Program Details

The Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Program is a hands-on arts and humanities program for high school students who have a strong interest in visual art, photography, creative writing, drama, vocal and instrumental music, screenwriting, and exploring Italy.
Location:
Spoleto, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

The Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Program is a hands-on arts and humanities program for high school students who have a strong interest in visual art, photography, creative writing, drama, vocal and instrumental music, screenwriting, and exploring Italy.  A small number of motivated students between the ages of 15 - 19 are accepted each year to this very unique study abroad opportunity.  Students come together and attend daily humanities courses and in-depth studio work in their art discipline. The town of Spoleto is frequently the classroom for these courses, as well as day trips to cities in Umbria and Tuscany where students gain insight into the rich cultural heritage of Italy.  You are immersed for 3 weeks in the Italian culture as well as your art discipline.  

Students work closely with world class faculty in a very small classroom environment and are provided personal instruction, creative opportunities and the freedom to grow artistically, academically and personally in ways they never imagined.  They are transformed into a citizen of the world by experiencing a piece of the world.  They live among a different culture, collaborate with peers from around the world, and come away not just as a different artist, but as a different person. They are changed forever.  

In addition to honing their artistic talent in the intensive hands-on studio workshops, students will take twice-weekly day trips to cultural centers such as Florence, Siena, Assisi and other medieval hill towns throughout Umbria and Tuscany.  This travel provides the students an opportunity to experience and explore significant historic and artistic masterpieces first hand. This inspiring setting resonates profoundly with the students and enhances their artistic and intellectual development. Living and studying in an environment rich with history, art, and natural beauty is profoundly transformative for a student of the arts.

Faculty members at Spoleto Study Abroad are distinguished artists and educators from colleges, universities and secondary schools in the United States and Italy. They are chosen for their extensive knowledge and enthusiasm, their dynamic teaching methods and their willingness and ability to work closely with students.

Our students build meaningful life-long friendships and memories by learning, living and traveling with a dynamic group of artistic peers from around the world. Students having completed Spoleto Study Abroad have a competitive edge over their peers on college and job applications.

Come join us!

Setting Description:
Spoleto, an authentic well preserved medieval town emblematic of Central Italy, is our home throughout the program. This authentic Italian town puts students in touch with the rich heritage of the renaissance. Living daily among the steep winding cobblestoned streets, tiled rooftops, olive groves, gardens, and architecture dating as far back as 100 AD, the students live and work in a truly captivating and inspiring setting. Students live, collegial style, in a beautiful renovated 15th century convent inside the stone walls of ancient Spoleto. It is only a short walk from the convent to the classrooms and the restaurant where the students have their meals. Not mentioning the food would be remiss. The students dine together in a local family-run 4-star restaurant and get to enjoy the world famous cuisine of Umbria.
Cost:
6500 USD. $75 application fee

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
Student, age 15-19. Completion of 9th grade by participation date. Demonstrated proficiency in focus area There is no language requirement. In examining completed applications, we ask two fundamental questions: Is this student prepared artistically and academically to meet the challenges of the program? Is this person going to make a good ambassador for school and country, taking constructive advantage of opportunities, exploring new interests and ideas, and making healthy contributions to the program?
Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Small number of scholarships for travel to/from U.S. and Italy

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