OU in Arezzo
Arezzo, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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|Program Type:||OU Study Center||Language of Instruction:||English, Italian|
|Minimum GPA:||2.5||Non-English Language Learning Option(s):||Italian|
|Study Abroad Adviser:||Bridgitte Castorino||University Name:||University of Oklahoma|
|Language Category:||Language Category B||Study Level:||Undergraduate|
Arezzo Program Highlights:
- Location: Arezzo is a medieval town located in the Italian region of Tuscany and home to OU's first permanent international study center. Florence, Siena and Rome are only a short train or bus ride away. With its manageable size, friendly people and many events and festivities throughout the year, this beautiful town is the ideal home base for all OU students looking for a diverse and culturally enriching experience overseas!
- Housing: OUA students will live at the Santa Chiara Monastery Residential Learning facility or in homestays.
- Academics: OUA students will take OU courses taught by OU professors at OU's Italian Study Center in Arezzo.
- Cost: A semester in Arezzo is comparable to one at OU’s Norman campus.
In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, students must also have:
- Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
- Completed Online Application
- 1 Recommendation Letter
- Visa (you will get this after you are approved for OUA study abroad)
Location and History
At OU's Italian Study Center, students can immerse themselves in the rich Italian culture and gain knowledge of the language while taking a variety of OU credit-bearing classes. Classes offered in Arezzo are taught by OU professors and staff and are open to both students who have previously studied Italian and those who have no Italian language experience. The location of this signature program in the town of Arezzo gives OU students the chance to enjoy learning in a lovely town, untouched by mass tourism. Arezzo is the perfect place to live the Italian lifestyle and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere while studying and spending time abroad with fellow OUA students.
OU's Study Center consists of the Santa Chiara Monastery Residential Learning Center and the San Francesco Classroom Annex. Both of these facilities are located within the historic center of Arezzo and provide spaces where students attend classes, work and collaborate in computer labs, relax and socialize in lounge areas and prepare basic meals in a communal kitchen. The Santa Chiara Monastery houses OUA students in addition to the Faculty-in-Residence, an OU professor who moves to OUA for a year to teach classes and develop culture and social programming for students. The residential site is also home to two on-site Student Affairs staff and administrative offices. The San Francesco Classroom Annex contains a great hall, several classrooms, a communal kitchen, lounge areas and several offices.
OUA students have the opportunity to live in the brand new OUA Santa Chiara Monastery Residential Learning Center. The 13th-century structure has been beautifully restored and consists of several classrooms, residence hall bedrooms, laundry facilities and a lovely garden where students can enjoy the Tuscan scenery. The Santa Chiara Monastery Residential Learning Center is located in the historic center of Arezzo close to cafes, shops and restaurants. Students also have the option to improve their Italian skills by living with a local homestay family.
OUA offers Fall, Spring, Summer and yearlong programs! OUA program dates are nearly the same as those on the OU academic calendar for the Norman Campus, though small deviations may occur to arrange for better arrival or departure times.
Since OUA is the University of Oklahoma’s Italian Study Center, there is no need to transfer international credits – it is like taking classes in Norman! OUA offers a variety of OU coursework that is intended for a general student audience and taught by OU professors. Many OUA courses are approved to count as General Education credits that apply to many different majors. All courses will be graded on an A-F scale and will be factored into the student's GPA.
Like all OU students abroad, OUA participants are expected to enroll in 12-15 credit hours per semester. Independent Study and/or online courses can be taken on top of the on-site minimum enrollment of 12 credit hours.
Fall 2016 Course Listings
Professor Jill Irvine will be the Faculty-in-Residence at OUA for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Below are the courses are open to all OUA students for Fall 2016 with no specific pre-requisites (bringing on-site enrollment up to a minimum of 12 credits).
- AHI 3303 Renaissance Art in Italy (Gen Ed Western Civ), taught by the Director of Italian Programs, Kirk Duclaux
- WGS 3563: Gender and Global Politics (Gen Ed Social Science), taught by Faculty-in-Residence, Dr. Irvine
- IAS 3000 Mediterranean Tragedy: The Migration Crisis in Italy and Europe, taught by Faculty-in-Residence, Dr. Irvine
- All OUA students will take one Italian language course at their respective level or the Italian Cultural Literacy course. Students coming in with little or no Italian will take 5 hours of ITAL 1115 or 1225 OR the 3-credit course MLLL 1393: Italian Cultural Literacy. More advanced students will take 3 hours of ITAL 2113, 2223 or 3073.
OUA offers students the unique opportunity to apply for credit-bearing internships with a local public or private organization/business during their semester abroad. In order to account for high quality standards and applicability to a student's degree plan, the academic components of each internship are overseen either by OUA faculty or the sponsoring OU Department. Internships can accelerate language and cultural learning through full immersion and real-world interaction in the working environment - and it's a great opportunity to boost your resume!
Here is a list of OUA internships offered: OUA Internship List
Spending a semester in Arezzo is comparable in price to spending a semester on the Norman campus. The most variable costs are expenses for entertainment and weekend travels. Students can substantially reduce the overall cost by controlling these two factors. The OUA study abroad adviser will walk students through anticipated expenses for their Arezzo study abroad experience.
Please take a look at our detailed budget:
OUA Budget Worksheet - Spring 2016
Please note: The Fall 2016 PITF Scholarship, the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Scholarship and Stuart Family Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship Applications are due on February 28, 2016.
There are a number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list:
- Presidential International Travel Fellowship – need based scholarship for airfare
- Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Scholarship – for OU students studying for a semester or year in Arezzo
- Stuart Family Foundation Scholarship – for OU students studying for a semester or year in Arezzo
- Dean Suzette Grillot Scholarship – for OU students studying for a summer, semester, or year in Arezzo
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – a nationally competitive award for Pell Grant recipients
- Italian Heritage Scholarship
The map below shows the location of the Santa Chiara Monastery Residential Learning Center and the San Francesco Classroom Annex in the historic heart of Arezzo. Click on the map for a larger version on Arezzo's tourist portal.
Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as next next steps. Then, schedule an appointment with Bridgitte Castorino to move on to Phase 2!
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