BCA’s summer program in Italy is in Trentino, a province of Northeast Italy. This mountainous region in the heart of the Alps offers an unexpected variety of environments, ranging from 10,000-feet-high rocky Dolomite peaks to gentle valleys and mild lake shores. Choose one of two exciting courses, Sustainability, Food and Landscapes in the Italian Alps or Heritage, Memory and Identities in a European Borderland.  Each combines interactive classwork and outdoor educational activities in a cohesive program that makes the most of its location in the Italian Alps. You can also challenge yourself to get the most of your time in Italy by taking both courses! Start learning about the area and the subject matters before leaving home, thanks to online sessions with the instructors that you will meet once you are in Italy.

  • The summer program is based in the lakeside municipality of Nago-Torbole, in the vibrant Lake Garda district: a Mediterranean pocket surrounded by imposing mountains, internationally renowned for its natural beauty, cultural attractions, and sports activities.
  • Trentino is strategically situated on one of the major corridors that connect Italy with Northern Europe; thanks to efficient high-speed trains, major Italian cities (Verona, Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome), Austria and Germany are just a few hours away.
  • Trentino is home to varieties of Parmesan cheese, the northernmost production of olive oil in the world, award-winning wines, and protected brands of apples.
  • There are about 300 lakes in Trentino, ranging from a portion of Italy’s largest body of fresh water (Lake Garda) to small high-altitude sheets of water.
  • Trentino is a major European tourist destination for both winter and summer holidays, with about 3,500,000 visitors per year.
 Language of Instruction: English
GPA Requirement: 2.6 or higher
Housing: Self-catered apartments
Credits Earned: 3-6 Credits


During your stay in Nago-Torbole, you will be stay in self-catered apartments with other BCA students. During your residential lab in the Giudicarie Valley, you will stay in a hotel with breakfast is included. Trentino enjoys an efficient system of public transportation, and you will ride local buses and trains for free thanks to the Trentino Guest Card included in your fee. Nago-Torbole and the Garda area are a major European destination for cyclists and mountain bikers, so you can also easily rent virtually any type of bicycle.


The program includes a number of trips in which BCA students travel as a group and conduct educational activities integrated into the courses. Excursions and cultural activities vary by summer term, but in the past have included activities such as:



Walking tour in the Lake Garda region.



Bolzano, the capital city of the neighboring province of Alto Adige / Südtirol, with a guided tour of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, where the world-famous mummy of Ötzi “the Iceman” is preserved.



Trento, the capital city of Trentino, with a guided tour of the state-of-the-art science museum MuSe, one of the ten most visited museums in Italy.



Guided hikes in the Dolomites mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Study abroad in Italy in the beautiful, culturally rich and off-the-beaten track region of Trentino, Italy. The course options are highly interactive and include distance learning introductory lectures, outdoor educational activities, cultural visits and meetings with local leaders. On this program you can enroll in one or both of the following courses:

Heritage, Memory and Identities in a European Borderland (3 credits)

This is an experience-based course in public history, here defined as the application of historical knowledge and methods to the promotion of public engagement with the past. Through the course you will explore key concepts such as interpretation, representation, memory, heritage, commemoration and preservation. Alpine Italy, thanks to its thousands of years of history as a frontier area in the very heart of Europe, exemplifies the implications of transforming history as an academic discipline into a cultural, political and economic practice. Download the syllabus.

Sustainability, Food and Landscapes in the Italian Alps (3 credits)

A journey across time and space, from the traces of prehistoric peoples to the challenges of our globalized world. Food is the key to explore the complex interaction between humans and their environments, and its impact on culture, economy, identity, and landscapes. Issues of global concern such as sustainable practices, climate change and resource management are tackled from the unique perspective of the Italian Alps, a place renowned for its distinctive environment, rich agriculture and traditional food productions. Download the syllabus.

The University

Dolomit is an independent study abroad provider located in Trentino, the butterfly-shaped province of Northeast Italy. The name “Dolomit” pays homage to one of the most stunning mountain ranges of the world, the Dolomites, a source of identity and pride for the people of this corner of Italy, and now a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. This area is the ideal location to tackle themes of topical interest, thanks to its stunning variety of landscapes, and to a vibrant community that honors its heritage and values innovation.

The founders, both trained at a graduate level in the social sciences in the United States, spent half of their lives abroad, and recently resettled in Trentino with the desire to welcome the world to their homeland. In order to develop meaningful and involving educational activities for international students, Dolomit relies on a strong network of local partners, and is deeply committed to the well-being of students by offering them individualized attention and care.

Teaching Style

You should expect a highly intensive course and cultural immersion program. The initial six class sessions are administered online, while the on-site experience includes five guided visits, a multi-day residential lab and six additional class sessions.


In courses, you will be assessed through participation, midterm exams, residential lab activities, presentations, and final papers.

Credits / Number of Courses

Students can enroll in one course (3-credits) or both courses (6-credits). Different program fees apply based on the number of credits taken.

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It is a pleasure for me to introduce you to my birthplace, Trentino, an off-the-beaten-path but incredibly rich corner of Italy. This is the ideal location to discover the diversity of Italy in a relaxed and welcoming environment, where charming landscapes and endless outdoor opportunities are coupled with first-class services and facilities. I am truly looking forward to welcoming you in my beloved Trentino and dedicating myself to what I enjoy the most: to accompany students in a meaningful and enjoyable journey of intellectual and personal growth.


On-site support staff help you adjust to life in your new community and will be your cultural guide through the program.


What's Included

BCA offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation in self catered apartments
  • Orientation
  • Cultural Activities
  • Excursions
  • Residential lab in the Giudicarie Valley
  • International medical insurance and emergency evacuation services
  • Academic transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation and services
  • On-site Resident Director

Other costs not covered by BCA fee (estimates only):

  • Airfare: $1200 – 1500
  • Passport: $110
  • Meals: $170
  • Additional personal expenses: $200 – 300
Confirmation Deposit

Upon acceptance into a BCA program, you will be billed a $250 confirmation deposit through the online system for accepted students. This deposit is non-refundable and reserves your place in the program.

BCA Scholarships

BCA awards several $500 scholarships each year for summer students with financial need. See if you are eligible!

Financing Study Abroad

BCA works closely with more than 100 colleges and universities, so we may already know your school’s financial procedure. Please feel free to address financial questions to BCA’s Chief Financial Officer at Finance@BCAStudyAbroad.org or 717-361-6602.

Fees billed to students directly are due prior to departure. If you must defer payment until financial aid disbursement, please contact Finance@BCAStudyAbroad.org. You can pay by personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Please send all payments to:

BCA Study Abroad
50 Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

BCA charges an administrative fee of $20 for any returned check. We will not release your academic transcripts until all fees (including any additional charges for damages or obligations to the overseas university) are paid in full.

Program Minimum

This program requires a minimum number of students in order to operate. If this minimum number of students is not met by the program’s application deadline, you will be notified and a full refund of the application fee will be issued within 5 business days.

Application Dates

Summer Program March 15

Program Dates

Summer 2020 Distance learning component: May 20-28
On-site component: June 3-25

Dates are tentative and subject to change.


Prices subject to change without notice.

Program Fee (3-Credits) $5,250.00
Program Fee (6-Credits) $6,250.00

Policies regarding financial aid and additional study abroad fees vary by campus, so we recommend that you get in touch with your study abroad advisor or financial aid office to determine your school’s financial aid policies for study abroad.

All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses.

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