Spring Semester in Italy
Arezzo: Lisio Italian Studies Program
The Arnold Lisio '56, '60M (MD) and Anne Moore Lisio Italian Studies Program offers a distinctive academic curriculum in Italy that combines a broad spectrum of disciplines. Beyond the academics, the program promotes an intensive cultural experience within the rich social fabric of Italy, especially in Tuscany.
• “Grand Tour” 2020: Republican and Imperial Roman cities
• Many study-related site visits including Rome, Ostia Antica, Pompeii, Florence, Orvieto, Siena, Poppi, La Verna, and Venice
• Constitutes a complete humanities cluster, satisfies most requisites for an Italian minor, and offers additional research credits under ATHS program
The Arezzo Program is totally integrated within the academic system of the University of Rochester. It is designed, maintained, administered, and directed by the University of Rochester and its appointed faculty and staff. The University establishes and guarantees the educational standards of the Program itself.
The Program is co-directed by Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio—Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Rochester, and native of Arezzo—and Donna Logan, Lecturer of English in the Arezzo Branch of the University of Siena, native of the United States, and resident of Arezzo.
The program carries 18 credits. Of the 18 credits one earns, 8 are applicable to the program in Archeology, Technology and Historical Structures.
No prior study of Italian is required—classes are taught in English.
Language instruction is customized to the individual needs of the participants.
Special opportunities are available at the University of Arezzo for students with advanced knowledge of Italian.
Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply.
Cost of the Program is virtually equivalent to the cost of one semester spent on campus (tuition plus living expenses). Students who receive UR financial aid may apply it towards the program.
For University of Rochester students only:
Constitutes a full humanities cluster
Fulfills most of the requirements for an Italian minor
Strongly recommended to students who aspire to achieve an individualized Major in Italian Studies
• Monuments of Ancient Italy: History, Structure, Form
• Italian Language and Cultural Competency
• Art, Architecture, and Literature in the Age of Dante
How do I apply?
The application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation by a professor or instructor, an official transcript, and an essay of approximately 200 words on the student's reasons for wishing to participate in this program.
Applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee starting in mid-March. Acceptance will be based on the interview, the essay, and student record. Non-University of Rochester students should also enclose an application fee of $20.
Since the program has limited capacity, students will be admitted according to the order in which their applications are received. Applications exceeding the capacity will be put on a waiting list.
The program cost is comparable to a semester at the University of Rochester. Students accepted to the program must sign a letter confirming their intention to participate in the program. (Subsequent withdrawal from the program will result in a $300 fee.) The Arezzo program fee will be billed to all accepted students on a University of Rochester term bill. University of Rochester students should meet as soon as they apply to the program with a representative of the Office of Student Financial Assistance to discuss aid coverage. Non-University of Rochester students are strongly recommended to talk to a financial aid counselor at their home institution. In addition, the University of Rochester's Office of Student Financial Assistance will be happy to help students process consortial agreements so that they may use loans or federal aid towards the cost of this program.
Students are required to have obligatory health insurance purchased in Italy covering the whole period of their study abroad. Students are strongly recommended to acquire property insurance covering their possessions while overseas. The University of Rochester is not responsible for personal property.
Note Regarding Student Visas
If you are not a citizen of the European Union, you will need to apply for a student visa for your semester in Italy. University of Rochester students and New York State residents may apply through the New York Consulate, or the Consulate of your residence/jurisdiction
, after being admitted to the program, and no more than 90 days in advance of the program start date.
The visa application process is time-consuming and you will have to go to a Consulate to apply. Take time now to familiarize yourself with the application and required materials, some of which you can already begin putting together.
You will need a passport that is valid at least three months beyond the program end date. Other countries you visit may require that your passport be valid six months beyond your stay, so we recommend that your passport be valid through at least November 2020.
Information about applying for a visa at the New York Consulate can be found here
. Note that the Consulate associated with your home jurisdiction may have different requirements. In any case, you have to submit your visa application materials in person at the appropriate Italian Consulate.
Scholarships for UR Faculty Education Abroad Programs
You may be eligible to receive a scholarship for this Program. Read the Scholarships document in your Learning Content for details.
There are many scholarships and funding sources, both need and merit-based, for education abroad, and we encourage you to apply. Visit our Scholarships page for more information.
Do not wait until the last minute to research what you may be eligible for, as scholarships are competitive, and will not be awarded for poorly-written applications. Scholarships for short-term and summer programs, and for international students, are limited, so it’s important to begin looking for scholarships sooner, rather than later.
Applications may require a copy of your official transcript, essays or personal statement, letters of recommendation, and financial aid information.