Honors Italy Program: Summer 2016

Program Description

Coastal Village_Honors Italy Su 13Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice – an Honors College seminar taught on location in the most historic and magical destinations in Italy. Grand Tour Redux is built on the premise that understanding our past enables us to understand ourselves. This interdisciplinary course examines the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance and the influence of these eras on the contemporary world. The seminar reconstructs the traditional 18th century Grans Tour. Students will reflect on the contemporary and personal relevance of Italian culture in the 21st century world. Do Roman republican morals guide US civic principles? Do Renaissance notions of individual autonomy define our own? Does Venetian capitalism serve as a model for US business practices? Students will walk in the steps of Julius Caesar in the Roman Forum, witness the catastrophic consequences of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, visualize Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel, visit the architectural marvels of Florence, and cross the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The course recreates history through telling the story of individuals and relating those stories to our own times. Be there to meet Julius Caesar, Augustus, Hadrian, St. Peter, Marco Polo, Dante, Lorenzo de Medici, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, and Gentilleschi. Housed primarily in apartments, students will have the experience of living in Italy. “All paths lead to Rome,” or do they Course Description

Students participating in the FIU Honors College Italy Program must register for the 3 credit hour pre-trip seminar in the Spring 2016 term at the Modesto A. Maidique campus, and the 3 credit hour “in-country” course in the Summer A 2015 term in Italy. While in Italy, students are lectured in the field by Professor John Bailly, give two Sense of Place presentations, and complete a Grand Tour project.



Students participating in the Honors College Italy Program will be housed in centrally located fully furnished apartments in Rome and Florence. In Cinque Terre and Venice, students will housed in a Bed & Breakfast.

Program Information

  • Spring 2016
  • Summer A 2016


  • May 9– June 7, 2016

Courses & Credits

  • On Campus: IDH 4007—Italy: Grand Tour Spring 2015 (3 credits) Fridays, 10:00AM—12:45PM
  • Abroad: IDH 4008—Italy: Grand Tour Summer A 2015 (3 credits)


The cost of the 2016 Italy program is $3,000. This includes housing for the duration of the trip, local transportation, admission to required museums and monuments (approximately 20), some meals, and mandatory international health insurance. Program costs DO NOT include: $250 Honors College fee, $175 Study Abroad non-refundable fee, FIU instructional fee (6 credits, $205.57 per credit. Per credit cost may change for the 2015/2016 academic year ), airfare, meals, and personal expenses (including out-of-class transportation).


Contact Information

  • John Bailly, Faculty Director Honors College at FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 233 T: (305) 348-4100 E: baillyj@fiu.edu W: http:/honors.fiu.edu
  • Luli Szeinblum, Coordinator of Student Programs & Arts Education Honors College at FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 233 T: (305) 348-0297 E: luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu W: http:/honors.fiu.edu

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