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Summer in Italy

  • About the Program

    About the Program

    SBU offers students the opportunity to study for four weeks in bellissima Italia!  This study abroad program, established over 30 years ago, enables participants to gain firsthand knowledge of contemporary Italy. In 2018, the program has been revamped to include visits to other Italian cities and award 9 credits! Students will spend 1 week travelling through Tuscany and 3 weeks immersed in Florence.

    The curriculum offers students an understanding of Italian history, politics, business and culture, as well as the possibility of fulfilling DEC (Diversified Education Curriculum), SBC (Stony Brook Curriculum), and upper-division requirements.

    Program Highlights:

    • Participate in a one-week Cultural Introduction to Italy course (3 credits) which starts in Rome then visits Vatican City, Bagnaia, Northern Maremma in Tuscany, the Estruscan city of Populonia, Baratti, Versilia on the Tuscan Coast, Viareggio, Carrara, Pietrasanta and iconic Cinque Terre. This introduction course exposes students to life in Italy through food tasting, tours, museum visits, bike rides and hikes in some of the most beautiful Italian cities north of Rome.
    • The three-week portion of the program is co-hosted at Florence University of the Arts with distinguished SBU faculty teaching a selection of courses (6 credits, 2 courses)
    • During the three-week session, the courses include field trips and a weekend trip to Venice, Italy along with a selection of workshops such as Gelato and Pizza making!

    Location Florence, Italy
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates July 7 to August 3, 2018

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  • Program Details

    Course of Study

    *9 undergraduate credits required

    All students participating in this program are required to take 9 credits:

    1 Week: 3 credits, Cultural Introduction to Italy Field Learning Course (ANT 311 – SBS+)

    3 Weeks: 6 credits, 1 SBU Faculty-Taught Course + 1 FUA Course

    All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will fulfill GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirement(s) fulfilled by their coursework.

    SBU Faculty course options :

    HUI 231 Sex and Politics in Italian Cinema (DEC: D, SBC: ARTS, CER) - 3 credits 

    HUI 331 Italian Literature  (DEC: G, HFA+) - 3 credits

    HUI 236 The Italian-American Scene (Dec: K, SBC: HUM, USA) - 3 credits

    HUI 239 Modern Italy (Dec: I, SBC: HUM) - 3 credits 

    BUS 111 Introduction to Business for Non-Business Majors - 3 credits

    BUS 115 Introduction to Business for Business Majors - 3 credits 

    BUS 365 Financial Management (SBC: ESI) - 3 credits 

    BUS 487 Independent Research - 3 credits *requires instructor approval

    POL 309 Politics in the European Union (SBC: SBS+) - 3 credits

    POL 310 Immigration and Refugee Politics (SBC: SBS+) - 3 credits

    THR 480 Projects in Media - 3 credits 

    THR 487 Independent Research - 3 credits 

    EST 209 Introduction to Italian Design: Theory and Practice (SBC: STAS) - 3 credits

    BIO 486 Research in Neurobiology and Physiology - 3 credits 

    FUA Course Options :

    Course at FUA: BUMABM 310 Brand Management

    SBU Equivalency: BUS 363 Brand Management - 3 credits 

    Course at FUA: FAPDFS225 Florence Sketbook

    SBU Equivalency: ARS 200-Level elective (DEC: D, SBC: ARTS) - 3 credits 

    Course at FUA: LAAHAH210 Introduction to Art History

    SBU Equivalency: ARH 200-Level elective (DEC: D, SBC: ARTS) - 3 credits 

    Course at FUA: DIPHTP225 Travel Photography

    SBU Equivalency:  ARS 200-Level elective (DEC: D, SBC: ARTS) - 3 credits 

    Course at FUA: FWFCFC340 Food, Culture and Society in Italy 

    SBU Equivalency: 300-Level elective (SBC: SBS+) - 3 credits 

    Course at FUA: FWFCFF347 The Florence Food and Culture Experience

    SBU Equivalency: 300-Level elective (SBC: SBS+) - 3 credits 

    Course at FUA: ISITIB101 Intensive Italian for three credits (Beginner)

    SBU Equivalency: ITL 111 Elementary Italian I (Partially fulfills: LANG) - 3 credits 

    Course at FUA: ISITII201 Italian Language Intermediate I

    SBU Equivalency: ITL 211 Italian Comparisons and Connections (DEC: S3, SBC: GLO, LANG) - 3 credits 

    Course at FUA: ISITII250 Italian Language Intermediate II

    SBU Equivalency: ITL 212 Italian Cultures and Communities (Dec: S3, SBC: GLO, HUM, LANG) - 3 credits

    Course at FUA: FTFMFM320 Fashion Marketing

    SBU Equivalency: General 300-Level elective - 3 credits 

    Course at FUA: HPHTSE410 Special Event Management

    SBU Equivalency: General 300-Level elective - 3 credits

    *Courses subject to change

    Program Details

    Language of Instruction English
    Language Proficiency N/A
    Program Term Summer
    Living Arrangements Hotel and Apartment Style Accommodation

    Additional Information

    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.

    Student Feedback

    • "Studying abroad in Italy was truly a life changing experience. It was an opportunity to broaden my horizons, to travel, to learn about myself, to learn about other cultures, to sharpen my Italian language skills and meet friends for life. Italy really has it all: high- end fashion, extraordinary cuisine, breathtaking architecture, delicious cappuccino and so much more. Every day spent there was a new and exciting adventure. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!"
    • "Just DO IT! It is a worthwhile experience that will be remembered for years to come!"
    • "Studying abroad for a month in Italy is an amazing experience in itself, but studying abroad with SUNY Stony Brook made it a once in a lifetime experience. I'm truly grateful for the teachers and group organizers who made my month in Italy unforgettable as we visited 11 cities and really lived "La dolce vita" (the sweet life)!"

  • Requirements


    GPA 2.0
    Other Requirements N/A
    Application Deadline

    March 1, 2018 (deadline extended to May 25)

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

    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Program Cost

    Program Cost

    Application Fee $60
    Tuition Rate $278 per credit for NY residents

    $1,008 per credit for non-residents
    Program Fee Program Fee: $3,000 (includes housing, all excursions during the cultural introduction week, a trip to Venice and international health insurance)
    Administrative Fee $200 (non-refundable)
    International Health Insurance Included in the Program Fee
    Other Fees $1,000 (approximately; estimated personal expenses, meals, books, passport, etc.)
    Travel Costs Estimated Airfare: $1,200 - $1,700.  All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site.
    Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.
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