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GATE Past Trips: Italy 2015


The boot-shaped peninsula of Italy is located in Southern Europe. Italy has many historical layers: classical, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and modern. It is precisely this richness of history that provides the perfect study abroad opportunity for GATE students. In Italy, students have the ability to study the Italian government, the media and film, literature, fashion, art history, political science and history. Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to examine some of the most important art and architectural monuments in the world.

Sicily, in particular, offers students the experience of seeing a crossroads of cultural translation between Africa and Europe. It also offers the opportunity to debunk stereotypes and turn a critical lens to our perception of what Italy is. By studying and living among these monuments within a rigorous academic course, students will become familiar with the historical, political, social, intellectual and religious climate of Italy. Not only will the students gain knowledge, but the experience of being in Italy—walking, eating, shopping and observing Italian life—will provide an unforgettable opportunity for the participants.

St. Peter

Here are just a few of the sites we explored:

  • The Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's
  • The Colosseum
  • Michelangelo's David
  • San Francesco in Assisi
  • Uffizi

GATE students who began coursework in the fall of 2013 traveled to Italy for an extraordinary five-week study abroad experience in the summer of 2015. GATE students completed two core curriculum courses taught by UT Tyler faculty at a university in Italy, and also explored the culture and beauty that Italy has to offer. Housing and travel was arranged, and UT Tyler administrators were onsite to coordinate events, activities and travel around Italy for the GATE students.