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GATE / International Programs

International Location 2015 - Italy

The boot-shaped peninsula of Italy is located in Southern Europe.  Italy has many historical layers: classical, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and modern; it is precisely this richness of history that provides the perfect study abroad opportunity for GATE students.  In Italy, students have the ability to study the Italian government, the media and film, literature, fashion, art history, political science, and history.  Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to examine some of the most important art and architectural monuments in the world.  Sicily, in particular, offers students the experience of seeing a crossroads of cultural translation between Africa and Europe.  It also offers the opportunity to debunk stereotypes and turn a critical lens to our perception of what Italy is.  By studying and living among these monuments within a rigorous academic course, the students will become familiar with the historical, political, social, intellectual and religious climate of Italy.  Not only will the students gain knowledge, but the experience of being in Italy—walking, eating, shopping, and observing Italian life—will provide an unforgettable opportunity for the participants.

Here are just a few of the sites that we plan to explore while in Italy:

  • The Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's
  • The Colosseum
  • Michelangelo's David
  • San Francesco in Assisi
  • Mount Etna
  • Pompeii and Paestum
  • Agrigento and Segesta.

GATE students beginning coursework in the fall 2013 will travel to Italy for an extraordinary five-week study abroad experience the summer after their sophomore year (2015). GATE students will complete two core curriculum courses (6 hours) taught by UT Tyler faculty at a university in Italy, and will also explore the culture and beauty that Italy has to offer. Housing and travel will be arranged, and UT Tyler administrators will be onsite to coordinate events, activities, and travel around Italy for the GATE students.

 

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