Join us on this three-and-a-half week program based in Pescara, Italy to study Italy through the ages. While on this credit-bearing program during Summer A, students have the opportunity to explore all that Italy has to offer through the lens of contemporary Italian politics, society, and language. The associated course will provide a comprehensive survey of Italian society today, starting with Italy's geography and the historical forces that shaped the nation. While Pescara will serve as a home-base, multi-day trips to destinations including Rome, Florence, and Isole Tremiti will be spread throughout the program to enhance your experience in this beautiful and historic country. 

Program Highlights:

  • Study in Pescara, one of the largest cities on the Adriatic Coast of Italy. The city is well known for its beaches and as the birthplace of poet Gabriele D'Annunzio.
  • Explore the Italian capital of Rome and stand amazed by the famed historic sites of the city, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant'Angelo, and St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Take some time to appreciate the Italian arts while in Florence, which serves as the home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture including the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, the Galleria dell'Accademia that displays Michelangelo's "David," and the Uffizi Gallery which exhibits Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" and Leonardo da Vinci's "Annunciation."
  • Make your way by boat to the idyllic Adriatic island of San Nicola di Tremiti. Part of Gargano National Park, this island boasts the 11th century Santa Maria a Mara Abbey as well as a beautiful waterfront with Castello dei Badiali perched above the island cliffside.

Program Details

Course Information

Italy Through the Ages: Language, Politics, & Society (ITL.301)

This course provides background on contemporary Italian politics, society, and language practices as an essential foundation to students with various disciplinary interests. This course provides a comprehensive survey of Italian society today, starting with Italy's geography and the historical forces that shaped the nation. It examines tensions between north and south, and such broad features of Italian social life as community structure, urban development, and family forms. The course also reviews selected institutional issues, such as gender, the system of education, problems of criminality and justice, economic reform, social class, religion, politics, and patterns of language use.

This course will be taught in English. Course materials will be made available both in English and in Italian. This course will count as a liberal arts class that students can use toward their general graduation requirements. The course will fulfill an elective requirement in your major, or will count towards your Italian major and minor.

There are no prerequisites for this course and it is open to all students.

Program Cost


Program fee of $3,300 (before funding) includes the following:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodation in an apartment in Pescara
  • All accommodation during weekend excursions
  • All program-related excursions
  • All museum and church entrance fees
  • All related travel within Italy by tour bus and train
  • Monthly bus pass in Pescara
  • Travel insurance

Additional expenses not included in the program fee:

  • Spending money for personal expenses
  • Any miscellaneous transportation expenses not program related

All payments can be made in cash or by check (made out to "Nazareth University") and delivered directly to the Center for International Education.

Student Funding

While the actual cost of the program is $3,300, there are funding opportunities for all fully matriculated students at Nazareth University.

For SPARK students:

$1,500 + 3-credit scholarship = $1,800 + $30 course registration fee

For non-SPARK students: 

Funding from the Casa Italiana will be based off of your demonstrated financial need according to your FAFSA and will vary between each student; it will not exceed SPARK funding. Funding is made possible through the generous support of endowed scholarships for study in Italy.

All non-SPARK students will also receive a 2-credit scholarship from the Center for International Education, which means you will only be billed for the cost of one credit of summer tuition plus the $30 course registration fee.

For any questions regarding SPARK funding, please reach out to Josh Fess at For all other funding inquiries, please visit the study abroad scholarships webpage or contact Dr. Joelle Carota at


Pescara Housing:

Students will live in apartments with other students. Utilities are included. Apartments are located at a 10-minute walking distance from the university.

Accommodations on multi-day trips to Rome, Florence, and Isole Tremiti:

Hotels (primarily double or triple rooms). All included in program fee.

Program Dates

This program will run during Summer A from May 19 through June 14, 2024.

Payment Timeline

Payments may be submitted via cash or check to the CIE; checks should be made out to 'Nazareth University'. Four separate payments will be made over the months leading up to departure.

November 13, 2023: Refundable deposit due

December 15, 2023: Payment #2

January 29, 2024: Payment #3

February 26, 2024: Payment #4


Naz in Pescara:

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      At A Glance

      (S): SPARK-Eligible

      Semester: Summer A 2024

      Program Level: Undergraduate

      Program Type: Academic

      Major(s): Open to all majors, but may be of particular interest to the following majors or minors:

      • Art History
      • Business & Leadership
      • Communications & Media
      • English
      • History, Politics, Legal Studies
      • International & Global Studies
      • Italian
      • Museum, Archives, & Public History
      • Philosophy
      • Religious Studies
      • Sociology

      Language Requirement: None; course taught in English

      Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5