Academic Excursions at the Italian Campus

Travel will be one of the highlights of your semester abroad. With Italy's rich culture and varied landscape, you can remain in the country during the entire semester and still have plenty to explore and experience. Two academic excursions combined with optional staff-lead mini-excursions provide many opportunites to explore the different regions of this beautiful country!

Academic Excursions (included): Each semester includes mandatory academic excursions:  

Explore different regions of Italy with your professors during two academic excursions that count for class participation. For two weekends, Italy will become your classroom! 

  • Ancient Campania Excursion:  During this weekend excursion, you will travel with the staff and faculty to the southern region of Campania. The weekend begins walking the ancient streets of the impeccably preserved city of Pompeii and experiencing life as an ancient Roman! Other highlights of the weekend include a visit to an organic buffalo mozzarella farm, visit to the ancient Greek temples and museum of Paestum, the small mountain village of Campagna, and a free half-day to explore the magical island of Capri! (Mandatory Non-business students only in Fall, Mandatory for all students in the Spring.)

  • Business Excursion - Emilia-Romagna:A special excursion for students in the Global Insights and the Intro to Management classes to Italy's food capital and bread basket. The Learning Journey will take students to explore the Barilla Corporation in Parma with a full day of activities. Students will also explore the university city of Bologna and the gem of Modena, home of Ferrari, Maserati, Pavarotti and Balsamic Vinegar (Fall only. Mandatory for Business students.)

  • High Rennaisance Art Weekend In Florence (not offered every term): During this two-day excursion, you will travel to the birthplace of the Renaissance: Florence! You will have on-site class visits with your professor(s) at the most important museums and monuments in Florence, as well as see first hand the important works of artists such as Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, and Raphael.

  • Orvieto Academic Day Excursion: During this day excursion, you will travel with the staff and faculty to the Medieval town of Orvieto in the region of Umbria. Nicknamed "the city of art" you will see the famed Duomo which holds works of art by Luca Signorelli (studied by Michelangelo for his Sistine Chapel creation), as well as painting by famed artist, Simone Martini.

*Other mandatory academic excursions may vary depending on course offerings. Please review the mandatory and optional excursions listed on DuqAbroad for your specific semester.

Optional Excursions (spaces are held first come, first served):

Expand your understanding of Italy by engaging experiences beyond Rome through these optional staff-led excursions.  Sign up through Duq Abroad, spots are held on a first come, first served basis.  Once sign ups are open, students can log into Duq Abroad to sign up (excursions will be listed in their application once available).

Optional Excursion Examples:
  • Eat, Pray, Love: PerugiaOn this excursion, we will discover the wonders of the region of Umbria! "Baci" chocolates, pasta with truffles, roasted pork, local vegetables, and wines. This excursion brings us closer to nature as we will hunt for our own truffles, prepare our own pasta, and attend the largest chocolate fesitval in the world, Eurochocolate, in Perugia. With our time in Assisi, true to the message of St. Francis, we hope you experience a renewed appreciation for the outdoors and spiritual appreciation for this mystic medieval hilltop town. Most importantly, we will come together to dine in a way that nourishes our happiness.

  • Tuscan Weekend in Florence: Spend your first free weekend exploring one of Italy's most important cities and the birthplace of the Renaissance: Florence. This excursion is designed to help you learn how to travel in Italy and to give you the skills to feel confident in booking all of your future travels throughout Italy and beyond!  Enjoy a full day of Florence city tours and a day of seeing the most beautiful views of the city from the Tuscan countryside, with traditional multi-course meal and wine tasting. 

  • San Gimignano: Visit the beautiful historic village of San Gimignano. San Gimignano is a small, medieval, hilltop town located in the province of Siena in the heart of Tuscany. Known as the "City of Beautiful Towers", San Gimignano is the epitome of the classic Tuscan town. Tour the family-owned winery and olive farm, Podere la Marronaia. Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch, catered by the winery, while participating in a traditional Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting including: four different wines - including Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Chianti Colli Senesi, as well as three extra virgin olive oils. 

  • Milan Day Excursion: Experience a different region of Italy and visit Milan! We will travel together, taking the high-speed bullet train in the morning and see Milan's most important sites: the Duomo Cathedral, the Victor Emanuel Galleria (above), the Brera neighborhood with its famous shops in Via Monte Napoleone, and much more!