Frequently Asked Questions

Why this program?
This unique academic journey, studying in over 40 sites throughout all of Italy from the Alps in the North to the southern shores of Sicily, examines how historical events over the course of thousands of years and along the entire peninsula intersect with regional geographic and cultural diversity. Much of Western world's cultural heritage was produced in Italy, and much of modern Western science and medicine, and their relation to religion are deeply rooted in this "crossroads of the Mediterranean". Thus, Italy is a perfect living textbook presenting images, oral traditions, narratives, and civic histories whereby all program participants are challenged to honestly immerse within the tensions and similarities of another culture, so as to reach positive transformation by the end of the journey.

Culture may be examined through many lenses. The field of bioethics addresses human inquiry and exploration on topics that can be traced throughout history in Italian art, urban planning, and literature. During this pilgrimage, we will use 'healing' as one of our guiding metaphors, as we examine practices and culture of peoples who were challenged to coexist, despite diversity and adversity, over the span of ca. 3000 years.

Who and how to apply?
All students of good standing in a US institution of higher learning.

Students can apply online beginning middle of October.

How much does it cost?
Total program cost is $9,000. Program cost does not include airfare from US to Italy. Please see the Program Costs page for payment due dates.

Can I use acadmic loans and/or scholarships?
Each participant will need to address this question with their financial advisor at their academic institutions. Not all academic loans can be applied to internship or certificate programs such as this. There are several external funding opportunities that participants would be advised to investigate thoroughly.

Different lengths of the program?
Most participants follow the entire place-based learning program for the full 6 weeks. Some professional students engage for shorter periods of time based on their school schedules and requirements.

Do I need to register my travel with International SOS (ISOS)?
Program participants are required to carefully read the directives and information provided by Emory University on this topic:

All participants are required to register.

When will I receive my certificate?
Upon successful completion of program requirements, discussed during orientation sessions with the Program Director, and within a few weeks of the program end date, participants will receive their Center for Ethics certificate, signed by the Center Director: Dr. Paul Root Wolpe.

Professor Judy Raggi Moore
TRACE Summer Director