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  • Locations: Siena, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Political Science Program Type: UMBC Faculty-led Program
Housing Options: Apartment GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Faculty Leader: Dr. Carolyn Forestiere
Program Description:
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Course Overview:
(Students may choose 1 course):

POLI 260: Comparative Politics (3 credits) (GEP – SS): This introductory course provides a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts in comparative politics. Topics such as regime type, national identity, political economy, and globalization receive extensive treatment. Students will use the comparative method to understand important differences in the political systems of different countries with regard to these topics, especially in Europe.


POLI 469: Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (3 credits): Introduces the complicated world of Italian politics and an appreciation of the difficulties that Italian politicians face when trying to endorse political change. It focuses on institutional analysis – the study of the decision-making process in government itself. It also presents the important role the Italian economy plays in the European Union, and how Italy is responding to ongoing economic problems and the current migrant crisis. This course serves as an upper level course requirement or elective for Political Science majors, and is best suited for those who have already taken POLI 260. 
The Country:
Siena, located in the heart of Tuscany, is an ideal location for a short-term study abroad program. The small city of 50,000 residents is peaceful and somewhat off the beaten path, but still lies within easy distance of most of Italy’s popular hotspots, such as Florence and Rome. Students will have an authentic Italian experience in terms of daily living, but will also be able to visit bigger cities. Siena is home to the Center for the Study of Political Change where many well-known Italian and foreign political scientists publish and teach in English, which makes it an ideal place to study abroad as it does not require Italian language proficiency.
Faculty Overview: 
Dr. Carolyn Forestiere, associate professor in Political Science, has spent several years studying and working in Italy. Dr. Forestiere presents a foundation for understanding not only Italian Politics, but the politics of the other European Union countries as well. Dr. Forestiere has also written and published a book on Beginning Research in Political Science (Oxford University Press 2016) that aims to provide a learn-by-doing approach to guide students through their original research projects. 
Tentative Itinerary:
Itinerary Subject to Change
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Leave the US - possible group flight options.
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Arrival in Siena.
Monday, May 28, 2018 Orientation, walking tour and arrival dinner.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Instruction day 1.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Instruction day 2 and Siena political tour. 
Thursday, May 31, 2018 Instruction day 3.
Friday, June 1, 2018 Travel to and from Florence, tour of the Accademia and the Uffizi Palace, walking tour of city, group discussion lunch.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 Free day.
Sunday, June 3, 2018 Free day.
Monday, June 4, 2018 Instruction day 4 and contrada visit. 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Instruction day 5.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Midterm: Instruction day 6.
Thursday, June 7, 2018 Travel to Rome, group discussion lunch, tour of Roman Forum, Palatine and Colosseum.
Friday, June 8, 2018 Rome, tour of modern political buildings.
Saturday, June 9, 2018 Rome – free day, group travel.
Sunday, June 10, 2018 Free day.
Monday, June 11, 2018 Instruction day 7.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Instruction day 8.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Instruction day 9.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 Instruction day 10.
Friday, June 15, 2018 Instruction day 11.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 Departure for home.

Cost overview: 
To get a detailed view of the program costs as well as other estimated costs, please see the program budget.  

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This program is currently not accepting applications.