Summer 2015: The Good Life


Department: Philosophy

Leaders: Dr. Phil Thompson

: Philosophy, General Education

  Terms/Timeframe: 05/10/2015-05/25/2015

Language: English

  Credits: 3

Budget: Coming Soon


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
January 30, 2015
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Course Selection Form

Academic Program and Activities

Find out why you want to go to Italy.  See the best of northern Italy in two weeks learning about Italian culture, film, history, archeology and the roots of Western civilization.  We are nearly 100% on-site learning in Italy; we finish class work online during the summer.

Students will also get a chance to visit the great city of Rome,which is the capital of Italy. Rome is known to be one of the largest cities in Italy that captures the history and art of Ancient Rome, Renaissances, and Baroque. Students will enjoy the accessible travel experiences, and get a chance to walk through one of the largest airports in Rome, called Fiumicino-Leonardo Da Vinci. In addition to learning about the great history of Rome, students have the option to go on different excursions and visit monumental sites like the Colosseum, Amphitheatre Flavius, Constantine's Arch, and the Roman Forum.The vibrant city of Rome will leave you astonished by the historical monuments, arts, cuisines, and attractions!

This course is designed for all majors and in the past there have been students from every college on campus and majors ranging from business, family and consumer sciences, history and elementary education, to name a few.  What unites the group is an interest in “all thing Italy.”  All years from first year up through graduating seniors are welcome.  And every student, regardless of the number of credit hours already taken, can get credit for their senior seminar on this study tour.  (Honors credit for senior seminar is available.)


While visiting Rome, students will be housed in shared residences and will have access to kitchen facilities. Highlights include:  Michelangelo’s David, Roman Coliseum tour, tour of Ostia Antica's ruins, cooking lesson, and a guided tour of Hadrian's village.

If you want to continue your travel independently, you can stay in Europe after the trip and fly home from Paris, London, or Greece. Flights are booked separately but students will have the opportunity to discuss independent travel with other members of the group or fly to Italy and back home from Italy with the group.

On-campus orientation in March.

This experience is an extremely small group and it is limited to twelve students maximum.

"Studying abroad in Italy was a life changing experience for me. It opened up my eyes to new people, new food, new cultures, new everything! I am so happy to have been fortunate enough to go because it was one of the best trips I have ever experienced. I would highly recommend The Good Life in Italy because you will never forget it!"
- Jade Kuhl, Summer 2012 participant.

"This program was such an amazing experience that was life-changing. I would recommend anyone and everyone to go while they have the chance to experience another culture."
- Amanda Swinda, Summer 2010 participant

"You definitely get your money's worth and it's the perfect amount of time to go abroad, not too long or too short. It's designed very well to give you a full look at the Italian culture."
- Stacey Jaksa, Summer 2010 participant



Undergraduate options:
STA 3970 (3 cr) - may be substituted for PHI 2500G (3 cr), EIU 4167G* (3 cr) or PHI3970 ( 2 or 3 cr)

Honors options:
STA 3990 (3 cr) - may be substituted for EIU4194G* (4 cr) or PHI 2590G (3 cr)

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!


Students will be housed in shared residences close to the school where courses are taught.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **