If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Italian Discoveries

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Paderno del Grappa, Florence, Milan, Venice, Italy
Course # SA 11003
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2023 05/07/23 to 05/27/23

Program Leader

Name Dino Felluga
Email felluga@purdue.edu
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed


Program Description




Photo: past students on the Italian Discoveries program, Venice Italy (click the photo for more)

“Italian Discoveries” combines two, 3-credit HONR courses, “Da Vinci’s Renaissance” and “Our Postmodern Present” into a seamless whole. The 3-week program also brings together the best of Italy, from the rich countryside of northern Italy’s Veneto region to the sun-drenched hills of Tuscany—from famous cities to small villages known only to locals. Any Purdue student with a GPA over 3.0 may apply.

The class is completely interdisciplinary (as was da Vinci's career) so the program will be of interest to STEM students as much as to students in the humanities.

We begin in Paderno del Grappa, a small town in the Veneto, where we will spend a week in the country learning how to make pizza, pasta and tiramisù, feasting our minds on the works of the Italian Renaissance, and feasting everything else at local family tables and an agristurismo (restaurant at a working farm). We then move to Florence, the epicenter of Renaissance art and science, from which we will enjoy a day trip to the most perfectly preserved medieval jewel of Italy, San Gimignano. We will spend our last week in Venice, living and studying on the small, exclusive island of San Servolo, the home of Venice International University. With the watery city as our text book, we will discover why this unforgettable city is unique in all the world.

We will be working with WorldStrides for this program. You can find more information by going to:


Enter the password Italia2019.  

Feel free to contact the program leader for more information: felluga@purdue.edu.

Academic Credit

HONR 299: da Vinci's Renaissance (3 credits), led by Dino Franco Felluga

HONR 299: Our Postmodern Present (3 credits), led by Dino Franco Felluga

Six credits of HONR total


Honors College students and any Purdue student with a GPA over 3.0

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Approximately $5,500, including the program fee, insurance, the Purdue Study Abroad fee, all lodging, all transportation in Italy, all tickets and rentals, and some food.  

Not included:  Airfare, transportation to and from US airport of departure, and most food in the second two weeks of the program.

Application Deadline

This program has been successful in the past and will be capped at 20 students. You can secure your spot in the program by paying your deposit of $500 by December 1, 2021.   

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.