• Group photo on coast

    Capstone in Southern Italy

  • Colosseum

    Capstone in Southern Italy

  • Island of Favignana

    Capstone in Southern Italy

  • Students in Cave

    Capstone in Southern Italy

Introduction

This course offers the opportunity for students to obtain a fundamental understanding of the relationship between humans, their environment, and the role interdisciplinary scientific research plays in not only the understanding of our past, but using this knowledge to plan for a sustainable future. 

Join us in Southern Italy to investigate the environmental and social-political implications of climate change in a hands-on, experiential way.

Chad was so awesome. He challenged us to ponder deeper issues and taught us so much indirectly by making us think things through ourselves, through inquiry. -Molly. 2018

I enjoyed each city in a different way, and the program involved everything that I enjoy doing. This included trying new foods, visiting and learning about historical sites, shopping, being active and physical, and being on the beach. -Jenna, 2018

This program was amazing. We did so much in 3 weeks and I really felt like we saw and experienced everything we could! The class work was just the right amount and was just an amazing experience. It was so worth the money and time! -Kaylee, 2018

Upcoming information sessions for this program:

  • Monday, Sept. 24, 1 pm in GIL 007
  • Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 am in GIL 009

Location

The below map shows the program's overnight locations and does not include sites visited during day trips.

Course Leaders

Chad Heinzel, Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Phone: 319-273-6168
E-mail:chad.heinzel@uni.edu
Campus Address: LAT 116

Chad has traveled to Sicily and southern Italy the past 18 summers, conducting research and leading undergraduate to graduate student field schools. He loves sharing his passion for the region with students and looks forwarding to taking students abroad every summer! 

One of Chad's favorite quotes: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Academics

CAP 3140: Environment, Technology, and Society (2 credit hours) and EARTHSCI 3410/5410: Field Studies in the Geoarcheology of Sicily (1 credit hour).

Important: Participants are required to enroll in an additional 1-credit hour course during the second half of the spring semester. This spring course is separate from the 3 summer credit hours participants are enrolled in by the Study Abroad Center. Enrollment for the spring course is not managed by the Study Abroad Center. Contact Chad Heinzel for more information. To view the spring course syllabus, click HERE

Through this capstone, students will investigate the environmental and subsequent sociopolitical implications of climate change upon Mediterranean cultures. Students learn by exploring archeological sites and geologic exposures. Along the way, students will gain an understanding of Sicily's cultural past, present, and future then apply this knowledge to their own education/life!

The cultural center of this course will focus on the Mediterranean (including the Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans). Students will explore medieval castles, walk through Greek temples, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, climb an active volcano (Stromboli), eat some amazing Italian food, summit the top of the world's largest church (St. Peter's Basilica in Rome), create their own adventures in the Roman Colosseum, and much more! 

To view the syllabus for the summer coursework, click HERE

NOTES:

  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program s course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.

Itinerary

Tentative Program Dates: Friday, June 21, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in Rome; visit St. Peter's Square, the Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain

Day 2: Visit Roman Forum and Coliseum

Day 3: Explore Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel - St. Peter's Basilica, Treasury Museum

Day 4: Travel to Florence

Day 5: Visit Academia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's sculpture David

Day 6: Visit Uffizi Gallery, one of the most visited galleries in the world and home to many works from the Italian Renaissance

Day 7: Free day to visit sites such as the Piazza del Duomo & Duomo (Florence Cathedral, one of the largest in the world)

Day 8: Flight to Sicily; travel to Trapani 

Day 9: Day trip to Erice, The City of Love and Science

Day 10: Day trip to Levanzo island and prehistoric cave, Grotta del Genovese

Day 11: Day trip to Segesta, the most well-preserved Greek-style temple in the world

Day 12: Day trip to Favignana island, where students will explore the island by bicycle 

Day 13: Travel to Lipari

Day 14: Isola di Vulcano excursion

Day 15: Museum visit in Lipari and half free day

Day 16: Stromboli volcano excursion

Day 17: Free day

Day 18: Travel to Catania, walking tour 

Day 19: Travel to Rome

Day 20: Visit the archeological site of Pompeii, a Roman city buried in ash and stone by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. - optional activity, not included in program package

Day 21: Free day

Day 22: Depart for home


*Expect up to 15 miles per day of walking/hiking in occasionally hilly or mountainous terrain.

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hotels or hostels arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Most meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Capstone in Southern Italy

Estimated Program Cost:

$6,900*

* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Click Below to View Detailed Budget Sheet:

Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees:

$4,350

Room & Board:

$4,390

Books:

$450

Personal Expenses:

$825

Transportation:

$200


Total:

$10,216

Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines

APPLY

Term: 
Summer
2019
App Deadline: 
Friday, December 14, 2018
Program Dates: 
Friday, June 21, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your cumulative GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.