The College of Global Studies Florence, Perugia and Rome in Italy
Through an exchange with the College for Global Studies at Arcadia University, Hollins students may study for one term at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Accademia Italiana in Florence or Rome, or the Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences (MACAS) in Syracuse, Sicily.
Perugia is an ancient hilltop town that has preserved its medieval and Renaissance character. Its own rich program of shows, exhibitions and cultural events and its location midway between Rome and Florence make it an ideal base for the study of the Italian culture and art.
Florence, famous for its magnificent art and architecture, lies on the Arno River and is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The Accademia Italiana is located directly across from the Pitti Palace and steps away from the the Ponte Vecchio, the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Duomo and other internationally acclaimed galleries, museums and monuments. The Accademia Italiana is one of Europe's premier institutes for the study of Art and Design.
Rome, known as the Eternal City, is located in central Italy, at the confluence of the Aniene and Tiber rivers. In Rome, the Arcadia University Center for Italian Studies partners with the Universita degli Studi Roma Tre to offer a unique opportunity to interact with Italian students both in and out of the classroom. Throughout Rome and its neighborhoods, ancient monuments co-exist alongside the accoutrements of modern Italian life. Many of Rome's major architectural and cultural sites will be topics for study and cultural excursions.
Students on these programs take an Italian language course and choose four additional 3-credit courses for a total of 16 credits. Depending on the site you choose, course offerings include art history, business, economics, English, film, history, Italian literature, political science, psychology, and religion.
Most courses except Italian language and the design courses are taught in English and are taken with program participants. The art, fashion, and design courses are taught in Italian but are accessible to students at all levels of Italian language. Field trips to the main cities and cultural centers are an integral part of several courses.
All courses are subject to the registrar's course approval process.
Housing and Meals
Housing is in student apartments shared with other program participants and, in some cases, with Italian students. Apartments are fully furnished and equipped so you can make your own meals. A meal allowance is provided by Hollins.
Other Program Features
Optional group flight with airport pick-up
Full-time on-site staff
On-site orientation program
What is Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
Some field trips
Comprehensive health insurance while abroad
Orientation on Hollins campus and at program site
Program handbook and other materials
What is NOT Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
Books and other course-related expenses
Personal expenses, including independent travel
Sophomore or Junior status
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Two faculty recommendations
No major disciplinary infractions
Applicants are also evaluated on their academic and personal maturity, flexibility, and openness to new cultural experiences. Hollins recommends approved candidates to the program, which makes final admissions decisions.**
**Please note: In addition to the Hollins application, you must also apply directly to Arcadia for acceptance into this program.