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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Sorrento, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Maymester, Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Apartment, Hotel
Academic Courses: ENG, ENW, HON, PHY, PHY w/LAB Program Length: Short-Term Faculty-Led
Program Type: Faculty Led Minimum GPA: 2.50
Office Location: Study Abroad Office JAAC 1009 Program Fee: $6500
Program Description:

Belmont in Italy



Belmont students in Italy

At its heart, science is a human undertaking driven primarily by curiosity with the world around us and a desire to both understand and control our place in this universe. This often leads to a strong interaction between science and culture, especially with regard to religion and politics. As our scientific knowledge grows, it shapes how we view ourselves and our place within Creation, which can be both humbling and inspiring. This shifting perspective of ourselves can also lead to cultural challenges and power shifts among social institutions.
Our summer session starts with understanding some of the foundational concepts of science, such as how and why objects move, what makes an object fall, and what is the nature of the stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies. We’ll look at how the answers to these questions have changed from the time of Aristotle to the present and the role they played in shaping culture. Our itinerary will lead us through Italy from Florence to Sorrento, learning along the way about people such as Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei and visiting sites like Mount Vesuvius. Other places of interest include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Vatican Observatory and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and the ruins of Pompeii. Ultimately, we’ll seek to answer how modern science helps us understand our own place in the universe.

In Nashville for classes June 1 - 4; Arrive in Florence on June 5

Please review program dates (this program will have classes in Nashville prior to departure). Please make necessary arrangements for your time in Nashville.​
  • Pizza making workshop
  • Planetarium
  • Galileo Museum
  • Uffizi Museum
  • Tower of Pisa
  • Coliseum
  • Vatican Museum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo Frascati
  • Pompeii
  • Mount Vesuvius
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the BELL Core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in Italy. Additionally, students must take one of the physics options. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
  • PHY 1010: The Search for Our Place in the Universe (ILC available with ENG 3950)
  • PHY 3950: Junior Cornerstone - The Search for Our Place in the Universe
  • HON 2950: Analytics/Science Models: Science Revolutions
  • ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (ILC available with PHY 1010)
  • ENW 3950: Travel Writing

REL 3950: Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Path A or B; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
INB 3950: (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300)

Photo of ItalyCOSTS

1. Program Fee: $6,500: 
This fee will include round trip airfare from Nashville, in-country transportation, some meals, group excursions, student health insurance.

Costs not covered by the program fee include: Tuition, additional meals, personal expenses

2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal Maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.  

Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance 


Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
  • Spring Break Programs: November 15
  • Maymester Programs: February 1
  • Summer Programs: February 15 
How to Apply
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply. 
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in. 
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application. 


Dr. Steve Robinson JAAC 4012

Dr. Heather Finch • JAAC 3049


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.