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Journey to Italy
Arezzo, Italy; Multiple Cities, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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: Monica Goodwin
Language Category:
Language Category B Study Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Description:

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Summer 2018 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
  • Want to stay in Italy for longer? Apply for Italy 2.0 - it counts as a Spring semester course!
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

* If you still need to be advised for this program, please sign up for a Group Advising session here * 

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 2018 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. 

June Course Offerings
  • AHI 3313 - Journey to Italy: Art and Culture in Italy (Professor Kirk Duclaux, Director of Italian Programs in Italy, Gen-Ed Western Civ)
  • IAS 3920 - Journey to Italy: Western Art, Music, and Italian Culture (Professor Sarah Ellis, Gen-Ed Artistic Form)
July Course Offerings
  • AHI 3313 - Journey to Italy: Art and Culture in Italy (Professor Kirk Duclaux, Director of Italian Programs in Italy, Gen-Ed Western Civ)
  • COMM 3513 - Journey to Italy: Intercultural Communication (Professor Sunny Lee, Gen-Ed Western Civ)

2018 Dates 

June Program: June 4-July 2, 2018 (dates may vary)
July Program: July 3-July 31, 2018 (dates may vary)

Money Matters
The budget estimate for the 2018 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 by March 16, 2018
      • ($250 for students who meet high financial need criteria)
    • 2nd payment = $1600 nonrefundable program fee payment due March 30, 2018
    • 3rd payment = $1600 nonrefundable program fee payment due April 20, 2018
  • Airfare - ~$1500 
  • 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. You will also need to schedule an advising appointment here

Note that this program does not have rolling admission like other Journey programs; applications are due January 28th. 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 Monica Goodwin. Please contact Monica 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.

Monica Goodwin, Study Abroad Adviser
Farzaneh Hall 144

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/28/2018
02/07/2018 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.