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UConn Summer Psychology in Florence, Italy (Faculty-led) (Summer)

The Program

This “Maymester” program will take place in Florence, Italy–the historical center of the Renaissance. Florence’s location at the crossroads of many trade routes made it a city of many cultures, and facilitated the exchange of many ideas. In this course, we will examine multiculturalism, currently and historically, with special attention to the variables of individualism and collectivism.

In addition to lectures, we will visit the Uffizi, Accademia, and Il Duomo. We will also take an excursion to Lucca and Viareggio. Lucca was founded by the Etruscans, visited by Julius Caesar, and famous for its Renaissance walls.  Viareggio is a seaside resort which was originally the only gate to the sea for the republic of Lucca.

Students will have a weekend free for independent excursions, and some students may choose to remain in Italy after the course is finished to travel on their own.

The Academics

PSYC 2101. Introduction to Multicultural Psychology. Three credits. Prerequisite: General Psychology.

Fulfills UConn CLAS General Education Content Area 4 requirement: Diversity and Multiculturalism.

This course covers an introduction to cross-cultural and multicultural issues and the role psychology has played in understanding the experiences of diverse groups. There will be special attention to Italian culture, including evaluation and naturalistic observation of variables such as individualism and collectivism.

This course involves some mandatory prep meetings in April.

The Experience

You will be housed in double or triple rooms in furnished apartments shared with other program participants. Located in the center of town, during your walks you may stop at a favorite coffee bar for a cappuccino and a pastry, gaze into the shop windows at the artistically displayed goods, or marvel at major artistic, historical landmarks. The little pleasures of Italian life, the espresso break, the gelato, buying fresh vegetables in mom and pop shops, and the Italian approach to the time, become a natural part of the day.

Florence is a city which spans two thousand years of history, and on its streets walked Brunelleschi, Leonardo, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo, and a host of others who helped shape our world and civilization.

The program will be hosted by ISI Florence:

For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Burton (

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/27/2018 03/06/2018 05/06/2018 05/19/2018

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year, 5th Year Academic area: Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 2.5