligibility Requirements

USC students with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to participate in this program. All majors are welcome. There is no foreign language requirement.

Courses & Credits

Students have the choice of 3–10 credits of USC course offerings. Anticipated course offerings include:

ARTS 260: Photography for Non-Majors in Italy (Lauren Greenwald) This course is an introduction to photography using digital cameras. Students will learn photographic history, theory, and practice against the beautiful backdrop of Siena, Italy. Class time will be spent exploring and photographing this historic town and surrounding areas. Students will become proficient in the use of digital photographic tools and methods, and will be encouraged to develop a personal photographic vision. Students will use a camera of their choosing. A DSLR is recommended, but not required.
(This course will be cross-listed with ARTS 564 - Photography Workshop. This section is for students who have already completed ARTS 260 or a similar course. No pre-requisites required.) 

ARTH 315: History of Medieval Art (Lydia Brandt) This class will survey the history of medieval European art, architecture, and city planning from 1000-1500 using Tuscany as a lense. From masonry construction techniques to the design of precious reliquaries, students will explore the material world around them. In addition to understanding how the united arts developed from 1000 to 1500, students will develop skills for “reading” the visual arts that can be applied to any place or time. 

COLA 298: Contrasting Cultures (Daniela Di Cecco) In this course, students will explore the cultural traditions of Italy while investigating and comparing day-to-day life in Siena to life in America and neighboring European countries. Living with Italian host families, volunteering in schools, exploring markets, partaking in cooking classes and interacting with refugees and the local community will provide first-hand experiences that will enhance learning as we address topics such as the family, the education system, immigration and emigration, food culture and fashion. 

ITAL 121: Italian Language (Kristina Štefanić-Brown) Introductory course which assumes no prior experience in Italian. Grammar and vocabulary necessary for fundamental communication skills will be covered. Through this course students will work towards two objectives, which reinforce each other: to communicate in Italian on a fundamental level with others and to investigate the many facets of Italian culture through cultural readings, videos, music, art, and culinary presentations.

ITAL 122: Italian Language (Kristina Štefanić-Brown) Centered around practice and further development of essential listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills that were introduced in ITAL 121. This course uses communicative approach and focuses on cultural components. Students will be able to practice target language in real life situations conversing with each other and native speakers.

Cost Breakdown

The program fee of $4,800* includes:

  • Host family accommodation
  • Meals in Siena provided by host family
  • Guided tour of city center
  • Day trip to Florence
  • Day trip to Montepulciano for wine tasting and hot springs
  • Various co-curricular activities and excursions
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Arrival pickup in Italy
  • Siena bus pass
  • Overseas emergency medical insurance
  • 24/7 support from USC faculty and staff in-country

The program fee does not include:

  • USC tuition (paid directly to USC on at a rate of $1,482 per 3 credits)
  • Study abroad application fee of $150
  • Round trip airfare
  • Departure transport to airport
  • Meals during excursions and personal travel
  • Personal expenses and optional activities

Application Information

To apply for the Global USC in Italy program, please follow the instructions that can be found on the Apply to Study Abroad page under the Steps to Study Abroad tab of the Study Abroad Office website, Click on the link for Global USC programs and follow the instructions for the Global USC in Italy program. Complete applications are due to the Study Abroad Office by March 1, 2018.  Students will be notified of their acceptance by email shortly after the deadline.

For More Information

Contact Rebecca D'Attilio