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Summer in Italy - Higher Education

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    About the Program

    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 two week travel-study program graduate students will first participate in a cultural field learning experience beginning in Rome and traveling north into the coastal towns of Tuscany to broaden their awareness and understanding of the Italian cultural heritage, customs and lifestyles.  We will then visit five institutions of higher education in the historic city of Florence. 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 intercultural competency since they are integral components of today's university strategy.

    Program Highlights

    • Visits and lectures on six Italian Institutions of higher education: Florence University of the Arts, University of Florence, Apicius (International School of Hospitality),  Politecnico University of Milan, Instituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche (ISIA), New York University in Florence
    • Attend lectures by local professors and administrators about contemporary Italy and the administrative structures of their universities
    • Meet with Italian students
    • Field visits to Rome, Viterbo, Bagnaia, Populonia, Bolgheri, Viareggio, Cinque Terre, Forte dei Marmi and Florence
    • Hands on culinary and wine pairing workshops at Apicius, Florence
    • Tour and lecture of ancient Roman architecture and life comparing it to contemporary Rome and its educational system
    • Visit to Palazzo Farnese
    • Visit to Villa Lante
    • Learn about the Etruscan contribution to Italian life in the city of Populonia
    • Tour of an Italian vineyard in Bolgheri learning about the Italian wine industry and its relationship to academic programs in hospitality management

    Location Florence, Italy
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates Summer 2021 - Dates TBD
    Language of Instruction English
    Budget Available upon request
    Living Arrangements Hotel and Apartment Style Accommodation
    Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements.
    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.


    GPA 3.0
    Other Requirements All matriculated students enrolled in a Higher Education Administration program

    Students enrolled at other colleges and universities may also apply as a non-matriculated student to take the course for college credit.  

    Application Deadline

    March 1, 2021

    Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis and are encouraged to apply early. 

    Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Academic Information

    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. 

    Academic Policies

    • Credits earned on this program will calculate toward a student's GPA at Stony Brook University. Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.
    • Students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) may request for GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirements fulfilled by their coursework.

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