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Summer in Italy: History of U.S. Foreign Policy

Milan Cathedral

Program Overview:

Travel this summer to Milan, Italy, to gain insight into the history of U.S. foreign policy through an Italian lens. Team taught by CSUSM’s History professor Dr. Kim Quinney and Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore professor Alessandro Quarenghi, this course will focus on Italian politics, international change, and domestic transformation-- including the ways in which the history of U.S. foreign policy toward Italy has shaped Italian political and social structures today.  Students will have an opportunity to visit the historic landmarks impacted by the war, including Teatro alla Scala, Il Duomo, Sforza Castle, and where the Mussolinis met their demise. 

Program Excursions:  

    • Milan City Tour
    • Visit to Teatro alla Scala
    • Visit to Milan Cathedral
    • Day trips

Academic Calendar: 

July 8 - 22, 2023 (Course dates are July 10-21, 2023, check in date for apartments is Sunday, July 9)

Academic Focus:  

HIST 349:  History of U.S. Foreign Policy (3 units) cross-listed as Italian Politics, International Change, and Domestic Transformation at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

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  • Open to all majors
  • GPA:  2.75 and above; good academic standing to departure
  • Proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (at least the initial vaccination(s) plus at least one booster if eligible) is required to participate in any of CSUSM’s international travel programs.  Due to the increased risk of contracting COVID while travelling, as well as the increased likelihood of having serious complications from COVID if you are not vaccinated, exemptions (religious or medical) are not currently accepted for our travel abroad programs; COVID vaccination is a required pre-requisite.  


3 units, HIST 349:  U.S. Foreign Policy


Double occupancy in shared self-catering student apartment, 20-35 minute commute via public transport to the university.  

Estimated Cost*:

$2,200 + Extended Learning Fees, estimated at $609 for 3 units

All fees include welcome activities, site visits related to the course, optional Italian buddy, full access to campus facilities including libraries, students’ restaurant, health care center; double-occupancy in shared apartment; and medical insurance.  Airfare, local transportation, meals, and personal expenditures NOT included in the program cost, estimated at $1,750-$2,000.

*Final program price is contingent upon enrollment and currency fluctuation. Global Education will finalize the final payment with registered participants before the due date to hopefully offer a reduced fee.

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An adult passport book with at least 6 months validity until expiration is necessary for overseas travel.  First-time passport book applicants can expect processing times up to 4 months.  Plan to submit your passport applications early if you enroll in this program as withdrawals due to passport delays will not be refunded.  Non-US travelers are responsible for researching entry requirements and possible visas through their country's consular pages.

To Apply:

  1. Attend a required information session led by the Program Leader running your course: Dr. Kimber Quinney: 
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below. All application materials must be completed by Monday, March 14, along with your non-refundable $500 deposit.  Online payment preferred through TransAct.  Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to avoid the 2.65% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments. Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted via the Cashier's Office in Cougar Central, but must include this deposit form to track the payment.
  3. Final payment of program fees will be due by Friday, April 15.  Please await an email from Global Education noting final payment due as we hope to offer a small discount if currency remains favorable.  Payment of tuition related expenses (estimated at $597 + $12 transcript fee) will be billed by Extended Learning and appear on your Student Center, following the payment guidelines set out for Summer Session.
  4. Submit your flight details to Global Education here:  Flight Information Form
  5. Attend mandatory pre-departure orientation with your Program Leader & Global Education to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course(s).  Some course requirements/sessions may take place prior to leaving, beginning in early May.

Summer in Italy:  U.S. Foreign Policy Application

Summer in Italy US Foreign Policy Application

Attend an Info Session!

Day Time Location
Thursday, Februry 16 12:00-1:00 PM Zoom:
Tuesday, March 7 12:00-1:00 PM Zoom: