photos of Rome, Italy

Art History in Italy: May 26 - June 15, 2013

Academics I Dates I Cost I Courses I Finacial Aid I Housing I Applicaiton I Eligibility

Earn 4 Credits: ART 308


This summer program is sponsored by the CSU Department of Art and hosted by the Italart Santa Chiara Study Center, located in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, near Arezzo. Italart is an non-profit cultural association and the legal entity responsible for the administration of the study center.

Students live and study within a picturesque community of 11,000 people. Castiglion Fiorentino lies within the Apennines mountain chain. It is of Etruscan origin with subsequent Roman development. The city is in close proximity to major cultural centers - Arezzo is 12 minutes by train; Florence, one hour; Rome, two and a half hours.

The study center sits on the southeast edge of the walled city, overlooking Val di Chio. The three-story U-shaped structure surrounds a courtyard. It was rebuilt in the 1700s for the Order of St. Claire and converted into a conservatory for girls in the 1970s. Sections of the structure date back to the 1400s or earlier. Some modifications to the complex took place in the 1930s. The building underwent the first major restoration in 1988 to host American programs.

The study center includes studios, classrooms, a small theater, administrative offices, student lounge, small library, kitchen, and dining room. The meals (including Italian-style lunch and dinner) are served on weekly class days. No lunches are served on field trips or Saturday and Sunday. Dinners are served daily. Modest Santa Chiara association fee is paid separately upon arrival (not included in the program charge).

While at Santa Chiara, students have sufficient time on weekends to travel on their own or explore the areas and towns near the center. Once in the city of Castiglion Fiorentino, one truly becomes a "citizen" as well as a visitor. This daily interaction with the local citizens enhances all levels of study within the program and adds to a life long cultural enrichment that students gain from the experience of studying abroad.


Academic Program

Some classes, lectures, library research, and studio work takes place at the Santa Chiara Study Center.  Much of the coursework takes place during field trips.  The coursework is enriched by field trips to important art and architectural sites. Locations that are in close proximits include Florence, Siena, Pienza, Perugia, Orvieto, and San Gimignano to name a few. Courses offered vary according to the specialization of the CSU faculty-in-residence at Santa Chiara but have included art history, drawing, printmaking, painting, fibers, and photography.

During Summer 2013, the faculty will be Professors Pat Coronel from CSU and Chip Coronel from UNC, jointly teaching art history for CSU, UNC, and other students.  Prerequisite is instructor approval .  Assignments will be tailored to each student's level and interest. 


May 26th - June 15th, 2013

Mandatory classes held at CSU May 20-22.   Arrive independently in Castiglion Fiorentino on May 26; depart June 15 (in time to return to UNC for summer session beginning June 1st if desired).   Detailed guidance will be provided for participants to arrange well in advance to travel to Italy, perhaps on same flights or to meet in Rome airport (or elsewhere) for train ride to Castiglion Fiorentino on May 26 (flying out of Denver or elsewhere on May 25 or sooner if desired).

On the departure day, Santa Chiara provides early morning transportation to Rome airport for students who want to catch flights or proceed from there by public transport into Rome or elsewhere by train.  Students often travel independently for awhile after the program ends before returning home.  Some might immediately return to UNC to begin the second summer session.

All dates are subject to change.



The estimated cost of the trip is $4350 - $4850. This price includes UNC tuition, housing, CSU administrative fee, some meals, and excursions while in Italy.

Additional costs are estimated at $3000 for the duration of the trip. The additional expense breakdown includes:

Round trip airfare to Rome

approx. $1500

Travel to Program Site


Add'l Meals


ITALART Assoc. Fee


ITALART Damage Deposit


US Passport & Related Fees


Health Insurance


Books and Supplies


Personal Expenses




*Final costs are subject to change depending on the final numer of participants.



Students will earn 4 credits.

ART 308: Study Abroad italy

Click here for ART 308 Syllabus


Financial Aid

Summer financial aid is available to qualified UNC students enrolled in a minimum 6 credits during the summer term. This program is valued at 4 credits. The end date facilitates returning to UNC for second session of summer term (or to take a summer course elsewhere) in order to fulfill the minimum enrollment requirement for financial aid.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed at Park Hotel near Santa Chiara in shared rooms (2-4 students per room) with weekly change of bedding and towels.  Continental breakfast provided daily.  Dinners served daily at Santa Chiara.  Lunch is served Monday - Friday at Santa Chiara, but you will provide your own lunch on the frequent field trip days..



UNC students can apply to this program by contacting and turning in all foms to CIE, along with a $400 deposit.

Application deadline: February 15th

Eligibility and Availability

Students must have 24 UNC credit hours completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5, as well as be approved by Dr. Coronel. Spots are filled on a first come first serve basis.

Dr. Coronel's email:



Application deadline:

February 15th, 2013