Unlike many study abroad programs, which involve registrations at foreign institutions and administrative hurdles to transfer courses, the COLFA Semester in Urbino offers UTSA courses taught by UTSA faculty or by University of Urbino faculty who have been vetted and approved by UTSA. The courses have been carefully selected to fit into UTSA degree plans and will appear seamlessly in ASAP. Moreover, since you will remain a full-time UTSA student during your semester abroad you will have access to UTSA services such as financial aid and library resources and will not encounter difficulties with minimum credit-hour requirements for financial aid or scholarships.

Supplemental art and cooking classes are also available during the semester

Important Dates for Fall 2019

A printable schedule of program trips for Fall 2019 is now available. Some dates and trip destinations may vary. A printable schedule is also available with tentative class meeting times.

July 29-August 14Optional participation in Frankfurt Program: International Organizations in Transatlantic Perspectives
(led by Dr. Matthias Hofferberth; separate fees apply)
August 9-14Optional participation in Geneva pre-program module (led by Drs. Boyka Stefanova and Matthias Hofferberth; already included for those in Frankfurt Program; separate fees apply)
August 28students arrive in Bologna no later than 1:30; charter bus to Urbino arrives at 2:30 and departs no later than 3:00. Anticipated arrival in Urbino at 5:30.
August 299:00: GEV orientation. GEV will collect a deposit (€100 or $100) that will be returned at the end of the program if there are no damages to the classrooms or dorms.
13:00: welcome lunch
14:00 tour of Urbino with Roberta
August 309:00 departure by public bus for guided tour of Pesaro
September 19:30 guided tour of the Ducal Palace in Urbino
September 2classes begin
September 57:00 departure for day trip to Bologna
September 69:00 Departure by private bus for tour of Fano
September 79:30 guided tour of historical Urbino
September 127:30 departure for day trip to Ravenna
September 139:30 departure for organic farm tour
September 19-226:20 departure for Rome
September 267:30 departure for day trip to Assisi
October 3-67:00 departure for Verona and Venice
October 7-13Fall break
October 178:30 departure for day trip to Ancona
October 247:00 departure for day trip Perugia
Oct 31-Nov 37:00 departure for Siena and Florence
October 2910:00 Studio check-out II
14:30 Studio check-out III
November 2810:00 Studio final cleaning
14:30 Studio checkout I
20:00 Farewell dinner
December 110:00 final checkout from dorms
Course Information

The following 16 credit hours of courses are offered during the Fall 2019 semester.
The focus will be especially relevant to students in the Political Science, Global Affairs, Politics and Law, and Geography and Environmental Sustainability programs. Graduate versions of these courses are also available. If you are a graduate student interested in the COLFA Semester in Urbino, please contact us for more information.

GLA/POL 4853Study Abroad. Global Transformations: Politics of Citizenship, Identity, and Integration.
GLA/POL 3563Current Issues in World Politics
HIS 4953Culture and History of Italy
AHC 4333Medieval and Renaissance Art History
FL 1034Elementary Italian
Supplemental Frankfurt and Geneva Programs

Students participating in the Fall 2019 COLFA Semester in Urbino may also be interested in the Summer program in Frankfurt and Geneva, International Organizations in Transatlantic Perspectives, led by UTSA professor Dr. Matthias Hofferberth. Students may participate in the Frankfurt program, which includes Geneva, or just the Geneva portion as a supplement to the Urbino semester and receive a portion of credit in one of their Urbino courses. The Geneva portion will be co-taught by Drs. Hofferberth and Stefanova. This is a great opportunity to make the most of your time in Europe. Separate fees apply to the Frankfurt and Geneva programs.

Course Descriptions

GLA/POL 4853 Study Abroad. Global Transformations: Politics of Citizenship, Identity, and Integration.  The course explores the intersection of national politics and globalization through the lens of national identities, citizenship regimes, cosmopolitan and communitarian perspectives, and the challenges of transnationalism. We will study the ways in which identities – by spanning the local, the national, the regional, and the global – increasingly defy the concept of citizenship confined within the nation-state. We will rethink the foundational concepts of modernity, culture, and nationalism, and reexamine the role of migration in redefining the boundaries of cultural communities, the underlying patterns of allegiances, and access to public goods through the claim and right to citizenship. The course will trace the evolution of identity and citizenship on the example of Italy in three interrelated contexts: the national political community, the legal framework of the European Union, and the politics of immigration as a trade-off between societal integration and exclusion. The course combines structured discussion of the theoretical literature with experiential learning applications through field trips and reflective practice.

