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  • Locations: Assisi, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 03/01/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore Accommodation Options: Hotel
Type Of Aid That Can Be Applied: Federal Aid, XU study abroad scholarships Type of Program: XU Faculty-Led
Program Description:
Assisi, Italy: Summer Study in Sustainability
Faculty-led Study Abroad Program

Faculty Contacts
Dr Gillian Ahlgren,
Dr. Nancy Bertaux,
Dr. Kaleel Skeirik,
Courses Offered in Summer 2018
THEO 257: Franciscan Spirituality                                           Total Credits: 6 hours
MUSC 108: Music, Love and Death: The Earth                          Pre-requisites: none
SUST 465: Topics in Sust: Compassionate Economies    

Program conducted in English.                                                
Program Details
Enjoy daily forest, hill, and mountain hikes in the heart of Italy. Explore sites in and around the medieval walled city of Assisi, hometown of St. Francis (inspirer of Pope Francis), including organic farm, olive oil, cheese & wine producer tours. Dialogue with regional leaders in sustainability; learn how the European Union and Italy’s greenest province envision our environmental future; discuss business ethics. Re-trace St. Francis’s steps, study music about caring for the Earth, and participate in Jesuit/Ignation reflection. Re-charge with “slow” family-style Italian meals and local food, as your new ideas in ecological economics, culture and spirituality evolve around simplicity and complexity. Top it off by sampling the local gelato flavors…and earn 6 credits (9 possible with instructor permission).  
Hotel in Assisi. Students will share a room with at least one other student. Each room has a private bathroom.  
Costs in summer 2018
Tuition:                                $2,760 (6 credits)
Program Fee:                       $2,040                          
Airfare:                                 not included in program fee       
Personal Expenses:              varies by student
Application Fee:                    $50.00
Deposit:                               $250.00  
Capacity is 15 students.
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Scholarship Opportunities
Friedlander Family Scholarship
Steinberg Scholarship