Italy: A Counseling and Higher Education View of Italy
The Patton College of Education provides learning-centered experiences that foster a diverse academic community. The College strives to promote and teach diversity in its educational offerings and interactions across the professional field. This program will foster this goal by preparing students and educators to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Taking a cross-cultural approach to learning about higher education topics will help participants to understand the topic of culture and how it influences higher education practices. Participants will increase their multicultural competencies and learn to embrace diversity, one of the core values of Patton College.
This 10-day cultural institute will bring together undergraduates, graduates, counselors, counselor educators, and other higher education staff and professionals for an immersive experience that will increase participants' global competencies vital to their profession. With a focus on counseling and higher education within the country of Italy, the program will provide participants with introductory and advanced instruction in counseling and an understanding of the role culture plays in counseling and higher education. Moreover, participants will increase their multicultural competencies and learn to embrace diversity, one of the core values of Patton College.
Participants will engage in a variety of activities including refereed lectures and workshops, guest speakers, and excursions to culturally significant sites in Italy such as Pisa, Lucca, siena, Florence, Greve, and San Gimignano. Additional excursions at no cost include: Uffizi, Academy of David and an 8-course Italian meal at Achimede Restaurant.
Undergraduate and graduate participants will enroll in OHIO credit for this experience. Professional participants such as counselors, teachers, staff, administrators, and other higher education professionals will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their participation.
Summer 2020 dates: May 3-16, 2020
Priority Deadline: January 24, 2020
Final Deadline: February 15, 2020
Program is open to graduate and undergraduate students as well as counselors, teachers, staff, administrators, and other higher education and teaching professionals. Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, while undergraduate applicants must be above 2.25 GPA. Please check below for application procedures.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
- OHIO students, submit your application through the Office of Global Opportunities.
- Non-OHIO students should first contact the OGO program coordinator for application instructions.
- Current teachers or other in-service professionals should apply through the Office of Global Opportunities. Select the "Non-Ohio University Student" option and submit the entire application in one log-in session.
Students will live in shared rooms at Casa Cares. Casa Cares is located in a 14th-century villa that features spectacular views of the Tuscan hillside. Most meals are eaten together family style. While in Rome, we will stay at Casa Valdese Hotel and are within walking distance to the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Spagna and the Villas of Borghese. A short metro ride to the Rome Termini provides access to shopping and dining.
Note: Single rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional fee is 300 Euro. Fee will be charged by OHIO and is in addition to regular program expenses.
Courses and Credits
- EDCE 4000 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies in Italy (3 credits)
- EDCE 6900 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies in Italy (3 credits)
- EDCE 8900 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies in Italy (3 credits)
- OHIO students may not participate as non-credit participants.
- OHIO graduate student applicants should contact the Program Coordinator for advising on costs and payments (see below).
- Students from other institutions wishing to participate for credit should contact the Program Coordinator prior to applying (see below)
Additional Information on Italy
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook .
Health and Safety
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.
Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.
Requesting accomodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and Exit Requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for Italy can be found here.
U.S. citizens do not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Mona Robinson
Dr. Adrienne Erby
Sr. Program Coordinator