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UMD-Summer: Italy: Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Music (LARC/HONR)

Florence, Italy
Perugia, Italy
Rome, Italy
San Remo, Italy
Sorrento, Italy
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Come and explore the common language of architecture and music as we travel through six Italian cities learning about public open spaces, architectural monuments, music, and culture. This course is open to all majors and includes many historic, cultural, built, and natural sites and monuments. Investigate Italy through the study of historical town planning, public piazzas, landscape architecture, music, and architecture, in this three-week course sponsored by the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. You will travel throughout cities in Italy including Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Perugia, and San Remo. Musical performances, tours, and many historic sites and cities are included in this fast paced, exciting course.

You will record your observations, reactions, and knowledge of the sites visited throughout Italy in a journal (provided) and be requested to discuss your observations in a daily class meeting. Common useful language phrases will be taught throughout the course.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students of all majors are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the Program Leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • LARC489A: Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Italy: Architecture and Music
  • HONR338A: Advanced Honors Seminar: Italy and Landscape Architecture

The courses your complete during this program will count as resident credit.

All students are required to attend two meetings prior to travel in order to fully understand the requirements, receive their research assignments, and to orient the students to travel abroad.

Housing throughout the course is in carefully selected family owned hotels. Each venue has access to the public transportation systems. You will stay in six locations throughout Italy in shared accommodations.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

*Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International ScholarshipOnline applications will open mid-January and close on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
Summer 2023 costs reflected.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.

Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
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Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Program Fee Total
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.

Meals (estimate)
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course Materials
Incidental Expenses
Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional)

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.



PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Dennis Nola, ASLA, is the Program Leader and the chair of the undergraduate Landscape Architecture program at the University of Maryland. He is a licensed landscape architect who has practiced throughout the US and internationally. He has won awards for his design of campus projects, environmental restoration, and for his work with undeserved communities. He has held many positions on executive and review boards at local, state, and national levels. Dennis created this course and has successfully taught it for the past 13 years. His family origins are from Sorrento and he brings many personal insights and experiences to the course content. 

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leader. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Visits to historical and cultural monuments.
  • Field-trips to important musical venues and performances.
  • Conversational Italian courses.
  • Explore the common languages of Architecture and Music.
  • Develop a field sketching journal recording natural, built, and cultural systems.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2023 03/01/2023 03/07/2023 05/25/2023 06/11/2023