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Cross-Cultural Psychology in Perugia, Italy


Perugia, Florence, Italy

Program Description

Have you always wanted to visit Italy? You are not alone! Why is it that so many people throughout the world want to visit and live in this beautiful country? Maybe you need to go there to understand! Then, when you return, perhaps you can implement what you learned there into your daily life here, In this travel-study course in Italy, students study principles of cross-cultural psychology and examine comparisons between social institutions and behavior in America and in Italy. Why does a daily siesta make life more relaxed? Is it better to live closer to your family? Is it better to live to work or work to live? The program begins with an 8-week block class during the Spring Semester designed to prepare students for the travel abroad class. During the first two week abroad, students will arrive and stay in Perugia, Italy, a beautiful university city in the picturesque Umbria region, considered the "heart" of Italy. Our hotel is located in the historic cobblestone center where gelato shops and shopping abound! Day trips are taken throughout the region to nearby cities such as Rome, Orvieto, and Assisi. You will visit the cities known as the top producers of olive oil and ceramics. We will see the beautiful vineyard lined hillsides and picturesque Italian villages. For our final 5 days in Italy we will move to the beautiful Tuscan city of Florence. Here we will view magnificent art, see the classic statue of David and experience phenomenal culture in the birthplace of the Renaissance! Day trips are taken to nearby cities like Siena, Cortona, and Pisa. This is a trip like no other that you will remember for a lifetime!

Location Description

Where will we go? Believe it or not, we will visit over a dozen cities. While in Italy we will visit cities such as: Perugia, Assisi, Torgiano (Capital of Olive Oil), Deruta (Capital of Ceramics), Gubbio, Lake Trasemeno (third largest lake in Italy), Cortona (seen "Under the Tuscan Sun?"), Todi, Orvieto, Rome (we will see seven of the top ten sights in Rome), Siena, Pisa (yes, the leaning tower), and Florence (birthplace of the Renaissance). We stay in Perugia for 13 days and Florence for 5 days. Perugia is a historic, cobblestone 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. You will not find another class or tour that will show you this much and allow you to experience Italy in this manner!


Bill Evans | | Psychology


Students will stay in the historic cobblestone centers of both Perugia and Florence. Accommodations are provided at the Hotel Priori in Perugia (13 nights) and the Hotel Columbia in Florence (5 nights). Both hotels offer complimentary WI-fi internet access. Hotels are centrally located and public transportation is easily accessible. 

All meals are covered by the program fee. The hotels provide breakfast and lunches are covered by a weekly meal stipend from the program fee. Evening meals are experienced together as a class and are considered part of the daily required activities; these meals are also covered by the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

This Program is open to ALL majors. 

Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Kinesiology, Health Sciences, and Italian majors/minors may find this program works well to fulfill academic needs.

A valid Passport is required. Cell phone data plans in Europe can be expensive – check with you cell phone provider about costs of international calling, data and text plans before traveling.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Prerequisites for PSYC200: GPSYC101 or PSYC160
Prerequisites for PSYC400: At least one PSYC Natural Science & one PSYC Social Science area class

Rising juniors or seniors preferred, sophomores will be considered

Application Process

(Program Closed)

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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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)

PSYC 202: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Italy Prep Class (1 credit) *spring 2016"

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.