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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 10220 or
SA 59000
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 05/06/18 to 06/22/18

Program Leader

Name Andrea DeMaria

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description


I invite you to join me as we gain a deep awareness of cultural unity and regional diversity in Italy, while investigating reproductive and sexual health issues specific to women and adolescent girls living in the Tuscany region.

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 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.

You will complete a Cultural Introduction to Italy field experience and lecture course, where you will engage with FUA faculty and students from across the world while learning about Italian history, culture, language, policy, cuisine, and so much more. Additionally, you will engage in 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 statistics programs).

Further, you will have an opportunity to interact with women’s health clinicians, practitioners, and activists, as well as connect with local women as we engage in our coursework and collect data for our research study. You will experience culture, health, and wellness through direct lectures, cultural immersion field experiences, site visits to health-related facilities and museums, and hands-on data collection. Ultimately, you will walk away from this program with a deeper awareness of your own culture and Italian culture, and a knowledge base of how 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 spend one full day at a natural spa exploring holistic health experiences, learn how to make homemade pasta and gelato, 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. All applicants will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter, and follow-up interview. I am specifically looking for responsible and respectful students with strong communication skills, research methods training, an interest in women's health issues, and zest for travel.


Dr. Andrea DeMaria

Check Out Our Program Magazine Here

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 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.

Applicants must be passionate about women's health and have a strong interest in being trained to conduct high quality, mixed methods research.

Minimum Cumulative GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Language Requirement: None


Program Cost

Program cost is approximately $6,500. 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!

All accepted students must pay a $500 deposit by February 15, 2018 to reserve a spot in the program. This money will go toward the total program fee.


Application Deadline

This program is now closed. Please check back in August to apply for Summer 2019!

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