Italy, Orvieto

Program Overview
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.)

Program Fees
Students pay their regular George Fox tuition and room and aboard and continue to receive all of their financial aid.  Due to the high cost of some programs an additional fee may be charged.  The student is responsible for round trip airfare.  There also may be an additional charge for a visa. The fee does include emergency travel insurance.

The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus 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.
Gordon in Orvieto application. An application fee must accompany your application.

Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to apply.

Students will live together in a convent.

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