Program Description:

Are you an electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, or systems engineering student?

Are you an electrical, computer, mechanical, mechatronics, civil, or industrial and systems engineering student interested in studying abroad? This is your chance to spend a summer in Montepulciano Italy, taking engineering courses taught by KSU faculty. Courses will last 6 weeks with instruction concentrated three days per week allowing ample time for travel to explore Italy and other European destinations. A three-day group trip is planned to Florence and Pisa to visit famous museums and the leaning tower. Italian language lessons taught by native speakers will be included in the trip. Students will reside in apartments within the town and will be able to experience "la dolce vita" while also earning credits towards their engineering degrees.

Program Dates: May 21 - June 26, 2023

Application Deadline: February 3rd, 2020

Program Cost (subject to change): $3,744

Pre-Decision Requirements:

In order for your application to be fully considered, you must complete the following items by the application deadline:

  • $300 Non-Refundable Deposit
  • Needs Assessment Questionnaire
  • Meet 2.5 G.P.A. Requirement or submit an appeal
  • Submit Course Selection
  • Complete a Faculty Recommendation From

*Please refer to the Application Process tab for more information

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This program is not currently accepting applications.

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Program Faculty

Name: Charles Duvall

Title: Program Director and Lecturer of Electrical Engineering


Phone: (470) 578-6806


My own international experience began with an overseas assignment with serving in the United States Air Force. I was stationed in Japan but visited numerous countries in the Orient which opened my eyes to how differently people live around the world. My first industry job was based in the United States, but early in my career I worked for an international company based in Paris, France. I learned to function within the multi-national engineering organization that included a research and development group in Nice that employed a wide variety of nationalities in the engineering ranks. Soon after that experience I joined a Silicon Valley startup and represented the company on the international standards body setting the specifications from many global suppliers for the use of tunable lasers within optical telecommunication systems. I have traveled extensively in Europe on a student budget, and will assist the students with many tips for places to visit (and strategies to avoid pickpockets!).I gained Study Abroad experience as an instructor in undergraduate study abroad programs during the summer 2019, I look forward to more effectively mentoring these students as they engage in a potentially life-altering experience.

Education Abroad Contact

Name: Lexie Baker

Title: Program Coordinator


Phone: (470) 578-292

Please be advised

Although we are accepting applications for this program, a decision on whether or not it will operate has not yet been made. Kennesaw State University continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and is following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of State (DoS), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the University System of Georgia (USG). Updates regarding program changes, cancellations, or transitions to alternative program models (virtual, hybrid, etc.) resulting from this guidance will be communicated as they occur.  

We recommend making a back-up plan that takes into consideration the following factors:  

Academic: Being able to get the course credits you need to continue to make progress toward your degree (contact your Academic Advisor for assistance)  

Don’t make any purchases that are non-refundable and consider purchasing cancel-for-any-reason travel insurance  
Housing: Know your options (where are you going to stay/live) if your program does not run as planned 

If you have questions, please contact an Education Abroad Program Coordinator.