The University of Melbourne Contemporary Italy – Study Abroad

19 Nov – 18 Dec 2018

  • Region:
    • Italy
  • Status: open
  • Code: CC21809

Course Overview

ITAL20004 & ITAL30005: Contemporary Italy – Study Abroad
Semester: Semester 2 Assessed
School: School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne
Course Lecturers: Matthew Absalom & Elisabetta Ferrari
Credit Points: 12.5 credit points. Available to 2nd and 3rd year

Prerequisites: at least 50 points of Italian Studies credit with a H2B or above average
Enrolments: Credit & Cross-Credit Students


In November-December this year, we are once again offering Contemporary Italy – Study Abroad, a 12.5 point University of Melbourne subject taught in Italy (ITAL20004 and ITAL30005). This exciting opportunity offers you a four-week experience beginning in Milan, spending time in Parma, travelling to Tuscany and ending up in Rome. Not only will you develop your Italian language but you will be immersed in real-life situations and have the chance to really see what Italy is like. The subject provides a balance of project-based work and on-site activities in a number of key locations throughout the Italian peninsula.

Further Information

For reservations and travel information:
Australians Studying Abroad
Tel:                  03-98226899
Fax:                 03-98226989
Email:             [email protected]

Academic enquiries only
The Lecturer-in-Charge of Contemporary Italy – Study Abroad is Matthew Absalom; Room 514 Babel Building
c/o School of Languages and Linguistics
Tel:                  03-8344 6986
email:              [email protected]


The itinerary outlined below is subject to change as required by the teaching schedule for this subject.

Milan - 8 nights

Monday 19 November 2018. Arrive Milan
  • Arrive at Malpensa Airport on flight SQ 368 at 0555hrs.
  • Transfer by coach to the hotel in Milan city centre.
  • The rest of the day is at leisure.

(Overnight Milan)

Tuesday 20 November 2018, Milan
  • Milan Duomo
  • Leonard da Vinci’s Last Supper & Brera Gallery
  • Apericena Navigli

(Overnight Milan) BD

Wednesday 21 November – Monday 26 November 2018. Milan
  • Teaching program arranged by the University of Melbourne
  • Dinner on evening of 16 November

(Overnight Milan Homestay)


Parma CSAC - 1 night

Tuesday 27 November 2018. Milan – Fontanellato – Parma
  • Coach to Fontanellato
  • Castello di Fontanellato
  • Coach to Parma
  • Centro studi e archivio della communicazione
  • Group Dinner at CSAC

(Overnight CSAC, Parma) BD

Parma - 5 nights

Wednesday 28 November 2018, Parma
  • Labirinto della Masone
  • Coach to Parma city centre

(Overnight Parma) B

Thursday 29 November 2018, Parma
  • Tour of Parma, including the Duomo and Baptistry
  • Museo & teatro Farnese
  • Lunch at I du Matt

(Overnight Parma) BL

Friday 30 November 2018, Parma
  • Caseificio Santo Stefano
  • Castello di Torrechiara
  • Magnani Rocca visit and lunch
  • Aperitivo at ‘Let’s Speak English’

(Overnight Parma) BLD

Saturday 1 December 2018, Parma
  • Free Day

(Overnight Parma) B

Sunday 2 December 2018, Parma
  • Free Day

(Overnight Parma) B

Castello di Rossena - 1 night

Monday 3 December 2018, Parma – Castello di Rossena
  • Coach to Rosa dell’Angelo (Prosciuttificio)
  • Photo workshop

(Overnight Castello di Rossena) BLD

Prato - 8 nights

Tuesday 4 December 2018, Castello di Rossena – Pisa – Prato
  • Coach to Pisa
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Prato and check in to hotel

(Overnight Prato Hotel) B

Wednesday 5 December 2018, Prato
  • Scuola Copernico
  • Tour of Prato
  • Centro Pecci

(Overnight Prato Hotel) B

Thursday 6 December 2018, Prato
  • Scuola Copernico

(Overnight Prato Hotel) B

Friday 7 December 2018, Prato
  • Scuola Copernico

(Overnight Prato Homestay) B

Saturday 8 December 2018, Prato
  • Free Day (National Holiday)

(Overnight Prato Homestay) B

Sunday 9 December 2018, Prato
  • Free Day

(Overnight Prato Homestay) B

Monday 10 December 2018, Prato
  • AM Yoga Class
  • PM Coffee Class

(Overnight Prato Hotel) B

Tuesday 11 December 2018, Prato – Florence – Prato
  • Train to Florence
  • Guided Tour of Florence
  • Palazzo Strozzi
  • Dinner at local restaurant in Florence
  • Train to Prato

(Overnight Prato Hotel) BD

Orvieto - 1 night

Wednesday 12 December 2018, Prato – Monteriggioni – Siena – Orvieto
  • Full day coach travel
  • Monteriggioni
  • Siena
  • Arrive Orvieto and Check-in to hotel

(Overnight Orvieto) B

Rome - 5 nights

Thursday 13 December 2018, Orvieto – Bagnoregio – Rome
  • Visit Orvieto (Underground Tour)
  • Coach to Bagnoregio
  • Visit Bagnoregio
  • Coach to Rome
  • Check in to Hotel
  • Private evening visit to the Vatican Museums
  • Apericena Vaticano

