Trentino Northern Italy May ’18

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Professor: Cinzia Fissore
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 5
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3500 (estimated)

Travel dates: 5/30/18-6/14/18


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This faculty led course abroad will explore the northern Italian region of Trentino to look at modern-era relationships between humans and the environment. The self-autonomous region represents an ideal example of how sustainability and the responsible use of resources can be achieved with respect of cultural and historical traditions without sacrificing progress. Students will learn first-hand about challenges and opportunities related to sustainable development and will be pushed to make connections with their personal experience in the US in relation to their ecological footprint. Visits will include UNESCO-recognized sites (Dolomites), urban development projects (city of Trento), power plants (hydro dams), local agricultural initiatives (cheese making), meetings with experts, and more. The trip begins with a full day exploring the historic city of Verona.



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  • Welcome and departure dinners
  • Guided excursion in the Ecomuseum Judicaria
  • Guided excursion in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park
  • Visit to MuSe science museum
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage prehistoric pile-dwellings museum and archaeological site
  • Guided excursion in the Storo area (agricultural projects, historic mining site)
  • Visits to various power plants
  • Guided excursion in Rovereto and the Gresta Valley (green tech hub, organic farming district, local producers)
  • biodiversity, heritage and sustainability activities


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The dates and places are subject to change!  For travel dates use the “upcoming travel dates” page.

Itinerary for North Italy Trip
TENTATIVE itinerary


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The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

  • Airport transfer from/to Verona, with private bus.
  • Transportation for all tours and excursions, as per the itinerary, by public transit or private bus.
  • Accommodation in double or triple rooms (students) and one single room (faculty member), in three-star hotels or equivalent.
  • All breakfasts.
  • Five group dinners, as per the itinerary.
  • Guides and guest speakers for all excursions, as per the itinerary.
  • Orientations, advising and teaching assistance services.
  • 24-hour emergency assistance.
  • Trentino Guest Card (individual pass to use local public transit, access museums and get discounts at local businesses).
    Visitor’s local taxes.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees.  May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about our tuition.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.


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[su_spoiler title=”What students have to say about our trips…” style=”fancy”]”This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”[/su_spoiler]