The Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Session is a collaborative community of artists and scholars gathered to explore the rich cultural heritage of central Italy while fostering individual artistic, intellectual, and personal growth.
The program provides students an opportunity for an in-depth immersion in an area of artistic interest.
The Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Session takes place in Spoleto, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in central Italy. Students aged 15-19 who are interested in vocal music, instrumental music, visual arts, photography, drama, filmmaking, and creative writing are offered a challenging and innovative experience. Students will experience a diverse and vibrant culture in the company of motivated peers and faculty.
Courses of Study
The Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Session offers students a focused immersion into an area of specific artistic interest and the study of ideas and cultures. Students explore the philosophical and conceptual ideas developed during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Italian history and literature, as well as contemporary culture and society.
Mornings are filled with structured courses and workshops. All students are enrolled in Arts & Ideas and Italian. The remaining two classes are selected to complement the student’s area of specialty. Examples of these courses are: Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture, History of Italian Opera, Photography, Drama workshop, and Visual Arts Workshop. These classes are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
During the afternoon, students focus on their area of specialty. These areas include vocal music, instrumental music, visual arts, photography, drama, film-making, and creative writing. This time is spent in the studio, in a seminar, on-site outdoors, or a rehearsal. Excursions to historically and artistically rich cities such as Siena, Florence, Urbino, Assisi, and Orvieto are scheduled twice-weekly. These excursions reinforce the material covered in the classroom and offer the students an opportunity to experience the rich history, art and culture of Italy first-hand.
Facilities and Accommodations
All students live together in a European collegial style at the Residence di SantíAngelo, a gorgeous fifteenth 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.
"Spoleto Study Abroad has most definitely been the greatest experience of my life."- Abigail Spratt, Ashley Hall - October 10, 2010
"The daytrips to local towns were perfect. The Wednesday/Saturday travel schedule offers the perfect mix of both classes and adventure. Lorenzo Muti's history lessons were wonderful!"- Katie Hood, Hammond School - September 15, 2010
"Spoleto Study Abroad has opened multiple doors for me. I am now more educated, cultured, and out-going than I have ever been! The weeks spent here have enriched my views on life, and left a permanent mark on me. One thing is for sure: saying arrivederci was not easy."- -Ashley Crawford , San Domenico High School - September 12, 2011
"After my experience when the program ends, it will continue to affect my life. I'll stop to recall the moments of self-realization and amazement I felt in Spoleto. I'll continue to nurture my modes of thinking, seeing, and savoring for years to come."- -Taylor Chin, Detroit Country Day School - September 29, 2011
"I've been taking voice lessons for over eight years now. I can't begin to count the number of music teachers and directors I have known over the years. And in this short time, I have noticed a substantial improvement. Not only with my voice, but dramatically, I feel more comfortable with being myself when trying to portray a character. Over the years, I have attended several camps. Nothing has affected me the way Spoleto Study Abroad has. I feel I have made life-long friends, grown in areas of music, drama, philosophy, and maturity. I also have been immersed in a totally different culture than I am used to."- Christina Solazzo, Tarpon Springs HS - November 12, 2012
"In Spoleto, old is glorified, restored and loved. This attitude makes me think that Spoleto is a paradise. Yet the town is not even the best thing about this trip. The classes, the professors, and my friends have a three-way tie for that place."- Alice Janssens (American Academy of Dubai) - September 30, 2011
"The Spoleto Study Abroad trip was a great experience for me. I was taken back, in a good way, by the slow paced lifestyle of the little town of Spoleto. I enjoyed getting to know the locals and experiencing the italian culture with new friends. Overall what I gained from the trip was a new sense of independence and confidence in who I am and who I want to be. "- Christina Werk, Ashley Hall School - September 25, 2013
"I've loved my experience in Spoeto so much; the unique culture, the beautiful scenery, the friendly atmosphere, and most importantly, the teachers. I've attended a lot of art programs, but I've never encountered a more solid and amazing faculty before. Every class is fun, different, and refreshing."- Tara Morrow, Interlochen Arts Academy - December 10, 2009
The setting of the immersion trip is ideal. Literally, like walking into a postcard. My vocal talent grew tremendously- working and performing weekly in that environment. Also, traveling to other towns/cities was a highlight. We learned so much about art history, religion, philosophy, and beauty. I kept my writing and reading assignments after the trip. I have a memory box for all of it. The experience is truly unique, and gives one a whole new perspective on life and world cultures.- Danielle Feerst, Ashley Hall School - February 2, 2012