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  • Locations: Alessandria, Italy; Como, Italy; Milan, Italy; Parma, Italy; Turin, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2020 02/03/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/18/2020 06/05/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Type of Instruction: Independent Study, Research/Fieldwork, Tutorial
Classes With: U.S. Student, UGA Students Language Program: No
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professors(s) Housing Type: Private Apartment
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Franklin
Academic Area: Music Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:

study abroad italy

UGA- Franklin- Advanced Music Performance in Italy

Alessandria: The Alessandria program offers a unique opportunity for intensive practice and performance in the culturally rich surroundings of Italy. Students have wonderful opportunities to perform with Italian musicians in a wide variety of chamber and orchestral ensembles. Located in the heart of the Piemonte region, Alessandria is in near proximity to three of Italy’s most exciting cities, Milan, Torino, and Genova. It is also within traveling distance of the foothills of the Alps, the sparkling waters of Lake Como, and the beaches of Liguria. In addition to these attractions, the relaxed setting of Alessandria itself provides an ideal environment for study. The three-week program includes daily lessons with teachers from the University of Georgia the Conservatory in Alessandria and international Artist, opportunities to play alongside Italian musicians, and weekly performances. Frequent excursions to museums, opera houses, and historical sites are also included in the agenda.

SUMMER DATES: May 13th through June 1st, 2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 25th, 2019
Sub Program in Milan, Torino, and Parma

Program Location

italyOn the weekends, students take a break from the rigors of study to explore the Italian culture. Situated in the northeastern corner of Italy, Alessandria provides an ideal launch pad for exploration of the Piemonte, Lombardia and Liguria region and beyond. Students will visit museums and concert halls, hear local performances, and absorb the Italian culture.

Contact Information

For more information or an application form please contact:
Dr. Milton Masciadri
Phone: (706) 542-2779 or (706) 254-8734

Mattia Beccari
Program Assistant: 

Academic Program

Courses available include violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, bassoon, jazz, trombone, flute, trumpet, Saxophone, percussion, piano, tuba / Euphonium and voice. Conducting course will be active in ensembles as well as private lessons. Students will receive credit for private lessons and may also register for Italian and chamber music courses. 

Jazz : Understanding the Tools of the Trade
For players and non-players: come to Europe in May to study America's indigenous art form in the hills of northern Italy.

Investigate the elements that make up the music and provide an understanding of the art form. From New Orleans to the Big Bands, from be-bop to hip-hop, we will study the timeline of jazz and classic albums by major artists ranging from Ellington to Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock. Examine jazz as a springboard to many facets of the contemporary music industry including the topics of desktop production and film scoring.

Enhanced appreciation and listening skills for non-players; sharpened technique and improvisational skills for players through applied study and small group performance.

Program Itinerary



On the weekends, students take a break from the rigors of study to explore the Italian culture. Situated in the northeastern corner of Italy, Alessandria provides an ideal launch pad for exploration of the Piemonte, Lombardia and Liguria region and beyond. Students will visit museums and concert halls, hear local performances, and absorb the Italian culture.

Visited La Scala in Milan, explored the ports of Genova, saw a concert at the Teatro Reggio in Torino, took a boat ride across Lake Como, visited the beaches in Liguria. Venice and its attractions, special visit to the Opera House " La Fenice" and private tour and lecture at the UNESCO Venice Office.


Students stay in local apartments a few blocks from the Conservatory. The apartments have regularly maintained bathroom and kitchen facilities. E-mail, telephone, banking, and postal services are within easy reach. Students may use local laundromats and will find groceries and shopping of all sorts within a few blocks. The Alessandria Conservatory becomes our home facilities for our students and faculty members, and provides facilities for practice, lessons, and performances.

Program Costs

The estimated cost is $2,900 for the program in Alessandria with the component in Torino and Parma. (plus applicable UGA tuition). The course will offer transportation on and designated date, to and from the Milan Malpensa International Airport for the Students participating on the Study Abroad program. Students will be responsible for making their own flight arrangements. During the program duration all transportation to the different sites required by the courses as well as Breakfast and dinner are covered by the program. A $300 deposit will be due at the time of application and will be subtracted from the balance due. 

The $300 deposit should be submitted online through your application in the UGA StudyAway Portal. The deposit will appear on your online application as a Material Submission called "Post-Acceptance Program Deposit for UGA Faculty-Led Programs" and you can make the payment electronically.

Financial Aid - Students can investigate financial aid opportunities on the University of Georgia Office of Global Engagement website. This website contains information on scholarships that are University of Georgia specific and from outside sources. Students from other Universities are encouraged to also check for financial aid and scholarship opportunities from their school.


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Program Reviews:
Sable Marie Thompson, Maymester 2017 Participant
Do it! It was an eye opening trip that could only be experienced abroad.

Sable Marie Thompson, Maymester 2017 Participant
I had a wonderful time. I learned a lot about myself, and the type of teacher I want to be. This is something I will remember forever, and help shape my future. I am so thankful I was able to go.

Isabella Russo, Maymester 2017 Participant
The program helped me have a better understanding of music theory and just playing in general. When I came I wasn't very confident in my playing abilities and definitely didn't have any improvising skills. Now I feel much more confident with improvisation and will continue to use that when playing the cello.

Definitely take this program if you want to grow more as a musician and especially if you want to learn about jazz. It is tailored to what you want to do, so it's nice to have that flexibility in deciding what you want to learn.
     — Isabella Russo, Maymester 2017
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