All students live together in a European collegial style at the Residence di SantíAngelo, a gorgeous 15th century convent in the medieval section of Spoleto. The convent has been beautifully renovated with modern conveniences and has spacious courtyards and colorful gardens. It is only a short walk from the residence to classes, the main piazzas of town and the restaurants where meals are served.
Students are supervised by faculty, staff and resident advisors who live at the convent with the students. Classes take place in beautiful buildings throughout the historic medieval section of town with abundant, luminous spaces for visual art, voice and dance classes.
Italy is known for its cuisine and the province of Umbria lives up to even the highest expectations. A simple continental breakfast is served at the convent and consists of coffee, juice, fruit, breads and spreads. Lunch and dinner are served in a wonderful 4-star family-run restaurant in town with menus showcasing the local Umbrian cuisine. The students, staff, and faculty dine together and meals are always an eagerly anticipated part of the day where the students can experience the inspired fresh local cuisine and have a chance to relax and enjoy each others’ company.
Classes are scheduled four days a week and follow a typical Italian pace of life. In addition to discipline-specific classes and lessons, all students will take Basic Italian, Arts & Humanities, and Arts & Ideas classes, which are interdisciplinary units of study using the town of Spoleto as the text book to introduce the rich history and arts all throughout the medieval town.
See the sample schedule included below:
8:00am Breakfast at the Convent
9:00am-12:00pm Town as Text Class Time (Italian, Arts & Humanities, Arts & Ideas)
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Discipline Study
2:30pm-5:00pm Free time/Applied Lessons
5:00pm - 8:00pm Discipline Studio Workshops and Rehearsals
Students are given a fair amount of free time to explore the town and live the life of a Spoletino. During this time, when there is enough interest, students may have the opportunity to partake in chaperoned visits to facilities for swimming, soccer, and basketball. Other recreational activities are also planned throughout the session.
Faculty members at Spoleto Study Abroad are distinguished artists and educators from colleges, universities, and secondary schools in the United States and Italy. They are chosen for their extensive knowledge and enthusiasm, their dynamic teaching methods, and their willingness and ability to work closely with students.
Spoleto Study Abroad is affiliated with a medical staff that is available to see students who require care. Students needing emergency attention are taken to the closest hospital.