Quick Info

  • Florence, Italy
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Education, Psychology
  • : May 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019
  • : In-State: $5,999; Out-of-State: $6,188
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 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 2019 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 2018.

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 2019 at the latest (preferably much earlier)..

You MUST attend four sessions to be held in March/April 2019 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 2018.

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 2019 Pricing & Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,999 $6,199
Arrive in Florence Depart Florence
May 1, 2019 May 31, 2019

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

Other Important Dates: 

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and next steps.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Guest lectures and panel discussions
  • Shared apartments in Florence for the duration of your program
  • School visits
  • Additional class related activities such as visits to museum and libraries
  • Welcome and farewell meals
  • Full day excursion to Reggio Emilia area
  • Full day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano
  • 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

  • You do not need a passport to start the application process, but will need to begin the process of getting one as soon as possible
  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Time management skills will be a very important part of this program.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • You will do a lot of walking on this program. Make sure you pack comfortable shoes!

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.