During the 2018-2019 school year graduate students will travel to Italy for 9 days from June 23-July 2, 2019.  Our faculty trip leaders Eric Dregni (fluent in Italian) and Barb Wissink (Assistant Professor in Education) are excited to talk with interested students about the trip. If you are interested in the trip, contact  Eric Dregni (dregni@csp.edu) or Barb Wissink (wissink@csp.edu).

Trip Highlights:

The group will travel and experience small town Italy, with day trips to the popular cities of Milan and Venice.  The itinerary for 2019 is subject to change until October 2018 and will include these excursions or equivalent experiences:

  • Trip Overview: Student will spend 5 nights in Bergamo and 4 nights in Modena
  • Visit the vibrant city of Milan and visit Duomo and Sforza Castle
  • An excursion to Venice including round-trip transportation by train, a walking tour of Venice with a faculty guide,  with free time to explore the city
  • Visit to the Montessori Center in Bergamo
  • Tour in Modena (sister city of St. Paul) to study the Reggio-Emilia pedagogical approach, mayoral visit, and get a tour and tasting of a Balsamic vinegar producer
  • A half day excursion in Parma for a tour and tasting of both a cheese factory and a vineyard
  • A talk with a local business owner

This travel seminar has both an Education focus and Business focus, but is open to any graduate program with a Travel Seminar Course equivalent. We will be taking 14 students and students will be accepted for the trip in the order they fill out the application and upon receipt of the trip deposit. Additional students will be placed on a waiting list. (We reserve the right to gender balance in order to fill rooms with double occupancy.)

Academic Credit Information

See the Graduate Travel Course Equivalent page for more information about the course substitution specific to your graduate program. Our travel courses are multi-disciplinary and we encourage students from a diverse set of programs to travel and learn together. The emphasis of the trip reflects the faculty who are co-teaching the course.

Students should register for their Global Study Travel seminar by registering for GST 597 Italy (CRN 30622).  Students will need to work with academic advisors to drop the current non-travel course for which the Travel Course replaces. Once registered for the course, students will be billed for the additional course during the semester the travel occurs.

Program Cost

$2,800.00 per person (does not include cost of academic course or airfare; estimated airfare cost is $1100-1400 round trip departing from MSP)

What’s included in the program fee?

  • All in-country transportation
  • Accommodation in double-occupancy rooms
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Many excursions/entrance fees
  • iNext International Insurance
  • Faculty leaders support
  • Local Italian guide

This cost does not include the cost of the academic course or airfare.  You are responsible for purchasing your own airfare. Please wait to purchase your airfare until you receive the departure and arrival information sheet from the study abroad office. You are also responsible for most lunches and dinners, optional excursions, spending money, and free time activities.

Additional Details

  • Deposit of $500 (non-refundable) and a completed online registration form reserves your place on the trip. All deposits and registration forms due no later than January 26th, 2019.
  • The balance for the trip must be paid by March 1st, 2019.
  • You MUST have a valid passport before leaving. Your passport must be current for 6 months past the date you return from the trip.
  • Please wait to purchase airfare until you receive a flight information sheet after the deadline passes.
  • The dress code for visiting with institutions is business casual.  As we travel, we are ambassadors not only of the United States, but also Concordia, therefore the necessity to present ourselves in a professional manner.

There are 2 mandatory meetings (on campus or via WebEx)

  • Pre-Trip Meeting – specific date TBD
  • Approximately one month after return: Post trip reflection, specific date TBD

Required paperwork

  1. Online application filled out by January 26th, 2019
  2. Passport copy (after acceptance)
  3. Assumption of Risk, Release and Participation Agreement (after acceptance)
  4. Health and Safety Information Form (college emergency contact information and health insurance information) (after acceptance)

All required paperwork will be distributed via email. We look forward to visiting with you and helping you sign up for this trip!  Feel free to contact Professor Dregni or the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions about the process or the trip.


Barb Wissink
Assistant Professor in Education
Faculty Trip Leader
Eric Dregni
Associate Professor of English
Faculty Trip Leader
C.A.L.L. Center
Study Abroad Office