First Italy Program Students Depart August 24

Meredith College is launching its first faculty-led, Meredith-sponsored semester long study abroad program in Sansepolcro, Italy this fall.

A group of nine students who will be the first participants will depart for Italy on Monday, August 24. The program ends in early December.

The first students to study in Meredith’s semester program in Sansepolcro are:
•Amanda Bitler, senior, of Raleigh, N.C.;
•Gianna Tieri, of Chapel Hill, N.C.;
•Vi Judy Hoang, sophomore, of Raleigh, N.C.;
•Hannah Massey, sophomore, of Laurinburg, N.C.;
•Lauren Moore, junior, of Nashville, Tenn.;
•Lisa Short, senior, of Fayetteville, N.C.;
•Chelsea Stith, junior, of Pittsboro, N.C.;
•Samantha Tyson, junior, of Raleigh, N.C.; and
•Jennifer Wilson, sophomore, of Cherokee, N.C.

While abroad, students studying in the Sansepolcro program will write journals for Meredith’s web site. Click here to view the journals.

Meredith College has had a summer study abroad program in Sansepolcro, Italy, for more than 15 years. Now, the College is putting down roots by expanding the Sansepolcro program to include a semester abroad option.

“In deciding to establish our own location abroad, we are making a very strong statement about the importance we place on international experience for our students,” said Director of International Programs Betty Webb. “In deciding to offer a semester abroad for the same cost as a semester in Raleigh, we are making this important experience available to all Meredith students.”

The College is leasing The Palazzo Alberti, a 16th-century palazzo as the site for Meredith-sponsored study abroad programs. In this picturesque location, students will complete a language intensive program that provides a year’s worth of Italian study in one semester.

Another required course, Italy Today, focuses on contemporary Italian society, including politics, education and religion. It also includes a service learning component.

Students will also have the option of completing electives in art history, the natural history of Italy and a course focusing on the Jewish-Italian experience during World War II.

“Living and learning for an entire semester in Sansepolcro, a warm and welcoming Tuscan town with few American visitors, will enable our students to begin the process of acquiring the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for global citizenship,” said Webb.

The new Sansepolcro program was begun in support of a goal in Meredith’s Vision 2010 strategic plan to increase study abroad participation. The percentage of students studying abroad from each graduating class has increased from 11 percent in 2001 to 31 percent in 2009.

Date Submitted: 2009-08-21

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