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Italy

Dates

May 22 – June 19, 2023

Cost

$4,975 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Psychology, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Italian Cuisine and Culture, English, Honors

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS summer program in Italy begins in the Oltrarno quarter of Florence with an exploration of the Renaissance city’s world-class art and architecture and surroundings. It then moves to the Trastevere district of the ancient and modern capital of Rome, visiting museums, classical ruins, historic churches, palaces and other destinations. By investigating Italian art and history and taking part in the local culture, students become acquainted with the Italian people, their culture and their way of life.

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses. Courses are divided into 2 time-blocks. You cannot select 2 courses in the same time block.

Block 1

ITAL 105 Introduction to Italian Culture

Dr. Erik Liddell

This introduction to Italian culture and history focuses on the many ways in which Italians—artists, writers, composers, architects, scientists and more—have contributed to world civilization, emphasizing connections with program cities and sites including Florence and Rome. The course explores highlights from the classical age through the medieval period and the Renaissance, and up to the modern age and contemporary life.

IDST 350 Topics: Regional Italian Cuisine and Culture

Dr. Eric Chrol

In this class we investigate the regional differences of the locations we visit in two ways. First, we will do a deep dive into what makes the food of each place different. We won’t just be eating a lot of great food, we will consider environmental, political, historical and social factors. Second, we’ll look at tourist accounts from different eras, namely the ancient world, the Grand Tour, and US servicemen during WWII, and compare them with what we see. You will explore our cities in time and space, unpacking what makes each place unique but also what you bring to the table.

PSY 299 Topics: Psychology of Gender and Sexuality

Dr. Christia Brown

This class will examine issues around gender and sexuality in Italy from a social psychological perspective. We will focus on how gender is depicted in media, and how cultural norms dictate our understanding of gender, sexuality, and the sexualization of women.

Block 2

ENG 290/HON 300 Topics: Creativity and Identity in Rome and Florence

Prof. Kelly Liddell

This course engages students with particularities of Italian social life and cultural identity through selected readings, self-guided explorations, interactive encounters, creative responses and current events reports, and through group activities such as place-as-text observations and analyses of the thriving cultural spaces and distinctive neighborhoods of Rome and Florence.

HIST 315 Topics: Love and War in Ancient Italy

Dr. Eric Chrol

This course examines the themes of love and war in Greek and Roman poetry and prose. We will take advantage of the Italian environment and museums to understand these themes in context, as well as discern how our modern views reflect or reject the ancient ones.

PSY 355 Cross-Cultural Psychology

Dr. Christia Brown

This course will explore cultural and social psychological research on the shifting meanings of culture and ethnicity in the context of Italy and the US.  We will discuss what culture really means, how it shifts over time, how it is appropriated and adapted in a new country, and what that means to the original society.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Venice (optional)

Students may take an optional day trip to Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. Once the capital of the maritime empire, the city is built on islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Here the canals lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces offer an unparalleled experience whether walking alongside the canals or taking a ride in a gondola.

Fiesole Etruscan Ruins

We take a day to leave the hustle-bustle of Florence for the nearby hill-town of Fiesole. There we tour the ruins of a settlement occupied by the ancient Etruscans and Romans. We have lunch in town, walk its charming streets, and hold classes on the piazza before returning to our Florence hotel.

Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City is considered to be the center of the Roman Catholic Church and home to the Pope. The KIIS group will visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, all of which are the most popular landmarks of Vatican City.

Florence Cathedral Dome

The Duomo is the main cathedral of Florence. With its famous cupola (dome) designed and engineered by Brunelleschi, fascade, baptistery and campanile, it is one of the most memorable landmarks in the world.

Uffizi & Accademia Galleries

The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries showcase some of the most important artworks created during the Italian Renaissance. Home to famous artworks, such as, Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and countless others, students will experience these masterpieces firsthand.

