Study Abroad in Italy
About the Experience
The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is pleased to offer an interprofessional study abroad experience in Arezzo, Italy. Scheduled for May 14-30, 2017, the experience gives health professions students the opportunity to explore the differences between American and Italian health care systems, specifically as it relates to women’s and children’s health in the context of the Italian family unit. Up to 20 outstanding students will be selected from interprofessional applicants to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Please review the frequently-asked questions below. For information about the University of Oklahoma’s study abroad center in Arezzo, Italy, visit the website (http://www.ou.edu/cis/education_abroad/programs/ou-in-arezzo.html). If you are interested in additional information or have more questions about this interprofessional opportunity, please contact Dr. Jeana Wilcox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-271-1491 ext. 49459.
What is the cost?
The total cost for the experience is approximately $5,200-$5500, which covers OU tuition and fees for the course (billed by the registrar), the OU Arezzo study abroad fee (paid to OU College of Nursing), and airfare. Costs break down are shown below:
- OU tuition and fees for the course (~ $800)
- OU Arezzo Study Abroad fee (~$3,000)
- Airfare (~$1,500-$1800)
What does that include?
The OU Arezzo study abroad fee covers your lodging, meal vouchers for select Arezzo restaurants, admission to cultural sites and activities, in-country transportation for group events, and tour guides. You should plan to bring some additional spending money for the remaining meals, souvenirs, train fees for side trips, and transportation to and from the airport.
Are scholarships available?
Some scholarships will be available from the College of Nursing for undergraduate nursing students. Amounts will vary from $1000-$3000.
Other health professions students should inquire about possible scholarships from their individual colleges.
All undergraduate applicants may apply for the Presidential International Travel Fellowship (https://oklahoma.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10010&Type=S&sType=S).
Where will I stay?
Lodging, the cost of which is covered by the OU Arezzo study abroad fee will be local hotel rooms that you will share with other students on the trip.
Will I get credit for this course?
Yes, you will earn 3 elective credits through the coursework. The class is NURS 4990/5990.
Frequently-Asked Questions, continued:
Who can attend?
Any upper-division or professional students admitted to any of the colleges at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center may attend. Preference will be given to upper-division Baccalaureate nursing students, graduate and doctoral students.
What parts of Italy will I see?
You will spend time at the OU Arezzo study abroad site. In addition, you will visit Florence and Rome.
Do I need to speak Italian?
No, translators and guides will be provided for all cultural activities. All coursework will be delivered in English.
What cultural and educational experiences will I have?
- The Duomo (Florence) – Formally known as the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo di Firenze is a domed cathedral that was built between 1296 and 1436. The Duomo is one of Italy’s largest churches and a UNESCO world heritage site.
- The Galleria dell’ Accademia Museum (Florence) – The Accademia is most famous for its sculptures, including the most famous David by Michelangelo.
- Meyer Childrens’ Hospital (Florence) – Founded in 1884, the Meyer Children’s Hospital was one of the first hospital institutions in Italy exclusively devoted to problems of child care. Meyer is the premier children’s hospital in Europe.
- The Colosseum (Rome) – The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater in the world, often considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. Built 70-80 AD, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.
- The Forum (Rome) – The forum is a rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of ancient government buildings at the center of Rome. Once a center of Roman public life, the Forum is now a ruin on architectural fragments that attracts more than 4 million visitors annually.
- The Vatican Museums (Rome) – The Vatican Museums display the collection built by the Roman Catholic Church, including the Sistine Chapel. The Museums house numerous sculptures and paintings by famed artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and more.
- Winery tour and pasta making in Arezzo, Italy.
You will also have free time in Rome the day you arrive, during which you can plan your own cultural adventures.
How will this help me?
This course will give you the opportunity to compare Italian and American health care systems, expanding your cultural competencies. It will also help you gain understanding of the connection between European culture and the humanities with the Italian health care delivery system. In addition, it will be an once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy.
It’s my first time travelling abroad. How will I navigate that process?
Trip faculty will provide their travel schedule, so you will be able to travel in a group with them if you choose. All faculty attending the trip are experienced international travelers. Faculty members will also work with you during pre-trip sessions to provide European-specific travel tips.
What are my responsibilities before and after the trip?
You will be required to attend two pre-trip sessions and one post-trip debrief session. Some reading assignments will be required before departure as well.
When do I need to decide?
Applications are due by December 16, 2016. Student selections will be made by January 2, 2017.
How do I apply?
The application process will include a short essay and a recommendation letter from faculty. Applicants may be asked to participate in a group interview with trip faculty.