Study Abroad

Application Information

Is the School in Cortona right for you?

Are you curious? Do you like to think and play with ideas, see how things fit together and are excited about the opportunity to live in Europe for a semester? Do you take your studies seriously, and want a full immersion experience in Italy making Italian friends and can laugh at yourself while you master basic Italian? 

Does working and living with a group of students appeal to you? Do you like working in teams and contribute to a positive learning environment? Do you want to participate in and not just observe life? Are you interested in Italy and curious to learn about its rich history and willing to open yourself to the magic of Cortona? 

If you answered yes to these questions, apply today! We are accepting applications from students who want an exciting and stimulating academic experience in order to understand themselves better. Be warned, a side effect of participating in the School in Cortona is making lifelong friends with whom you've shared an experience of a lifetime!

  1. Ask someone to be your reference. Your reference can be anyone you know in a professional or academic capacity who can vouch that you would be a good candidate for the School in Cortona. Previous students have approached professors, employers, high school teachers and coaches.  You’ll need their email address to complete the Application Form. An online survey will be sent to them which they must complete to process your application.
  2. Complete Application Form (

Note: If you are a non-UAlberta student, and you would like to transfer credit from the School in Cortona to your current academic program, you will also need to apply for “Visiting Student” status at UAlberta.

Please contact the School in Cortona administrator directly at . You will be asked to provide a “Letter of Permission” from your home institution and your official transcripts from your home institution and copies of transcripts from any other post-secondary institution that you attended.

Application deadlines:

  • March 15 for Spring
  • July 1 for Fall Term
  • October 15 for Winter Term (Extended)