Quick Info

  • Florence, Italy
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Education
  • : Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • : $5,999 In-State / $6,199 Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Clear Judicial Record


Graduate Students:  While in Florence you may take the two following courses for a total of six credits.

This course is an overview of the theoretical and methodological issues that characterize cross-cultural research in psychology. Students will grapple with the inherent limitations in comparing cultures, and with the historical tensions between looking for universal and culturally specific phenomena. We will read and discuss empirical examples from across many cultures, but will conduct observations in Italy as case examples.
Students MUST attend four sessions and one field trip to be held in March/April 2018 prior to departure for Florence. These sessions will count as class sessions towards your grade. Dates for these sessions will set once the group is finalized in December 2014.

This course is intended to provide graduate students with an opportunity to conduct their own research project in Italy. This project will be individualized to meet the needs and interests of each student. All projects, however, will include data collection in Italy, and a final paper written in the form of a manuscript suitable for submission to a professional journal. Projects may include (1) intensive data collection in Italy, or (2) light data collection in the U.S. (prior to the trip to Italy) and in Italy to allow for cross-cultural comparisons.

Depending on your academic stage, this project may serve as the initial steps toward a pre-dissertation project or some other academic milestone. If so, however, you are expected to work with the Directed Study Instructor, and be in close contact with an academic advisor.

If you are interested in presenting this project data, or publishing it, you will need to complete an IRB proposal at Pitt before collecting data. Due to the potential complexity of international IRB proposals, if you would like to go through this process you should meet with the Directed Study Instructor by February 2015 at the latest (preferably much earlier)..

You MUST attend four sessions to be held in March/April 2015 prior to departure for Florence. These sessions will count as class sessions towards your grade. Dates for these sessions will set once the group is finalized in December 2014.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Michele Sobolak is an Assistant Professor of Instruction and Learning in the School of Education.  


You will be placed in centrally located, shared apartments that are fully furnished for their four week stay in Florence. Due to housing demand in Florence in the summer, students can expect to be within a forty-five minute walk of campus.  Apartments typically include a kitchen, bathroom and television.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,999 $6,199
Arrive in Florence Depart Florence
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Thursday, May 31, 2018

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Florence program fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared apartments in Florence for the duration of your program
  • School visits
  • Additional class related activities
  • Welcome and farewell meals
  • International travel insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Airfare (~$1500)
  • Meals and personal expenses ($1500)
  • Passport and visa fees if necessary
  • If Non-US citizen a visa may be required, in which case you will be responsible for transportation to and from Philadelphia to obtain the visa

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

This program is for graduate students in the School of Education.  There is an undergraduate education in Florence program as well.  Please apply to the correct program for your academic level.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.