Italian Language, Art, Culture and Community-Based Learning in Orvieto

  • Program Dates: The program will be offered in 2018
  • Application Deadline: 
  • Apply online

Orvieto, located in the Umbria region known as the “Green Heart of Italy,” is recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful towns with its breathtaking panoramas, hills, vineyards, olive trees and medieval towers. Halfway between Rome and Florence, it is the perfect site to learn Italian, and Italian history and culture. You will learn/improve your Italian language skills as well as participate in cooking classes, art workshops, fashion seminars and community-based learning experiences with local volunteer organizations. Classes will be held at the renowned Study Abroad Programs in Italy School.

Course Selection

Credits earned will apply towards a Drew degree and can be used for the Foreign Language and General Education requirements, the Italian minor and special major. You will take a total of 8 credit-hours: the appropriate Italian language course and the Italian Culture/Community-Based Learning course.

Language Course

You will register for one of the 4 credit language classes at the appropriate level. This will be determined by a placement test given at the beginning of the program in Orvieto.

  • ITAL 181
Fundamentals of Oral and Written Italian I in Italy
  • ITAL 182
Fundamentals of Oral and Written Italian II in Italy
  • ITAL 281
Intermediate Italian in Italy
  • ITAL 380
Intermediate-Advanced Italian Language and Culture

Culture/Community-Based Learning Course

The following 4-credit course will allow you to explore Italian history and culture through three of the major areas for which Italy is famous in the world: Arts, Fashion, and Food. Activities will include cooking classes, art workshops, fashion seminars, projects, cultural excursions and exchanges with native speakers, singing and a talent show. There will also be a Community-Based Learning component that will give students the possibility to interact with local volunteer organizations in order to increase their civic, cultural and linguistic understanding while contributing to the mission of the organizations. Taught in Italian and English. Fulfills the following General Education requirements: Breadth/Humanities, Breadth/Interdisciplinary, Civic Engagement, Diversity International, Off Campus Experience

  • ITAL 385
Italy 360: Arts, Fashion, Food and Community-Based   Learning

Program Director

Dr. Emanuele Occhipinti, Associate Professor of Italian and Chair of the French and Italian Department, will supervise and coordinate all educational (teaching, syllabi, tests and final grades) and extracurricular activities, such as field trips, museum tours, and the weekend in Florence. He will always be available on site to ensure students’ general welfare.

Program Cost


8 credits  of tuition (one language class and one culture/community-based learning class)

  • Family home stays (breakfast daily and 3 weekly dinners plus 6 dinners at restaurants: 4 in Orvieto and 2 in Florence)
  • Airport pick-up, Rome to Orvieto
  • Excursions to Cascata delle Marmore and Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzio, Perugina chocolate factory
  • Weekend in Florence (includes train, hotel and half board)
  • Museums and other entrances fees
  • Two cooking classes and a chocolate making class
  • All cultural activities and a ceramic art workshop (majolica decoration), “made in Italy” activities, Orvieto underground, film showings.

Airfare, lunches and 3 dinners per week, grammar book, incidentals and personal expenses are not included. *Students can also do extra activities for a small fee, based on interest and number of requests: Visit to an olive oil mill and oil tasting, wine tasting, singing lessons, leather workshop.


A completed application including an on-line faculty recommendation is required. You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing from the time of application until the end of the program. For additional information contact Professor Occhipinti

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All applicants are automatically considered for either a need or merit-based scholarship just by submitting an application. There is no other form that they need to complete. The scholarships range from $600 to $1000.

The Coccia Foundation offers $2000 every year to a very involved student in the Italian club, who participates in the Summer Program in Orvieto.

Semester in Italy

Students interested in spending a semester in Italy should select, with the help of the Department, one of the programs approved for the  Study-Abroad List.