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Students in Urbino

Study Abroad in Urbino, Italy



Often called la citt 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.

Housing and Meals

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.

Guided Tours

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, Assisi, and Ravenna.

Program Costs

A significant aspect of this program is that it is one of the most affordable study abroad experiences at Tarleton. The expected cost will be dependant on fundraising, 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.

Course Credit Options

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


Students interested in the program can attend one of the Urbino Interest meetings provided throughout the semester, or they can meet with Dr. Clifford directly. Call our office, stop by, or email for more information.