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Investigating Women's Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues in Florence, Italy

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Florence, Italy
Course # SA 10203 or
SA 59000
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/05/19 to 06/21/19

Program Leader

Name Andrea DeMaria

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description


We invite you to join us as we attain a deep awareness of cultural unity and regional diversity in Italy while mastering basic research skills. Since the inaugural trip for this study abroad in Summer 2017, 27 undergraduate and 3 graduate students have traveled along with Dr. Andrea DeMaria and her graduate research and teaching assistants.  We are looking forward to doing it for the third time!

This study abroad program is an immersive, 7-week, 9 credit hour experience, which provides you with a unique interdisciplinary, research-based learning experience. You will engage in courses instructed by both Purdue University (Dr. DeMaria) and Florence University of the Arts (FUA) faculty. The program allows you to interact with a diverse mix of students, engage in remarkable learning opportunities with Purdue University and FUA faculty, and experience an extraordinary global education through practical and cultural exposures.

Our program will start with a Cultural Introduction to Italy field experience travel week, where we will engage with FUA faculty and students from across the world while learning about Italian history, culture, language, policy, cuisine, and so much more. Upon arrival in Florence, you will engage in an FUA lecture course and Directed Research Hours, which will train you in basic research practices (e.g., study conceptualization, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, manuscript and presentation composition, various computer and software programs).

Further, you will experience culture, health, and wellness through direct lectures, cultural immersion field experiences, and site visits to health-related facilities and museums. Ultimately, you will walk away from this program with a deeper awareness of Italian culture as well as your own, and a knowledge base of the ways health and wellness are shaped by individual behaviors, community and social contexts, and local policies.

Some program highlights include trips to Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast, and Parma, among other beautiful and historic cities. We will explore historic landmarks, learn how to make homemade pasta, gelato, and pastries, walk the streets of some of Italy's most iconic cities, and interact with a diverse local crowd. Learn more about our program highlights in our magazine below.

Space for this study abroad program is limited. Due to the academic rigor and prestige of this program, we will request a cover letter and resume and a semi-formal interview. We will email you to request this after you submit your application. We are specifically looking for students who are interested in women’s health, research training and cultural experiences, and academic growth.

Check Out Our Program Magazine Here



Dr. Andrea DeMaria (program director)

Jaziel Ramos-Ortiz & Stephanie Meier (program teaching and research assistants)


Academic Credit

CSR 390/590 - Directed Research in Women's Reproductive and Sexual Health (3 credits instructed by Dr. Andrea DeMaria)

CSR 390/590 - Cultural Introduction to Italy Field Experience (3 credits instructed by Florence University of the Arts)

CSR 390/590 - FUA Lecture (3 credits instructed by Florence University of the Arts, choose from two course options related to food, wine, culture, and community)


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Purdue University. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, independence, and the desire to experience a way of life that differs from their own.

There are no pre-requisites for this program. Prior research experience is not required, but is certainly a plus!

Applicants must be passionate about women's health and have a strong interest in being trained to conduct social and behavioral research.

Minimum Cumulative GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Language Requirement: None


Program Cost

Program cost is approximately $6,750. See program magazine for items included in program fee.

Undergraduate students may be eligible for a $2,000 MOVES scholarship, which would reduce the total cost to $4,500 plus flight....this is a GREAT DEAL for seven weeks abroad, especially with the amount of travel that is included!

All accepted students must pay a $500 deposit by November 1, 2018 to reserve a spot in the program. This money will go toward the total program fee. [Note: this date is one month earlier than the noted date in the program magazine due to high program interest this year]


Application Deadline

This program is not currently accepting applications due to high interest. Please check back or email Dr. Andrea DeMaria at 

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