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SMU in Italy

SMU-in-Italy: Arts and Culture

SMU-in-Italy: Arts and Culture is a 5-week summer program located in the medieval hill town of Orvieto in Umbria. The intent is to introduce students to Italian visual arts and their integral role in politics, religion, and urban life through a broad span of cultural history. Central to this mission is the encouragement of intelligent, critical observation.

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The archaeological sites, museums, villas, and churches of Italy serve as living classrooms in which students learn through first-hand experiences of Italian art and culture. From the program base in Orvieto, a medieval hill town in Umbria, the group makes excursions to spectacular sites and cities such as Pompeii, Siena, Florence, Venice, and Rome.

Program Timeline

Apply online at Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as the program usually fills before the deadline. Applications may be considered after the deadline only if places are available. Once application is complete, qualified students are contacted for interviews.

Applications Accepted: December 1-February 1
Final Payment Due: April 1
Orientation Meetings: in March and April
Group Flight to Italy: May 28
Group Return Flight to USA: July 4
Classes in Session: May 29-July 4