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Italy Earth Science Field School

Explore human and environmental history in a part of the world that is iconic for its historic legacy, geologic dynamism, and natural beauty.

The Italy Earth Science Field School will focus on natural hazards, archaeology, and environmental geography of Italy. The trip itinerary will focus on Italy’s rich cultural, historical, geologic, and environmental history through the lenses of earth science disciplines and methods. Topics of study will include regional sustainable development, ancient civilizations of the Italian peninsula, conservation, the legacy of centuries of environmental and heritage management, and the significance of the historical development of cities within this region. Maximum exposure to urban and rural landscapes will be available to participants through direct observation, instruction, and fieldwork, allowing students to build critical thinking skills in interpreting and making connections between human and natural landscapes.

Destinations include Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa, Populonia, Pitigliano, Rome, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Positano and Amalfi.

Student Grants for this program were supported by funding from the Government of Alberta.

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.

Program typeGroup Study
Application statusOpen
Application deadline

First come, first considered. Applications are competitive, apply early. 


Darren Sjogren
Andrea Freeman 
Aaron Williams
Group Study Programs
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