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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 in Italy. 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 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. Day trips are taken to nearby cities like Rome, Orvieto, and Assisi. The final 5 days in Italy will be spent in Florence, visiting sites such as churches, museums, and the Medici Palaces. Day trips are taken to nearby cities like Siena, Cortona, and Pisa.

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.

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.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Prerequisite: GPSYC 101 or PSYC 160 for PSYC 200
Prerequisite: At least one Natural Science & one Social Science PSYC area class for PSYC 400

Rising juniors or seniors preferred, sophomores will be considered

Application Process

For this program, students need to complete the online application (a $25 fee required), which includes:

  • Short essay
  • Interview with director
  • Official transcript required for first-semester transfer and non-JMU students.

Online Application Coming Soon

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 290: Prep Course for Study Abroad in Perugia, Italy (1 credit) *spring 2015 course

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.