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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UD applicants only
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Non-UD Students: No Language coursework offered: No
Field of study: Social Sciences Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Academic Level: Undergraduate Max credit hours: 10
Program Description:

Psychology in RomeRome piazza
About the program

Explore psychology in Rome, Italy! Students will engage in the study of child development, biopsychological processes, and social psychology from the perspective of living in and immersing themselves in this unique culture. Students will have the opportunity to increase their cross-cultural understanding of important psychological theories while exploring Italian history and culture through excursions within and outside of the city center of Rome. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the application of psychological theories to everyday life in a European context and to compare that to the U.S. context.

Psychology Abroad, Summer 2015, UD Student Participant:
"I loved all of it! I could not have asked for a better experience abroad! I've met friends that will last a lifetime, had experiences I never thought I would and have grown so much as a person!"


Curricular Options

Students are required to enroll in 7 credit hours, but may enroll in 10 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin.

PSY 351. Child Psychology (3 Credits)
Study of psychological processes from the developmental point of view; changes in perception, cognition, emotion, and social behavior from infancy to adolescence. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
PSY 422. Biopsychology
(3 Credits)
This course covers how our biology/physiology affects our behavior, or how our behaviors influence our biology/physiology, with a focus on the central nervous system. We will discuss a wide variety of topics, from basic structure and function of neurons and the nervous system; evolution and genetics; neural mechanisms of our senses; brain damage and neuroplasticity; hormones & sex; drug addiction; learning & memory; emotion & stress; and mood disorders.
PSY 341. Social Psychology
(3 Credits)
Survey of major theoretical and experimental work in the field; attitudes, conformity, emotions, group dynamics.
CAP Status: Diversity and Social Justice
UDI 310. MAXIE: Experience
(1 Credit - required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD. Graded minicourse required of all student participants.


Dr. Mary Fuhs, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology (site coordinator)
Dr. Erin O’Mara, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Tracy Butler, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Psychology Abroad, Summer 2015, UD Student Participant:
"Studying abroad develops ones emotional stability, fosters open mindedness, as well as puts people in fast acting problem solving situations especially when you do not speak the same language. The experiences and perspective gained from studying abroad is not something you can get through any other type of experience."


Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).

The schedule for your UDI 220 class is as follows: 

Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UDI 220 - M6
SJ 211

You must register for UDI 220 using the proper section number that applies to your program.  All classes will begin in early March 2018 and run through the end of April.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Additional Information

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This program is currently not accepting applications.