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  • Locations: Assisi, Italy; Bologna, Italy; Florence, Italy; Padua, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer, Winter Break
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Art History, Biology, European Studies, Foods and Nutrition, General Studies, Health Science, History, Italian, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:

Connecting Art and Science: The Cultural History of Art and Anatomy in Italy

Best experience I've ever had. Hands down.
- Allie B., Summer 2016

Overall, a great experience! For those who are going on any study abroad program whether it is 2 weeks or a semester, I highly recommend students to go a least a week early and even stay a bit later if time permits. Well worth traveling on your own and exploring without limitations!
- Lisa, Summer 2016

Course content was very interesting and really came alive during the international trip....It was an amazing experience. I had a great time and I learned a lot.
- Lindsay, Nursing Student, Summer 2015

The connection to art, history, and anatomy was phenomenal!... Kevin Petti is an amazing professor! He made this study abroad program amazing and he knows his stuff!
- Mackenzie M., Summer 2015
Winter Break 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA
Summer 2019: Two sessions will be offered in Summer 2019. You Choose One! 
Session I: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA (late June/early July)
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA

Session II: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA (mid-late July)
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA

NOTE: Information listed below is for 2018. Subject to change for 2019.


Italy's medieval universities established the study of human anatomy for physicians. To heighten their art, Renaissance masters clandestinely examined anatomy through human dissection. The Italian Peninsula connects art and anatomy in a way no other country can. Explore how the Renaissance milieu influenced anatomy texts, and discuss the controversies surrounding human dissection in the earliest medical schools. Identify the factors that resulted in anatomical wax figures supplanting human cadavers in Europe, and discover the rarely visited venues of historic scientific importance that can still be toured today.

Detailed itineraries for Summer 2018: Session I and Session II 

Please note that for the two summer sessions of this program, all of the program content and pricing are the same.  The only difference is the program dates. 


This program visits six cities within Italy: Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna, Padua, and Venice.


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • GEN S 450: STUDY ABROAD: ART/ANATOMY ITALY (3 units SDSU resident credit; Fulfills the GE, Explorations, Area C: Humanities graduation requirement; also meets the College of Health and Human Services (HHS) undergraduate international experience requirement.)
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


Accommodations provided in 4-star hotels in Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Padua, centrally located within 5-10 minutes walking distance of major tourist attractions and program venues.  Double or triple bedrooms (double or triple occupancy) with private bathroom.  Free wi-fi connection in the rooms.  Daily American and continental buffet breakfast, one lunch, and three dinners are included in the program cost.


Students visit the following venues, and are provided all entrance tickets:
  • Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, Rome
  • Capuchin Crypt of Santa Marie della Concezione, Rome
  • History of Sanitary Arts Museum, Rome
  • Catacombs of San Sebastian, Rome
  • Roman Forum and Coliseum, Rome
  • Museum of the History of Sanitary Arts, Rome
  • Borghese Gallery, Rome
  • Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi
  • La Specola Anatomical Wax Museum, University of Florence
  • Basilica of Santo Spirito and Michelangelo Crucifix, Florence
  • Bargello Museum, Florence
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  • Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence
  • Palazzo Poggi and Luigi Cattaneo Anatomical Wax Museum, University of Bologna
  • Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio and Historic Anatomy Theatre, University of Bologna
  • Basilica of Saint Anthony, Padua
  • Palazzo del Bo with the Historic Anatomy Theatre and Galileo's Podium, University of Padua
  • Additional walking tours of Florence, Assisi, Bologna, Padua, and Venice
Professor Petti will lead discussion seminars while abroad, as well as commentary when visiting historic scientific venues. Local, professional English-speaking guides will lead specially designed visits to cultural destinations that focus on the connection between art and science. Professional, native-Italian tour leader will provide full-time assistance and coordinate activities onsite for the entire experience.


Kevin Petti, Ph.D., leads visits to Italy that focus on the genesis of anatomy as a science and its influence on the Renaissance masters. His visits are academically based, and participants range from anatomy professors pursuing continuing education, to study abroad programs for college students.

Dr. Petti is a dual U.S./Italian citizen and college professor of over 25 years. He is president-emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, and co-author of an undergraduate anatomy and physiology textbook. He teaches courses in human anatomy and physiology, human dissection, kinesiology, and health education. Dr. Petti weaves art and culture into the fabric of his anatomy classes to help students achieve a more global perspective in their studies. He is often invited to lecture about his interdisciplinary teaching strategies at conferences, universities, museums, and Italian-American groups.


