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Junior Cluster: Environmental Sustainability, Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Viterbo is a medieval city with a lively university community and active art scene. It is about one and a half hours from Rome and three hours from Florence, with easy connections to the Mediterranean and mountain regions. Viterbo has kept a fascinating historical record of its past better than almost any place in Italy. Protected by a medieval wall, Viterbo’s fountains, palaces, quarters, and churches all exemplify its glorious and eventful heritage of art and culture. The San Pellegrino quarter is certainly the most characteristic and best preserved medieval quarter in Italy, a jewel of a thirteenth-century contrada with its small squares, houses, narrow lanes, arches, and characteristic profferli—the typical external stairs of the medieval houses of Viterbo. The thirteenth-century papal palace is evidence of Viterbo's significant role as a place of refuge for medieval popes, and more recently as the film location for Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet.
The Viterbo program is ideal for students interested in studying Italian, History, Art, Journalism, or Environmental Studies in a bustling university town in central Italy. Viterbo is a great location to study and practice the Italian language and to experience its rich culture away from English-speaking tourist areas. The city is also rich in historical, artistic, and monumental legacies. There is no better setting for studying the humanities than Italy. Through a variety of course field trips, you will gain firsthand experience in Italian food, culture, history, and the environment, providing a rich variety of subjects and experiences for writing and reflection.
You may choose to study for one semester or a full year; or in the summer on a 5-week session. This program offers several diverse academic areas: History, Art, Journalism, Environmental, and Italian Studies. The summer program also provides an excellent opportunity for qualified orchestra instrumentalist students to perform in the Tuscia Opera Festival. However, the academic courses are only part of the value of the program. Participation in various local field trips, optional field studies, festivals and activities also forms an integral part of the experience.
This program is a good fit for the following majors:
World Languages & Literature
Fall: Students enroll in 18 - 27 quarter credits
Winter/Spring: Students enroll in 24 - 27 quarter credits
Academic Year: Students enroll in 36 - 54 quarter credits
Summer: Students enroll in 6 - 10 quarter credits
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.