Students interested in semester-long study abroad in Italy are invited to an information meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept 8, in the Thomas Merton Center. Pizza and soft drinks will be served.
Students in the Franciscan Heritage Program study at the Umbra Institute in Perugia and take a full semester’s worth of courses, said Dr. Michael Chiariello, program director. All classes are taught in English, and all credits earned will transfer back to St. Bonaventure.
The program includes internships and service projects. Special opportunities exist for students in business, education, journalism and mass communication and many arts and sciences majors.
Students can earn credits toward an international business minor and take advantage of internships such as international marketing, teaching English at a Montessori High School, working as a docent or guide in several small museums and working at Perugia's annual international journalism festival.
In addition, students may also complete courses for a certificate in food studies, which focuses on sustainable food production as well as the business of food. Most courses are accompanied by field trips.
Perugia is Italy's “university city,” with a large and diverse student population and a club scene. Bonaventure students share the experience with students from all over the United States. No classes are scheduled on Fridays, allowing students to take advantage of the cheap cost of student travel to visit countries all over Europe and North Africa.
The semester begins and ends early, allowing students to return in time for spring weekend and graduation week.
The price, including airfare, is affordable and lower than the cost of a Bonaventure semester on-campus.
There will be a slide presentation highlighting the benefits of this program, as well as former participants to explain the program from a student’s perspective.
For more information on the program, email Dr. Chiariello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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