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OU in Arezzo
Arezzo, Italy
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Language of Instruction: English, Italian Program Type: OU in Arezzo
Housing Type: Apartments, Host Family Minimum GPA: 2.5
 Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Italian Study Abroad Adviser: Kristian Savic
 University Name:
University of Oklahoma
 Language Category:
Language Category B
Program Description:
  OU in Arezzo

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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 genuine 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, study in the library, 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 an academic year.

Arezzo Program Highlights:

  • Location: Arezzo, a small town located in Italy's region of Tuscany, has a population of around 100,000. It is about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Florence, set atop a steep hill rising above the Arno Rive. This beautiful town is culturally rich and holds many events and festivities throughout the year. 
  • 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. See below for more information on housing!                                                                                             

OU in Arezzo Fall Semester application deadline will be March 14th, 2014!

(All other Education Abroad program applications for Fall 2014 are still due February 21st, 2014).


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. 
 
Fall 2014 Course Listings
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

  • P SC 3643 Democracies and Democratization: A Comparative Inquiry (fall only), taught by Kenney

  • P SC 3473 The Republican Tradition (fall and spring), taught by Kenney

  • P SC 3600 Machiavelli's Modern Princes: From Mussolini to Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo (spring only), taught by Kenney

  • IAS 3000 Italy at the Crossroads: Immigrant Experiences in Italy, taught by Marchand


Professors Charles Kenney and Cari Marchand will be the faculty in residence at OUA for the 2014-2015 academic year.


OUA Internships
OUA offers students a unique opportunity to apply for credit-bearing or not-for-credit 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 College. 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 offeredInternships 2013 Fall .pdf
 

Program Requirements

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

Costs

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 Sheet 2015.pdf
 

Scholarships

Please note: the PITF Scholarship application is still due on February 21st, 2014, but the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Stuart Family Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships are now due on March 14th, 2014.

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

Housing 

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.

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 Kristian Savic to move on to Phase 2!
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 03/14/2014 
03/28/2014 08/18/2014 05/08/2015
Fall 2014 03/14/2014 
03/28/2014 08/18/2014 12/12/2014
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 09/26/2014 01/12/2015 05/08/2015

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