New study abroad program to be based in Urbino, Italy

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) is preparing for an Italian aventura in what is described as a “Renaisance hill-town”.

From Jan. 17 to April 12, 2012, UTSA students will live and study at the University of Urbino, in Italy.

A class in Italian language instruction is required, but students can select additional classes such as Shakespeare’s England and Italy, Love and Death in the Italian Renaissance and Classical Foundations of the Renaissance can be decided by the student.

Students will take extended trips to Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice and Verona, day trips to castles, towns and the Adriatic coast.

Although the study abroad program is being hosted by COLFA, any student is welcome to apply for a spot in the Urbino program. According to Interim Director of Education Abroad Services Kim Diehl de Yanes, business, science and engineering students are becoming a large part of the student body who choose to spend a portion of their college careers studying abroad.

“It’s just as beneficial to them as it is to the liberal arts majors. It’s just a matter of them being able to articulate how that program impacted them and made them a better employee,” de Yanes said.

“Whether it’s because of their ability to work cross-culturally or by giving them a little more independence, they’re not afraid to go out and spend two days alone in a new city.”

For students interested in the Urbino study abroad program, an orientation meeting will be held in MH 2.02.22 at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, or 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in MB 2.314. Students can obtain more information on studying abroad at the Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Sombrilla.