Art History in Volterra 2020

June 14 - July 28, 2020

Immerse yourself in Tuscan culture and traditions during a six-week academic program in the beautiful medieval city of Volterra, Italy. Courses in art history, Italian language, and alabaster sculpture combine to offer students an intensive educational and cultural experience, which may be applied to a wide variety of interests and majors.

The Volterra International Residential College is a beautiful, newly renovated facility specifically designed for academic use. The building is located within the medieval city walls of Volterra, only a short walk from the Piazza dei Priori, the city center. The first two floors house classrooms and common spaces, and the top floors contain the resident faculty apartments and dormitories for up to 21 students. All guest rooms of the Volterra International Residential College enjoy magnificent views of the city and of the surrounding countryside.

In addition to daily course work and local explorations, there will be mandatory organized excursions to destinations such as Rome, Florence, and Siena, as well as optional excursions to Venice and Pompeii. You may plan your own weekend trips as well. Popular short trips include Pisa and Cinque Terre.

Students will take AH3910 Study Abroad in Art History: Visual Cultures of the Italian Peninsula (4 credits), taught by OU Professor Donna Voronovich.

The total of $1,050 paid on Marketplace includes excursions, cultural enrichment and academic activities, museum tickets and ground transportation in Italy. Students will pay $2,000 by personal check to the Detroit Volterra Foundation for accommodation in Volterra. This $2,000 payment by check is due March 10, 2020, and is to be made out to University of Detroit Mercy. Please contact Professor Voronovich for arrangements. Students are also responsible for purchasing their own airfare to Italy (the closest international airport to Volterra is Florence).

Deposit (non-refundable)(Due by February 10, 2020) $350
First Installment (Due Date March 30, 2020) $700
Total $1,050

Refund Policy: All payments are non-refundable except in case of emergency or program cancellation. Requests for refunds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, see the Art History in Volterra website or contact Professor Voronovich at