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Study Abroad in Urbino, Italy

Urbino 2014 Group

Often called “la città ideale” (the ideal city) of the Renaissance, Urbino itself is a harmonious architectural work of art, a unity of city and landscape recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. During its great cultural flowering under Federico da Montefeltro from 1444 to 1482, Urbino attracted some of the best Renaissance scholars and artists from Italy and beyond. It is the birthplace of the great Renaissance artist Raphael, and the house he was born in, featuring a childhood fresco by the young Raphael, is still standing. The Palazzo Ducale, itself the architectural centerpiece of the town, houses a remarkable art collection of medieval and Renaissance art, including paintings by Raphael and Piero della Francesca.

Today Urbino remains a lively center of Italian life and culture with a population of around 15,000. The city is home to the University of Urbino, founded in 1506, with a current enrollment of around 20,000 students.


Weekdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. classes will focus on Italian Renaissance art and architecture, as well as beginning instruction in Italian language. Weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., students will study the literature and philosophy of the Italian Renaissance. Classes will be held in university classrooms in the old part of the city (il centro). See below for options for course credits.


Students will be housed in one of the University of Urbino’s residence halls in the Colle dei Cappuccini, a true university village surrounded by the hills on the outskirts of Urbino. This complex includes a full-service dining hall. The city center is within reach on foot (a 25-minute walk approximately) or by regular public transport. Students will receive a dining hall card with enough credit to cover breakfasts and one full meal each day.


The program will include numerous guided tours in Urbino and the surrounding areas, screenings of Italian art films, as well as full-day trips to Florence and Ravenna.


The expected cost will be around $4,000 per student, depending on the exchange rate, airfares, and the number of students. This program cost includes airfare, housing, breakfast and one full meal each day, guided tours, insurance, wi-fi, and most classroom materials. Students are responsible for lunch and required textbooks. The program cost does not include tuition and fees.


Currently, twenty $1000 Honors College scholarships are available, and fund raising efforts are under way to increase the number and amount of those scholarships. All Honors College students are eligible to apply. The deadline for priority consideration is October 31. If scholarships are still available or new scholarships become available after October 31, applications will continue to be considered. Presidential Honors Scholars who have not already received travel money for a previous trip will receive an additional $500 scholarship. A limited number of scholarships of $500 are available for Renaissance Scholars and other students certifying to teach.

Qualified students are also eligible for an International Education Fee Scholarship from the Office of International Programs. Normally, the scholarships for a 32-day trip would be $960. That amount may be reduced or increased depending on the amount of available funding. The minimum award for this scholarship will be determined after October 1. This scholarship is applied to tuition and fees for the courses.


Application forms are available from the Honors Office and on-line on the Honors website. By submitting this application, you will be considered for admission to the program and for an Honors College study abroad scholarship. The deadline for priority consideration is October 31. A $200 deposit must be submitted with the application. This deposit is refundable only if a student is not selected for participation in the program.


A deposit of fifty percent of the total cost of the program must be made by January 16; the remainder is due by April 1. These payments are non-refundable with the exception of those costs that are recoverable by the Honors College minus any fees or penalties assessed for withdrawal from the program.


Students may sign up for either three or six hours of honors credit from the Honors Core, Honors Seminars, or Upper-Level Honors.


PHIL 1301: Introduction to Philosophy (counts for humanities core)

Sophomore Literature: Literature of the Italian Renaissance (sign up for HNRS 2385, substitutes for sophomore literature, counts for humanities core)

ARTS 1301: Art Appreciation (counts for fine arts core)

HNRS 2385: The Italian Renaissance (counts toward the 15-hour Honors Core for Honors Degree Program Students)

Note: Presidential Honors Scholars may not sign up for HNRS 2385 except in special circumstances with special permission.


HNRS 3385: Honors Degree Program students can sign up for three or six hours of HNRS 3385.


Presidential Honors Scholars may sign up for three hours of HNRS 3385 in order to complete the requirement for the junior level seminar.


By special arrangement you may be able to receive upper-level honors credit in literature, philosophy, art, history, music, or other related areas. Contact Dr. Clifford in the honors office for details.


DOCUMENTARY FILM OF SUMMER 2016 TRIP - The Streets of Urbino