Faculty-led Program in Italy

This UNI course in Italy offers opportunities to obtain fundamental understandings of the relationships between humans, our environments, and the important role interdisciplinary studies play in understanding our past, but using this knowledge to plan for a sustainable future. This general education course is designed to benefit all UNI students and majors. 

Explore Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean as we practice environmental and social responsibility. While abroad you will learn from Italy’s art, people, world renowned archeological sites, beaches, food, fashion, volcanoes, and much more…Comments from past students:  

“This was the most amazing experience full of a lot of education and fun. While traveling around Italy and Sicily, I learned so many important and amazing things about not only the Italian culture, but the world as well. I would not trade this experience that I had for the world.” 

“I would absolutely recommend this program to others. Chad is an amazing professor who cares about the students having a good time. He is super flexible and listens to our inputs. The activities were also awesome! Climbing the volcano, eating great food, and seeing amazing art and history were all highlights of the trip.”

“The class topics are always interesting, focusing on yourself, society, and the environment. Even with the itinerary, there's plenty of time to roam the cities/towns with friends to get a more personal feel rather than in the big group. Such an amazing opportunity to grow and learn... three weeks I'll always remember!”

Dates & Deadlines

App Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023
Program Dates: Saturday, May 18 - Thursday, June 6, 2024

The study abroad center is no longer accepting applications for this program. If you are interested in this program, please fill out the waitlist form below:

Faculty-Led Program Waitlist

EarthSci 3336: Natural Resources and Civilizations  (3 credit hours) 

Talk to your academic advisor about how this course would work for you! 

This course can fulfill a variety of credit options, including UNIFI: Responsibility category. It can count as a general education UNIFI elective credit and part of the UNIFI Certificate in Sustainability. No prerequisites. All majors are encouraged to participate. 

Students will investigate the environmental and subsequent sociopolitical implications of climate change upon Mediterranean cultures.  Along the way, students will gain an understanding of Italy’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, Forum, Pantheon and much more! 

Prior to leaving for this summer course, learning materials will be provided online in addition to two or more in-person spring meetings. The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in the course. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on academic requirements.  


  • 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. This has worked well for many students in the past. 
  • 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.

Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost: $6,735*

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

Estimated Total Program Cost $6,735
Estimated U-bill charges $4,667
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs $2,068


Italy Cost Estimate (PDF)

Cost of Studying On Campus at UNI*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees $4,527
Room & Board $4,580
Books $400
Personal Expenses $878
Transportation $320
Total $10,705

Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/cost-aid

‌Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to study abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, 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 cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
  • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
    • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • 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.