Application Deadline & Fee

December 1, 2019  $75*
*The $75 application fee is non-refundable

Program Dates

June 28 - July 13, 2020
2 weeks

Program Details

The main goal of the program is to promote an in-depth understanding of natural science processes 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.

The activities of this course are aimed at developing a range of academic, scientific, and life skills (e.g., critical thinking, problem solving, and observational skills). Some of these activities will be conducted with the help of local scientists and professionals, allowing the students to interact with local people, to learn the local culture, and to increase their multi cultural awareness. The program perfectly aligns with the mission of the Earth Science and Biology departments, which highly value and incorporate in all of their courses field trips and practical experiences.

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.: 2.5

Physical Requirements: Students need to be in good shape overall and reasonably fit. We will have fairly strenuous hikes almost every day. Students need to be comfortable in hiking 4-6 hours daily with 600-800 m of vertical relief and in working outdoors under any weather conditions.

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

Estimated Program Fee*

Program fee covers in-country housing and transportation, excursions, 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

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 $135)
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 competitve and have varing application dates. Please click on the following here 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). 

Employee Tuition Waivers (for dependants of UVU employees) may be used for Study Abroad tuition. See Human Resources for more information.

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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.