University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2022: Italy PHIL

Program Dates January 03, 2022 - January 31, 2022
This program is closed.

Program Overview 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: This program may open for applications before June 12, 2021. Please check the program page regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 22W study abroad program.

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. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

If you do not have a current passport, you should be aware that COVID-19 has delayed passport processing times significantly. The U.S. State Department has announced that it now takes an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) to process a passport.

Given the circumstances, if you want to study abroad in 2022, you need to apply for or renew your passport NOW - even if you’re not 100% sure about your study abroad plans yet. We recommend expediting both the processing time and the shipping time for your passport.

Study philosophy in Italy, a country offering a singular opportunity to visit the sites associated with the trial of Galileo by the Church of Rome in 1633. This program visits historical sites in Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Pompeii to enhance students' understanding of Science and Religion (PHIL 344) and World Religions (PHL 204). The cultural and historical richness of Italy provides a vivid backdrop for studying Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other of the great world religions. Moreover, while in Rome, we will visit the Vatican, the headquarters of the Church of Rome (the largest Christian tradition), tour the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. Rome also has had a Jewish community since at least the second century B.C.E. (the oldest Jewish community in Europe) and we will visit the Grand Synagogue of Rome, and the Jewish Museum of Rome. We will also tour Pompeii, spend a day in Siena, climb the Tower in Pisa, tour the Coliseum and Forum, explore first century and fourth century archeological ruins beneath the San Clemente church in Rome, and we will visit the Uffizi museum in Florence and see the world’s greatest collection of Renaissance art.

Students stay in a residence hall at St John's Rome campus and a hotel in Florence.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related events and excursions, some meals, in-country transportation and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Italy, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Rome. 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.

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.
PHIL 204-070: World Religions (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Arts/Humanities Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group A
  • Multicultural
  • Global Studies Minor
PHIL 344-070: Science and Religion (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Arts/Humanities Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group A
UNIV 370-065: Study Abroad - Italy PHIL (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,435.00$6,534.00
Final Program Fee$3,800.00$3,800.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $6,265.00$10,364.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,100.00$1,100.00

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:
Jeff Jordan
Faculty Director
24 Kent Way, Room 201

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2021

Please note that 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.

Interest Meetings:
03/02/2021, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM,
03/03/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM,
03/10/2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM,
03/11/2021, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM,
03/18/2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM,

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