Texas A&M Italy Summer, All Majors

May 24- July 3, 2014
Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Application Deadline:  December 2, 2013 (Apply Now)

* Download COALS Study Abroad Scholarship Application

The Texas A&M Santa Chiara Study Center, located in the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy, provides the perfect central location for students to interact with the Italian culture and experience the country’s rich history, art and architecture. The Summer I program provides a short-term opportunity to study Liberal Arts coursework in Italy while simultaneously exposing students to European culture.

This program is unique in that it offers a centralized campus community. The Texas A&M Santa Chiara Study Center allows students to live in a familiar setting within the beautiful hill town of Castiglion Fiorentino. The center sits on the south-east edge of the walled city, overlooking the vineyards and olive groves of the Val di Chiana. The city is of Etruscan origin with subsequent Roman development. The center includes dormitory accommodations with private bathrooms, classroom space, design studios, a theater, student lounges, a small library, administrative offices, and a dining room where you will enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. Castiglion Fiorentino is 63km south of Florence which is the city of origin for Renaissance art and architecture.

A total of 6 credit hours are offered for this program.  Students will enroll in 2 of the following courses:

  • HORT 440: International Horticulture (3 hours)
  • CLASS/ANTH 354: The Archaelogy of Italy (3 hours)
Minimum 2.5 GPA or the consent of the instructor

  • Approval of the instructor
  • Good academic standing at Texas A&M
  • Must attend ALL program specific pre-departure orientations

Juniors and seniors will be given priority, but Freshmen and Sophomores are highly encouraged to apply.

One-day and extended field trips are key components of this program, and provide students with the opportunity to experience Italy from a variety of perspectives. Possible field trips include:

  • Florence
  • Siena
  • Assisi
  • San Gimignano
  • Pisa
  • Extended trip to Rome

Some free time will be included for independent trips to surrounding areas. Students are free to travel on their own on most weekends.

Total Estimated Program Fee *Subject to change, billed to university account $5500
Lodging + Meals @ Santa Chiara Study Center 2335
Excursions, Tours and Field Trips 1722
In-Country Transportation 575
International Health Insurance 53
Study Abroad Administrative Fee 300
Miscellaneous Program Expenses (tips, wire transfers, other) 215
Portion of Faculty Expenses 300
Additional Expenses not included in Program Fee $3800+
Tuition & Fees (in state resident for 6 credit hours) 1,800
International Airfare 1,700
*Travel Documents (passport and visa–if needed) *145
Some Meals (those not included in Program Fee) 300
Textbooks & Supplies Varies
Personal Spending Varies
Total Estimated Program Cost $9300+


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