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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 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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 Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: YES
Sponsor: UGA Partner Institution: N/A
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Participant Selection: Competitive
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students Type of Instruction: Lecture
Classes With: U.S. Student, UGA Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: SPIA Academic Area: History, International Affairs, Political Science
Language Program: NO Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Work Opportunity: NO
Volunteer Opportunity: NO Scholarship Availability: YES
Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel, Private Apartment
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For more information about 2021, please contact the Program Director.

City View

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 4400 -- 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.

International Politics of Food (3 hrs)

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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Value of the program in relation to the cost:
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Program Reviews:
Chaerim Ban, Maymester 2017 Participant
It was really worth going to this program. Our program was designed really well.

Maymester 2018 Participant
Sign up you wouldn't regret it.

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.

I believe that this experience was very beneficial to me and my future. I think it is important to immerse oneself in a different culture in order to really become aware of it. I will be able to take what I learned in Italy and apply it to my life in the future. In my classes, I learned so many things about international governments that I think will be beneficial to me in my future endeavors. This was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had and I am so thankful I had this opportunity.
     — Natalie Delatour, Maymester 2017
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