Spring Study-Tour in Italy Set for March 2018

October 05, 2017

Photo of Venice in the sunset Students, faculty, and staff are invited to consider traveling to Italy over Spring Break 2018 with a University Campus class studying the centennial of World War I and the upcoming centennial of World War II in Europe. The tour will expose students to the art, architecture, and history of Rome, Venice, Florence, and other Italian cities in a rich context, guided by university faculty. 

The travel opportunity is another in a series of study-tours offered by Saint Leo University. While many students may not be able to travel abroad for an entire semester, they can get some international exposure through these innovative, short-term tours linked to courses. Travel costs are charged separately by a tour company. Students who do not enroll in the associated courses can also opt to pay the fee to join the academic tours, space permitting. Since faculty take care to schedule study tours during scheduled breaks in the University Campus academic year, students do not have to miss any classes.

Student and parents have found it best to begin considering courses with study-tours (or just the study-tours) early in the previous semester. That permits students time to speak to the faculty involved about the destinations and course requirements, and also to speak with advisors about how the experience fits into the student’s academic plan and degree requirements. Students and families can also benefit from time to budget in advance of travel and apply for possible financial aid.

The package tour price to Italy for students is approximately $3,855 (including airfare to and from Tampa, transportation within Italy, hotels, admission to museums, and several meals) and must be paid by December 30, 2017 to the tour provider, EF College Study Tours. A valid U.S. passport is required.

The foundational academic course being offered at University Campus is a senior-level undergraduate class called World Wars I & II Centennial: Geo-Strategy & Repercussions (POL/HTY 400 ST). It can be taken for credit in either history or political science, and will be taught by Dr. Marco Rimanelli, a political science professor. Dr. Rimanelli has led previous study tours to Italy in conjunction with his courses.

Photo of Leaning Tower of Pisa

The related study-tour for 2018 is called World Wars I & II in Italy: Centennial History & Arts. Participants will travel to Venice (pictured with gondolas), Bologna, Florence, Pisa, Rome, and the Vatican. Agnieszka Leesch, a faculty member from the Department of Language Studies and the Arts (also in the School of Arts and Sciences) will co-lead the trip and lend her perspective from the humanities. Destinations will include noted tourist attractions such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa (pictured), the Colosseum in Rome, Saint Peter’s Basilica (shown on front), the Vatican Museums, notable architecture from various eras, points of literary reference, and churches in several of the cities. The tour will also time at an academic conference on the centenary of the wars jointly presented by Saint Leo University and John Cabot University in Rome.

Other faculty members at University Campus are supporting the educational value of the tour by allowing students who are enrolled in certain courses–other than Dr. Rimanelli’s course–to write short research papers based on the trip for credit. The participating faculty members teach other courses in history and political science, as well as art history, creative writing, academic composition, hospitality and tourism, and other areas. Students interested should consult with Dr. Rimanelli and Ms. Leesch for the names of cooperating faculty and with the faculty members themselves for guidance.

For further information, contact Dr. Rimanelli at (352) 588-8277 or by email at marco.rimanelli@saintleo.edu, or Ms. Leesch at agnieszka.leesch@saintleo.edu.

Also consult the website of the tour provider for a detailed itinerary by visiting: www.efcollegestudytours.com/1901095ER.