Frequently Asked Questions
Why a certificate? Why not course credit?
The Summer in Italy program earns you a Certificate in Bioethics & Humanities. A certificate shows that you engaged in a special training opportunity outside your regular coursework, and is an impressive entry on your resume. It responds to the growing need to show what you can do with your education rather than simply list courses taken. It also allows you the opportunity to expand on what the course is; it highlights the uniqueness of the experience. Taking such a course for credit simply buries this unique educational experience in your overall transcript, as one of many other courses you took. A certificate is a prestigious added credential.
What about Nursing and Professional students?
For students in Nursing, as well as graduate/professional students, course credit can be earned through the Master in Bioethics program based at the Center for Ethics and credited through the Laney Graduate School.
Does this experiential learning program offer mentoring opportunities?
Yes, not only by the primary course faculty, but by the multiple visiting scholars and experienced professionals from various fields who give of their time and resources because they believe so deeply in the purpose and value of this unique experience.
How are the costs determined?
Costs for the Summer in Italy program include room and board in 3 or 4 star hotels, travel to over 40 towns and cities throughout ALL OF Italy on our private bus, fees to enter and engage in unique study over 80 museums, archeological sites, villas, castles, and monasteries, and unique immersion in the food, culture, and traditions of Italy for a rich six week experience. While Italy is a prime tourist destination, so costs can be considerable, for over thirty years we have developed a network of ongoing relationships that allow us to offer the lowest rates possible while offering first rate accommodations and opportunities. Also, as this is a certificate course, rather than a credit course, we do not charge tuition. The costs of this program are about a third to half less than a typical six week college program.
Can I get a scholarship
for the course?
Yes. Needs-based scholarships are available for the program. In addition, while college financial aid is not available, you also have equal access to all national scholarship/funding opportunities for studies abroad. Information on such scholarship will be provided.
Who attends the course?
While the majority of the undergraduate students will be from Emory, students are welcome from all institutions of higher learning in the US. The course also includes graduate and professional students, particularly in the fields of Medicine and Nursing, dedicated and highly experienced faculty, esteemed professional guests, and numerous Italian experts and friends of the course throughout the country, who are dedicated to making this Center for Ethics experience the best possible.