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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Non-UD Students: No Field of study: Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Undergraduate
CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Dayton Faculty-led: CAP-focused Program in Florence (History, Politics, Drama)
Florence, Italy city

About the Program

Study in the scenic landscapes and historic piazzas of one of Europe’s earliest centers of globalization! Florence manifests dual identities as a center of Italian history and culture and a modern global European city. This program examines the ways that local, regional, national, continental, and global conditions shape and are shaped by Italian culture. Students will explore Florence as a site of contemporary European culture in courses that ask questions like: how has Italian immigration and emigration impacted global patterns of human mobility? How does Italy reflect trends of a new, global Europe? How do contemporary politics play out in the Italian theatre? Using Florence as the starting point and exploring Rome and Venice, participants will examine Italy’s global impact.

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. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.

HST 378: Immigration History (3 credits)
CAP Status: Advanced Historical Studies; Diversity and Social Justice

This course focuses on the history of global migration in the 19th century to the present with a specific focus on Italy. It uses transnationalism as a central category of analysis to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of being migrants and immigrants from Italy and to Italy. The course focuses on themes of race and gender, policies of immigration controls and discussion of rights of citizenship and labor and how such themes impacted and continue to influence status and experiences of immigrant families and refugee communities.
SSC 200: Globalization / POL 300: Italian Politics & Society (3 credits)
CAP Status: SSC 200 is a required CAP course; POL 300 is a non-CAP course, but fulfills the Social Science requirement

This course will focus on modern Italy: its politics, economics, and society in a globalized world. We will study Italy’s political parties and political culture; role of the Catholic Church and women; organized crime; regionalism; European Union; and US-Italian relations. 

ENG 313/THR 313: Social Justice & Dramatic Literature (3 credits)
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries - Integrative; Diversity and Social Justice

We will read critically works of dramatic literature that animate the social problems and politics of post-WW II Europe, focusing on the ways that written and performative dimensions of these texts mirror and critique 20th and 21st century cultural conditions. Especially important for our analysis will be dramatic texts that interrogate issues of technological determinism, globalization, anti-Semitism, and homophobia. We will also attend live performances of Italian theatre. 

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. Haimanti Roy, Associate Professor, Department of History (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Jaro Bilocerkowycz, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Patrick Thomas, Associate Professor, Department of English


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 in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making 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 details for your MAXIE course are as follows:

UDI 220
CRN: 11908
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Once you have committed to the program, please register for this Spring 2019 mini-course, which meets March 5 - April 30, 2019. Be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Education Abroad with details on how to register.

Cost and Refund Policy

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This program is currently not accepting applications.