Higher Education Leadership in Italy

Comparative Higher Education: Italy

Program Overview

In the current global dynamics, higher education systems and institutions are fully participating in processes of internationalization. Today's educators and higher education administrators work within global markets, where international rankings and academic mobility are common features. International student mobility has also experienced an outstanding growth in the last two decades. This has impacted universities and colleges in the diversity of student bodies and curricular needs. If universities are to prepare students to work within diverse contexts, educators must also  be well versed in multicultural and global perspectives from various settings.

This program will contribute to the preparation of higher education leaders about the current dynamics of global education within the European higher education. While there are common features that American higher education and European institutions shared, there are differences in history, institutional structures, diversity and inclusion policies, safety, and other comparisons that can be drawn between US and Italian higher education systems. In addition, the University of Bologna constitutes the origin of universities in the western hemisphere.

This study abroad experience will sustain student learning regarding international higher education policies within the European context, and the current challenges and issues Italian universities face within the global education landscape. By working from an experiential learning approach, specific classes will be taught at Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Florence, University of Siena, University of Pisa, and culminating in a discussion about the Bologna Process at the University of Bologna. Specific emphasis on
comparative international education and doctoral studies will highlight this program.


Instruction on-campus: May 8-13, May 26, 2020

Instruction abroad: May 14-25, 2020


  • HEDL 7110: Doctoral Studies in Higher Education


Professor approval will be required. In addition, the specific requirements for participation in this study abroad experience will be enrollment in the doctoral program in higher education leadership and enrollment in HEDL 7110. Students will also be required to sign a program commitment form (reserving their spot in the group), purchase travel insurance, participate in a pre-experience and post-experience assessment, journal, reflect on the experience, and participate in class assignments. Students will also be required to obtain a passport and comply with standard procedures for international travel.




Students will be asked to book their own flights. DO NOT book your flights until receiving specific instruction to do so.


$1,607 (including a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure a spot in the program)

  • Includes: hotel accommodations, in-country travel, and entrance fees.
  • Not Included: airfare, regular SHSU tuition & fees* (summer semester), $200 Study Abroad Service Fee, most meals, books and supplies, spending money

*Note: Faculty-led, out-of-country courses do not charge 3 fees: Rec Center, Student Center and Health Center=$275, as opposed to on-campus courses.

Estimated Total Program Cost Sheet


  • $300 deposit due within 1 week of acceptance into program
  • $400 payment due 02/10/2020
  • $400 payment due 03/10/2020
  • $507 Remaining Program Balance due 04/10/2020


RSVP to Ms. Diana Awuor at dca018@shsu.edu for both info sessions.

  • October 24 at 6pm - TWC 111
  • November 18 at 6pm - Zoom


Dr. Matthew Fuller


March 1, 2020

Apply Here!

Please submit completed program applications to the Study Abroad Coordinator.

After your Application has been approved and the $300 deposit paid, please submit the additional post-acceptance documents to the Study Abroad Coordinator that are listed on the Faculty-Led study abroad homepage.