Trento Global Challenges Summer School
Trentino-Alto Adige is one of the richest regions in natural and geographic wonders.
Summer 20 applications
Jan. 8, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Summer 21 applications
Opens fall 2020
Areas of Study: The academic part of the Summer School will tackle issues ranging from refugees to terrorism and from international commerce to climate change, and will feature international lecturers. Debate will be encouraged by addressing specific case studies on the issues presented in class. There will be organized activities such as debates, workshops, lectures, industry visits, and excursions for 8 hrs/day for the length of the program, with free time in the evenings.
Participants will also be introduced to some of the successful business stories in the Trentino region. Meetings with the CEOs of locally-based companies that have expanded globally on the market are planned and are to be confirmed (e.g Ferrari winery, La Sportiva sport equipment, Trentingrana) along with trips to Rovereto (close to Trento), to visit Progetto Manifattura and PoloMeccatronica, which are examples of how to create an innovative and sustainable economy and business hub. These meetings will open discussion about how to adapt local realities to global challenges.
Trentino-Alto Adige is one of the richest regions in natural and geographic wonders. The leisure part of the Summer School will bring participants to explore the amazing landscapes of this mountain region, where Italian and German language and culture live side-by-side. An excursion to Val di Fiemme, with its spectacular Dolomites, will also be included in the programme.
Course requirements: Open to 3rd/4th year undergrad or graduate students, who will earn 1 UCalgary half-course (3 units, 6-8 ECTS) for this program.
The Transfer Credit Database contains information on previous courses which have been transferred from this institution, however students are not limited to these courses and are strongly encouraged to contact their academic advisor for any other specific transfer credit information.
The program runs for 2 weeks from early-July to mid-July. For more specific details, please visit Trento's page.
Depending on your passport, you may be able to travel before and after your exchange (up to 90 days total stay in Italy) - please consult the website for the Italian Embassy in the country where your passport originates.
For students that would like to return to Trento, there are semester and year-length exchange options available at the University of Trento.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Program costs for the summer school in 2018 are €600 euros for accommodation and meals. Textbooks will be provided by Trento's library.
Also, remember to include things like travelling, flights to/from Italy, visa (if required), insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.
Trento cost comparison vs Calgary: Click Here
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Internal funding opportunities for study abroad in Italy are available on our funding page.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.
All participants will be accommodated in single rooms at the UniTrento San Bartolameo Campus, which is located 10 min by bus from Trento's city centre.
Meals will also be included, and personalized menus can be arranged in case of food allergies/intolerances. Please contact the exchange advisor early so that meals can be organized in advance.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time undergrad or graduate students in any faculty at the UCalgary, who will have completed at least 3 full years (30 courses) at the post-secondary level before departure, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.