Academic Focus: Restricted to Art History, Architectural Studies and Studio Art/Visual Arts majors (minors may also be considered, depending on relevant coursework and portfolio).
Approximate Dates: Fall (late August - late November), Spring (early February - late April)
*PLEASE NOTE: This program is NOT rolling admission. UGA Cortona Faculty Committee will meet after the application deadline to review applications and select successful candidates. Program is competitive.
Eligibility Requirements: This program is only open to Art History, Architectural Studies and Studio/Visual Art majors (minors will be considered if they have a strong art portfolio, strong letters of recommendation from Art History, Architectural, and/or Visual/Studio Arts Emory faculty and a significant number of relevant classes already taken for the minor at Emory). A minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic standing.
Students must be declared Art History, Visual Art, Studio Art or Architectural Studies majors/minors to apply. Written verification from the faculty in the relevant department (Art History, Visual Art or Studio Art faculty at Emory) will be required as part of the Emory College Study Abroad and UGA Cortona applications.
Students must submit an art portfolio as part of their application to UGA Cortona (high school portfolios are not acceptable). Two letters of recommendation are also required as part of the application. One of these letters must be from faculty in Emory Visual Arts, Studio Arts or Architectural Studies and reference an evaluation of the art portfolio.
Students must take Italian language as part of their course load. This request follows the general EAC policy that students be required to take the language of the host country while studying abroad in a non-English-speaking country.
Living Arrangements: Students stay in a dormitory on the UGA campus in Cortona, with two students per room. Students may select their roommate.
The Location: In Cortona, Italy (with excursions to other cities in Tuscany and Umbria as well as stays in Rome, and Naples or Venice).
The UGA Cortona program is a fifty-year-old permanent fixture of the city of Cortona, Italy. It is a rigorous, studio art immersion experience with a strong art historical component. Students will live and work for several months in Cortona, a place of rich historical significance, with its art and architecture founded by the ancient Etruscan and Roman civilizations, developed profoundly through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and thriving still as a contemporary living Italian city.
Students visit three major cities at the beginning and end of the program (Rome, Florence, Venice, or Naples, depending on the semester) and have weekly required field trips on Saturdays throughout the program to towns in Tuscany and Umbria.
The field trips are required and attendance is taken. Students are given course assignments for each field trip. Students' grades will be adversely affected if they do not participate in the field trips.
Community Engagement: The art education program in Cortona has an intensive immersion experience teaching art in the Cortona elementary school to Italian children. Generally, students are immersed in the life of the town interacting informally with the community both on their own and through daily meals at a local restaurant and other activities.
Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is available in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheets: FallSpring
Financial Aid/Scholarships: Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: the Gilman Scholarship. For more information, please click here.
STIPENDS - A limited number of stipends are awarded each semester. A separate application is required along with a third letter of recommendation and a brief essay. Completed stipend applications are due by the same deadline as the program application. Please contact the Cortona office for specific details and an application.
Visa: Students studying in Italy will require a student visa, which will be affixed to a page in the passport. It is imperative that students immediately apply for a passport if they do not already have one or renew their passport if it will expire within six months of the end date of the program. You must have a passport in order to apply for the visa required by the Italian government for study with the Cortona program. Upon acceptance to the Cortona Program, students will be furnished with information on the visa application process.