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  • Locations: Orvieto, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Program Description:

KSU 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
  • Live in a fully furnished apartment in the city center
  • Overnight excursions to Rome and Florence
  • Optional Italian language lessons
  • Fulfill coursework toward your major or minor and K-State 8 requirements
Program Dates
  • Summer Term 2019
  • May 22 to June 22, 2019 (depart U.S. on May 21st)
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Priority Deadline: December 1, 2018 (Students who complete their applications by this date and commit early will be given priority consideration regarding acceptance and course selection)
    • Final Deadline: February 1, 2019 (space is still available!)
  • Minimum Sophomore standing by Summer 2019
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • English proficiency (all courses are conducted in English)
  • Commitment to the KSU in Italy application


All students on the KSU in Italy program will enroll in two 3 credit hour courses, one course from each track, for a total of 6 credit hours. 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 from each track. At the acceptance stage, Education Abroad will notify you of the courses in which you are placed. Course details are subject to change. Please contact Education Abroad for the most up-to-date information.

Track 1 Courses:
  • ART 628 - History of Italian Art and Architecture
  • MC 589 - Photography and Visual Storytelling
  • HM 499 - Food & Wine of Italy
Track 2 Courses:
  • ART 630 - Drawing in Orvieto
  • PSYCH 110 - General Psychology
  • ARCH 265 - Italy and the Architectural Imagination
  • ANTH 318/399 - Contemporary Italian Cultures
Sketch class at Cathedral 
Course Descriptions
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. Includes additional field trip to Assisi (Can be used to fulfill Humanities-Fine Arts/Aesthetic Interpretation or Global Issues and Perspectives K-State 8)

HM 499 – Food and Wine of Italy
Profs. Betsy Barrett and Pat Pesci

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. Includes additional field trip to Siena. (Can fulfill upper level MC elective)
Check out some of the final projects developed by last year's students in this course:

ART 630 – Drawing in Orvieto
Prof. Erin Wiersma
In this class we will explore principles of the drawing through investigation based on observation of objects, people and spaces, as well as through conceptual means. This course is designed with a Natural Science/Biological focus where students will learn how to draw natural biological forms, such as plant life, geological forms, simple landscapes, and animals. The course includes an additional field trip to Civita di Bagnoregio and the Bomarzo "Park of Monsters". (Course can be used to fulfill Humanities-Fine Arts/Aesthetic Interpretation or Global Issues and Perspectives K-State 8)

Neri Cooking ClassPSYCH 110 - General Psychology
Prof. Gary Brase
This is an introductory survey of the general content areas of psychology, with an emphasis on connections to Italian culture, language, and its relationship to the American experience. (This course can be used to fulfill Social Sciences or Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning K-State 8 requirements; satisfies Social Science requirement for Arts & Sciences; Humanities and Social Science elective for College of Agriculture; satisfies Social Science course requirements for College of Human Ecology)

ANTH 318/399* – Contemporary Italian Cultures (Honors seminar*)
Prof. Jessica Falcone
This course seeks to understand contemporary Italian cultures through looking at how traditions, identity, heritage, and religious practices are affected by changing demographics and globalization. ANTH 318 is open to all students, while Honors students can enroll in ANTH 399. (Satisfies Social Science course requirement for Arts & Sciences; Advanced elective for Anthropology majors; ANTH 318 can be used for Social Science and Global Issues and Perspectives K-State 8; ANTH 399 satisfies course requirements for the Honor's program) 

ARCH 265 - Italy and the Architectural Imagination
Prof. Michael McGlynn
This is a course in intellectual and experiential architectural appreciation. The primary focus is on the architectural works of Renaissance and Baroque masters. Students will develop an appreciation of the architectural achievements of the works of Brunelleschi, Bernini, Borromini, and others. 


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. 

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


Program 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): $3,400.
  • Please see Program Budget Sheet for breakdown of costs
    • 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): $1,925
    • Includes six K-State undergraduate credits, at Kansas resident rates (regardless of your state or nation of residency) and Global Campus fee
  • Additional estimated out-of-pocket expenses (not billed to KSIS): $2,835
    • Includes a passport, the international flight to and from Italy, refundable housing deposit, individual meals, textbooks, a phone plan, and personal expenses

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. Students can present a copy of their signed program Budget Sheet to a financial aid advisor to determine eligibility for summer federal financial aid assistance. More information about using financial aid can be viewed her: 

KSU, National, and International Scholarships
Research other scholarship options on our main list at  

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! There are two application cycles for this scholarship. Summer early applications are due the first Tuesday of October; the Summer regular application deadline is first Tuesday of March. 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.

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 -


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