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A special exchange program enables Hollins students to enroll for one semester at several universities in Italy through the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad. You may enroll in the Umbra Institute in Perugia, or the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in either Florence or Rome, or Syracuse, Sicily. Each of these programs is located in the center of historically and architecturally rich cities. Additionally, all students must take one Italian language and culture course as part of this study abroad experience. While on this program, students have the opportunity to live independently in student apartments provided by Arcadia. This housing is guaranteed with admission to the program. All of the aforementioned programs are open to juniors with a GPA of at least 3.0.



The program in Florence is intended primarily for students of art and design with courses available in fashion, fine arts, graphic design, and textiles. Students will enroll in courses at the Accademia Italiana Florence.



The Umbra Institute in Perugia has a broad offering in standard liberal arts disciplines as well as courses in business, psychology, and fine arts. However, students may also elect to enroll in an honors, independent research, or food studies track to explore more specific topics, in a variety of areas. Courses are in English, but Intensive Italian (semester and summer) and an Archaeology Field School (summer) are also offered.



If you are an international business major, you may be interested in the new business concentration at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome. This program offers an engineering concentration. As with the other programs, all courses are taught in English with the exception of the Italian language courses. In Rome you may also select from courses in classics, history and fine arts, to name a few.



Located on the island of Sicily, this program actively engages the incredible history and environment of the region. This program is based out of the Mediterranean Center for the Arts and Sciences. Courses and programming in Sicily are focused on five main subject areas, including: Classical Studies, Environmental Studies, History, and Political Science.


Greece and Italy: Classical Studies

Hollins students interested in classical studies are encouraged to participate in the Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Balkan, and Mediterranean Studies and Research, the program of the College Year in Athens or the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. These programs are planned specifically for students majoring in the Classics. As such, these programs are more focused and rigorous than some other study abroad programs, and offer an incredible opportunity to make tremendous strides in your studies while studying and engaging with a relevant part of the world. These programs are open to qualified juniors majoring in classical studies or related fields who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Balkan, and Mediterranean Studies and Research in Athens offers Hollins classical studies students the opportunity can study Greek language, history, and culture. Students on this program take modern Greek language and a unique course called "Greek Key: Cultural Landscape," in which they use field research techniques to examine and begin to understand some of the complexities of contemporary Greek society. Other courses are chosen from among archaeology, ancient Greek literature, art, history, philosophy, ancient Greek and Latin, Byzantine studies, and modern Greek studies. Many courses include field trips in and around Athens. Participants live in apartments with other students in the program and Hollins provides a stipend for meals.

College Year in Athens focuses on Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean from ancient times to the present. Classes are offered in archaeology, art history, classical languages, ethnography, history, literature, modern Greek, philosophy, political science, and religion. Students learn through firsthand experience with the sites, monuments, and works of art in Athens and the surrounding region. Students on the College Year in Athens live in student apartments and have their main meal each day in the program's dining room.

The Intercollegiate Center in Rome offers study in ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art. A major part of the academic work focuses on a comprehensive and integrated course called "The Ancient City," which includes frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and travel outside Rome. Students on this program live and take their meals at the center.


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