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

Global Problems, Global Solutions: Problem Solving Across Borders in Italy

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 Padova, Venice, Italy
Course # SA 11003
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/11/23 to 03/19/23

Program Leader

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

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

Designing and implementing solutions to major global challenges requires interdisciplinary thinking, collaboration skills, and intercultural competencies. These are all put into practice in the “Solutions Lab Global” class in which Purdue students work virtually with students at the University of Padova in Italy to develop solutions to a global problem. This Spring Break study abroad program flows from this course, enriching the virtual experience with a visit to Padova. Participants will learn about student life in Italy, interact with Italian peers, visit sights in Padova, explore the local region, and be immersed in Italian culture through dormitory stays and program activities. The program concludes with a visit to nearby Venice, one of the world’s most unique cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Note: Priority for enrollment in this program will be given to students enrolled in Solutions Lab Global: Italy (HONR 222) during the Spring 2023 semester.

Academic Credit

2 HONR credit. (With 2 HONR credits from the Spring 2023 Solutions Lab Global class, this becomes a 4-credit experience in total.)


A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to enroll in all HONR courses. Students wishing to participate in this program should be enrolled in the Spring 2023 full-semester course "Solutions Lab Global: Italy" (HONR 222).

Program Cost

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

Estimated program cost:  $375

  • Includes: program fee; accommodations; daily breakfasts; day trips, entrances, and other course activities; airport transfers; ground transportation; and international medical insurance.
  • Does not include: airfare and some meals.

The estimated cost of this program has been reduced through generous support from the John Martinson Honors College and through a SAIL Grant from Purdue's Office of International Programs.


Purdue Moves Scholarship

Participants who are US citizens or permanent residents are strongly encouraged to apply for the Purdue Moves Scholarship through the MyStudyAbroad system. Purdue Moves awards are based on total family income and require having a FAFSA on file. For this Spring Break program, participants are eligible for the following amounts of scholarship funding, which can be applied to the program fee billed by Purdue but also expenses like airfare.

- Total family income of $75,000 or less: $1200 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $75,001 to $100,000: $800 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $100,001 to $125,000: $500 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $125,001 to $150,000: $300 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $150,001 or greater: Ineligible

For complete details on eligibility, application procedures, and deadlines, please visit https://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/aid/details.cfm?scholarid=228. Additional financial aid information can be found below!

Please do NOT make any financial commitments toward the program (such as purchasing airfare) until instructed by the program leader. Neither the John Martinson Honors College nor Purdue University will be liable for refunds should programs be canceled owing to mitigation measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application Deadline

The guaranteed way to join this program is to register for "Solutions Lab Global: Italy" (HONR 222) for Spring 2023. Applications for those students will be processed first, followed by previous Solutions Lab Global participants.

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.