Application Deadline & Fee

February 1, 2024; $75*
*The $75 application fee is non-refundable

Program Dates

Travel: June 16 - July 1,  2024                  Online Coursework: May 6 - July 8

Program Details

The main goal of the program is to promote an in-depth understanding of volcanoes and marine biology 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 and sea life.

Program Sites:

  • Catania
  • 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


BIO 204R Natural History Excursion

Course pre-requisites may be waived for students admitted into the study abroad program by the faculty program director

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Physical Requirements: Significant walking. Students must be 100% self-reliant and able to navigate a large metro system on their own as they travel to/from class. Must be able to easily climb stairs, navigate cobblestone streets, and navigate large crowds with ease.

Each international destination has its own Covid-19 rules and it is the traveler's responsibility to find out what is required. UVU will not be responsible for covering the cost of hotel quarantine or COVID testing in foreign destinations. Students may be required to test negative for COVID 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. Students with significant physical or mental health needs should discuss their suitability for study abroad travel with their medical professional, UVU Student Health Services, UVU Accessibility Services, and/or family before making the decision to apply.

Estimated Program Fee*

Program fee covers in-country housing and transportation, excursions with guide service, meals, guide services, international insurance. The program fee does not include the listed Additional Estimated Costs. 


*This cost is tentative and based on program plans and the exchange rate at the time it was posted. This cost may or may not be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations, program revisions , and program date changes.

*Within 5 days of acceptance into a Study Abroad program, you will be required to pay a $500 non-refundable commitment deposit to confirm your spot. See the Refunds and Cancellation policy.

Additional Estimated Costs

The student is responsible for these additional costs:

  • UVU study abroad tuition* ($495 for 3 credits at $165 per credit hour)
  • International Flight (approx $1200-$2000+)
  • Discretionary spending (approx $100 - $500 based on personal spending needs)
  • Passport ($165)
  • ETIAS European Travel Authorization (approx $8)

Students over the age of 73 at the time of travel may be required to purchase a supplemental international health and evacuation insurance plan through GeoBlue (approx $200-$500+)

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for travel disruptions including lost luggage, possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit, missed flights, etc.

All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee .


*UVU study abroad tuition is charged as an additional study abroad fee in your student account. It is separate from the study abroad program fee and regular UVU summer tuition. It is not factored into the "equal payment" calculation of the UVU Tuition Table. Study Abroad students are advised to only take study abroad courses during the block of their study abroad program.


There are some scholarship opportunities that are available from UVU and nationally. These scholarships are competitive and have varying application dates. Please click here for more information.

Financial Aid 

Pell Grants and Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to the UVU Study Abroad Advisor (LA 111) and a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105).

UVU Faculty/Staff Dependent Tuition Waiver benefits may not be used to pay for study abroad tuition or fees.

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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.