Liberal Studies Abroad to Italy, 2023

Field School Dates: May 15 - June 15, 2023Students jumping in front of The Leaning Tower of Pisa surrounded by beautiful blue sky.

Program Overview

What is Liberal Studies Abroad? It's a one-month, intensive introduction to the marvels of the Italian Renaissance: the art of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Donatello; the architectural splendors of Brunelleschi and Alberti; the poetry of Dante; the political philosophy of Machiavelli, and much, much more.

Students contemplating the Pallas and the Centaur, a painting by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1482, located at the Uffizi Gallery in the heart of Florence.

Students live and learn in Florence, Italy, earning nine VIU credits while experiencing the vibrancy of Italian life.

Liberal Studies Abroad offers undergraduate 3 courses (9 credits) of VIU course work. You do not have to be a Liberal Studies Major or Minor to take the program. It's open to everyone!

And for Political Studies Majors or Minors, you can apply one of the three courses directly toward satisfying the requirements for the Political Studies Major or Minor.

To learn more, visit Italy Programme - Discover the Renaissance.

Application Procedure

Deadline to Apply:  November 21, 2022 or when all spaces are filled.

Interested students should contact David Livingstone,

International and domestic VIU students. 

Included in Field School Fees

  • VIU tuition for 9 credits for domestic students. (International students will need to pay the international tuition rate)
  • Shared accommodation
  • Most program related travel
  • Program activity costs
  • Textbooks
  • Classroom rentals
  • Ground transportation for Field-school activities

Expenses Not Included

  • Tuition*
  • Return airfare to and from the field school
  • Passport/Visa expenses
  • Most meals
  • Guard.Me travel medical insurance
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Miscellaneous entry fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Application to become a VIU student (for new students only)

Payment Schedule

Deposit$500**December 20, 2022
Payment 1$1308.47January 20, 2023
Payment 2/Final Payment$1308.47March 31, 2023

All payments must be made by the student record. Credit cards are NOT accepted. 

* Please note, the above payment schedule does not include associated academic tuition.

** The deposit payment amount is set by the Education Abroad Office.

Passports: All participants must have a valid passport good for six months after your return. Applications for Canadian passports are available at Canada Post offices. Students must be able to legally travel outside of Canada and through/to the USA.

International students going abroad must make sure their TRV and Study Permits are up-to-date and won't expire while they are abroad.

Students will be responsible for applying for and securing their own visas (where appropriate).

David Livingstone

Education Abroad
Building 255, 2nd Floor
Phone: (250) 753-3245 local 2494