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UGA Cortona - Summer : Reviews (Cortona)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Program Evaluation
Summer 2017 Participant
I always felt safe & at home in Cortona, and confident exploring other cities as well.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
My classes were amazing and I learned SO much--but I still felt like I had time to fully experience and enjoy my environment.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
The faculty were fantastic, I learned so much not only from the professors who's classes I was taking, but others as well.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
LOVED all the trips!

 

Summer 2017 Participant
The rooms were very simple and exactly what we needed.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
It's hard to go wrong with food when you're in Italy! Tonino's was awesome.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
The Cortonese were so welcoming, amazing, and willing to help! I loved how much time we got to spend getting to know locals.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
The Cortonese are so friendly and I found it easy to go out and ask them questions about daily life, grocery shopping, or whatever.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
I think overall the staff did a great job of managing the program.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
Super engaging and fun summer!!

 

Leah Shannon Schroeder, Summer 2016 Participant
I mean, Italy and Cortona are awesome places to spend a summer. I really enjoyed my time in Italy and would recommend others to go on the program.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
I was so so so excited and I was not let down. I didn't have a single bad day while I was in Italy.

 

Kayley Nicole Barker, Summer 2016 Participant
It was a wonderful experience.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
I think that this was a fabulous program that enabled me to experience Italy from a more personal and intimate viewpoint. Oh, the angels were awesome too!

 

Summer 2016 Participant
For me, attending the UGA Cortona Study Abroad Program was an overwhelmingly positive experience. I have only praise for my professors Melissa Harshman (Intro Printmaking) whose encouraging attitude sparked my interest in printmaking, and especially Marty Fielding, whom I now consider a personal mentor and gave me a whole new appreciation of my own major (Ceramics). At the end of the Cortona Program, I find myself newly inspired as a visual artist (both by the masters whose work we saw in person and the valuable personal experience of studying abroad) and excited to continue my practice. I'd also like to express my appreciation for Kris Schramer, who worked tirelessly to keep the ship afloat and care for all of our needs/concerns throughout the summer.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
It was the best summer of my life.

 

Olivia Gail Lemieux, Summer 2017 Participant
In comparison with other study abroad programs, the Cortona program offers a deeply rich experience in the study of art. The classes are appropriately rigorous and require a good deal of effort, which in return brings a rather unexpected growth in the individual.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
I had an amazing summer and I would encourage anyone to do this program! Future participants I advise to pack lightly and leave the most room for the experiences gained.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
My best advice to future Cortona Program participants is this: be conscious of how you spend your time, because it'll be over before you know it! The truth is, between the myriad social activities, cultural events, classes/studio time, and opportunities to travel, there is an incredible (and sometimes overwhelming) variety of things to do, and it's impossible to see and do it all. That said, I urge you to jump in feet first; figure out what you want to get out of this program, and then chase it! In retrospect, one of my own regrets, for example, is not interacting more with the local Cortonese residents--I found it easy to get caught up in studio work and not take advantage of all the cultural experiences Cortona and Italy have to offer. You really can make of this experience what you will, so take full advantage!

 

Summer 2016 Participant
To future participants: Don't spend your time worrying or complaining about little things! Enjoy the time you have there because it is truly incredible. I have only been gone a couple weeks and I already miss it!

 

Olivia Rachel Austin, Summer 2016 Participant
"It is an adventure of a lifetime!"

 

Kayley Nicole Barker, Summer 2016 Participant
Cortona is a great oportunity. You get to study and travel all together and every student should study abroad at least once.

 

Leslie Irene Gostin, Summer 2016 Participant
There's no better way to learn about yourself than when you're surrounded by new experiences.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
One of the best ways to visit and learn about any country!

 

Summer 2016 Participant
Cortona is an incredible environment for immersing yourself in Italian culture--the art, language, and view are all mind-blowing.

 

Summer 2016 Participant
Two months of art, Europe, traveling, learning, making, and experiencing changed my life!

 

Summer 2016 Participant
I would recommend the UGA Cortona Study Abroad Program to any aspiring artist; the opportunity to learn and create surrounded by centuries of Italian artwork, immerse myself in a different culture, and be inspired by my professors and peers was a transformative experience for me.

 

Leah Shannon Schroeder, Summer 2016 Participant
If you want to have a summer of a lifetime, go to Cortona.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
This program is really worth going! No regrets!

 

Olivia Gail Lemieux, Summer 2017 Participant
The sweet, rich town of Cortona offers a magically unforgettable experience!

 

Summer 2017 Participant
I was skeptical when I was told that Cortona would have such an impact on my life -- maybe study abroad wasn't for me -- but I now realize how valuable and precise my summer program is to me. I would not trade my experience at Cortona for the world.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
Studying abroad is very fulfilling and can change your entire perspective on life and your future.

 

Haley Alexandra Swift, Summer 2017 Participant
My study abroad education in Cortona, Italy was simply amazing. I learned so much and met so many wonderful new people. My art techniques were greatly enhanced through the teachings of my talented professors. To learn how to be better at what I love to do in such an unbelievably beautiful environment, surrounded by new friends was an experience that I will never forget.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
"As we were driving away from Cortona and heading to Venice for the last leg of the trip, the map on my phone had adjusted to list Cortona as my 'home' - I can't argue with that at all. Cortona truly became a home for me; a place where I could learn, grow, create art, and make life long friends."

 

Summer 2017 Participant
I wish I could go back to Cortona every summer!