Study Abroad Opportunity in Siena, Italy Opens Up for MGA Students

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:00 AM
Category: Pressroom

Macon, GA

Through a new partnership with Armstrong State University in Savannah, Middle Georgia State University students will be able to study abroad in Siena, Italy, as early as spring semester 2018.

The 12-week study abroad option is made possible through Armstrong's formal agreement with Dante Alighieri Institute in Siena. Qualified students would live on the Dante Alighieri campus for 12 weeks, taking courses and immersing themselves in Italian culture. Armstrong, which will be renamed Georgia Southern University after an upcoming merger, is able to offer the program to students at some other University System of Georgia schools, including Middle Georgia State (MGA), through a consortium.   

"This represents a unique opportunity for our students," said Dr. Laura Thomason, MGA's director of International Programs. "Unlike some other semester-long study abroad programs, this one does not require the transfer of credits from a foreign institution or foreign language experience."

Luca Bonomi, director of Dante Alighieri Institute, will visit Middle Georgia State's Macon Campus on Monday, Oct. 9, to talk to students interested in the study abroad opportunity. The session will take place at 11 a.m. in the Writing Center in the Teacher Education Building.

Students can choose from courses including Elementary Italian Language and Culture I and II, Art Appreciation, and Selected Topics: Using the City as a Textbook: The Territory, People, and Culture of Siena.

Here is a Lonely Planet travel guide description of Siena:

"Siena is a city where the architecture soars, as do the souls of many of its visitors. Effectively a giant, open-air museum celebrating the Gothic, Siena has spiritual and secular monuments that have retained both their medieval forms and their extraordinary art collections, providing the visitor with plenty to marvel at. The city's historic contrade (districts) are marvelous too, being as close-knit and colourful today as they were in the 17th century, when their world-famous horse race, the Palio, was inaugurated. And within each contrada lie vibrant streets populated with artisanal boutiques, sweet-smelling pasticcerie (pastry shops) and tempting restaurants. It's a feast for the senses and an essential stop on every Tuscan itinerary."

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