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Office of International Programs

Venice, Florence & Rome

June 11 – 19, 2018

MSU Associate Professor of Art and Humanities, Dr. Andrea Donovan, is organizing a short term MSU study abroad program to Venice, Florence and Rome from June 11 - 19, 2018.

Program Highlights


Academic Course Work
Participants in this program will be enrolled in HUMANITIES 496: Venice, Florence and Rome study tour (3 credits.) The class will be guided by Dr. Andrea Donovan, Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities, who specializes in European art and architectural history.

The emphasis of this humanities course is to delve into the art, architecture, literature, and cultural heritage of Italy. The itinerary will bring participants to museums dedicated to Italian culture, examples of architecture and cultural sites, and allow for the experience of market places, shopping sites, and unique food experiences. Free time is built into the itinerary so that the program may be customized to the educational needs and participants focus.

Venice (2 days):
Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.  Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view its soaring basilica. View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340. Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal. See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art.

Florence (2 days): 
Cross through the Apennine Mountains as you make your way to Florence. Once you arrive, get to know the city with a local guide. Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo. Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio. Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life.

Rome (3 days):
Depart Florence for Rome, where you’ll explore the ancient city on a guided tour. Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the Eternal City’s central hub. Stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire. Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma. Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own.

The logistical aspects of this program are being facilitated by Go Ahead Tours. A complete itinerary can be found on the Go Ahead Website. Please note that prices advertised on the Go Ahead website are the base prices and do not reflect departure from Minot, along with other considerations.


Application Deadline: December 15th, 2017

Download an application [pdf].

If you do not already have a passport, now is the time to apply for one.

Depending upon available space late applications might be accepted after December 15th. Applicants who submit an application after this date are not guaranteed a spot on the program and might be required to pay a slightly higher program fee due to rate fluctuation in transportation costs. Rate increases are typically not significant.

Program Fees

The program includes round-trip international airfare and transportation within Europe, breakfast and dinners on most days, accommodations, entrance fees, guided sightseeing and walking tours, and a 24-hour multi-lingual tour director. Accommodations are double occupancy; single occupancy may be requested for an additional fee of approximately $650.

Items not included in the program fee are: lunches and some dinners, optional excursions, transportation for free-time activities, departure fees (i.e. airline luggage fees) and customary gratuities

A typical day will involve an active itinerary of sightseeing and local excursions starting early in the morning and lasting all day. The tour will be fast paced at times so that you get the most of your time abroad.

Program Cost
Base Program Fee* $4,136
Tuition - 3 Credits** $ 852**
TOTAL $4,988

* Additional cost for mandatory international medical and emergency insurance: 
Applicants between ages of 40 – 49 years at time of travel, add $20 to base program cost.
Applicants between ages of 50 – 59 years at time of travel, add $130 to base program cost.  
Applicants age 60 and above at time of travel, add $255 to base program cost.   

**Program participants may choose to audit coursework at 50% tuition rate. Financial Aid is not available for audited courses, and grades will not appear on transcripts. 

Transportation Deviation Fees: Transportation will be arranged from Minot. Any deviations or special requests (such as early departure or late returns) will incur a $75 booking fee, in addition to any fees charged by the airlines.


Payment Deadlines:

$400 due with the Application
March 16, 2018: final balance of $3,736 due
June 1, 2018: Tuition due to MSU cashier’s window

Late Payments:

  • If a payment is received7 business days or more after the payment due date, your application will be considered withdrawn and you will be responsible for any cancellation penalties.
  • If for any reason your payment cannot be processed, a fee of $50 will be incurred, plus a late payment penalty to Go Ahead Tours, if applicable.

Payment Policies:

  • Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to depart on the program unless the program fees are paid in full.
  • MSU is not responsible for delays caused by late passport applications, late visa applications or visa denials. Any additional costs incurred for such reasons will be the responsibility of the participant.

Cancellation & Refunds
Withdrawal from the program is effective on the date that written notification is received by MSU’s Office of International Programs.

If you withdraw: The cancellation fee will be:
After Application is submitted $400
After March 20 $1,600
After April 13
After May 23 
Refund of tuition fees only per MSU business office policies
After departure No refund

Please Note:
■ MSU will not alter its payment and/or cancellation policies for any reason.
■ GoAhead Tours offers three different levels of trip cancellation/interruption coverage for an additional fee, which can be added at any time prior to departure. These insurance options can protect you in the event you need to cancel your trip or leave your tour unexpectedly due to an emergency. Depending upon the level chosen, coverage includes: trip cancellation & interruption protection; medical & accident protection; and baggage & property protection. For more information, visit the Go Ahead Tours website.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid can be applied to cover study tour fees, so students might want to consider the possibility of obtaining Financial Aid (generally including loans) to assist in funding their program. For more information about this option, please visit the Financial Aid Office, call (701) 858-3375 or visit their website: 

In order to be eligible for summer term financial aid, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 summer credits. At least 3 of these credits must be from the HUM 496 course listed above. Students who wish to enroll in additional summer coursework in association with the tour may make arrangements with the faculty leader.


Program Rules
View MSU Study Abroad Program Rules
View Go Ahead Tours Terms and Conditions

Contact us for more information!
Dr. Andrea Donovan
Phone: (701) 858-3819

MSU Office of International Programs
1st Floor Student Center
500 University Ave West Minot, ND 58701
Phone: (701) 858-4155

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Page last updated September 22, 2017