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|GPA Requirement:||2.0||Field of Study:||Italian, Public Relations|
|Language of Instruction:||English, Italian||Class Standing:||Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore|
|Language Prerequisite:||None||Housing:||Residence Hall|
|Program Type:||Faculty-led||Open to non-UTK Students:||Yes|
Study in Beautiful Italy on UT Knoxville's Longest Running Faculty-Led Program!
PLEASE NOTE: THE PUBLIC RELATIONS ACADEMIC TRACK IS CLOSED FOR 2014. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURGAED TO APPLY FOR THE ITALIAN TRACK WHICH STILL HAS SPACE AVAILABLE
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.
Students may choose 3 different academic tracks: Italian Language and Culture or Public Relations with an optional course on Italian Culture.
Students selecting the Beginning Italian Language and Culture Track will earn 6 credits by choosing Italian 111 and 112.
Students selecting the Intermediate Italian Language and Culture Track will earn 6 credits 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)
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.
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Professor Sal DiMaria
Modern and Foreign Languages and Literature
Advertising and Public Relations