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  • Locations: San Gemini, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost: Summer
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Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 6 Faculty Leader: Rhonda Reymond
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:


Italy: San Gemini Preservation Studies Session I
San GeminiSan Gemini Preservation Studies is a summer field school that organizes lectures, research, fieldwork, workshops and fieldtrips in the disciplines of historic preservation, restoration and conservation. It is located in Central Italy in the city of San Gemini. 

These programs focus on the study of: historic buildings preservation, traditional forms of painting, conservation of archaeological ceramics, the restoration of books and paper in archival material. The various field projects include: documentation and restoration of medieval public buildings in San Gemini, the archaeological excavation in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae, as well as conservation work on the local historic archives. 

The courses require no prerequisites and are open to anyone interested in learning introductory theory and hands-on application of preservation and conservation techniques.  These courses are especially attractive to students interested in conservation and preservation, art history, archival studies, museum studies, library science, studio art and design.  

All academic activities are held in English. 

San Gemini, is a small medieval hill town in Umbria accessible by train from Rome, and near Spoleto, Perugia, Narni, and the ancient Roman site of Carsulae on the via Flaminia. For more information please click here.


City: San Gemini

Country: Italy

Population: 5,000

Information: San Gemini is a comune of c. 5,000 inhabitants in the province of Terni in the Italian region Umbria, located about 60 km south of Perugia and about 10 km northwest of Terni. San Gemini borders the municipalities of Montecastrilli, Narni and Terni.

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Students will earn ARHS 491 Professional Field Experience for a total of 6 credits from the following topics:

Courses are co-requisites:
ARHS 491: Professional Field Experience—Restoration and Analysis of Historic Buildings in Italy--3 credit hours
ARHS 491: Professional Field Experience—Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings in Italy--3 credit hours

ARHS 491: Professional Field Experience: Conservation and Restoration of Book Bindings--3 credit hours
ARHS 491: Professional Field Experience: History and Craft of Book Bindings--3 credit hours

ARHS 491: Professional Field Experience–Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics--3 credit hours
ARHS 491: Professional Field Experience—Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics--3 credit hours


Rhonda Reymond
Mark Sperow


Program Cost: $4,500 * Does not include Airfare

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Billing for the programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU  Semester Tuition and Fees. Students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

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