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  • Locations: Orvieto, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Kansas State University in Italy

Orvieto, Italy

Kansas State University in Italy is located in the Italian hill town of Orvieto, in Umbria, Italy. Orvieto is centrally located between Rome and Florence, with both cities just a short train ride away. This is KSU’s premiere summer study abroad program in Italy and is open to all students and majors. Students will study with KSU faculty members at the Centro Studi Citta di Orvieto and earn KSU credit. The study center in Orvieto occupies a newly renovated building located in the center of the historical district.

Program HighlightsOrvietoCityView
  • Enroll in two courses with K-State faculty and students
  • Choose between student apartments or a homestay with an Italian family
  • Excursions to Rome and Florence
  • Fulfill coursework toward your major or minor and K-State 8 requirements
Program Dates
  • Summer Term 2018
  • May 16 to June 16, 2018
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Priority Deadline: December 1, 2017
    • Final Deadline: February 1, 2018
  • Minimum Sophomore standing
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • English proficiency (all courses are conducted in English except for MLANG 100)
  • Commitment to the KSU in Italy application


All students on the KSU in Italy program may choose to enroll in two of the following three-credit courses, for a total of six credits. Courses are open to students of all majors, minors, and degree levels and do not have any course prerequisites.

As part of the application process, you will rank order your course preferences. At the acceptance stage, Education Abroad will notify you in which courses you were placed. Course details are subject to change. Please contact Education Abroad for the most up-to-date information.

ART 630 – Orvieto Sketchbook Sketch class at Cathedral
Prof. Erin Wiersma

This course provides students with a deeper appreciation of Italy and its unique history, art, and culture through the physical act of drawing. Onsite sketchbook activities teach students to create visual records and personal responses to the ancient ruins, Umbrian landscapes, architectural masterpieces, and classical art of Orvieto and its surroundings. Private access to onsite locations combined with personal studio space on campus allow for more sustained projects through mixed media drawing.

ART 628 – History of Italian Art and Architecture
Prof. Douglas Dow

This course emphasizes works that students will see while in Italy, and ranges from Etruscan to Ancient Roman to Medieval to Renaissance to Baroque to Modern art. The primary focus of the course, however, is on Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art. Upon completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of representative works of Italian art and architecture, to analyze the form and context of works of Italian art and architecture, to utilize effectively art historical vocabulary and terminology, and to apply the knowledge gained in this course to evaluate and interpret works of art and architecture.

Neri Cooking ClassHM 499 – Food and Wine of Italy
Prof. Elizabeth Barrett, Prof. Pat Pesci, Prof. Kelly Whitehair

This course provides an overview of wine varietals, wine regions, food and culture of Italy. The class will include lectures, tastings of food and wine, and excursions to experience the world of Italian wines and cuisine. By the end of the course the student will be able to describe Italian food culture and history by region of Italy; identify the major varietals of Italian grapes and their regions; practice proper procedures for tasting of wines; explain and describe the smells and tastes associated with wines; identify Italian wines and foods that complement each other, including truffles, breads, olive oil, wild boar, vegetables, honey, and chocolate; describe local Italian foods by visiting local bakeries, butchers, farmers markets, and farms; and plan and prepare an authentic Italian meal.

MC 589 - Photography and Visual Storytelling
Prof. Andrew Smith

As a global citizen, each person tells stories through his or her own figurative and literal lens.  In the digital age, much of that storytelling comes through digital images and descriptive writing in an online format.  As international students in Italy, class members will have the opportunity to meet, understand, and tell stories of those who live and work in Orvieto.  These stories will cross borders as students learn to speak with their camera and describe a culture they are learning about in an immersive and firsthand way.  Students will learn basic photography and profile writing techniques, and profile members of the community, tell their stories, and create an online platform to share these stories with the world.  By understanding the people of another culture, we begin to understand our world and by telling their stories, students will capture their essence in a digital format.

MLANG 100 – Italian for Travelers
Prof. Alessia Salamina

This course aims to introduce the fundamental elements and develop communicative proficiency of Italian language and culture by cultivating the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. By working in class and immersing themselves in the uniquely experiential environment of Orvieto, students will be able to communicate and interact with the local population and hence gain a more thorough awareness of Italian language and culture while experiencing the real Italy!

