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  • Locations: Lecce, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking
Prerequisite: No Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Renaissance Art and Culture

Experiencing Southern Italy's Culture and Heritage

This program will be offered in January 2019. If you are interested in this program save it to your profile.

While Lecce is considered one of the top twenty places to live in Italy, it is a town of fewer than 100,000 people that is surrounded by villages.  It offers an experience of Italy daily life that cities, as major tourist destinations, cannot replicate. Students do have the option of visiting Rome on their own; a high speed train connects Lecce to Italy's capital.

Program Details

Seeking Approval for the Following:

  • Anthropology (ANTH) 398: Study Abroad
  • Graduate credit available upon request


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Non-students are welcome to apply, with space provided in priority to registered students.


Double or triple occupancy in hotels

Program Itinerary*

Day 1          January 2, 2019  (W)   Arrival at Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport-Housing Check-in. Meet for dinner at Maccheroni
Day 2          January 3, 2019  (TH) Introductions and Professor presentation followed by Leece Historical Center Orientation Tour Welcome Dinner
Day 3          January 4, 2019 (F) "Survival Italian/adapting to the local culture"; Morning Lecture by Professor.
Day 4          January 5, 2019 (SA) Visit to living Nativity
Day 5          January 6, 2019 (SU) Free day
Day 6          January 7, 2019 (M) Morning: Professor lecture Afternoon: Faggiano Museum followed by Pizzica or "spider bite dance" performance and lesson.
Day 7          January 8, 2019 (T) Morning: Presentation on History of Salento by Guest Lecturer/Evening: Regional Cuisine Cooking class
Day 8          January 9, 2019 (W)
Day 9          January 10, 2019 (TH)        
Morning: Class time Academic excursion to Galatina. Following day Lecture followed by Research activity updates and Map Quiz
Day 10        January 11, 2019 (F)   Morning Lecture by professor. Afternoon: Tour Provincial Museum Sigismondo Castromediano
Day 11        January 12, 2019 (SA) Academic excursion to Gallipoli followed by tasting visit at Puglian Masseria/Farm
Day 12        January 13, 2019 (SU) Free Day
Day 13        January 14, 2019 (M) Morning Class
Day 14        January 15, 2019 (T) Guest lecture on Organized Crime in Italy/ Afternoon; Academic excursion to Fire Festival in Novoli
Day 15        January 16, 2019 (W) Free Day/Farewell Dinner
Day 16        January 17, 2019 (TH)
Departure from Lecce

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Program Cost

Winter 2019: Coming Soon

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Anne Schiller, Ph.D

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.