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Italy: Science & Culture


Join Dr. Amy Potter, Lec. Nick Radko, Dr. Theresa Welford, and Dr. Mark Welford on a 5-week journey through Italy.  Experience the history and traditions of Italy by learning about the geographical and geological impact of the landscape and its influence on the development of Italian culture.  On this collaborative program, students from Georgia Southern and Armstrong State universities will travel and explore the country of Italy together!

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APPLICATION FORM (Deadline February 15, 2018) WAITLISTED – program full

Course Titles and Credits:
Students have the opportunity to earn and must be enrolled in 6 credit hours with their home institution.  Students can choose from the following:
Georgia Southern students:
Morning Courses
GEOL 1340s – Environmental Geology w/ Lab (4)
WRIT 2131s- Everyday Creative Writing (3)
Afternoon Courses
WRIT 3030s – Travel Writing (3)
GEOG 4430s- Geography of Europe (3)
GEOL 5590s- Geo-archaeology (3)

Armstrong State students:
Morning Courses

GEOG 1100 – World Regional Geography (3)
Afternoon Courses
GEOG 5860 – Tourism Geographies (3)

Students should possess at least a 2.5 institutional GPA at the time of application, with no active disciplinary record.  All students must be fully admitted to the institution, and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.

Dates of Program:
May 6– June 16, 2018 (Summer Term A)

Program Cost:
Includes: Roundtrip airfare to Italy; all regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; breakfast on class mornings; 17 evening meals; classroom access; tour and excursion fees; weekend excursions; and a medical travel insurance plan.

Additional Costs: Georgia Southern or Armstrong State tuition & fees for 6 credit hours of course enrollment; additional meals beyond those included; incidental expenses and souvenirs.

Nature and Purpose of the Program:
This program will provide participating students the ability to explore the length and breadth of Italy by beginning travels in the Dolomites, a long residency in Lucca and trips to other major Tuscan cities, and a sojourn down the Almafi Coast to Naples, finally ending in the Eternal City, Rome.  Students will be exposed to a broad range of diverse topics within the disciplines taught to better understand the themes of globalization, environmental change, geo-archaeology, tourism, and travel.  Throughout their experiences, students will come to understand and appreciate the impact of natural and built environments on the socio-cultural, economic, and geopolitical development of Europe.

Example Excursions and Activities:

  • Touring the Dolomites
  • Tours of Pisa, Sienna, Florence, and Pompeii
  • Weekend trip to Sorrento and the Almafi Coast
  • Multi-day trip to see the highlights of Rome
  • 3 free weekends to explore Italy on your own

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $300.00 Program Deposit: Due February 15, 2018
1st Program Payment of $2,523.00: Due March 1, 2018
2nd Program Payment of $2,522.00 + $55.00 mandatory travel insurance fee: Due April 1, 2018

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad “Italy: Science and Culture” Marketplace webpage.

Refund information:
Once accepted to the program, all deposits and program payments are non-refundable.


Submit applications to any of the locations listed at the top of the application form.  Applications can also be sent through campus mail to P.O. Box 8106.

Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Lec. Nick Radko, Department of Geology & Geography –
Dr. Mark Welford, Department of Geology & Geography –
Dr. Theresa Welford, Department of Writing & Linguistics –
Dr. Amy Potter, Department of Geography & History –
Ms. Emilee Carr, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Programs & Services –

Last updated: 2/20/2018