OU in Arezzo offers academic courses that apply to your major
This is the first #KirksKorner, a brief monthly showcase in which the OUA director talks about what is happening during the current semester, what's coming up next and more!
The hope is that this feature will inspire us to open more doors to the wonderful opportunities that a study abroad experience can bring to a wider pool of OU students.
By Kirk Duclaux, Director of Italian Programs
What does it mean to take a class at the OU in Arezzo, Italy campus? How is the academic experience unique? The obvious answer is, all courses taught in Arezzo are OU credit-bearing courses. The classes you take in Arezzo, if they apply to your major, such as the College of Engineering’s STEM semester, won’t cause a delay in graduation, and if you were clever enough as a freshman or sophomore not to take all your upper-division gen eds, OU in Arezzo offers some unique courses that will work for you. This may be an important part of the answer, but it is not the complete answer of how the academic experience in Arezzo is unique!
Curiosity and creativity are the secrets to the study of science. Just ask Leonardo da Vinci!
OU in Arezzo offers a STEM semester in collaboration with OU's Gallogly College of Engineering and incorporates an arts component so that you can pursue your STEM degree while taking advantage of the arts that Italy has to offer (STEaM!).
OUA's Renaissance Art History class is just one of the offerings that enhance the STEM curriculum while satisfying an upper division gen ed requirement.
Upper Division Gen Ed Courses
Students at OUA can take OU upper division general education courses in Italian culture, film, art history, international studies, political science and history. OUA and OU faculty are continuously developing more courses that will give you even more choices for the credits you need toward your OU major.
OUA faculty incorporate site visits to historical and cultural sites as well as local organizations as part of the curriculum.
All courses offered at OUA are OU credit-bearing courses, so there's no need to worry about transferring credits.
Summer programs at OU in Arezzo run from mid-May until the end of July. These faculty-led programs allow students to earn OU course credit and explore Italian culture through a fast-paced, 3-4-week experience.
Summer programs are based in Arezzo, but feature group travel throughout Italy. Course offerings vary, as these programs are sponsored by colleges and designed by faculty. Some programs are open to all majors and some are major-specific.
OU in Arezzo's Internships can offer students with any major the opportunity to learn about your professional field in Italy and to apply your academic knowledge in a “real world” setting.
Most internships are based in Arezzo, but a few virtual internships are offered by venues in other parts of Italy.
Price College of Business courses
A semester at OU in Arezzo provides you lots of opportunities to build your resume and ultimately land your dream job.
As a Price College of Business student, you can add an internship to your OUA coursework in order to learn more about your field on a global scale.
You'll have OU faculty and you can directly apply your new skills in an international professional settings.
"I loved taking some of my international studies classes abroad and learning basic Italian. As a journalism major, being abroad sparked a lot of different interests for me. I could even see myself getting involved in international reporting or storytelling."
Nicole Nielsen, Spring 2019