Ohio University

Italy: A Counseling and Higher Education View of Italy

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Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus


Application Deadline

February 15 at 11:59pm

For more information, contact:

Dr. Mona Robinson
Program Director

Dr. Adrienne Erby
Program Assistant

Kirsten Dabelko
Sr. Program Coordinator


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The Patton College of Education provides learning-centered experiences that foster a diverse academic community. The College strives to promote and teach diversity in its educational offerings and interactions across the professional field. This program will foster this goal by preparing students and educators to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.  

Taking a cross-cultural approach to learning about higher education topics will help participants to understand the topic of culture and how it influences higher education practices.  Participants will increase their multicultural competencies and learn to embrace diversity, one of the core values of Patton College. 

This 10-day cultural institute will bring together undergraduates, graduates, counselors, counselor educators, and other higher education staff and professionals for an immersive experience that will increase participants' global competencies vital to their profession. With a focus on counseling and higher education within the country of Italy, the program will provide participants with introductory and advanced instruction in counseling and an understanding of the role culture plays in counseling and higher education. Moreover, participants will increase their multicultural competencies and learn to embrace diversity, one of the core values of Patton College. 

Highlights and Excursions 

Participants will engage in a variety of activities including refereed lectures and workshops, guest speakers, and excursions to culturally significant sites in Italy such as Pisa, Lucca, siena, Florence, Greve, and San Gimignano. Additional excursions at no cost include: Uffizi, Academy of David and an 8-course Italian meal at Achimede Restaurant.  

Living Arrangements 

Students will live in shared rooms at Casa Cares. Casa Cares is located in a 14th-century villa that features spectacular views of the Tuscan hillside.  Most meals are eaten together family style. While in Rome, we will stay at Casa Valdese Hotel and are within walking distance to the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Spagna and the Villas of Borghese. A short metro ride to the Rome Termini provides access to shopping and dining. 

Note: Single rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional fee is 300 Euro. Fee will be charged by OHIO and is in addition to regular program expenses. 

Program Dates 

This program is not scheduled to travel in 2021.

Study Away and COVID-19  

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial and academic risk. Please click here to read information related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Undergraduate and graduate participants will enroll in OHIO credit for this experience. Professional participants such as counselors, teachers, staff, administrators, and other higher education professionals will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their participation.  

  • EDCE 4000 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies in Italy (3 credits) 
  • EDCE 6900 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies in Italy (3 credits) 
  • EDCE 8900 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies in Italy (3 credits) 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, breakfast and dinner, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner, and international health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 6 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • OHIO students may not participate as non-credit participants.
  • OHIO graduate student applicants should contact the Program Coordinator for advising on costs and payments (see below).
  • Students from other institutions wishing to participate for credit should contact the Program Coordinator prior to applying (see below)

An itemized Student Budget Worksheet will be available when the next travel dates are announced.

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

Program is open to graduate and undergraduate students as well as counselors, teachers, staff, administrators, and other higher education and teaching professionals.  Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, while undergraduate applicants must be above 2.25 GPA.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Application process

  • OHIO students, submit your application through the  Office of Global Opportunities.  
  • Non-OHIO students should first contact the OGO program coordinator for application instructions.  
  • Current teachers or other in-service professionals should apply through the  Office of Global Opportunities. Select the "Non-Ohio University Student" option and submit the entire application in one log-in session.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here