The Gordon-in-Orvieto program offers a semester’s study abroad sited in the heart of one of Umbrian Italy’s best-preserved medieval hill towns, where it provides students a rich experience in the arts and culture of pre-modern Europe. Hosted by Gordon College in a newly renovated 13th century monastery in the center of the city, this program is steeped in history and designed to foster in students an attitude of responsive looking and listening for signs of new life in the traditions inhabited by artists, poets, saints and mystics of the past. Located on the main train route barely an hour from Rome in one direction and Florence in the other, Orvieto itself is a perfectly preserved gem, its residents living in the midst of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance masterpieces of art and architecture - an ideal setting for our students to immerse themselves in Western humanities.
Coursework in studio art, literature and language is taught by Christian scholars, while students practice intentional Christian community in their living arrangements. All courses offered in the program are directly transferable, and nearly all directly applicable to Art & Design majors. All students take an introductory course that uses drawing to introduce the themes of the entire program. Students then select three among a set of courses offered in the visual arts and humanities. We take every opportunity to create connections among these courses, perhaps working towards a common collaborative project. In addition, students with no background in the Italian language will be expected to take a 2-credit tutorial-based course in Italian Language Studies. 18 credits-total for the semester.
Courses occur in a month-long intensive format, typically following the pattern of three-hour class sessions from Monday through Thursday mornings. The three-day weekends are generally available for personal travel, unless course-related excursions are planned. (Program costs typically include excursions to Florence, Rome, Siena, Arezzo and Assisi. Other excursions are arranged in relation to the needs of particular courses.)
The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus application
• Gordon in Orvieto application. An application fee must accompany your application.
* The Gordon in Orvieto application application should only be completed after being informed from the Director of Study Abroad that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.
Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply. There is no language proficiency required for admission.
Because students remain enrolled at George Fox University while participating with Gordon, academic credit is awarded by George Fox. Students will typically take 16 credit hours. Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings, complete an online course evaluation, and attend a re-entry meeting upon their return. Students must see the transfer credit specialist in the Registrars office BEFORE they begin their semester off-campus.
Students will live together in a convent.
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees (an additional fee is required to attend some programs). Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Round trip airfare in excess of $1000 is additional.
Center for for Study Abroad