A Semester in Urbino - Italy
Gain international Experience in a Magical Renaissance Setting!
In the spring of 2020 ISU will be offering, for the third time, a spring semester in cooperation with the University of Urbino. From 2010-2015 Associate Professor Dennis Chamberlin led a multimedia journalism summer program in Urbino and he now takes students to this picturesque hilltop city in central Italy for a semester-long program. Approximately the same size as Ames, the city is rich with art and history that is normally only found in major cities.
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 two-week Italian language course with additional Italian lessons throughout the semester. In the spring of 2018 students will also study photojournalism with a focus on mobile phone image making. 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, Siena, Rome and other towns closer to Urbino.
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 become a part of the local community and be calling out "Ciao!" to their neighbors. Unlike the larger cities of Italy that cater to foreign tourists, you will find that people in Urbino will do their best, with a friendly smile, to help you learn Italian and feel at home in their gorgeous town.
The focus on Renaissance topics provides students an opportunity to learn about art, literature and philosophy of the 15th Century from Italian experts in a setting where the Renaissance can still be seen.
The course fee includes class trips to Florence, Rome and Siena with professors who take students out of the classroom and into the settings where historical events happened. In addition to the class excursions to the larger cities there will also be one-day trips in the Marche region to areas of natural beauty and cultural interest. These trips often finish with gourmet meals at restaurants in rural settings.
Italian (3 cr.)
Intensive class that takes place Monday-Friday during the first two weeks and then twice a week for the rest of the semester. 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 390B Fundamentals of Seeing with Mobile Photography (3 cr.) (for ISU credit)
2018 Dates (for reference)
Thursday, January 18: flight to Italy
Monday, January 22:
Italian and JlMC 312 begin
Monday, February 12:
Art History, Literature and Political Thought classes begin
Friday, April 27:
Last day of class
Monday – Thursday, April 30 – May 3: Final exams
Friday, May 4:
Departures can begin
Sample Housing Dates
First night in dorm:
Friday, Jan 19
Last night in dorm:
Thursday, May 3
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
Academic Responsibilities of Spring Urbino Program Participants
All participants will be registered and complete the sequence of five courses listed above. Four courses will be transfer credit and will be visible on your schedule for Spring 2020 once you are in Committed status in ISUAbroad with a placeholder, INTED. The fifth course in Photojournalism will appear as ISU credit.
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 $1.31 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.
Once you click the Commit button for the program, you may be charged a fee to withdraw. If there have been expenses paid on your behalf prior to the program start that cannot be refunded, you can be charged that amount. Obviously, the closer the date of withdrawal is to the start date of the program, the higher the withdrawal fee.
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.