EARN COLLEGE CREDITS - STUDY ABROAD IN ITALY
In the past years La Meridiana has collaborated with East Carolina University of Greenville, North Carolina, which offers two different opportunities to gain college-level credit while studying hands-on art programmes and travelling in Italy. Linda Darty , artist and educator at ECU is the director of the programmes. To apply to the semester or summer study abroad program that ECU and La Meridiana offer, please contact Linda Darty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about the program here:
ITALY INTENSIVES - Semester long programme
This is a semester long study abroad programme with a curriculum of concentrated sessions in ceramics, jewelry and enameling, book arts, photography, painting, drawing, art history intercultural communication and italian. It’s a full load of Italian art history, art making and culture. Field trips to Rome, Venice, Florence and Siena are included and European destinations like Prague, Paris, London, Berlin can easily be planned on the free weekends. It includes a spring/fall break trip to fascinating southern Italy, with the visit of Pompeii.
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ITALY INTENSIVES – Summer program
This three week programme includes classes in art, theatre, music and intercultural communication. Travel to Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence and Venice and while in Tuscany, take day trips to San Gimignano, Sienna, Pisa, tour the Chianti countryside, and visit local artists and artisans. Most importantly, you will see all the great works of art that you have admired in art history books. Earn three to six credits. For detailed information and application visit
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Professor Linda Darty tells of her own experience:
As a sophomore in college, I stepped onto an airplane for the first time and traveled to Italy on a Study Abroad Program. A 21 year old looking for meaning in my life, I knew
I wanted to be alone, immersed in another culture, in a place I knew little about. Every day in Florence, I walked the meandering, narrow, stone streets to school, stopping in cathedrals, watching artisans in their shops, inspired by everything around me. I have a vivid memory of learning to draw from looking at sculptures and paintings, but it wasn’t just the artwork... it was everything about this culture that inspired me: the way the shops closed after lunch so people could linger over long meals together, the evenings wandering in the piazzas when everything came to life and the streets filled with music and people, the reverence for beauty and detail everywhere and in everything. I departed the U.S. a psychology major, and returned determined to study art. 35 years later I am now escorting my own students to Italy! Directing this program is the most joyful thing I’ve done in my teaching career, and it may also be the most important! Going to college is a great adventure in itself, but punctuating that adventure with the memory of a study abroad experience is invaluable.