January 13, 2015
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Next year, Saint Anselm College students may live, learn, and travel with fellow students and faculty in Orvieto, Italy, through a pilot study abroad program: A Semester in Orvieto.
"It's an exciting prospect, which will allow our students to experience the richness of Italy's culture, past and present," says David George, Classics department chair, professor.
The semester-long program is available to sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in a unique journey abroad with their very own Saint Anselm community. The Faculty Senate approved the pilot program to begin spring 2016.
"This is an excellent opportunity for a new kind of academic program, where Saint Anselm College faculty and students can participate together in an educational experience abroad," says Bro. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B., vice president for academic affairs. "Orvieto, Italy is an ideal site, that highlights key aspects of the college's overall mission."
Situated on a hilltop, Orvieto overlooks the valleys of southwestern Umbria and is one hour from Rome and one and half hours from Florence by train. The historic city is close to key locales associated historically and presently with the liberal arts, with the Benedictines, and with the Roman Catholic Church.
Orvieto is also the location of the college's current archaeological excavations through the Classics Department. There, a group of students and alumni under the supervision of Professor George, are excavating a 6th century BCE pyramidal structure underneath Orvieto, as well as an Etrusco-Roman sanctuary in the nearby city of Castel Viscardo. Learn more about the annual dig.
Just as at the college's New Hampshire campus, students will take four courses (all in English). Courses will cover topics ranging from classics, history, art and architecture, to Italian culture, politics, and theology and will integrate local culture and landmarks through academic excursions. All students will be required to take a core course that includes travel to various Italian cities and towns including Rome, Florence, and Assisi.
Student housing in the historic district of Orvieto is provided.
Applications are due October 1, 2015. For application requirements and program details, visit the Semester in Orvieto, Italy webpage.