International Education

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2889

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843

For more information, contact:

Donna Voronovich
Galina Tirnanic

Summer in Volterra, Italy

Get immersed in Tuscan culture and traditions during a six-week academic program in a beautiful medieval city of Volterra in Italy. Courses in art history, Italian language, and alabaster sculpture combine to offer students an intensive educational and cultural experience, which may be applied to a wide variety of interests and majors. For more information, check out the Volterra Travel Guide.

The next study abroad to Volterra is scheduled for SUMMER 2020 June 14 - July 28.

Where You
Will Be

The Volterra International Residential College is a beautiful, newly renovated facility specifically designed for academic use. The building is located within the medieval city walls of Volterra, only a short walk from the Piazza dei Priori, the city center. The first two floors house classrooms and common spaces, and the top floors contain the resident faculty apartments and dormitories for up to 21 students. All guest rooms of the Volterra International Residential College enjoy magnificent views of the city and of the surrounding countryside.

What You
Will Do
and learn
What you will do
In addition to daily course work and local explorations, there will be mandatory organized excursions to  such as Rome, Florence, and  Siena, as well as optional excursions to Venice and Pompeii. You may plan your own weekend trips as well. Popular short trips include Pisa and Cinque Terre.


What you will learn
Students may chose one of the following courses in art history, taught in English by OU faculty:
  • Art History 3910:  Study Abroad in Art History: Visual Cultures of the Italian Peninsula (4 credits) OR
  • Art 3911  Study Abroad in Studio Art (4 credits)

Students may additionally enroll in following workshops taught by local instructors (for an additional fee):

  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Alabaster Sculpture
What to

A complete suggested packing list will be provided, but a sample of the items includes:

  • Attire: comfortable walking shoes, summer clothes, jacket for unexpectedly cold and rainy days, bathing suit, hat
  • Electronics: laptop, camera, chargers, voltage converter/adapter
  • Personal items: toiletries, sunscreen, medicine (Bed linens, towels and kitchen utensils will be provided)


Preference will be given to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, but students with lower GPAs will also be considered with permission of the instructor.

Program dates: June 14 - July 28, 2020
Application deadline: March 15, 2020

Application OPENS November 15, 2020.

You must have a valid passport with expiration not sooner than six months after return to the United States.

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Summer in Volterra, Italy
June 14-July 28, 2020
Number of Credits4 (Tuition not included in program cost)
Program Cost$3100
Application deposit$200 (Refundable damage deposit included in program cost)
Meals not included$1,000 (All meals not included)
Books and suppliesN/A
Extra costs$1,000 Passport, personal incidentals