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OU in Arezzo
Arezzo, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
OU Study Center Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Housing Type: Apartments, Host Family 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
Program Description:
  OU in Arezzo


The University of Oklahoma's Signature Study Abroad Program

At OU's Italian Center students with no to early intermediate knowledge of Italian are provided with an introductory experience of Italian language and culture while taking a variety of OU coursework. At the cradle of western civilization, students can enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere and study an abundance of ancient art objects close by, while spending a good time with fellow Sooners in a small, quiet, and secure town, untouched by mass tourism.

OUA's student center is located on the central Corso Italia in a renovated medieval Palazzo. There Sooners can relax in the student lounge, prepare and enjoy meals in the kitchen, work and communicate in a cutting edge PC/Mac lab, and attend classes in beautiful classrooms equipped with modern technology for effective and versatile instruction. This building also houses the administrative offices and the apartment of our Faculty in Residence - allowing for close interaction with and easy access to the OU professor who accompanies the students throughout the academic year.

Arezzo Program Highlights:

  • Location: Arezzo is a historic town located in the Italian region of Tuscany, and home to OU's first permanent international presence. Florence and Siena are only a short train or bus ride away. With it's amanageable size, friendly people, and many events and festivities throughout the year this beautiful town is the ideal homebase for all Sooners looking for a safe, diverse, and culturally enriching experience overseas!
  • AcademicsYou will be taking OU courses taught by OU professors at OU's campus in Arezzo.
  • CostA semester in Arezzo is comparable to one at OU. 
  • HousingExchange students will live in OUA Apartments or homestays. See below for more information on housing!                                                                                             

OU in Arezzo Spring Semester 2016 application deadline will be September 20, 2015!


Academic Calendar

OUA offers Fall, Spring, Summer, and year long programs! OUA program dates are the same as those on the OU academic calendar for the Norman Campus. Small deviations may occur to arrange for better arrival or departure times.

Academic Overview

Because OUA is the Italian Center of the University of Oklahoma, there is no need to transfer international  credits - it's like taking classes in Norman! OUA offers a wide and changing variety of OU coursework that is geared toward a general student audience and taught by OU professors. Many OUA courses are applicable towards the General Education curriculum. 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 courses can be taken on top of the on-site minimum enrollment of 12 credit hours. Your EA adviser will help you with deciding which courses are the best choice for you. 
Spring 2016 Course Listings
Professor Ola Fincke will be the faculty in residence at OUA for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Italian language & Culture
  •  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.
These courses are open to all OUA students 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 our Director of Italian Programs, Kirk Duclaux

  • BIOL 2103 Everyday Evolution (Gen-Ed Natural Science), taught by Faculty-in-Residence Dr. Fincke

  • IAS 3003 Contemporary Environmental Challenges in a Global Society (Gen-Ed Western Civ), taught by Faculty-in-Residence Dr. Fincke

OUA Internships
OUA offers students a 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 also a great opportunity to pad your resume!  

Here is a list of OUA internships offered: OUA Internship Opportunities 2015.pdf

Program Requirements

  • 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • Completion of Online Application
  • 1 Recommendation Letter 
  • Visa


Spending a semester in Arezzo is comparable in price to spending a semester on campus. The most variable costs are expenses for entertainment and weekend travels. Students can substantially reduce overall cost by controlling those two factors. Your study abroad adviser will walk you through anticipated expenses for your Arezzo study abroad experience.
Please take a look at our detailed budget:
OUA Budget Worksheet - Spring 2016


Please note: The Spring 2016 PITF Scholarship and the Spring 2016 Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Scholarship and Stuart Family Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship Applications are due on September 20, 2015.

There are a number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started!


Students will be accommodated in comfortable, centrally located OUA apartments in or near the historic center of Arezzo. The Director of Student Affairs in Italy locates and approve all prospective housing accommodations for incoming OU students. She will contact incoming students for the semester programs to inquire about housing preferences. When completing the housing questionnaire, students should consider whether they would like to live with other American students or to take the plunge in improving their Italian skills by living with Italians.

City Map

The map below shows the location of the OUA Study Center in the historic heart of Arezzo. Click on the map for a larger version on Arezzo's tourist portal.

Arezzo MAP

Get Started

Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, schedule an appointment with Bridgitte Castorino to move on to Phase 2!

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/20/2015 09/25/2015 01/01/2016 05/31/2016
Fall 2016 02/28/2016 03/04/2016 08/01/2016 12/31/2016
Academic Year 2016-2017 02/28/2016 03/04/2016 TBA TBA
Spring 2017 09/25/2016 09/30/2016 TBA TBA