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Study Abroad in Italy

Florence, Siena, Bologna and Pisa

Italy 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 13-day travel-study program graduate students will visit seven universities and institutions in the historic cities of 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.

Program Highlights 

  • Visits to seven Italian institutions of higher education: Università degli Studi di Firenze, Apicius International School of Hospitality, Università degli Studi di Siena,  Florence University of the Arts,  ISIA Florence - Istitute of Industrial and Communication, University of Bologna,  Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa
  • Attend lectures by local professors and administrators about contemporary Italy and the administrative structures of their universities
  • Meet and have lunch with Italian students
  • Visit Florence, Siena, Volterra, Bologna, Pisa
  • Visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • Hands on culinary and wine pairing workshops
  • Tour of an Italian vineyard and introduction to the Italian wine industry
  • Visit and tour an Etruscan Necropolis 

RSVP for Info Session on Nov. 12

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:



$1,359 for New York State residents; $2,775 for non-residents

Program Fee:

$3,695 program fee which includes double room accommodations (single room supplement is $600), 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners, excursions, entry fees, private bus transportation, train transportation, tour guides and gratuities

Administrative Fee:

$200 (non-refundable)

International Health Insurance:

Included in the Program Fee

Other Expenses:

$325 Lunches and dinners on your own

Travel Costs:

Estimated airfare is $1,800


Application Information


For questions about the trip or the course, contact:

Joyce Wellinger
Assistant Dean, Lecturer
College of Business
306 Harriman Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
(631) 632-7111

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

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