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University of Bologna

Rome, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Bologna and Pisa

Watch Recorded SessionItaly is home to the first higher learning institute in the Western world and is still considered a leader throughout the European university system. Students will have the unique experience to discover universities in the European context. During this 14-day graduate study-travel program students will visit eight universities and institutions in the historic cities of Rome, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Bologna and Pisa. Course participants will learn about the history of higher education in Italy, develop an understanding of the critical issues that impact students, faculty and administrators in Italy's higher education institutions today. They will then compare and contrast this experience to colleges and universities in the United States. Students will gain an academic and cultural experience that will contribute to their global knowledge and inter-cultural competency since they are integral components of today's university strategy.

Tour Highlights

  • Visits to eight Italian institutions of higher education: Sapienza University of Rome, University of Perugia, University of Siena, Florence University of the Arts, Apicius International School of Hospitality, Florence Institute of Industrial and Communication Design, University of Bologna and University of Pisa
  • Meet with the American Ambassador to Italy at the American Embassy in Rome
  • Panel discussion with graduates who attended both Italian and American Universities
  • Attend lectures by local professors and administrators about contemporary Italy and the administrative structures of their universities
  • Meet and have lunch with Italian students
  • Tour major cities of Rome and Florence
  • Hands on culinary and wine pairing workshop
  • Tour of an Italian vineyard and introduction to the Italian wine industry

Course Information

All students will enroll in HEA 560 Comparative University Systems: Higher Education in Italy. Students who qualify may earn 3 graduate credits for taking this course, which fulfills the elective requirement for the master's degree and the advanced graduate certificate in Higher Education Administration.


  • All matriculated students enrolled in the Higher Education Administration program who are in good academic standing. 
  • Transfer students from other graduate programs may apply for non-matriculated status. Students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.

Program Costs

These costs are estimates and are subject to change.

Application Fee:



$1,296 for New York State residents; $2,523 for non-residents

Program Fee:

$3,560 program fee which includes double room accommodations (single room supplement is $900), 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, excursions, entry fees, coach bus transportation, tour guides and gratuities

Administrative Fee:

$200 (non-refundable)

International Health Insurance:

Included in the Program Fee

Other Expenses:

9 lunches and 9 dinners on your own

Travel Costs:

Estimated airfare is $1,800

Application Information


For questions about the trip or the course, contact:

Joyce Wellinger
Associate Dean and Faculty
School of Professional Development
N203 Social and Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
(631) 632-7053

You can also plan to join us for an information session on November 12. » Details and RSVP

For questions about the application process, contact:

Jen Green
Study Abroad Advisor
International Academic Programs and Services
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397
(631) 632-7030

Cropped photo of Bologna's Old City Center by Gaspa (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons



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