Semester in Urbino - Italy
The Greenlee School has offered a summer program in multimedia journalism in Urbino, Italy since 2010. This year, for the first time, we will be offering a spring semester in cooperation with the University of Urbino.
Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a picturesque Renaissance city that sits on top a hill in central Italy. The area has a rich history of arts and the painter Raffaello grew up there. Today the city, with a population of 15,000, is home to the University of Urbino which brings approximately another 15,000 inhabitants during the academic year.
In addition to attending classes that focus on Renaissance art history, literature and political thought students will have an intensive one-month Italian language course and study advanced photojournalism and multimedia. Classes will take place in the historic city center but many class sessions will also take place outside of the traditional classroom, including trips to Florence, Sienna and Rome.
Benefits of Participation
Living in a foreign country for an extended period of time allows students to integrate into a community in a way that is not possible during short visits. Urbino is a small town and within weeks students will find that they have had opportunities to become a part of the local community in a way that is not possible in large cities.
The focus on Renaissance topics provides students an opportunity to learn about art, literature and philosophy of the 15th Century in a setting where the Renaissance can still be seen.
Italian (3 cr.)
Intensive class that takes place Monday-Friday during the first four weeks. Weekly Italian films will be shown during afternoon sessions.
Art History of the Renaissance (3cr.)
ART H 300 (ART H 385)
Literature of the Renaissance (3 cr.)
Political Thought of the Renaissance (3 cr.)
POL S 300
JlMC 312 Advanced Photojournalism (3 cr.)
2016 Confirmed Dates
Monday, January 11:
Italian and JlMC 312 begin
Monday, February 15:
Art History, Literature and Political Thought classes begin
Friday, April 22:
Last day of class
Monday – Monday, April 25 – May 2: Final exams
Thursday, May 5:
Departures can begin
2016 Confirmed Housing Dates
First night in dorm:
Friday, Jan 8
Last night in dorm:
Thursday, May 7
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
Academic Responsibilities of Spring Urbino Program Participants
All participants must register and complete the sequence of five courses listed above.
Students must obtain a study visa valid for the Schengen Zone through the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago with the assistance of the program. Participants cannot obtain a study visa or any other type of visa on their own for use on this program. The college's Study Abroad Office will guide participants through the application process and formally apply for study visas on their behalf.
All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.22 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:
CISI Policy Information
Housing and Meals
All students will be housed in single rooms with a private bath in the Collegio del Colle at the University of Urbino.
A full meal plan (21 meals a week) at the two university cafeterias is included in the program fee. One cafeteria is located at the dorm and the second one is in the historic city center.
Costs and Financial Assistance
The semester program cost is comparable to the cost of studying in Ames for one semester. Iowa resident students will pay approximately the same as staying in Ames and living in a dormitory with a meal plan and non-resident students will note that costs are less than a semester on campus.
Budget information is available by clicking the word "Spring" near the top of the page (directly above Dates/Deadlines in the header of this brochure). Please see the budget sheet notes for more detailed information about expenses.
Participants can generally apply their financial aid packages to study in Urbino and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. Some departments, as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offer competitive scholarships specifically for students studying abroad. (When searching Programs on the top cookies bar on this page, select Scholarships instead of Study Abroad from the dropdown menu.) Applications for LAS Abroad scholarships are due November 1 and grantees are notified by November 15 for spring.
Contact and Additional Information
Questions about the program can be directed to Program Director Dennis Chamberlin, or Nancy Guthrie at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Study Abroad office.