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Summer in Italy: Italian Politics, International Change & Domestic Transformation

Milan Cathedral

Program Overview:

Travel this summer to Milan, Italy, to gain insight into how contemporary international processes are influencing Italian politics. Team taught by CSUSM’s History professor Dr. Kim Quinney, Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore professor Alessandro Quarenghi, and professor Viridiana Ulloa at the School of International Relations at Anahuac University in Mexico, this course will focus on Italian politics, international change, and domestic transformation through a transnational lens, including the ways in which European as well as U.S. and Mexican policy toward Italy have shaped Italian political and social structures today.  Students will have an opportunity to visit the historic landmarks in Milan, including Teatro alla Scala, Il Duomo, and Sforza Castle. 

Program Excursions:  

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

Academic Calendar: 

July 8 - 19, 2024 (check in date for apartments is Sunday, July 7)

Academic Focus:  

3 units Italian politics. International change and domestic transformation

which counts as one of the following:

    • HIST 349:  History of U.S. Foreign Policy (3 units) or
    • HIST 326: Europe since 1945 (3 units) or
    • GBST 300: Global Studies (3 units) or
    • PSCI 350 : Global Governance (3 units) or
    • PSCI 331 World Political Systems (3 units) or
    • any PSCI course that focuses on Comparative Politics or International Relations with Chair approval

Language of Instruction:



  • Open to all majors
  • GPA:  2.75 and above; good academic standing to departure
  • Current COVID-19 vaccination (at least the initial vaccination(s) plus at least one booster if eligible) is strongly encouraged for participation in any of CSUSM’s international travel programs due to the increased risk of contracting COVID while travelling.   


3 units, HIST 349:  U.S. Foreign Policy or other approved courses as stated above.  Course entitled 
Italian politics. International change and domestic transformation at UCSC.


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

Estimated Cost*:

$2,300* + 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.

A Note on Financial Aid & Veteran's Benefits:

Please note that January and Summer programs are not financial aid eligible since they are optional terms at CSUSM, and therefore, all program fees would be considered out-of-pocket.  All program fees maintain strict deadlines and are due to the Office of Global Education the term prior to when studies will take place, following the dates set forward in the How to Apply section below. You may begin researching alternative loans, Parent PLUS loan options etc. through the Office of Financial Aid:

If you are using VA benefits (CH33 or CH35), you must verify with Study Abroad that the program meets all of the following criteria:

  • Taught by CSUSM faculty
  • Course is needed as part of your degree plan
  • Tuition charges will appear on you student account

If all of the above criteria are met – you must reach out to Veterans Services for additional eligibility information – prior to signing up for the program

Note: Only the tuition piece of the program – if approved – can be submitted to the VA for payment.  All other costs will be the student’s responsibility.

This program is not supported by CALVET due to enrollment posting at transfer school – you can contact for further information.

Some Useful Airfare Search Engines:

Please be sure to read the fine print concerning change fees, taxes, luggage restrictions, etc. before booking.  Whenever possible, book directly with an airlineDo NOT book flights until Global Education has given you the authorization to do so.

Faculty Led Cancellation Policy


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 Friday, March 15, 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 26.  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:  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 Today!

Day Time Location
Thursday, February 22 12:00-1:00 PM Zoom:
Tuesday, February 27 12:00-1:00 PM Zoom:
Thursday, February 29 12:00-1:00 PM Zoom:
Tuesday, March 12 12:00-1:00 PM Zoom: