University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Summer 2020: Italy-Croatia LEAD micro

Program Dates June 02, 2020 - June 22, 2020
This program has been cancelled.

Program Overview Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program.

This program has been cancelled. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

What does it take to be a successful global leader in today’s and tomorrow’s interconnected world? Increasingly, the answer is “cultural intelligence”: the ability to understand, appreciate differences, communicate, adapt, and strategize in intercultural environments and situations. To be culturally intelligent, however, one must also understand how the "common good" is interpreted in different cultures.

Spend almost two weeks in Volterra under the Tuscan sun in the heart of Italy. Then board the Celebrity Infinity cruise ship for a 8 day cruise from Venice to Rome, with three port stops in Croatia (film home of GOT), and additional port stops in Greece, Sicily and Naples (Capri).

We will use these settings and experiences to explore how leaders are using cultural intelligence to advance their organizations, determine the common good, and cultivate successful teams. Additionally, by exploring ways in which specific leadership characteristics are valued differently in different cultures and settings, we will gain hands-on experience in practicing leadership, followership, and teamwork behaviors in a culture not our own.

Volterra is a walled city rich with landmarks of Etruscan, Roman and Medici Florentine history. Acclaimed by travel reviewers as Tuscany’s most beautiful and vibrant town, it will be evident why the Twilight movies were filmed in Volterra. We will visit museums, cathedrals and artisan and craft shops. Discover local restaurants and bistros as you make your way down winding streets. Our excursions from Volterra will include Florence and Siena. We will enjoy intimate talks with leaders who will discuss the challenges of developing innovative new programs and solutions, while reconciling local and global cultures.

On the cruise, ship officers will give us an “up close and personal” look at the leadership challenge of forming collaborative relationships among crew from dozens of different countries all over the world who bring with them different languages, customs, ethnicities and diverse cultural backgrounds. Port stops give us the opportunity to explore cultural differences that impact our understanding of what constitutes the common good in three cities in Croatia, in Corfu Greece, and in Sicily and Naples as we cruise to Rome. We will stay overnight in Rome before departing for home.

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, and no matter what your major or future professional plans, you can be a better leader because of this unique experience.

Students can enroll in either LEAD 101 Global Contexts for Leadership OR in LEAD 411 Topics In Leadership Dynamics.

The Program Fee includes housing, academic and cultural excursions, while based in SIAF, guest speakers and visits to multiple course-related sites, and international medical insurance. Students will be housed in dormitories in Italy. While at SIAF, the program fee includes 3 meals a day and housekeeping services. There is a coin-operated laundry, pool, and a gym. Students will spend 8 nights on a cruise ship (two-three students to a cabin) with all onboard meals (in fact, all you can eat), cruise ship entertainment, and housekeeping included.

The Program Fee does NOT include roundtrip airfare to/from Europe, nor airport transfers with in the US. Optional excursions while on the cruise are not included, nor are expenses related to independent travel students may take while in Italy. After acceptance, students will receive detailed travel instructions, including the possible availability of a group flight, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare.

NOTE: First Semester Freshman are eligible for participation and are encouraged to apply to this program. This micromester is open to all students in all majors.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know 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. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

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 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course. NOTE: Graduate students accepted into the program will enroll in HOSP 667: Management and Leadership of Global Wellness Operations.
LEAD 101-070: Global Contexts for Leadership (3 credits)
LEAD 411-070: Topics in Leadership Dynamics (3 credits)
UNIV 370-209: Study Abroad - Italy-Croatia LEAD (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$1,590.00$4,269.00
Final Program Fee$3,425.00$3,425.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$45.00$45.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$5,060.00$7,739.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,200.00$1,200.00

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.

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 IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*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.

Contact Information:
Karen Stein
Faculty Director
298 C Graham Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on November 20, 2020
Recommendation also due by 5pm on November 20, 2020
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: December 05, 2019

Interest Meetings:
09/05/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, ISE 417
09/11/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, ISE 205
09/19/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, ISE 202
10/16/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, ISE 205
11/07/2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, ISE 417

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