Italy — Cultures and Landscapes
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Italy — Culture, Landscapes and National Parks is an adventure travel expedition that will travel to places away from Italy’s more famous – and busier – destinations. Our expedition will travel to hidden corners of Northern Tuscany and the Dolomites to explore rugged mountain and coastal national parks and the rich history, cultural and world renowned culinary traditions that are ubiquitous to the region. We will spend most of our time trekking along country lanes and wilderness trails, through villages, vineyards, and towns and three National Parks. This expedition is designed to highlight the culinary, cultural, and scenic features unique to each place. We will be traveling with international guides, including Italians, who have a long-standing commitment to Appalachian State University who will share with us their significant background and knowledge in experiential and environmental education, Italian culture, history, language, art, and contemporary issues. Highlights include a 4-day trek along the Alpi Apuane mountain range staying at rifugios
or quiet, basic mountain inns, a trek through UNESCO World Heritage Site Cinque Terre National Park, and a trek through the stunning Dolomites staying in rustic mountain rifugios
. Additionally, we will be visiting the culturally significant, small towns and villages of Parma, Pruno, and Volterra. We will also have a chance to explore the larger, more cosmopolitan city of Florence and experience world class museums and art galleries. Our final stay takes us to Venice where we will have a chance to learn about important tourism issues facing this city, and have a chance to discover some of the more quiet corners of this fascinating place. This is an active learning expedition with a focus on wilderness travel in National Parks, expedition behavior and group development, and the culture, language, history and culinary traditions of Italy.
RM 3542 – Tourism in Italy – 3 credits
RM 3545 – Expeditioning in Italy – 3 credits
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.
Billable Program Cost: $ 4,100.00
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.
Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 350.00–400.00 (Summer tuition not included. See below for estimate.)
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: personal expenses ($200), some meals ($150–200).
Undergraduate summer tuition for in-state students for 2018 is estimated at $975 for 6 credits.
* Non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa before entering Italy
** Tuition and fees for summer program are not included in this cost. Please go to this link
and scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates" to determine what tuition and fees you will be charged based on your individual status. Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control. Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.
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If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
- Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
- Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
- Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.
The international component of this course will run from 5/23/2018 to 6/11/2018.
3–4 meetings; dates and times TBD.
1–2 meetings; dates and times TBD.
Mr. Rich Campbell
Assoc. Director of University Recreation
Rich has been working with Outdoor Programs at Appalachian State since 1996. During that time, he has led students on 12 different international expeditions traveling to Italy, Canada, New Zealand, and Fiji. In 2006 - 2007, he lived & worked in New Zealand teaching in the School of Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation at Ara Institute of Canterbury through an ASU partnership developed in 2003. Additionally, he has led over 30, multi-week expeditions with students in a variety of remote locations. This will be his third time leading students in Italy.
Dr. Melissa Weddell
Assoc. Professor/Rec Management Program Director
Recreation Management and Physical Education
Dr. Melissa Weddell teaches in the Tourism and Commercial Recreation concentration of the Recreation Management Major in RMPE. Her research and teaching focuses on tourism, specifically rural tourism and how that can impact a small local economy. Often times these rural areas were built on agriculture practices that are no longer in use, or resources have been exploited leaving an area to look for alternative sources of money. Tourism is often considered a clean industry and an answer for rural communities to support themselves. Italy provides real world examples for students to see how tourism, culture, religion, and natural resources can be planned, protected, and marketed for a tourism economy. She has background in leading study abroad trips. She co-led the RM 3242: Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica in December of 2010 and lead the trip in 2011 and 2015 as well as co-lead and led RM 3243: The Cruise Line Industry in a Cultural Context in May 2013 and May 2014.
Dr. Stephanie T. West
Recreation Management and Physical Education
Dr. Stephanie West teaches in the Recreation Management program at ASU. She has successfully led multiple study abroad trips including three trips to Costa Rica (RM3242: Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica) and approximately nine trips with RM3243: The Cruise Line Industry in a Cultural Context. In addition, Dr. West has traveled personally to Italy on six different occasions and has a beginning level knowledge of Italian.
How to Apply
- CONTACT THE FACULTY DIRECTOR(S) TO DISCUSS THE PROGRAM
- SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
- Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
- Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
- Select the Student Tab.
- Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
- Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
- Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
- PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
- PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
- Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
- Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
- Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
- BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
- Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
Union, Suite 321.
- OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.
You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:
Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2018 at the latest.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.