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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment, Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Non-Degree Seeking Type of Program: Faculty-led
Program Description:

Cross-Cultural Approach to STE(A)M Education in Italy

This course provides a cultural immersion and field-based experience through exploration of the Italian educational system. Particular attention will be placed on how Italy incorporates the arts into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The focus of the course will be gaining an understanding through cultural immersion with the Florentine community, exposure and appreciation of Italian high school and college education principles, studying early STE(A)M proponents like Leonardo da Vinci and Francesco Solari, and developing skills for conducting cross-cultural inquiry. This course will also offer an opportunity to learn through traditional, experiential, and self-paced learning within the Italian community.

Program Details

Seeking Credits in the following:

  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad
  • Art History (ARTH) 303: National Traditions
  • Honors (HNRS)122: Reading the Arts


This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.


  • Shared rooms in apartment with kitchen facilities
  • Double or triple occupancy in hotel

Program Cost (Summer 2017): $3,875*

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Accommodations (apartments in Florence & hotel in Rome)
  • Cultural tours and excursions
  • Daily breakfast at hotel in Rome
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Most meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary*

Day 1  Arrive in Florence; Welcome Dinner
Day 2  Foundations of STE(A)M: da Vinci & Other Masters; Activity TBD
Day 3  Lecture & Activity TBD
Day 4  The Renaissance's Influence on STE(A)M; Visit TBD
Day 5  Visit to the Uffizi Museum
Day 6  Free Day
Day 7  The Arts; Visit to UNESCO Office
Day 8  The Sciences; Visits to Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Museo Leonardo da Vinci
Day 9  Engineering and Mathematics; Visit to Pisa
Day 10  The Effect of Religion on the STE(A)M Movement; Visit to the Duomo, the Baptistry and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Day 11  STE(A)M education: U.S. versus Italian Approaches; Visit to Assisi
Day 12  Day trip to Venice
Day 13  Free Day
Day 14  Travel from Florence to Rome via train
Day 15  The intersection of art, science, architecture and religion in ancient Rome; Visit to the Vatican
Day 16  STE(A)M Education: Should the U.S. Adopt?; Tour of the Coliseum & the Domus Aurea
Day 17  Final Presentations; Farewell Dinner
Day 18  Depart Rome for the U.S.
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Program Officer

Laura Scobey

Academic Director

Aubrey Whitehead

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/05/2017
Rolling Admission 05/22/2017 06/08/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.