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Cross-Cultural Psychology in Perugia, Italy


Perugia, Italy

Program Description

This program is a travel-study course in which students will study principles of cross-cultural psychology and learn to make and interpret comparisons between social institutions and behavior in America and venues in Italy. The program begins with an 8-week block class during the Spring Semester, with lectures about and trips to various places in the area, such as schools, churches, and museums. During the first week of summer school, students will travel to Perugia, Italy, where they will stay for the first 13 days; we will visit such sites as the Umbrian National Museum, a monastery, schools and universities, Etruscan sites and various public monuments. The final 5 days in Italy will be spent in Florence, visiting sites such as churches, museums, and the Medici Palaces.

Location Description

While in Italy we will visit: Perugia, Assisi, Torgiano, Duruta, Gubbio, Lake Trasemeno, Cortona, Todi, Orvieto, Rome, Siena, Pisa, and Florence. We stay in Perugia for 13 days and Florence for 5 days. Perugia is a famous collegiate town in central Italy and the capital of the Umbria region. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and capital of the Tuscany region.


Bill Evans | | Psychology


Housing will be at the Hotel Priori in Perugia (13 nights) and the Hotel Columbia in Florence (5 nights). Both hotels offer complimentary WI-fi internet access. All meals will be covered in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

This program is targeted towards Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Kinesiology, Health Sciences, and Italian majors/minors, and rising juniors or seniors.

Prerequisites for PSYC200: GPSYC101 or PSYC16

Prerequisites for PSYC400: At least one Natural Science & one Social Science PSYC area class

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • JMU Short-Term Application Form

  • Attend an interview with the program director prior to the application deadline: Bill Evans  |  |  Psychology

  • Submit an additional application form that can be picked up and returned to the program director prior to the interview.

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


PSYC 200: Topics in Psychology: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Italy (3 credits)

PSYC 400: Advanced Topics in Psychology: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Italy (3 credits)