Application Deadline & Fee

February 1, 2023; $75*
*The $75 application fee is non-refundable

Program Dates

June 4-19 2023 
2 weeks

Program Details

The main goal of the program is to promote an in-depth understanding of volcanoes through a combination of short lectures and practical field activities. The field activities will be conducted in Italy, more specifically in Sicily (on Mt. Etna) and in the Aeolian Islands. These small islands, located ~20 mi N of Sicily  are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are known worldwide for their unique natural heritage. Mt. Etna and the Aeolian Islands certainly represent one of the world's best locations to study active volcanic processes.

Program Sites:

  • Sicily (Mt. Etna)
  • Aeolian Islands

Anticipated Curriculum

*Students are expected to enroll in one of the following two courses for this study abroad.

GEO 204R Natural History Excursion
(Prerequisite - None Listed)


BIO 204R Natural History Excursion
(Prerequisite - None Listed)

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Physical Requirements: Students need to be in good shape overall and reasonably fit. We will have strenuous hikes on most of the days. Students need to be comfortable with hiking 6-8 hours daily with 600-800 m of ascent and in working outdoor under any weather conditions, particularly with high heat

Each international destination has its own Covid-19 rules and it is the travelers responsibility to find out what is required. UVU will not be responsible for covering the cost of hotel quarantine or Covid-19 testing in foreign destinations. Students may be required to test negative for COVID-19 at their own expense by host countries as a condition for entry.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Education Abroad if you require such services.

Estimated Program Fee*

Program fee covers in-country housing and transportation, excursions with guide service, all meals, international insurance.


*This cost is tentative and based on the current exchange rate and program plans. This cost may be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations or program changes.

Additional Estimated Costs

The student is responsible for these additional costs
UVU tuition ($495 for 3 credits at $165 per credit hour)
Roundtrip international airfare (approx $1500 SLC to Catania)
Discretionary spending (approx $300)
Passport (approx $165)

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit.

All students are required to pay a $75 application fee for all Study Abroad programs.


There are some scholarship opportunities that are available from UVU and nationally. These scholarships are competitive and have varying application dates. Please visit the Scholarship Opportunities page for more information.

Financial Aid & Employee Tuition Waivers

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105). 

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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.