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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Engineering Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits: 3 Credit Hours
Courses Offered: AE3770, ENGR490 Course Credit: UNL Credit
UNL Sponsor(s): Engineering Experience Type: study abroad
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): Ece Erdogmus
Education Abroad Coordinator(s): Allison Hinesley
UNL Faculty-Led - Offered in academic year(s):
2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2016-2017
Program Description:



Program Highlights


Academic Program

Accommodations and
Other Arrangements


Additional Resources

Program Highlights

  • Study architecture and engineering first hand at historical sites including the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pantheon, and St. Peter's Cathedral.
  • Explore the following architectural eras: Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance.
  • Take part in site tours, sketching, and research assignments. Visit universities and attend lectures by Italian engineering professors.
  • Experience the local culture through Italian-style meals, discussions on local culture, and more.


“…this study abroad trip has been an eye-opening experience as it has enriched our minds …, pushed us to venture beyond our typical comforts, and fostered a curiosity for knowledge and the world itself.” – Kate Fickle, Italy 2012

Visit the cities of Florence,Pisa, Pompeii/Paestum, and Rome!

Ask an Italian where in the world they would most like to live, and the odds are that they will say “right here”. Indeed, most people – not just Italians – have raved about Italy since tourism began, and to be honest the country really does have it all: one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in Europe and arguably the world’s greatest hoard of art and arhitectural treasures. (Description taken from Rough Guides)

Academic Program

Course of Study

This a 3-week study program covering the topics and activities including, but not limited to, the following:

-Mechanics of European Structures: Arches, Domes, Post-Lintel systems Temple structures
- Historical Construction/Materials: Masonry, Concreate, Timber, Connections
- Ancient Rome: Ancient Roman Architecture/Construction/Materials, Classics
- Christian Rome: Church Arcitecture and Mechanics of Medieval Monuments, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque
- History of important scientists, engineers, and masters such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, Brunelleschi, Giotto, and numerous others
- Site tours, sketching and research assignments
- Visits to universities and lectures by Italian engineering professors
- Discussions on comparison between U.S. and Italy for engineering education, and practice

Site Trips Will Include:
Colosseum, Campidoglio, Capitoline Museums, Hadrian's Tomb (Castel Sant' Angelo), Pantheon, Roman Forum, Vatican, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Fountains, and the Spanish Steps. 

Course Credit

AE3770 or ENGR490. AE3770 replaces a required course in the Architectural Engineering curriculum; it can satisfy a humanities elective for all other engingeering students taking ENGR490.


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students in good academic standing. While applications from non-UNL or UNO students may be considered, preference will be given to UNL and UNO students.

Faculty Leader

Dr. Ece Erdogmus received her Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her M.S. degree from the same institution, and her bachelor's degree from the Department of Architecture at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Her main research interest is assessment and rehabilitation of historic masonry. She has several international collaborations and projects in the field, which also provides international internship opportunities to students (ex: Reconstruction of an Ancient Roman Temple in southern Turkey. Dr. Erdogmus received several teaching and mentoring awards including: 2006 and 2013 College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Teaching Awards, 2007 Architectural Engineering Teaching Award, and 2010 Architectural Engineering Mentoring Award.” Dr. Erdogmus has offered this Italy program in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Office: PKI205A
Phone: 402-554-2035



See the budget sheet (COMING SOON!) and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website. 


Upon confirmation of participation, participants will pay a $500 deposit. The $500 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships. Please note: If you are a UNO student, you will need to work with the International Programs Office at UNO to apply for study abroad scholarships. UNO students are not eligible to receive UNL Education Abroad Office scholarships. 

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Each student will book airfare to arrive in Rome by a designated time. (Note: Do not book your flight before confirming ticket dates with the instructor).
MEALS in COUNTRY: Some meals will be included and some will be out-of-pocket. There will be at least five group dinners built into the itinerary.
LODGING: Students will stay in double, triple, or quadruple-occupancy hotel rooms with fellow students.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: The group will participate in many walking tours. Private coach transportation will be provided when the group is traveling between cities.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi at the hotels.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: March 17, 2017. A visa is not required for US citizens to enter Italy.
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: The course will regularly require significant physical exertion by students: while touring cities, students may be walking as many as 5-7 miles a day, if not more; while visiting museums, students will likely be on their feet for 2-3 hours at a time. Even today much of Rome is paved with cobblestones, and elevators can be difficult to come by. Students with certain dietary restrictions may find eating in Italy challenging, but not impossible. Vegetarian options are plentiful, though vegan options are severely limited: many pastas are made with egg, a number of sauces are cream-based, and cheese is ubiquitous. Students who are gluten intolerant will likewise have a harder time feeding themselves: bread and pasta are staples in the Italian diet, and while more restaurants are including gluten-free options, it is still the exception, not the rule. The CDC recommends that travelers to Italy are up-to-date on routine vaccines (as of August 25, 2016). These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Please be sure to check the CDC for additional recommended immunizations and other health information specific to Italy.

Additional Resources

Read student blogs from the 2012 program!

Italian Embassy

US Department of State

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.