THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, FACULTY OF ARTS SCHOOL IN CORTONA provides students with a unique opportunity to explore Italy while working towards their undergraduate degrees. The School in Cortona is a satellite campus of the U of A, and students from all disciplines enrol in courses that take advantage of the unique location. U of A and local professors conduct regular classroom lectures (in English) in addition to regular field trips around Italy. This means that instead of studying a textbook, students travel to see masterpieces like Michelangelo’s David. Instead of trying to learn Italian in a classroom, they learn and practice it by immersing themselves in the life of the town. Students’ lives are enriched both academically and personally from this integration of Tuscan culture and formal classroom instruction, and in the process, gain a unique perspective on a beautiful and historically significant part of Italy.

Located approximately half way between Florence and Rome, Cortona is a traditional hill town. Medieval and renaissance homes are nestled on a hill top over looking the breathtaking landscape of Tuscany. Classes are conducted in the St. Agostino building, a former convent and church complex built in the 13th century. The beauty of the surroundings, plus a generally mild climate, offer students an unforgettable experience. Consequently, the School in Cortona attracts students in all degree programs from universities across Canada and around the world. Do you want to learn more about the program?

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