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Italy Short Term Study Abroad

Renaissance & Baroque Humanities (HUM 2232)
3 credit hours

  •  May 9, 2023 - May 22, 2023
Estimated Fees
Program Fee:
$ 309.18
SAGE Scholarship:
SAGE Credit:
$ 1,400.00
Estimated Cost:
$ 2,604.18
  •   Co-Leader

Before reviewing this page or applying to this program, read the entire COVID-19 Statement.  If you have questions, please contact SAGE.  All information is subject to change.  Prices are an estimate only until flights are booked and could fluctuate.

Italy is a country of both bustling cities and serene countryside villages. It is a land of ancient history and unique culture. While touring the famous city-scapes of Rome, Florence, and Venice, students will experience Italian food and culture as well as dive deep into the arts and humanities. In this 13-day experience, three professors and professional tour guides will accompany students to UNESCO world heritage sites, ancient cities and structures, museums, old cathedrals, and squares. Students will visit the Pantheon, Il Gesu, Galleria Borghese, the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo, Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica, and much more. We will also see the world’s most famous artistic collections including works of art such as Michelangelo’s David and Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Teresa.

Course Description

HUM 2232 is an integrated examination of dominant ideas in Western culture expressed in art, literature, music, philosophy and religion. Covers period from Renaissance through Baroque era, emphasizing synthesis of classical and Christian elements. Gordon Rule course in which the student is required   to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple writing assignments. Minimum grade of C is required if used to satisfy Gordon Rule requirement.

Students will gain first-hand experience in understanding European and Italian culture. Using Italy as a test case, this course provides an examination of dominant ideas in Western culture expressed in art, literature, music, philosophy, and religion. It will focus on the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries—specifically the historical and cultural categories known as the Renaissance and the Baroque—and their historical conditions, contexts, and legacies.

Applications are open!

Early Summer Application & Payment Deadlines

  •   August 2022 - Application Opens
  •   12/09/2022 - Application Closes
  •   12/16/2022 - Application Payment Deadline
  •  2/03/2023 - Passport Deadline & Orientation
  •  2/09/2023 - Deposit Payment Deadline
  •   3/17/2023 - Final Payment Due

Contact us

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 4:30pm (Virtual appointments only)
Email and Phone
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Things to Consider Before You Apply


  • Familiarize yourself with Italy's travel outlook, including COVID-19 entry restrictions and levels.  Please visit the Department of State by clicking here and the CDC by clicking here to see more information.
  • This program is open to students in good standing only. Please see GPA requirements.
  • Students are expected to attend all face-to-face pre-departure and re-entry meetings.
  • Although this is a summer course, some of the course work, assignments, and travel preparation will take place during the spring semester. If you have questions about this, please contact Professor Bassetti.
  • Students should expect to walk at least 10 miles per day, sometimes on uneven surfaces. Bring comfortable walking shoes.
  • Students will be traveling in the country via airplane, train, or bus. Packing light will be critical since the group will be moving around to different cities during the program. Be prepared to transport your personal belongings during those transitions.
  • If a student has dietary restrictions, he/she should be prepared with extra money for meals and snacks. Dietary needs will be communicated beforehand but alternate meals may not be available due to travel arrangements, and students should plan accordingly.
  • Daily breakfast and some dinners will be included in the price. All other snacks, meals, souvenirs/shopping, and structured free time activities will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Students must acquire passports. Passport fees, course tuition, and course materials are not included in the price.
  • Students can expect to share room accommodations with students of the same gender with en-suite bathrooms shared.
  • During free time, students must always be in a group of three or more for safety reasons.
  • Students are not allowed to drink alcohol per SAGE and Student Development rules.
  • For safety and logistical reasons, there will be a nightly curfew for students.
  • It is important to understand that students will be acting as cultural ambassadors from the U.S. and representing Valencia positively to our

    foreign hosts.  Students will be expected to follow the Valencia Student Code of Conduct.

Program Eligibility

  • Be 18-years-old by time of travel.
  • Have an Institutional GPA of 2.5 at time of application.
  • Meet course requirements, including prerequisites if applicable.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College.
  • Completed one semester within last year.
  • Completed 12 college-level credits by time of travel.
  • Have not received a SAGE scholarship in the current academic year.

Course Prerequisites

  • Successful complete with at least a “C” of ENC 1101/1101 H, or IDH 1110

Funding Information

This program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office, the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office. These departments will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation. Funding is limited to a set number of students per program.

Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover part or all of the final payment and/or additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a MY EDUCATION PLAN or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise, your financial aid payment may be reduced.


Program Fee Includes

  •  Roundtrip Airfare
  •  Daily Breakfast
  •  Welcome and Farewell Dinners 
  •  Accommodations
  •  Cultural and Professional Visits
  •  All Ground Transportation
  •  On-site Director and support
  •  Medical and Travel Insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include

  •  Lunches and Most Dinners
  •  Snacks
  •  Course Tuition and Fees
  •  Airport Departure Fees and Taxes
  •  Luggage Transport/Storage Fees
  •  Passport Fees
  •  Visa (not required for U.S. Citizens)
  •  Immunizations
  •  Spending Money
  •  Tips
  •  Free time activities

Important Information

Class Meetings

Pre-departure Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •   Orientation 2/03/2023
     1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
     West Campus 11-106
  •  Meeting #1: 2/24/2023
     10 A.M. - 1 P.M.
    East Campus
    Room TBA
  •  Meeting #2: 4/28/2023
    10 A.M. - 1 P.M.
    East Campus
    Room TBA
Re-Entry Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •   Meeting # 3: 6/2/2023
     10 A.M. - 1 P.M.
     East Campus
    Room TBA

Please note that the program may be altered or cancelled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and, in many circumstances, airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice before the application deadline.