Each study abroad program fulfills one year (6 credits) of Honors credit requirements.

Registration works on a first come, first served basis!

Italy 2022 is FULL.
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Grand Tour Redux

Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice – an Honors College seminar taught on location in the most historic and magical destinations in Italy. Grand Tour Redux is built on the premise that understanding our past enables us to understand ourselves. This interdisciplinary course examines the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance and the influence of these eras on the contemporary world. The seminar reconstructs the traditional 18th century Grans Tour. Students will reflect on the contemporary and personal relevance of Italian culture in the 21st century world. Do Roman republican morals guide US civic principles? Do Renaissance notions of individual autonomy define our own? Does Venetian capitalism serve as a model for US business practices? Students will walk in the steps of Julius Caesar in the Roman Forum, witness the catastrophic consequences of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, visualize Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel, visit the architectural marvels of Florence, and cross the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The course recreates history through telling the story of individuals and relating those stories to our own times. Be there to meet Julius Caesar, Augustus, Hadrian, St. Peter, Marco Polo, Dante, Lorenzo de Medici, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, and Gentilleschi. Housed primarily in apartments, students will have the experience of living in Italy. “All paths lead to Rome,” or do they?

View the video of the France, Italy, and Spain Study Abroad Honors Hour held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

2022 Syllabus


Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice.

May 9 – June 7, 2022



The cost of the 2022 Italy program is $3,400. This includes ground transportation, housing accommodations, admission to required museums and sites, and mandatory insurance. Program costs DO NOT include: $500 non-refundable Honors College administrative fee, $195 Office of Education Abroad non-refundable fee, FIU instructional fee (6 credits, $205.57 per credit), airfare, meals, vaccinations/PCRs if needed, and personal expenses (including out-of-class transportation).

Students participating in the FIU Honors College Italy Program must register for the 3 credit hour pre-trip seminar in the Spring 2022 term at the Modesto A. Maidique campus, and the 3 credit hour “in-country” course in the Summer A 2022 term in Italy. While in Italy, students are lectured in the field by Professor John Bailly, give two Sense of Place presentations, and complete a Grand Tour project.

Students participating in the Honors College Italy Program will be housed in centrally located fully furnished apartments in Rome and Florence. In Cinque Terre, students will lodge in a mountain sanctuary overlooking the Italian Riviera for four nights. Breakfast and dinner are included at the sanctuary. In Venice, students will stay in a Bed and Breakfast.

Italy: Grand Tour Redux
Spring On Campus – Fridays  12:30PM-3:15PM: IDH 4007—Italy: Grand Tour (3 credits)
Abroad: IDH 4008—Italy: Grand Tour (3 credits)

The program fulfills one year of Honors credit requirements (6.)

John Bailly –

Professor John Bailly was born in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England of a French father and American mother, and lives in France during the summer. He received his MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University in 1993, and is a Fellow of the Honors College. Based in Miami, his work has been exhibited at several institutions in the US. He founded and directs the Honors College Aesthetics & Values Art Exhibition class.