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Journey to Italy
Arezzo, Italy; Multiple Cities, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Journey Programs Language of Instruction: English
Non-English Language Prerequisite:
No Language Preqrequisite Housing Type: Hotel or Guesthouse
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Study Abroad Adviser: Kaydee Dyer
Language Category:
Language Category B Study Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Description:

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If you need to be advised for the Journey to Italy program to complete your application, please see the dates and times below for group advising. The advising session should not take more than 30 minutes.

Farzaneh Hall room 145
  • January 23, 2017 from 4:00-4:30 and 4:30-5:00
  • January 26, 2017 from 11:00-11:30 and 11:30-12:00
  • January 27, 2017 from  2:00-2:30 and 2:30-3:00 

Summer 2017 Highlights
  • Travel throughout Italy with OU professors and other OU students
  • Earn 6 Upper Division General Education credits (pending review by the Provost's Advisory Committee on General Education)
  • Use your banked hours and save on tuition/fees
  • PITF Airfare scholarship GUARANTEED for ALL Journey Program participants
  • Applications open November 15th and are due January 29th
Program Requirements
In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, you must also have:
  • 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 1 recommendation letter from any OU professor
Program Overview
Journey programs are designed to fulfill General Education requirements while traveling throughout a country with OU professors and students. For this program, you will visit several important cities and sites within Italy. Potential cities to be visited include Arezzo, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, and Venice!

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Journey to Italy will offer two programs for the Summer 2017 term. One program will be in June and the other will be in July. You are required to take both courses offered during the program in order to participate. All courses are pending Gen Ed credit.

June Course Offerings
  • AHI 3313 Art and Culture in Italy (Gen Ed Western Civ), a hands-on Art History course, Professor Kirk Duclaux, Director of Italian Programs in Italy for the University of Oklahoma. 
  • IAS 3920/5820 Journey to Italy: Understanding Italian Architecture through Film (Gen Ed credit, taught by Professor Anthony Cricchio)
July Course Offerings
  • AHI 3313 Art and Culture in Italy (Gen Ed Western Civ), a hands-on Art History course, Professor Kirk Duclaux, Director of Italian Programs in Italy for the University of Oklahoma. 
  • IAS 3920/5820 Journey to Italy: The Medici and the Renaissance (Gen Ed credit, taught by Professor Robert Griswold)

2017 Projected Dates

June Program: June 4-July 3, 2017
July Program: July 3-July 31, 2017

Money Matters
The budget estimate for the 2017 Journey to Italy program is below; this budget does not include personal expenses. 
  • OU Tuition & Fees - normal in-state or out-of-state rate (financial aid, scholarships and/or banked hours may apply)
  • Program Fee - $3700 (includes housing, in-country travel, and most meals) 
    • 1st payment = $500 nonrefundable deposit due with program acceptance ($250 for students who meet high financial need criteria)
    • 2nd payment = $1600 nonrefundable program fee payment due March 9, 2017
    • 3rd payment = $1600 nonrefundable program fee payment due April 6, 2017
  • Airfare - ~$1500 (all Journey to Italy students will receive a PITF scholarship of varying amounts to help with the cost of airfare)
  • Education Abroad Application Fee - $50 (charged to your Bursar account)
There are also a number of additional scholarships available for study abroad students, including but not limited to the following: Housing
Participants will stay as a group. Each student will share a room with at least one other student. The accommodation is fully included in the program cost. Accommodations may include hotels, guesthouses, and the Santa Chiara Monastery in Arezzo.

Application Instructions
The first step to apply for this program is to attend a Study Abroad 101 session, offered weekdays throughout the semester.

The Journey Programs Launch Party will be November 15th from 4:30-6:30 PM in Farzaneh Hall 146. Phase 2 applications will open immediately following this event. Once the application opens, click the Apply Now button at the top of this page and then complete the online application until every box is checked off. Notice that you are required to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser as part of your Phase 2 application - you can attend the Journey Programs Launch Party or see below to schedule an appointment.

Note that this program does not have rolling admission like other Journey programs; applications are due January 29th. All applications for Journey to Italy will be reviewed in early February. Students with a 3.0 or higher GPA and background coursework in Italian or Latin language, literature, or art will be given priority consideration in the application process; however, previous study of Italian is not required as coursework takes place in English. Maturity and independence are also highly regarded qualities in all study abroad applications. 

The online application includes things to read, sign, and complete. You will need one letter of recommendation from a professor who has graded you, and you will need to answer three essay questions:
  1. Why have you applied to this specific study abroad program?
  2. What are 2-3 goals you’ve set for your study abroad experience and how will you accomplish them?
  3. What are 2-3 challenges you expect to face abroad and how will you overcome them? 

More Information
Your Study Abroad Adviser for Journey to Italy is Kaydee Dyer. Please contact Kaydee by email or schedule an appointment by logging in to if you have any questions about this program.

This study experience will involve some rugged travel and hiking. Each student should consider his/her own physical fitness as well as his/her tolerance to extreme heat and non-standard accommodation.  Additionally, students may need to get vaccinations and medications prior to departure.  It is each student’s responsibility to ensure his/her routine vaccinations are up-to-date and to inquire whether there are recommended and/or required vaccinations or medications for the country/countries he/she will visit (including any countries he/she will visit which are not part of the study abroad program’s itinerary).  To find comprehensive information regarding international travel, including recommended or required vaccinations and medications, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.  We recommend students visit a healthcare provider and acquire any necessary vaccinations and medications at least two (2) months prior to departure. Goddard Health Center (on the OU campus) is a good place for students to acquire the appropriate vaccinations and medications.

Kaydee Dyer, Study Abroad Adviser for Italy Programs
Farzaneh Hall 144

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/01/2017
02/15/2017 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.