PHILO 399 – Science & Religion in the Italian Renaissance (Honors in Philosophy*)
Prof. Scott Tanona

Leonardo and Galileo, the "Quintessential Renaissance Man" and "The Father of Modern Science": their lives and work provide a window into relationships between science, religion, and culture.  We'll read some of their writings as well as those by earlier figures such as Aquinas, and we'll use secondary analyses as well as plays and movies to base our own discussions of science and religion, the rise of science in the Italian Renaissance, and the infamous trial and condemnation of Galileo by the Catholic Church *Students who are not members of the University Honors Program may apply.

MKTG 400 - Introduction to Marketing
Prof. Jaebeom Suh

For many of you who have not taken a course in marketing, or have not worked in the field, "marketing" probably brings to mind aspects such as the unrelenting barrage of commercials on television, or the personal selling associated with car dealerships, or telemarketing.  However, as we will see during this class, marketing can, and in most contemporary organizations does, involve much more than advertising and sales. 


All student housing is located in the historic center of Orvieto and is within walking distance of the Centro Studi building. The program fee includes basic utilities. Students have two housing options:

Student apartments include two or three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, and a bathroom.  Basic utilities are included in the program fee.

Homestays allow students to reside with local Orvieto families. All homestays include basic utilities and some meals in the program fee.

OrvietoCorksProgram Cost

For an itemized breakdown of all anticipated expenses, please view the KSU in Italy Budget Sheet at the top of this page. For summer programs like KSU in Italy, Education Abroad and Kansas State University post all billable costs directly to students’ KSIS accounts in mid-May, around the start of the summer term.
  • Program Fee (billed to KSIS): $3,000.00
    • Includes airport pick-up, accommodation, international health insurance, excursions to Rome & Florence, local field trips, workshops, welcome & farewell dinner, KSU in Italy administrative costs, and Education Abroad administrative fee
  • Tuition (billed to KSIS): $1,904.60
    • Includes six K-State undergraduate credits, at Kansas resident rates (regardless of your state or nation of residency) and Global Campus fee
    • Tuition/fee estimate is based on 2017-2018 K-State Tuition/Fee Schedule
  • Additional estimated expenses (not billed to KSIS): $3,418.00
    • Includes a passport, the international flight to and from Italy, refundable housing deposit, individual meals, textbooks, a phone plan, and personal travel

Scholarships and Financial Aid

K-State students who enroll in KSU in Italy and are eligible for federal financial aid should first contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for information on summer financial aid options.

OIP Scholarships
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KSU, National, and International Scholarships
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Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Do you receive a Pell Grant? If so, be sure to consider the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship! This program is nationally competitive, but many K-State students have received it before! Find more information and begin the campus pre-application at

SerenaCroceProgram Director
Serena Croce is the Kansas State University in Italy bilingual Program Director. She received her Master’s degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritages from the University of Viterbo, Italy, and has a specialization in Classical Archaeology. She took advanced courses in Higher Education within the European Social Fund's “Lifelong Learning Programme” and specialized at University for Foreigners in Siena in teaching Italian as a second language. As Program Director her role is to establish and maintain a student environment that supports learning, provides a strong sense of community, and promotes student growth through active interaction with local Italians. She researches and organizes field trips, tours, cultural activities, housing, and accommodation; handles daily inquiries from students as well as faculty; and provides all participants them with a 24/7 support during the entire program. She also teaches an Italian language and culture class of her own. Serena is married to Stefano Rellini and has one daughter, Cecilia, and one son, Filippo.


Here is a list of students who have previously participated on the KSU in Italy program. Feel free to contact these students if you have any questions specifically about this program.

Virginia Davis - Apparel Textiles & Interior Design -
Emily May - Art -
Elizabeth Hayes- Art - You can also view Elizabeth's daily blog here:
Mawi Sonna - English -
Quincy Swanson - Food Nutrition Dietetic and Health -
David Szmed - Art -


Education Abroad
304 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

This program is currently not accepting applications.