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Savor Tuscany: Armstrong Introduces New Semester Abroad Program in Siena, Italy

a view of the Tuscan countryside over terra cotta rooftops

(October 24, 2016) – Beginning in the spring semester 2017, Armstrong State University will offer a new semester abroad program in Siena, Italy. Students will take classes via Armstrong’s long-time partner, the Dante Alighieri Institute. The 12-week program, which runs from January 22 through April 14, 2017, is open to all Armstrong students, as well as University System of Georgia transient students, and offers a full roster of semester credits.

“Students will have the opportunity to learn from English-speaking faculty in the heart of the birthplace of culture and the Renaissance,” notes Armstrong Assistant Professor of English, Jane Rago, Ph.D., who will act as the director in residence for the program. “Armstrong’s Department of International Education is proud to offer such a dynamic learning experience.”

people walking down a steeply inclined street between tall buildings with ornate light fixtures. A skyline with tower appears in the background.Backed by the Italian Ministry of Education, Dante Alighieri Institute aims to promote and sustain knowledge of Italian language and culture throughout the world, employing multi-lingual staff, stellar academic resources within the community, including the University of Siena, innovative teaching methods and prime facilities. Siena, a medieval city situated among the hills of central Italy’s Tuscany region, is widely credited with influencing the course of European art during the latter half of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period.

The institute offers a diverse range of language and culture programs, tailor-made courses and cookery programs suitable for students from across the globe. Courses include Art Appreciation; Music Appreciation; Elementary Italian Language and Culture; Elementary Italian Language and Culture II; Reading the City as a Textbook: The City of Siena, Italy; Nutrition, Literature and Humanities; and Special Topics: The Rhetoric of Travel.

Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dante Alighieri Institute to facilitate a seamless collaboration between the Italian institution and Armstrong’s community.

Armstrong’s Office of International Education assists non-immigrant international students, faculty members, internationally born citizens and permanent residents with orientation, academic advisement and adjustment to Armstrong and to the Savannah community. Additionally, the office helps promote, coordinate and administer study abroad and exchange programs that are developed by faculty and offered by the University System of Georgia.

For more information, please contact Jane Rago at or 912.344.2937.

Bynikini Frazier

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Bynikini Frazier
Class of 2010
M.Ed. in Elementary Education