Winter Quarter 2021

The SHC Italy Center offers a Winter Quarter option for students attending universities on the quarter system.  Winter Quarter 2021 begins January 9 and ends on March 23.  Students will have ample time to return to the United States in order to begin the Spring Quarter on their home campus. 

All academic courses offered in the Spring Semester will be available to Winter Quarter students.  As a general rule, students enrolled in the Winter Quarter program will be required to complete some academic work via remote learning.  To review course offerings: 

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Winter Quarter Travel Tours (included in the price of the program):

Venice (January 16, 17, 18)

Photo VeniceVenice is a jewel and compares to no other city in the world.  Our tour will begin by meeting with civic leaders to understand the impact of tourism and climate change, which are both bringing down this historic city.  Time will also be set aside to explore Venice’s rich cultural history; highlights will include a guided tour of the 9th century Palazzo Ducale, which served as the seat of the Republic’s government, and will culminate enjoying an evening of classical Venetian music.



Italian Alps: Weekend of Winter Sports (February 5, 6, 7)

Alps SkiingThe Italy Center offers a weekend Alps tour for those who wish to ski or snowboard. Students who are not interested in skiing, weekend options include ice-skating, an easy walk to a waterfall, short hikes above timber-line (need to take ski gondola), or simply  hanging out in a medieval mountain village.  We will stay at the Panorama Hotel in the town of Cavalese.  The ski area Alpe Cermis is located in the Val di Femme Valley.  The tour departs on a Friday afternoon and returns on a Sunday evening.  Students will be allowed to ski on Saturday but will be limited to a half day of skiing on Sunday.  This is the world-renowned Dolomite region of Italy.


Art History Day Tour – Padua (February 12)

Photo PaduaPadua is one of the most beautiful hidden treasures in northern Italy. Galileo Galilei was a lecturer at its University, founded in 1222 – one of the oldest in the world. Padua is known for remarkable architecture, including Sant’Antonio cathedral and the Scrovegni Chapel, where frescoes were completed in 1305 by Giotto.  The tour will be led by Italy Center’s Art Historian Piergiacomo Petrioli and English Literature Professor Lee Foust.



Puglia Southern Italy (March, 10 – 15)

Photo Puglia IITraveling to the heel of Italy, students will begin in Brindisi where they will hear from refugees about their lives surviving the treacherous journey across the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea.  The tour will also include meetings with the Libera NGO staff who have played a key role in advocating for justice in the region, and now, with the support of refugees themselves, manage fields that were once owned and controlled by the area’s mafia.  The tour will include a half-day hike in the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve and perhaps the best food you will taste in all of Italy.



Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 10 – 15)

Photo Bosnia IIThe Balkan Social Justice Tour will offer a review of the peace and reconciliation initiatives in the region. The tour brings students together with activists, religious leaders and United States Government officials who will share their perspectives on the 1990’s war and their visions for the future.  Bosnia is rich in history, exploding with a vibrant arts scene and is abundant in natural beauty comparable to America’s Rocky Mountain region.  A day will be reserved for a long mountain hike arriving at a small village to enjoy a traditional shepherds meal.