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|GPA Requirement:||2.0||Field of Study:||Italian, Music, Political Science|
|Language of Instruction:||English, Italian||Class Standing:||Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore|
|Language Prerequisite:||None||Housing:||Residence Hall|
|Program Type:||UT Faculty-Directed||Open to non-UTK Students:||Yes|
Study in Beautiful Italy on UT's Longest Running Program!
Urbino is a major university town located about 20 miles from the Adriatic Coast, just south of Rimini. This walled town, with its rose-colored brick houses, is built on two hills overlooking the countryside bathed in golden light. This small and picturesque town dates back to the 12th century when it was ruled by the Montefeltro family, wise patrons of the arts. During the Renaissance, Urbino become one of the most splendid intellectual centers of Europe. It has preserved most of this atmosphere not only in attitude but in architecture as well. The Ducal Palace, a true masterpiece, has been called by art critics "the most beautiful dwelling of the Renaissance." It was in this palace, under the Dukes of Montefeltro, that artists and men of letter gathered and produced famous works of art. Some of these men included Raffaello, Bramante, and Barocci. Today the Palace houses one of the finest art collections in Italy, replete with many works by Raffaello and Piero della Francesca. With its city walls, narrow winding streets, spacious piazzas, beautiful buildings, cypress tress, and unique light, no wonder so many accomplished individuals found inspiration in Urbino.
The University of Urbino, founded in the 16th century, has developed into a modern university of international reputation. Urbino is an ideal town for total immersion in Italian life and language. It is sophisticated and open to foreign visitors. Though somewhat remote from tourist traffic, the city holds much to be explored and is easy to get around by foot. It is hard to believe it is only three hours away from Florence, Venice, and Bologna and still remains somewhat of a secret. Rome is about five hours away, and the beach at Pesaro is a scant 40 minutes. Urbino is a great base from which to extend out from, and there is plenty to do and see within its own walls as well. During the summer, the city is enlivened with baroque concerts in the Chiesa di San Lorenzo, folk dances in Piazza Rinascimento, and many other cultural activities. The 25,000 inhabitants of Urbino are very proud of their city and country and celebrate life in the traditional Italian spirit. These friendly people are always willing to help and enjoy talking to American students. Combining the location and the people, every day is a learning experience.
Florence is without a doubt the city where Italian genius has most visibly flourished. The city was the cradle of exceptional artistic and intellectual activity that gave birth to the Renaissance. In the time spent here, students will have the opportunity to see Michelangelo's David, Boticelli's Birth of Venus, and other masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Cellini, Donatello, and many others. The most concentrated collection of art is in the Uffizi Museum, one of the finest museums in the world. The city itself, along the Arno River, is a sight to see. It is bathed by a diaphanous, amber light.
Rome. No other city in the world has managed to combine so successfully such a diverse heritage of classical antiques, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces, and baroque churches. The city is immense and sprawls over seven hills with its bustling metropolis. The treasures of Rome are not always easy to visit, as the city center is a maze of narrow streests. As it is impossible to see all of Rome, students should try to visit the big sights such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Vatican City, Saint Peter's Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Roman Forum, and other famous landmarks.
Students will choose 2 of the following courses for a total of 6 credits:
- Italian 211 Intermediate Italian (1)
- Italian 212 Intermediate Italian (2)
- Italian 314 Highlights of Italian Civilization (Italian Culture)
- Music Theory 220 Expanded Tonality and Post-Tonal Music
- Music Theory 451 Style and Analysis of Italian Music
- Political Science 102 Introduction to Political Science (students who have taken POLS 102 can petition to get credit for POLS 200 or POLS 249. Please contact Professor Pacelle and Mr. Saenz.
- Political Science 410 Art and Politics
Students will be housed in the University of Urbino dormitory complex. Students will have a single bedroom or share a room with another student depending on availability. The rooms are adjoined by a common kitchen, bathroom, living space and rooftop terrace overlooking the valley outside the City of Urbino. Dormitory assignments will be arranged upon arrival at the University of Urbino. Students will be housed in hotels during the excursions to Rome and Florence.
Dr. Sal DiMaria
Modern Foreign Languages and Literature
Dr. Annachiara Mariani
Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Dr. Brendan McConville
School of Music
Dr. Richard Pacelle
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