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College of A&S - MBIO in Italy: Immunology & Pathogenic Microbiology
Arezzo, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty Led, OU in Arezzo Study Abroad Adviser: Karen Elmore
Program Description:

Microbiology in Italy

Program Highlights

Location:  Arezzo, Italy
Faculty Leaders:  Tyrrell Conway and Casie Collamore
Housing:  Hotels or apartments, shared occupancy
Excursions: Rome, Florence, Siena
Independent Travel: Open 3-day weekend mid-program

This program works well for science and pre-health professions majors.

Projected Dates

July 1     Arrive in Rome
Jul 31     Free to depart from Arezzo


  • MBIO   4823  Pathogenic Microbiology and Infectious Disease (required for MBIO majors)
  • MBIO   4833   Basic Immunology (elective for MBIO major)

Only students willing to make a serious commitment to the academic aspect of this program should apply.

Enrollment is limited to 22 students to ensure individual attention in the courses.  The professors and the International Programs Office of the College of Arts and Sciences have worked to create an exciting opportunity abroad that places microbiology and the history of that science into an Italian context. 

Program Design

Students usually begin the program with time in Rome, then move on to Arezzo.  Excursions to Florence and Siena complement the academic work by focusing on topics such as The Plague and the history of science, as well as Italian culture and history.  Classes are held Mondays through Thursdays.  Some day trips may take place on Fridays in order to keep the rest of the weekend open.  There is an open 3-day weekend mid-program for independent travel.  More details are available in the 2014 Microbiology Information Sheet.

On-site support is provided by Kirk Duclaux, OU's Director of Italian Programs in Italy, and his staff.   

Program Requirements

  • 3.0  OU cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • MBIO 3812 and 3813 or permission of instructor
  • 1 faculty recommendation, submitted electronically
  • Passport valid for six months after return from study abroad. (For U.S. passport application, click here.)
  • Open to all OU students who meet the requirements. Not restricted to Arts and Sciences majors.


  • Shared hotel rooms or multiple-occupancy apartments
  • Half board - breakfast and dinner included in price

Money Matters

It is each applicant's responsibility to share information about cost with family members who need to know and understand how the payment system works.

2014 Microbiology Estimated Budget will help you compare programs and plan for study abroad.  Arts and Sciences summer programs require a $200 non-refundable deposit at the time of application.  That amount is deducted from the program fee.  Costs are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate and the number of participants.

There are a number of scholarships available for study abroad students.  A few examples are listed below.

Get Started

Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad,   After that, schedule an appointment with Karen Elmore, College of Arts and Sciences International Programs Coordinator.

A College of Arts and Sciences Faculty-led Program

Karen L. Elmore, International Programs Coordinator
232 Ellison Hall
Phone: 325-4716
For an advising appointment, go to:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/21/2014 
Rolling Admission 07/01/2014 07/30/2014
 NOTE: NOTE: Program arrival date is July 1, 2014. Participants are free to leave Arezzo on July 31, 2014. You are advised not to purchase your international airfare before you have been accepted to the program and have received instructions from your study abroad adviser and/or faculty-leader concerning your arrival in and departure from Italy as part of your participation in this program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.