GLA/POL 3563 Current Issues in World Politics. An examination of the issues that divide the people of the world. The structure of contemporary world problems will be studied and possible strategies for the reduction of international conflict will be assessed. Topics may include nuclear proliferation, world hunger, revolution and intervention, transnational enterprises, competing ideologies of international relations, and global ecology.

HIS 4953 History and Culture of Italy. This course provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of Italy and the richness and diversity of its culture. The course will consist of lectures and discussions covering the following topics: Geography and geology; Italian history and its political structure; art, architecture, and design; language and literature; music and theatre; fashion design and cinema; culinary traditions and trends; popular traditions including sports, daily life and social customs.

AHC 4333 Medieval and Renaissance Art History. In this course we will investigate several aspects of Medieval and Renaissance Art that took place in Italy during the 13th-16th centuries. We will begin with a short examination of the transition from Greek-Roman Art to the Art of the Middle Ages and the transition from Medieval Art (with a focus on gothic or proto-Renaissance art) to Renaissance Art, in order to be able to make critical comparisons between artworks from different ages. We will focus on architecture, sculpture and painting with an emphasis on monuments and works of art which students will see during the semester.

FL 1034. Beginning Language Study Abroad. Opportunity to begin developing oral and written communication skills in the target language, along with enhanced comprehension skills in listening and reading. Linguistic and cultural immersion. May be repeated up to 8 semester credit hours in each language.

Fall 2019 Faculty

Dr. Boyka Stefanova is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at UTSA. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Delaware (2004). Dr. Stefanova teaches a number of courses with global content, preparing students for life in the “global village” and for meeting future challenges. She aspires to bring the educational environment closer to real-world experiences, events, and global political change. Dr. Stefanova’s areas of specialization are European Politics and democracy in Eastern Europe, especially political conflict, territoriality, and majority-minority relations. She has published four books in the area of comparative studies and issues in European integration. Her most recent book, The European Union and Europe’s New Regionalism: The Challenges of Enlargement, Neighborhood, and Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) presents an analysis of the evolving nature of European regionalism in a global perspective. Dr. Stefanova is author of a variety of articles and book chapters in the areas of conflict resolution, minority rights, regionalism, and the geopolitics of energy. Her work has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Electoral Studies, Nationalities Papers, Journal of Strategic Security, East European Politics & Societies, World Affairs, and Cornell International Law Journal, among others. Dr. Stefanova participates in collaborative research projects and thematic studies involving scholars from a number of academic institutions and consortia in Europe. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Wilson Scholar, and grant recipient through the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).

Dr. Grazia Fachechi is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Urbino, Department of Humanities, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate students for more than twenty years. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Urbino and did post-graduate work in other cities: Florence (certificate in Museology and Art Criticism at the International University of Art – UIA), Perugia (PhD in Art History at the University of Perugia) and Rome (Diploma of Specialization in Medieval and Modern Art History at Sapienza University). She currently lives in Rome.

Dr. Fachechi’s principal fields of expertise are illuminated manuscripts (specifically works preserved in the Vatican Library) and wooden sculptures. She is the author of a book on Jacopo da Fabriano who was one of the favorite miniaturists of the Renaissance Pope Pius II and two books on wooden sculptures. The most recent is a catalogue of the most important wooden sculpture collection in Italy (housed in the National Museum of Palazzo Venezia in Rome) and was funded by the Getty Foundation of Los Angeles.

She has also published research on paintings, both from the Medieval and Renaissance ages. She is very interested in the text-image relationship, both in the religious context, with special regard to the iconography of the Passion of Christ, and in the lay context, with particular interest in iconographical themes of Classical Antiquity and the visual illustration of ancient literary works (especially those by the Latin writers Plauto and Seneca) in the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

The Italian language courses are taught by certified instructors at Lingua Ideale Urbino working under the auspices of the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”. Lingua Ideale is a professional language school offering courses of Italian language and culture to foreigners. The curriculum for the COLFA Semester in Urbino has been designed to meet the requirements of the foreign language courses at UTSA while also incorporating local aspects of Italian culture.