Italy, Ferrara

Application Deadlines: 
  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Meeting with Program Leader

Application deadline: Mar. 15, 2017

Program Details: 

Program Dates: Jun. 26 - Jul. 16, 2017

In this course we will ask ourselves questions, from the simple to the more complex: How do I plan an international trip? What do I need to know to get around and to talk to people? What information is available about Italy in the US? What are the current social issues in Italy? How are these issues reported in the US?  How do I know what I know? This course aims to help you explore the answer to these questions while building your confidence to travel and learn internationally. You will leave this class with a greater understanding of what it means to participate in a global society.  

By participating in this course, you will:

  • Build your own self-awareness, particularly your cultural self-awareness
  • Develop a deeper understanding of social justice in a global society
  • Deconstruct assumptions, describe how assumptions are formed, and challenge assumptions through critical reflection and by considering new perspectives
  • Locate and synthesize knowledge/ information from a variety of sources to research a global social justice issue
  • Analyze similarities and differences between the U.S. and Italian cultures

We will begin our research in class on the OSU campus and continue on location in Italy. You will live with a host family, participate in a service-learning activity, visit museums and galleries, explore cultural and historic locations, attend lectures, and talk with locals. While seeking answers to our questions we will reflect on the forces (politics, access, linguistic, economic, etc.) that affect the information available to us in the US. This educational/cultural experience will be centered on Italy. Note: For this class there is no Italian-speaking requirement and many people, especially the younger generation, speak English as a foreign language.

For more information, contact program leaders Kelly McElroy and Natalia Fernandez.

Academic Emphasis: 
Ethnic Studies
Liberal Studies
Political Science
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 
  • Tuition (3 cr. undergraduate): $579
  • Participant Fee: $2,200

(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)

  • International Accident & Sickness Insurance: $34
  • SHS Travel Consult: $10 (optional)
  • International Airfare: $1,600
  • U.S. Passport: $135
  • Books & Supplies: $0
  • Meals (not included in the Participant Fee): $150
  • Incidentals and miscellaneous: $200
  • Credit: $389 reduction in fees

Total Program Cost Estimate: $4,519