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Italy: Science & Culture


Join Dr. Lissa Leege, Lec. Nick Radko, Dr. Mark Welford, and Lec. Mary Beth Yarbrough on a 6-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 28, 2019)

Course Options:
Students have the opportunity to earn and must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 credit hours and a maximum of 8 credit hours with their home institution. As a reminder, 6 hours is considered full-time enrollment for the summer semester and taking fewer than 6 can affect students who need to meet full-time requirements. Students will sign up for one morning and afternoon class. There will be an exception to this for those students taking KINS 1218-Fitness Walking.  Students taking Fitness Walking will sign up for two morning courses and one afternoon course. Students can choose from the following:

Morning Classes:
KINS 1218- Fitness Walking (1)- Class meets from 7:50 am- 8:50 am*
KINS 1525- Concepts of Health and Physical Education- Class meets from 7:50 am- 8:50 am for the lab portion and 9:00 am- 10:00 am for class portion(2)
GEOL 1340 – Environmental Geology w/ Lab- Class meets from 9:00 am- 12:00 am (4)
BIOL 1335/3009- Plants and Civilization- Class meets from 9:00 am- 11:30 am (3)

Afternoon Classes:
KINS 2535/ SABR 2960- Introduction to Exercise Science- Class meets from 1:30 pm- 4:00 pm (3)
BIOL 3099/ INTS 3099- Global Sustainability- Class meets from 1:30 pm- 4:00 pm (3)
GEOG 4430- Geography of Europe- Class meets from 1:30 pm- 4:00 pm (3)
GEOL 5590- Geo-archaeology- Class meets from 1:30 pm- 4:00 pm (3)

*KINS 1218: Fitness walking is designed for students who are currently seeking to fulfill old core requirements. Since KINS 1218 will be taught at a different time, students taking it, must also take GEOL 1340 or BIOL 1335/3009, so the student is in the minimum required credit hours for the program. Student may not take KINS 1218 and KINS 1525 simultaneously.

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 12– June 22, 2019 (Summer Term A)

Program Cost:
Includes: Roundtrip airfare to Italy; all regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; breakfast in the Dolomites, Sorrento, and Rome; 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:

  • 3-day tour of the Dolomites
  • Day trips to Venice, Siena, Florence, Carrara Marble Quarries
  • 3-day trip to Sorrento, Almafi Coast, Vesuvius, Pompei and Herculaneum
  • 4-day trip to Rome including the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon and Vatican
  • And 3 free weekends to explore Italy on your own

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $300.00 Program Deposit: Due February 1, 2019
1st Program Payment of $2,625.00: Due February 15, 2019
2nd Program Payment of $2,625.00 + $50.00 mandatory travel insurance fee: Due April 1, 2019

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.


Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Dr. Lissa Leege, Department of Biology –
Lec. Nick Radko, Department of Geology & Geography –
Dr. Mark Welford, Department of Geology & Geography –
Lec. Mary Beth Yarbrough, Health Sciences & Kinesiology –
Office of International Programs & Services –

Last updated: 1/28/2019