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A Traveler’s Pilgrimage to Italy

Feeding the soul through the five senses in Rome and Assisi

This Maymester experience (one week on campus, two weeks in Italy) will take students on an inspirational journey into the heart of Italy to explore, document the people and sights and write about a culture that has captivated people for thousands of years. In Rome, we will get an inside look at the Vatican. Next, we hope to travel by train to Assisi as we travel back to the middle ages to see the Basilica of St. Francis. 

With the soul fed, we turn to fashion, ancient architecture and glories of Italian food, spending an evening making pasta and a day traveling to Ostia Antica, an ancient archaeological site.

When: May 9 – 28
(One week on campus, May 9-13; two weeks in Rome, May 15-28)

Who: All majors / no experience required

Class: JOUR 596 — A Traveler’s Pilgrimage to Italy

Language: You do not need to know Italian, but it is helpful.

Trip leaders from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty:

  • Carolyn Click
  • Andy Burns

Class size: 20

Costs: The cost is $3,150 (includes airfare, accommodations, daily breakfast and transportation to Assisi and Ostia Antica). Additional funds needed:

  • Also, UofSC tuition of approximately $1,500 for a 3-credit course (in-state tuition for all). 
  • $150: UofSC study abroad application and required emergency international insurance
  • $180: In-country travel and Italy cultural excursions
  • $25 a day: Suggested to cover other meals, souvenirs and nightlife
  • Total: (approximate) $5,280

CIC scholarships available: $1,000 - $1,500
The college has some study away scholarship money available for this course.

Deposit: The deadline has passed to join this trip and the class is currently full. 

Additional information: email

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