Spring at the Office of International Programs (OIP) is a time when many students are preparing for summer and fall study abroad programs. However, other Meredith students have just returned from Meredith’s Italian home in Sansepolcro, Italy, after a spring break study abroad adventure.
“Intersections: Math, Art, and Italy,” taught by Professor Emerita Rebecca Bailey, Director of General Education and Associate Professor of Mathematics Tim Hendrix, and Professor Julie Kolb from the Mathematics faculty, is the first spring break program the OIP has offered. This innovative program offered students the opportunity to take a class during the spring semester and then travel to Italy for 10 days over spring break with their professors to continue their learning outside the classroom.
The new spring break in Italy programs are designed to help students who may be too busy to study abroad in the summer or fall because of internships, extracurriculars, or coursework participate in a study abroad experience while at Meredith. While this program combined math and art, future spring break programs will focus on other disciplines and majors, allowing more students to study abroad in a way that works for them.
In this year’s spring break in Italy program, students learned how math and art are connected by studying how artists and mathematicians like Piero della Francesca, a Sansepolcro native, made advancements in both fields. Because of Italy’s rich historical background in pioneering concepts like mathematics and art, professors were able to lead students on excursions to museums and historical sites in cities like Florence, Rome, and Deruta.
The 2024 Italy spring break program will focus on intercultural leadership and will be open to all Meredith students. Students interested in next year’s spring break in Italy program will need to apply by October 16, 2023. Applications, course details, and other information will be released at the fall Study Abroad Fair at the end of September. Students and families can look for more information about the Study Abroad Fair come the fall semester.
The Office of International Programs can be found online at our website or reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 919-760-2307, or via social media on Facebook (@MeredithCollegeOIP) or Instagram (@MCGoGlobal).