Arizona in Orvieto

Arizona in Orvieto
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
SummerFebruary 25Late MayLate June
FallApril 25Late AugEarly Dec
SpringOctober 25Late JanLate Apr
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.75
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Italian
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment, Homestay
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Arizona in Orvieto is one of the most popular study abroad programs, taught by UA faculty in the beautiful, quaint town of Orvieto, located just one hour from Rome. Students may enrich their studies in a variety of courses including: Classics, Italian, Art, Art History, Communication, Psychology, Journalism, English, Music, and Architecture.


During the semester, courses are offered in Classics, Communication, Archaeology, Psychology, Art History, and Italian. In the summer, the following subjects are also offered: Studio Art, Photojournalism, Information Resources, eSociety, and English. Courses from other UA departments are occasionally added.  Please see the Arizona in Orvieto website for the most current course listings.

The Arizona in Italy program is one of the few programs in Italy which enables Classics and Archaeology students to focus on classical studies, Roman and Etruscan archaeology and art, and archaeological excavations. Students participate in numerous field trips and museum visits throughout the semester and term which include visits to sites such as Tarquinia, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Assisi, and Siena to name a few.

Please note: Semester students can take up to 13 units (3-4 courses) and summer students can take up to 6 units (2 courses).

Arizona in Italy is sponsored by the Comune of Orvieto (Enrico Pietrangeli, Assessore alla Cultura), and the Fondazione Centro Studi Città di Orvieto (Stefano Talamoni, Director). The Faculty Director is Dr. David Soren, Regents Professor, Department of Classics, University of Arizona, Tucson. Professor in residence is Dr. Claudio Bizzarri and the Administrative Coordinator is Dr. Alba Frascarelli.

The curriculum is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students from all majors are welcome to attend. Classes are direct UA credit and can satisfy the foreign language requirement as well as Tier II general education credits.

Travel Grants

Additional need-based & merit-based funding is available to students enrolled in Arizona in Orvieto (Italy) during Summer 2019 AND enrolled in at least one course with faculty in the Department of Religious Studies and Classics. To be considered for this additional funding, please see the courses listed at or and indicate in your application which of these courses you plan to take while in Italy. A limited number of awards are available ranging from $500-$1,000.

In addition to classroom courses, students will participate in several field-trips, including a three-day excursion to the Paestum, Pompeii, and the Vesuvio area. Other trips include full-day visits to Tarquinia and Cerveteri (two of the most important Etruscan towns, Tarquinia being especially famous for the painted tombs); Rome, Chianciano and the Chiusi Region; Tivoli (where we will visit Hadrian’s Villa, the astonishing architectural project of the Emperor Hadrian, and Villa d’Este); Perugia and Todi (two of the most beautiful Umbrian hill towns, with Etruscan, Roman, Medieval remains).

Faculty: Dr. Soren, a University of Arizona Regents Professor of Classics and Anthropology, is a renowned Classical archaeologist and the founder and director of the Arizona in Italy program. He founded the program in 2002, with partners Dr. Alba Frascarelli and Dr. Claudio Bizzarri, Italian experts in Etruscan and Roman archeology. Classes are taught by both UA and local Italian instructors.


Considered by many travelers to be one of the world's most beautiful towns, Orvieto combines Italian small town friendliness and atmosphere with the beauty of the Umbrian countryside. It is also one of the great centers for Italian art and archaeology. Students can travel by train to Rome in one hour, and Florence in two hours.

Students Surrounded by treasures from the Etruscan period, Gothic era, the Renaissance and the 19th century, the student has the entire town as a living classroom. Four major museums flank the medieval cathedral, containing some of the finest examples of Orvietan art from the Neolithic Period to the present day.

The Study Center is located in the XVI c. Simoncelli palace in piazza del Popolo, newly restored with a section regarding the Museo della Ceramica. There are several fully furnished classrooms, each with space for 20 to 35 students, and a computer lab with high speed internet access.

The beautiful three story building is located on the opposite side of the square in respect to the imposing medieval Palazzo del Popolo, now a meeting center that can seat 400 people. Each Thursday and Saturday, in the morning, the square fills up with the open-air market stands.


Students live in nice, fully furnished apartments, all located in the historical district in Orvieto and within walking distance from the school. Generally, an apartment with two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and living room, is shared by four students (no co-ed housing). Housing costs are included in the program fee, and they will also cover all expenses (water, gas, electricity bills), sheets and towels (changed once a week), and a weekly cleaning of the apartment. In most cases, students will be able to use a washing machine for about 2,50 Euros. A refundable deposit of Euro 100 will be requested upon arrival.

There is also a homestay option for students interested in living with an Italian family. Please indicate this on your application.

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