Location: Florence, Rome, Venice, Assissi, Sorrento, and other parts of Italy
Course: 3 credit hours of Political Science 2900 or Honors 2030
Dates: January 2-12, 2015
Professors: Chad Hankinson and Farida Jalalzai

Course Description: This course explores the political, religious, architectural and artistic history of Italy. Traveling throughout the country, we will visit Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Venice, Assisi, and the Sorrento region. Some of the many attractions include the ruins of Pompeii, the Statue of David, the Duomo, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. Student should expect to spend about four hours a day in intense learning experiences that include lectures/discussions and site visits. Travel arrangements permitting, students will also have several “free” hours each day during which they are expected to visit additional museums, art galleries, archeological sites, and other places of historical and political significance. Students should also soak up the local culture. Through a combination of reading assigned materials, researching and writing papers,  reflecting in  their journals, and  embarking on international travel with guided tours and lectures, students will acquire knowledge about the political, cultural (contemporary and ancient) religious, architectural and artistic history of Italy. With this knowledge, students will better understand Italy’s role in the world. For instance, how did the Renaissance reflect important cultural changes and achievements and what was its varying impact throughout the country? How does the Catholic Church shape Italian politics and culture?

Click here for a detailed look at the tour

Eligibility Requirements: UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements

Priority Deadline to Apply: May 23, 2014
Regular Deadline to Apply: September 18, 2014

Estimated Costs:

Italy Winter Intersession Program
Educational Fees (2014/2015 rate for 3 credit hours) $950
Personal Expenses & Some Meals
approx. $500
Italy Program Fee1


Total Estimated Cost

1Includes • Round-trip airfare • Accommodations in clean, safe hotels with private bathrooms • A Tour Director available 24  hours-a-day from when you arrive until you depart (except where noted on the tour itinerary) • Continental breakfast daily  and some dinners • Sightseeing tours and excursions led by licensed local guides as specified • Airport transfers and  transportation between destination cities • Transportation to all included activities • Entrance fees and theater tickets as  specified • EF walking tours and Tour Director–led sightseeing as specified• Business and academic visits on tour where specified • Cruises, trains or ferries as specified • Support from EF representatives abroad • 24-hour worldwide emergency service

Not Included in the Fees • Lunches and some dinners • Personal expenses (depends on personal habits) • Passport costs
You may apply for a passport in the Office of International Studies and Programs Passport Application Acceptance Facility on UMSL's campus.


For additional information:
Chad Hankinson, Faculty Director (, 314-516-7152)
Nate Daugherty, Study Abroad Coordinator (, 314-516-5229)

Important Dates:
Priority Application Deadline: May 1, 2014
Application and Deposit Deadline: September 18, 2014
Additional Documents Deadline: October 3, 2014
Remaining Program Fee Deadline: TBA, October 2014
Online Orientation Completion: November 7
Mandatory In Person Oriention: 2-4 pm, Friday November 7, 2014

Application Process:

1. UMSL Study Abroad Application Form
2. Non-refundable** $500 deposit (due at time of application)
3. Scholarship application and scholarship essay (UMSL students only)
4. Non-UMSL applicants are required to submit a $100 application fee. The application fee is separate from the program fee and is payable by check or money order to 'UMSL'.
5. Non-UMSL students must also submit a letter of recommendation and transcript.
6. After turning in your paperwork to the Study Abroad Office, register with EF Tours by clicking here and entering Tour Number 1539710JC

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Study Abroad Office, 261 MSC
Attn: Italy Study Program
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121

Application and non-refundable deposit of $500 are due by September 18.

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation:
Faculty-led program participants are required to complete the online study abroad orientation, which covers health and safety topics, culture shock, and much more. Participants may or may not have to attend an in-person orientation; you will be notified by the program coordinator via e-mail regarding the specific requirements for your program. Non-UMSL students residing in the St. Louis area are welcome to attend. Please notify the Study Abroad Office if you will be attending so that we may send you a parking permit and directions. Details and location.

Important Information Regarding Fees and Registration:


* UMSL reserves the right to revise the program fee if there are fluctuations in the exchange rate. Participants are responsible for any increase in rates.
**Deposit will be refunded only if you are not selected to participate in the program or if the program is cancelled.