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  • Locations: Italy, Italy
  • Program Terms: May Experience
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Experience
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Experience 2019 10/29/2018 11/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Areas of Study: All majors welcome, Communication Studies, English, History, Philosophy
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Diane Vecchio - History, Nick Radel - English Applicable Financial Aid: Study Away Scholarship
Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit Credit Hours Per Term: 2 credits
Housing: Hotel
Program Description:

Program-Specific Info Sessions:
Wednesday, October 25th at 3pm in Johns 101
Monday, October 30th at 4:30pm in Furman Hall 106

Travel Writing through Italy

Rome Venice



The course introduces students to what Henry James called “the art of travel” through the experience of reading, writing, and thinking about what it means to travel. In different iterations of the course, students will travel to various international locations where they will learn how to be effective and engaged travelers. To facilitate this goal, students will study travel writing related to the course’s destination and write their own essays, travel guides, blogs, and cultural criticism. The course also will address how travel writing shapes political, social, and cultural perceptions of people and places. This third iteration of the course will take place in Italy- long famous as the subject of writers’ efforts to understand themselves and their own societies through their encounter with others.

To learn more academic, environmental, physical and health expectations for this program view our Travel Writing Italy Program Inventory.


Course Title: Travel Writing
Course Number: MXP 240
Course Description: Introduce students to effective and engaged traveling through the experience of reading, writing, and thinking about what it means to travel. Study travel writings, such as essays, blogs, cultural guides and criticism, and journals by ancient, modern, and contemporary writers. Different iterations of the course will allow students to travel to various international locations and study how travel writing shapes political, social, and cultural perceptions of people and places. May be repeated for credit with change of topic and/or instructor. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.


May Experience programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the topic of the course. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. All things being equal, preference is given to upperclassmen who have not participated in a study away program previously.


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance.


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline is in early to mid-March and will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Students who apply by the May Experience scholarship deadline will receive a scholarship amount estimate ahead of the program deposit deadline. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.May Experience Study Away Program Fee Inclusions

        Roundtrip airfare from a designated city (for international destinations)
        Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Tourist visas (if required)
Lodging for the duration of the program
Ground transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)

Program Fee Exclusions
Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Meals not included in program fee (will vary by program)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees

Optional Program Expenses
Site-seeing during free time
International cell phone plan
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs

Please see May Experience Budget Sheet at the top of this page for estimated program costs.