Summer at the Italy Center

The Italy Center offers a full summer program every year. However, it does change from year to year so please check it every year if you are considering joining us during the summer. Below is the latest news post regarding the announcement of the Summer 2021 Program.


Summer Session 2021
May 26 – June 29
Bologna-Apennine Mountains-Sicily


Students may choose from one of two tracks during the summer session: 

Bologna photofor websiteUrban Bologna – Core Credits 

While living in Europe’s number one University town which is home to 100,000 students, one can complete up to six credit hours choosing from a list of core courses.  Students will share a modern residence hall with 100 University of Bologna students, living and breathing the true Italian college life.



borgo basino backyardRural Apennine Mountains – Environmental Internship

Students will attend class on Mondays in Bologna and the remainder of the week will live on an organic farm, learning about international sustainability, studying new technologies, and engaging in grassroots efforts to preserve our planet.




The Italy Center offers an intensive five-week summer session. You will be able to take either 3 or 6 credits (tuition reductions apply to the full 6 credit program). Besides exploring Bologna’s nooks and crannies, you will also travel to Sicily for a 7-day social justice immersion tour.

Course Offerings

  • Biology 120: Farms to Pharmaceuticals
  • Business 309: Environment, Business and Ethics 
  • Philosophy 309: Environment, Business and Ethics
  • Italian Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced levels
  • Social Science 395: Immigration & Globalization (service learning required)
  • Theology 261: World Religions



Our Summer Environmental Internship is a truly unique way to gain a valuable perspective on today’s most pressing environmental issues.  Interns will live in community on a farm while taking in up to two courses. The program allows you to gain theoretical knowledge driven by an experiential curriculum which focuses on permaculture design, popular education, and exploration of multidimensional sustainability frameworks.  You will also travel to Sicily for a 7-day social justice immersion tour.

Internship Course Offerings

  • Biology 120: Farms to Pharmaceuticals
  • Business 309: Environment, Business and Ethics 
  • Philosophy 309: Environment, Business and Ethics

* Interns are to enrol in one of the above  courses


Borgo Basino EnglishLife on the “agriturismo” Borgo Basino Farm

Monday evening through Friday interns will reside on a local “agriturismo” which is an Italian term for a small farm and guest house.  The farm is called  Borgo Basino where you will live with your fellow interns, two per bedroom and share a common kitchen to prepare meals.  Vegetarian food, including fresh produce from the farm, will be provided for students to prepare meals.  The program would also include some hands-on Italian cooking classes with local ingredients and recipes.  

Your work will revolve around the Borgo’s three main focus areas of popular education, eco/agricultural tourism and hospitality, and farm-to-table rural networks in the area. You will look at applied examples of environmental justice and injustice in an Italian and European context, including focus on small scale and socially conscious agriculture, organized crime and migration, and the role of ethics in informing ecologically-minded citizens. 

Interns are allowed to return to Bologna for the weekends (housing included in Bologna) or can opt to travel exploring Europe.  Interns will be required to be on site at the Spring Hill Italy Center Bologna campus for Monday morning classes. You are also welcome and encouraged to remain at Borgo Basino during the weekends.

The Environmental Internship program requires a commitment to living in community, a willingness to travel by way of public transit from Bologna to the farm and back, and a passion for environmental issues.  Prior to being accepted into the internship program, applicants will be required to participate in an interview conducted via Zoom. 


PageLines- SummerSessionPhoto2-.pngSICILY SOCIAL JUSTICE TOUR  JUNE 22 – 28, 2021

The summer session will culminate in a tour to Sicily for all who are enrolled in the Italy Center.  Sicily is the biggest region of Italy and the largest  island in the Mediterranean Sea, known for its beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes. Sicily’s Etna volcano is also Europe’s largest, and one of the world’s most active. During this social justice tour, we will explore the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, take part in archaeological excursions, and enjoy evenings encountering Sicily’s remarkable cuisine. We will also meet with community leaders, and explore the fascinating natural environment of Mount Etna, to include lava flow caves and craters all flanked by pristine alpine forests. 


  • 3-credit Program Total   $ 5,300
  • 6-credit Program Total   $ 6,050

*Above costs includes Tuition, Room & partial Board, and Sicily Tour.  Costs for either the Urban Bologna based program or the Rural Environmental Internship are the same.  Cost does not include airfare to and from Europe.

We are now accepting applications so please apply now if you are interested! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the program.