Roman Forum & the Colosseum

The Colosseum and Roman Forum are some of the most important landmarks of western civilization. We will spend time exploring these ancient ruins that were once the center of the world and that have captivated our collective imagination ever since.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,975 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Italy

Accommodations

1 Meal per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($165), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $600-$1200 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), optional Venice excursion ($130), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,650 – $1,750

The KIIS Italy program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Italy with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Florence, Italy is overnight, arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Rome, Italy to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

May 22 – June 19, 2023

Cost

$4,975 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Psychology, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Italian Cuisine and Culture, English, Honors

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS summer program in Italy begins in the Oltrarno quarter of Florence with an exploration of the Renaissance city’s world-class art and architecture and surroundings. It then moves to the Trastevere district of the ancient and modern capital of Rome, visiting museums, classical ruins, historic churches, palaces and other destinations. By investigating Italian art and history and taking part in the local culture, students become acquainted with the Italian people, their culture and their way of life.

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses. Courses are divided into 2 time-blocks. You cannot select 2 courses in the same time block.

Block 1

ITAL 105 Introduction to Italian Culture

Dr. Erik Liddell

This introduction to Italian culture and history focuses on the many ways in which Italians—artists, writers, composers, architects, scientists and more—have contributed to world civilization, emphasizing connections with program cities and sites including Florence and Rome. The course explores highlights from the classical age through the medieval period and the Renaissance, and up to the modern age and contemporary life.

IDST 350 Topics: Regional Italian Cuisine and Culture

Dr. Eric Chrol

In this class we investigate the regional differences of the locations we visit in two ways. First, we will do a deep dive into what makes the food of each place different. We won’t just be eating a lot of great food, we will consider environmental, political, historical and social factors. Second, we’ll look at tourist accounts from different eras, namely the ancient world, the Grand Tour, and US servicemen during WWII, and compare them with what we see. You will explore our cities in time and space, unpacking what makes each place unique but also what you bring to the table.

PSY 299 Topics: Psychology of Gender and Sexuality

Dr. Christia Brown

This class will examine issues around gender and sexuality in Italy from a social psychological perspective. We will focus on how gender is depicted in media, and how cultural norms dictate our understanding of gender, sexuality, and the sexualization of women.

Block 2

ENG 290/HON 300 Topics: Creativity and Identity in Rome and Florence

Prof. Kelly Liddell

This course engages students with particularities of Italian social life and cultural identity through selected readings, self-guided explorations, interactive encounters, creative responses and current events reports, and through group activities such as place-as-text observations and analyses of the thriving cultural spaces and distinctive neighborhoods of Rome and Florence.

HIST 315 Topics: Love and War in Ancient Italy

Dr. Eric Chrol

This course examines the themes of love and war in Greek and Roman poetry and prose. We will take advantage of the Italian environment and museums to understand these themes in context, as well as discern how our modern views reflect or reject the ancient ones.

PSY 355 Cross-Cultural Psychology

Dr. Christia Brown

This course will explore cultural and social psychological research on the shifting meanings of culture and ethnicity in the context of Italy and the US.  We will discuss what culture really means, how it shifts over time, how it is appropriated and adapted in a new country, and what that means to the original society.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Venice (optional)

Students may take an optional day trip to Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. Once the capital of the maritime empire, the city is built on islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Here the canals lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces offer an unparalleled experience whether walking alongside the canals or taking a ride in a gondola.

Fiesole Etruscan Ruins

We take a day to leave the hustle-bustle of Florence for the nearby hill-town of Fiesole. There we tour the ruins of a settlement occupied by the ancient Etruscans and Romans. We have lunch in town, walk its charming streets, and hold classes on the piazza before returning to our Florence hotel.

Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City is considered to be the center of the Roman Catholic Church and home to the Pope. The KIIS group will visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, all of which are the most popular landmarks of Vatican City.

Florence Cathedral Dome

The Duomo is the main cathedral of Florence. With its famous cupola (dome) designed and engineered by Brunelleschi, fascade, baptistery and campanile, it is one of the most memorable landmarks in the world.

Uffizi & Accademia Galleries

The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries showcase some of the most important artworks created during the Italian Renaissance. Home to famous artworks, such as, Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and countless others, students will experience these masterpieces firsthand.

Roman Forum & the Colosseum

The Colosseum and Roman Forum are some of the most important landmarks of western civilization. We will spend time exploring these ancient ruins that were once the center of the world and that have captivated our collective imagination ever since.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,975 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Italy

Accommodations

1 Meal per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($165), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $600-$1200 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), optional Venice excursion ($130), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,650 – $1,750

The KIIS Italy program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Italy with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Florence, Italy is overnight, arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Rome, Italy to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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