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*UTK in Urbino
Urbino, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
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Budget Sheets Summer 2
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Field of Study:
Italian, Public Relations
Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
Class Standing:
Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language Prerequisite:
Residence Hall
Program Type: Faculty-led Open to non-UTK Students: Yes
Program Description:

Study in Beautiful Italy on UT Knoxville's Longest Running Faculty-Led Program!


Program Description

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 may choose from  3 different academic tracks:  Italian Language and Culture, Public Relations, or Music.

  • Students selecting the Italian Language and Culture Track will earn 6 credits of intermediate Italian language by choosing Italian 211 and 212.
  • Students selecting the Public Relations Track will earn 3 credits in Public Relations 490 and have an option to enroll in Italian 314: Italian Culture (taught in English) for 3 additional credits.
  • Students selecting the Music Track will earn 3 or 6 credits by selecting Music Theory 100 (Fundamentals of Music: Music of Italy) and/or Music Theory 451 (Style and Analysis of Italian Music).  Students selecting the 3-credit music option may also take the Italian 314: Italian Culture (taught in English) for 3 additional credits.


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.

Costs 2015

Please see budget sheet at top of page


Faculty Contacts

Professor Sal DiMaria
Modern and Foreign Languages and Literature

Candace White                                                    
Advertising and Public Relations                                                                   

Brendan McConville
School of Music

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