Payment Schedule - Summer 2018 (for both Session I and Session II):
$1,128     Deposit due with application, paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES)
$2,250     After accepted, balance of program payment due to Exclusively Italian, LLC by check by April 20, 2018
Checks are to be sent to:
Exclusively Italian, LLC
415 Laurel Street, PMB 220
San Diego, CA  92101
$1,095     Tuition due with course registration between April 15-25, 2018, paid to CES
$4,473     Total Program Fee - Summer 2018

Included in the Program Fee:
  • Three units of SDSU resident credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation insurance 
  • 12 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Daily American and continental buffet breakfast at hotels
  • One 2-course pizza lunch, including beverages
  • Three 3-course dinners at local restaurants, including beverages and coffee
  • Airport transfer to/from hotel: up to 3 private groups from Fiumicino International airport to the hotel in Rome (on day of arrival) and up to 2 private groups from Padua to Venice Marco Polo airport (on the day of departure) 
  • Private transportation to all destinations in a highly comfortable bus with wi-fi (“Gran Turismo” class bus)
  • Tickets for all public transportation needed for the itinerary
  • A dedicated professional native Italian Tour Director (Italian/English bi-lingual)
  • 24/7 onsite assistance for the entire experience while in Italy
  • Daily cultural and geographical introductions to each destination and venue
  • Italian University Professors and Museum Directors will lead private lectures and tours of educational/scientific venues as described in the itinerary
  • Excursions and guided tours, as described in the itinerary
  • Hands-on pizza class by local Pizza Master Chef
  • Entrance tickets and skip-the-line reservations to all museums, churches and venues, as described in the itinerary
  • All taxes (including hotel city taxes) and gratuities
Not included in the Program Fee:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Travel insurance (for non-health related coverage)
  • Individual transportation if flight arrival/departure requires additional arrangements
  • Additional arrangements
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals, wine or drinks or other personal items not listed as included

Refund Policy:
This policy applies to all cancellations, regardless of the reason.
Program Costs Refund:
Funds paid to CES and Exclusively Italian, LLC are subject to the policy below:
  • Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable. For this program:
  • Cancellations made after the deposit has been received and before March 15, 2018: a cancellation fee of $250 plus processing fees will be applied.
  • Cancellations made from March 15 to April 30, 2018: a cancellation fee of $500 plus processing fees will be applied.
  • Cancellations made from May 1 to May 31, 2018: a cancellation fee of $1,500 will be applied.
  • Cancellations made after May 31, 2018: no refund will be provided 

Course Tuition Refund: 

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 


Booking Your Flight
- Summer 2018
  • Students are responsible for making their own airline arrangements to and from Italy. They are provided private transfers between hotels and airports in Italy.
  • Students should not purchase airline tickets until the course is confirmed as filled. Registration deadline is March 15. Students will receive confirmed status by that date.
  • Students should make air arrangements within the below guidelines. NOTE that the arrival and departure cities are DIFFERENT:
    • ARRIVAL in Italy at ROME Fiumicino Airport (FCO) on Sunday, July 1, 2018 (for Session I) and Sunday, July 15 (for Session II). Recommended arrival in Rome is in the morning to early afternoon. Three group transfers will be organized accordingly.
    • DEPARTURE from Italy is from VENICE Marco Polo Airport (VCE) on Friday, July 13, 2018 (for Session I) and Friday, July 27, 2018 (for Session II). Recommended departure from Venice after 10:00 AM. Two group transfers will be organized accordingly at 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM.
  • If you book flights outside of these timeframes or through other airports in Italy, you are responsible for making your airport transfer arrangements, and this will be at your expense.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities, and the general public.
  • Non-SDSU students pay no extra fees regardless of state residence.
  • Non-SDSU students must first acquire a RedID # by clicking here. Use your RedID# when completing the application process after clicking the Apply Now button above.
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18.
  • Credits received from this program are currently approved for transfer credit to the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse - other universities pending.
  • All participants must complete BOTH a mandatory CES-sponsored pre-departure orientation as well as a program-specific orientation with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


If you are interested in attending this program during a Summer 2019 session, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you'll receive email updates when available.


Winter Break:  
If you are interested in attending this program during Winter Break 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you'll receive email updates when available.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information or have questions about this program please email Dr. Kevin Petti:
  • Faculty are invited to participate with their students and can email Dr. Kevin Petti: for application information.
  • For more information about the program application and payment process, contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.