Music Study Away Furman University

Music in Italy

Each Fall semester for the past 13 years the Accademia dell’Arte, in partnership with Furman University, has offered a fully accredited, intensive, conservatory-style music program, “Music in Italy.” In addition to the Italian language component offered at the Accademia, students study applied music (voice, instrumental, or keyboard) in individual weekly lessons and coaching sessions with Italian music teachers. Furman faculty members teach a music history course (17th through 19th century Western Music), a basic conducting class, and an interdisciplinary, experiential course, “Italian Arts and Culture.” A highlight of that course is a four-day series of excursions and lectures led by Kirk Duclaux, Director of Italian programs for Oklahoma University, that reveal the richness of Tuscany’s stunning array of visual art and architecture. Students also collaborate in several “Movement for Musicians” sessions taught by Accademia dell’Arte faculty, which allow them to spend calss time together with the Accademia’s theatre students. Students also take part in performances of chamber music and solo recitals both at the Accademia and in local venues, including the historically significant “Casa del Petrarca.” Regular concert attendance in Florence, overnight excursions to Rome and Venice, along with independent travel opportunities during a week-long fall break, provide students with ample opportunity to experience the cultural life of Western Europe. Our program is open to juniors and seniors in all music degree programs and to non-majors with significant musical backgrounds.


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View Foreign Study Application. The faculty selection committee will hold interviews in late November to choose applicants, and participants will be informed about their status in December.  

Explore Arezzo

Arezzo is a small city in southeastern Tuscany, located between Florence and Sienna. It is surrounded by picturesque hills that boast centuries-old vineyards and olive groves. Arezzo has a well-preserved medieval walled center and many beautiful churches and other buildings that date back to the 12th century. Located on Italy's main rail line, Arezzo is less than an hour from Florence, and less than two hours from Rome. Multiple-day field trips to Rome and Venice are included in the program.

There will also be opportunities for students to travel on their own in small groups. Course-related trips will be made to Florence, Venice, Rome, Sienna, Assisi, and other towns in Tuscany.

Our accommodations

Classes, lessons and accommodations are at the Accademia dell'Arte which makes its home in the beautiful Villa Godiola. This building is a 16th-century former bishop's palace surrounded by grape vines and olive groves overlooking Arezzo. The recently renovated rooms are bright, airy, dormitory style accommodations, each with two single beds and a private bathroom. Meals are provided in the academy's dining room, Monday through Friday.

There are opportunities to perform in several different settings both at the Accademia dell'Arte and further afield. Venues include theaters and churches in Arezzo and Florence, and the Lyceo Musicale in Arezzo.

Our costs

Like all semester-long study away programs at Furman, our program is available for the same cost as a semester of on-campus study. The program fee includes the cost of travel from Greenville to Arezzo, tuition including applied lessons, accommodation, meals Monday through Friday, and course-related travel within Italy. Not included in the program fee are books and music, other individual travel, weekend meals, and other expenses such as gifts, phone calls, entertainment, or gelato.

Furman scholarships and financial aid can be applied towards the costs of the program. Furman provides some additional grants and interest-free loans to students who are enrolling in study away programs. More information is available through Furman's office of financial aid.

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Have a question about the program, or our accommodations in Italy? Contact Dr. Mark Britt mark.britt@furman.edu

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