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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Verona, Italy
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2020 02/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/09/2020 06/07/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: N/A Type of Instruction: Lecture
Classes With: U.S. Student, UGA Students Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel, Private Apartment Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
College/School: SPIA Academic Area: History, International Affairs, Political Science
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Participant Selection: Competitive Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:

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UGA- SPIA- GLOBIS: Verona Study Abroad Program Maymester

The Verona Study Abroad program began in the summer of 1993.  Included in the summer program are major cultural tours of Florence and Rome with multi-night stays in each city.  While in Verona students will visit the Tuscany region, experience an Italian cooking class, visit the Verona Refugee Center and take day trips to Venice and Bolzano.  Courses are offered primarily in International Affairs and Political Science.  Specific courses to be determined.

Coliseum in Verona
Program Location

Verona is located in northeastern Italy between Milan and Venice in an area known as the Veneto region.  The city is famous for Juliet's balcony where William Shakespeare set his play, "Romeo and Juliet," and for its Roman Arena, which is the third largest Roman arena in Italy, where a famous opera festival is held each summer.

Contact Information
Tracy Elder, Program Director
Jessica Dick, Accountant
113 Franklin House
480 E. Broad St.
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706.542.6633
Contact the following previous participants for more information:
Boris Abreu
Christy Chu
Austin Gibbons
Zachery Ziegler

Academic Program

Verona Study Abroad Program
Course Offerings: Maymester 2020
All Prerequisites will be waived.

INTL 4780 - Special Topics in Comparative Politics (3 Hours)
Theoretical, analytical, and empirical approaches to comparative politics.

INTL 4640 – European Union (3 hours)
The historical origins, development, and current challenges of the European Union. The impact on national sovereignty, external relations, and internal democracy.

POLS 4030 -- Political Psychology (3 hours)
Examination of how psychological processes and concepts can influence political attitudes and behavior. This includes various aspects of human psychology, such as personality, motivation, values, and morality, as well as information processing, emotions, and group identities.

Additional course to be offered - TBD

Program Itinerary

Sample Itinerary for Verona Maymester, 2020.pdf please note that some activities may be added or deleted.  This itinerary is designed to give you an overview of the program.

Program Costs

What is included in the program fee?
  • Accommodations in the City Centre of Verona. While in Verona, students and faculty will stay in apartments. While on overnight excursions to Florence and Rome, students will be in hotels.
  • Meals. While in Verona, students will have a kitchen in their apartments and will provide their own meals on days when we have class.  Breakfast will be provided each morning when we are staying at hotels. There will also be several group meals in connection with scheduled program activities (see calendar). 
  • Ground transportation on all cultural tours.
  • Hotel accommodations in Florence and Rome.
  • Entrance fees on cultural tours.
  • Medical Insurance through CISI
  • Verona City Bus Pass
What is NOT covered in the program fee?
  • Tuition. Tuition and fees will be paid directly to the UGA Bursar’s Office.
  • Round-trip airfare. (Optional flight TBA)
  • Meals other than those listed.
  • Independent travel
  • Other personal expenses

Program Ratings:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
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Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
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Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
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Value of the program in relation to the cost:
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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2017 Participant
I would highly recommend this study abroad trip because it gives students the perfect combination of tours to must-see destinations, the opportunity to travel on the weekends, a good balance of class time and work load, and enough free time to get to know the cities you are staying in and the people on the trip!

Anna Fleming Weatherly, Maymester 2018 Participant
A big added value component to this program was the first week, where we got to experience Rome and Florence, and the last week in Southern Italy. These trips gave us the opportunity to fully immerse in the culture and be independent. Every day we were able to visit a historical and beautiful part of the city that we were in that many people never get to see. Also, we gained knowledge of all of the museums and monuments that we visited though our amazing tour guides (especially in Florence and Rome) without the stress and negative externalities of being "in school". These two weeks were the most insightful of the whole trip.

Maymester 2018 Participant
Great program!! Verona was beautiful and I learned so much not only in the classroom but also interacting with Italians and being immersed in the culture.

The courses are challenging since they are led by such esteemed professors but are also very intriguing and rewarding. The experiences you will have and the things you do through this program are remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime events that will stay with you forever.
     — Samuel Weinbach, Maymester 2017
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