SATA Italy, Spring 2014

Professor Alex Hybel will direct the second SATA program to Perugia, Italy, hosted by The Umbra Institute during the Spring semester of 2014. Professor Hybel believes that “ Italy, along with several of its Mediterranean counterparts, face burdensome challenges in the political, social, and economic arenas” and one of his goals is that students will come back from the SATA program with a “ clearer understanding of these challenges.”
Nicknamed the "University City," Perugia is home for tens of thousands of students - the largest single group in the city - who attend the Universitá degli Studi di Perugia, the Universitá per Stranieri di Perugia, and the many studio and performing arts schools in the area.

Housing & Cultural Immersion

SATA Italy students will have ample opportunities to immerse themselves into Italian life and culture. Students will live in shared apartments with cooking facilities, located throughout the city center, that are within walking distance to the Umbra Institute. Students can take advantage of a variety course-related excursions, extra-curricular activities and optional weekend trips. There will also be opportunities for service learning, volunteering and other community engagement initiatives.


SATA Italy promises to offer coursework that will increase student's awareness for international perspectives and Italian culture. All coursework will be taught in English, except for Italian language courses. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply to this interdisciplinary program.

Professor Hybel will offer two courses:
Government 253- Challenges to Democracy in Europe’s Mediterranean Region
Government 333- International Relations Theory: European Versus American Perspective

Students are required to take at least one of Professor Hybel’s courses, an Italian language course (levels vary from introductory to advanced), and one to two additional courses offered by The Umbra Institute for a total of 15-16 credits. There may be an option for student’s to take an independent study course with Professor Hybel.


Similar to Connecticut College's academic schedule, the program will begin in mid-Janaury and will continue to the end of April. Several orientations will be conducted, in addition to the mandatory pre-departure meeting.

As with all SATA programs, student's financial arrangements and obligations, including the comprehensive fee and financial aid, remain the same as if the student were staying at Connecticut College for the semester. The SATA Italy program includes round-trip international travel, room and board in Italy, and all group field trips.

Connecticut College students interested in SATA Italy should contact Professor Hybel and the Office of Study Away in 113 Fanning Hall. Several informational meetings will be held during the Fall 2012 semester.

Contact information:

Office of Study Away
270 Mohegan Avenue
Fanning Hall 113
New London, CT 06320-4196


Shirley Parson, Director 


Erin Todisco, Coordinator