Program Information
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Winter 2025: Italy CISC
January 03, 2025 - January 30, 2025 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
03/08/2024 12:30 PM - 1:30 PMSmith Hall Room 201
03/18/2024 4:15 PM - 5:15 PMSmith Hall Room 201
04/04/2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMSmith Hall Room 201
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.
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 6-8 weeks (2 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad at this time poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad must be prepared to adapt to evolving situations 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 which are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and world events 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

Explore the rich Italian community, culture, art and history of Rome, Florence and Sorrento where you will study ethics in computing as well as inspire the next generation by working in schools and communities helping youth to learn computing through fun, creative activities and increase awareness of the social impacts of computing. In the cities of Rome and Florence, we will tour the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums, the Duomo di Firenze, the Uffizi Gallery and offer the opportunity to see the world’s greatest collections of Renaissance art. Sorrento offers a different Italian cultural experience as a small seaside town.

This program is designed for a broad audience interested in immersing themselves in Italian culture while developing communication and leadership skills. We welcome students who have successfully completed at least one introductory programming course in college or high school and are interested in the social and ethical issues related to computing in the world. Anyone today who is doing any computational work in their field, regardless of their area of study, should be knowledgeable of the ethical issues related to computing. Our partners from the non-profit organization are particularly interested in Italian youth interacting with English-speaking college students from the US.

Italy has an initiative to broaden participation in computing by introducing youth to computing throughout their primary and secondary school years. This program enables UD students to participate in that initiative, and get out into the communities working alongside teachers and outreach leaders. With training and guidance, students will collaborate with a team to adapt existing youth-appropriate content to contribute to increasing computing in the classroom. UD students will provide a service to the local community while learning about the culture of the location from directly working with the youth and the outreach leaders.

Students register for CISC 355 Computers, Ethics, and Society and CISC 357 Engaging Youth in Computing. CISC355 counts towards breadth for several colleges and counts towards the Creative Arts & Humanities university breadth requirement. CISC 357 satisfies an elective requirement for computer science majors in some concentrations and serves as a discovery learning course.

Students will reside in either dorms at St John’s Rome campus or hotels while in Rome and hotels in Florence and in Sorrento.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, some meals, all group excursions and transportation in Italy.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to or 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 estimated 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
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
CISC 355-070: Computers, Ethics and Society (3 credits)
Explains relationships among information technology, society and ethics by examining issues raised by increasingly widespread use of computers. Topics include ethics for computer professionals, computer impact on factory work, office work, personal privacy and social power distribution.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Arts/Humanities Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group A
Restrictions: Cannot be used as a technical elective for CISC or INSY majors or minors.
CISC 357: Engaging Youth in Computing (3 credits)
Develop communication, leadership, and teaching skills while working with youth to broaden participation in computing. With training, student teams assist in after-school programs and K-12 classes to engage youth in computational thinking. Focus on low-entry technologies for creating interactive stories, games, websites, and robotics projects. PREREQ: CISC101 or CISC103 or CISC106 or CISC108 or the equivalent.

This course provides the opportunity for students to work in the communities with youth from elementary/primary school age through high school as well as teachers and outreach leaders to show youth how to engage in fun creativity through programming. UD students provide a service to the local community while learning about the culture of the location from directly working with the local people.
Prerequisite: CISC 101 or CISC 103 or CISC 106 or CISC 108.
Restrictions: Student must have sufficient time in their schedule to visit schools weekly between 9am and 3pm. Students must pass a background check that clears them for teaching. Cannot be used as a technical elective by CISC or INSY majors.
UNIV 370: Study Abroad - Italy CISC (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
All 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 $1,200.00.
  • 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
Estimated Tuition based on current year$2,633.00$7,065.00
Estimated Program Fee$5,400.00$5,400.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$8,063.00$12,495.00
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.
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, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 03, 2024
$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.
Lori Pollock
Faculty Director
Computer and Information Sciences
436 Smith Hall
Katie Wassil
Faculty Director
Computer and Information Sciences
415 Smith Hall

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