Program Information
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Winter 2024: Italy FINC/ENGL
January 06, 2024 - February 01, 2024
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
03/13/2023 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
03/20/2023 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
03/21/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
04/05/2023 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
05/17/2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMPurnell 228
10/10/2023 4:00 PM - 6:00 PMAlison Hall 131
11/05/2023 3:00 PM - 5:00 PMAlison 131
11/14/2023 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation
12/12/2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMAlison 131
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
Note: Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 24W study abroad program.

Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program for information about COVID-19 related travel requirements and policies for UD study abroad.

All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 10-13 weeks (3-4 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates. If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students.
Program Description

In this program, you will study International Finance and Travel Writing in the Italian regions of Tuscany and the Veneto. The program begins in Volterra, a small hill town in Tuscany; continues to Florence, the Renaissance heart of Italy; then to Paderno del Grappa, a quaint town at the foothills of the Italian Alps in the Veneto region; and concludes in Venice, la citta serenissima!

You will reside on two campuses. SIAF (Scuola Internazionale di Alta Formazione) in Volterra and the Instituto Filipin campus in Paderno. SIAF hosts business and educational groups throughout the year. The Paderno campus is a private Italian boarding school utilized by CIMBA (Consortium of Universities for International Studies) of which University of Delaware is a participating member. Our shorter stays in Florence and Venice will be in hotels/hostels.

The program's courses are FINC 392, Seminar in International Finance and ENGL 301, Advanced Composition: Travel, Culture, & Business which satisfies the University's second writing requirement for those who have earned at least 60 credits. Both course include a combination of lectures and group work in traditional classroom settings as well as integrating structured company visits/tours, city day trips, and cultural activities such as pizza making.

Both campus locations enable you to experience living in a small Italian community while providing access to business and cultural experiences of the regions. The major Tuscan and Veneto towns are home to many small and intermediate sized companies and several multi-national corporations in design, manufacturing, engineering, and agriculture. Prior programs have included day trips to Siena, Pisa, Padua, and Verona and company visits to Tommassini (road bicycles), Tecnica (ski boots & equipment), Risparmio di Volterra (bank), Nonno Nonni (cheese), Lamole di Lamole (olive oil & Chianti), Colle Vilca (crystal), and more. In addition, you will enjoy beautiful and majestic scenery while experiencing regional Italian food, culture, magnificent art, and treasured historical artifacts.

The Volterra and Paderno campuses offer a combination of double and single-occupancy rooms with internet connections and private bathrooms. They are full-service facilities with multi-media classrooms, cafeterias, residence halls, and study areas, and the Paderno campus has modern athletic facilities including an indoor swimming pool, cardio and weight rooms, and a gym. The cafeterias serve standard Northern (Paderno) & Tuscan (Volterra) Italian cuisines, and if you tire of the cafeteria, visit the local ristoranti in Volterra or the Al Sole Pizzeria and Alpina (pastry & caffe shop) in Paderno. All classes are in English, and there may be a “Survival Italian” session offered to enhance students' Italian experience. The staff on both campuses staff speak English.

For some added value, you will have opportunity for 2 weekends of personal travel to other cities and areas during the program, as well as the option to travel before and after. Rome and Milan are a mere 2-hour train ride from Florence; Verona, Bologna, Padua, and Vicenza are an hour or less from Paderno. We will have optional travel sessions to help you learn to navigate Italy's efficient train system.

If you’re interested in a chance to experience the incredible culture of Italy (ranked by UNESCO as one of the major World Heritage Sites for art and culture), this winter session is not to be missed. It will open the door to a broader, brighter, and more interesting world than you have ever experienced before. We look forward to your joining us!

The Program Fee includes dorm room accommodations and board (3 meals/day) at the Volterra and Paderno campuses. Also included are hotel/hostel accommodations in Florence and Venice with breakfast provided. Not included: airfare and personal travel costs.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Europe, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Volterra. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
ENGL 301-070: Advanced Writing (3 credits)
Study and practice in writing non-fiction prose with special attention to rhetorical strategies, styles, and audiences.
Prerequisite: ENGL110
FINC 392-071: Seminar on International Financial Management (3 credits)
Seminar at an overseas location on selected topics in international financial management. Combines lectures and visits to local organizations. Research paper.
Prerequisite: FINC311
Restrictions: Used only as a professional elective for finance majors. Taught abroad. The instructor will determine if the student has had relevant coursework in lieu of FINC311.
UNIV 370-059: Study Abroad - Italy FINC/ENGL (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,300.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,633.00$7,065.00
Final Program Fee$4,150.00$4,150.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,813.00$11,245.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,300.00$1,300.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onApril 20, 2023
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 03, 2023
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Charlene Bunnell
Faculty Director
Memorial 203
Timothy Detwiler
Faculty Director
306 Purnell
302- 584-7039

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.