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College of A&S - MBIO in Italy: Immunology & Pathogenic Microbiology
Arezzo, Italy; Florence, Italy; Roma, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
College Sponsored
OU Sponsoring College:
College of Arts & Sciences
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Hotel or Guesthouse
Study Abroad Adviser: Karen Elmore Study Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:

MBIO Italy

This program will not be offered in 2016.

Microbiology in Italy

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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.

2015 Dates

July 3       Arrive in Rome
July 30     Last day of classes

July 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.  The program is likely to fill well before the application deadline date.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students to ensure individual attention in the courses.  

Program Design

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. Students 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 Monday through Thursday.  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 will be available in the 2015 Microbiology Information Sheet to be attached here in October.

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 as part of the application process

  •  Passport valid through six months after program end, or a copy of a receipt showing that an application has been submitted.  (U.S. passport application)

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 while in Arezzo

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.

2015 Microbiology Estimated Budget will appear here as a link to 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. The online application process should open by mid-October 2014.

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:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.