Spring Hill College to open campus in Italy in January 2011

Mon, 04/19/2010 (All day)

April 19, 2010

Mobile, Ala. – Beginning in spring 2011, Spring Hill College students will be able to study at a new academic center in Bologna, Italy.

The College Board of Trustees approved the opening of the Spring Hill College Italy Center in Bologna at their recent meeting.

Once fully operational, college officials hope to have 100 students enrolled at the Italy center each year and will offer 10 to 12 courses each semester, with an average class size of 20 students per course.

The Italy Center curriculum is focused on the course requirements that are common to second-semester sophomores and first-semester juniors, regardless of major. The study abroad opportunity, however, is open to all students.

Students who study at the center will have a unique opportunity to live and study abroad, according to Todd Waller, director of the Italy center. “Florence and Rome are the primary study abroad destinations for American students,” Waller said. “Each academic semester, nearly 4,200 and 7,000 American students study in those cities, respectively. The centrally located city of Bologna offers a vibrant alternative.”

Bologna is regarded as “the European capital of culture” and is home to the oldest institution of higher learning in Europe. Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna currently enrolls 100,000 Italian students.

The Italy Center will offer several housing options, including one that will allow students to study with Italian students and live in the same residence hall. Students will be able to complete courses that meet their degree requirements and stay on schedule for graduation with their class.

While studying in Bologna, students will have the opportunity to enhance their in-class learning with academic-based travel. The academic calendar allows for periodic three-day weekends and provides ample time for extended trips to destinations such as Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Prague and Budapest. The extensive Fall Orientation and the Spring Break Closing Tours offer opportunities for academic-based travel that will introduce students to current issues in other regions such as Eastern Europe, the Balkans, or North Africa.

Students at the Italy Center will also explore complex global issues as part of a social justice based travel program that will allow them to observe and reflect on issues of justice in several countries including Croatia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Ghana, Poland and Tunisia.

More information on the Spring Hill College Italy Center is available at
www.shc.edu/studyabroad/italy or via e-mail to: italy@shc.edu or by calling 1-800-742-6704.