Cortona, Italy (University of Georgia) - (Open to art/art history majors/minors only)

Situated in Cortona, a small, safe Tuscan town with numerous cultural activities, this program sponsored by the University of Georgia provides a challenging opportunity for the serious student who wishes to combine international travel with an intensive period of studio and classroom work. A 32-year tradition of goodwill and respect exists between Cortona and the University, and the town provides a rich, historical environment where students can easily merge with the normal lifestyle of a typical Italian community. Cortona Homepage

SACI, Florence, Italy (Studio Art Centers International) - (Open to art/art history majors/minors only)

Located in the center of Florence, 50 yards from the central market, 100 yards from the Duomo, and 80 yards from the Medici church of San Lorenzo, the school provides a focused studio art studies program of depth and seriousness of challenge at undergraduate and graduate U.S. university levels. The studio disciplines are to be complemented by courses in the humanities since SACI is convinced that undertaking courses in both areas is essential in the formation of the artist. Designed for US undergraduates and independent students, this program provides an in-depth study abroad opportunity. A wide variety of academic and studio subjects are offered, many at multiple levels. SACI Homepage

Gordon in Orvieto, Orvieto, Italy (Gordon College) (Open to all majors)

The Gordon College semester in Italy exists to provide contemporary American students — whose lives are lived largely after or without “tradition” — with a vivid experience of tradition in art, spirituality, worship, and civic life. While living and studying in the convent of San Lodovico students will experience the slower and simpler rhythms of life in a way that provides time for serious conversation, an experience of traditional liturgies and civic celebrations, and a closer relationship to the land. Living in the midst of vineyards and olive groves and trading the automobile for the foot, young artists of Christian faith will be encouraged to to experiment with methods of learning different from the conventions of modern university education by taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of art, art history, history and theology. Gordon in Orvieto Homepage

Spring Semester in Thailand - (Open to all majors) (Spring only)

Spend next Spring experiencing Thai culture firsthand! Gain an insider’s perspective by living with a local family in Chiang Mai, taking classes at Chiang Mai University, and doing a study-service internship in Thai society. Courses focus on Thai culture, art, and language. For 16 hours a week, students participate in an internship at a church, government, medical, or educational agencies, discussing their unique experiences at a weekly seminar. For the three weeks of the program, students journey to the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern Thailand, where they live in Karen and Lahu tribal villages. By interacting with village leaders and families, students examine the growing effects of globalization and the dominant Thai culture on these indigenous communities. This program is perfect for students who wish to explore a different country as a member of its society, not simply as a tourist.Students will normally take the following courses-- (16 - 18 Semester Credits) from Chiang Mai University:
SOC 350--Thai Culture and Society - 4 semester hours;Thai 125--Intensive Introduction to Thai Language - 4 semester hours; Thai 128--Intensive Introduction to Written Thai Language – 2 semester hours;
Art 438 – Principles of Lanna and Thai Fine Arts -- 4 semester hours; Internship 399: Study/Service Internship -- 4 semester hours (Internship to be arranged with Church, Government, or Educational Agency--Students will be in their internships 12 hours per week and have a two-hour seminar on Fridays.) Westmont students can satisfy 6 GE requirements. SST Homepage