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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Area of Study: English Language of Instruction: English
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
Faculty-led programs

Dante in Italy | Faculty-led Program

Students on this faculty-led program will explore the connection between the culture of Florence, Italy and Dante's Commedia (The Divine Comedy). Written just after 1300, the Commedia is perhaps the most famous work of Italian literature, and the images and ideas of the work developed because of the visual culture and social milieu of late medieval Florence. Moreover, after the publication and circulation of the work, the images and ideas would be a driving force of the Renaissance. Dante's Commedia may be read anywhere, but the work is extraordinarily local. It was written in fourteenth-century Florence about the people and politics of the Tuscan region, and students participating in this faculty-led program will explore the art, geography, culture, and history that influenced the work and were influenced by the work. Students will read the work carefully and then trace the places that inform the work by visiting various sites in Florence and elsewhere in Italy. Students will be fully immersed in Italian culture with a sense of its medieval and Renaissance history. For instance, we will experience the music of Dante's era, which would have influenced his poetic form, and we will cook and eat the food of the region at the time of Dante.

Students will walk extensively as part of this program, some days in excess of ten miles. Most Italian cities were designed for walking rather than car. Students should be prepared to carry luggage through urban environments and on/off of trains. Pre-departure meetings will address preparing and packing appropriately.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least December 1, 2020. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport if you hope to participate in this program.

May 11-30, 2020

  • Florence, Italy
  • Ravenna, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Siena, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
Students can take one of the following courses as part of the Dante in Italy program:
  • ENG 221 (3 credits) - counts for Goal Areas 6A and 8
  • ENG 432 (3 credits)

  • ENG 221: None
  • ENG 432: Successful completion of ENG 290 (Literary Studies)

  • Range from $4,500 - $5,200 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for 3-credit ENG 221 course, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, lodging, most meals, admission & event fees for group educational activities, international health insurance for the duration of the program, and the Study Abroad administrative fee.
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.
Dr. Andrew Higl (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • February 1, 2020: Application deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Any application that remains incomplete will be withdrawn after this deadline. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis after applications are complete. 
  • February 11, 2020: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation, Financial, and Conduct Policies - faculty-led document students must review & electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance must be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective.
  • April 20, 2020: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid/private loans to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 20, 2020.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/11/2020 05/30/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.