(Overnight Rome) BD

Friday 14 December 2018, Rome
  • EUR visit
  • British School at Rome

(Overnight Rome) B

Saturday 15 December 2018, Rome
  • Free Day

(Overnight Rome) B

Sunday 16 December 2018, Rome
  • Free Day

(Overnight Rome) B

Monday 17 December 2018, Rome
  • Colosseum
  • Farewell Dinner at a local Restaurant

(Overnight Rome) BD

Tuesday 18 December 2018, Depart Rome
  • Walk to Termini Station and Terravision bus to Fiumicino Airport
  • Flight SQ365 to Singapore departing 1115hrs

(In Transit) B



30 days in Italy

All hotels are rated 3-star locally. Single rooms may be requested – and are subject to availability and payment of the single supplement. Further information on hotels will be provided in the ‘Tour Hotel list’ given to tour members prior to their departure.

  • Milan (2 nights): 3-star Hotel Cervo – a modern hotel in the business district of Milan.
  • Milan (6 nights): Local homestay accommodation arranged by the University of Melbourne
  • Parma (1 nights): Centro studi e archivio della communicazione (CSAC) – accommodation within the converted historic stable building of the abbey founded in the 13th century.
  • Parma (5 nights): 3-star Hotel Button – a simple hotel in the town’s historic centre.
  • Parma (1 nights): Castello di Rossena – a youth hostel housed in an imposing 10th century castle with a commanding view over the surrounding countryside.
  • Prato (3 nights): 3-star Hotel Giardino – a small family-run hotel in the historic town centre
  • Prato (3 nights): Local homestay accommodation arranged by the University of Melbourne
  • Prato (2 nights): 3-star Hotel Giardino – a small family-run hotel in the historic town centre
  • Orvieto (1 night): 3-star Hotel Duomo – a small charming hotel overlooking the cathedral
  • Rome (5 nights): 3-star Hotel Milani Rome – a modern hotel located a short walk from Termini train station.

Notehotels are subject to change, in which case a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

How to book

Applications & Enrolments

To make a reservation on this course, please send Australians Studying Abroad a deposit of $500.00 per person together with a completed & signed ASA Reservation Form. Please note that these charges and deposits are not tuition fees and are travel and tour charges, and do not replace HELP or other normal student fees. ASA is arranging your travel and tour; the University is responsible for all academic matters.

You will be notified shortly afterwards whether you have been selected to participate in the subject.

  • If you have not been selected you will be given the option of having your name put on a waiting list for a possible second round offer.
  • If you have been selected your reservation is subject to the understanding that you will be undertaking this course as originally indicated on your ASA Reservation Form. In the event that you fail to enrol in this subject under the category you have indicated, then ASA reserves the right to cancel your reservation.

In addition to fulfilling ASA’s requirements, all participants must be accepted to enrol in either ITAL20004 or ITAL30005 ‘Contemporary Italy – Study Abroad’ at the University of Melbourne. Please read the following enrolment options carefully. Application forms and further information are available from the Faculty of Arts.

Email: [email protected]

Gallery Tour Map
Physical Endurance & Practical Information
Physical Rating

The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA programs relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, six to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

These two 30-day subjects involve:
  • in 2 or 3 star hotels inMilan, Parma, Prato, Orvieto and Rome, at homestay accommodation in Milan (6 nights) and Prato (3 nights), and at the Centro studi e archivio della communicazione (CSAC) and the Castello di Rossena hostel (1 night) in Parma.
  • an extensive amount of walking and use of public transport
  • porterage is not included; participants MUST be able to carry their own luggage.

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA programs should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant or Professor Green whether this is a suitable subject for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s/Matthew Absalom’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the program, and that ASA/PMatthew Absalom retain the sole discretion to direct a participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the program. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form. It is a condition of travel that students notify Mr Absalom and ASA at the time of applying, of any medical conditions, or treatment for any chronic condition, mental or physical, of any kind, that might in any way affect participation during the tour.

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on visa requirements, health, photography, weather, clothing and what to pack, custom regulations, bank hours, currency regulations, electrical appliances and food. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers see:

Tour Price & Inclusions

$6290.00  AUD Course price (shared accommodation) including Economy Class airfare with Singapore Airlines

$640.00 AUD Single Supplement (request basis only; no single rooms at Castello di Rossena)

Course Price includes:
  • Return airfare, economy class with Singapore Airlines. Note: tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of departure. Please talk to your ASA consultant if you wish to extend your travels in Europe.
  • Airfare taxes to the value of $185.28 AUD
  • Accommodation in Twin-, triple and quadruple-share rooms (breakfast included) at the Hotel Cervo Milano (19-21 November; 2 nights), Centro studi e archivio della communicazione (CSAC) (27 – 28 November; 1 night), Hotel Button Parma (28 November – 3 December; 5 nights), Castello di Rossena (3 – 4 December; 1 night), Hotel Giardino Prato (4 – 7 December; 3 nights and 10 – 12 December; 2 nights), Hotel Duomo Orvieto (12 – 13 December; 1 night) & Hotel Milani Rome (11 – 18 December; 7 nights)
  • Homestay accommodation arranged by the University of Melbourne in Milan (21 – 27 November; 6 nights) and Prato (7 – 10 December; 3 nights)
  • 19 November: Coach transfer from Milan’s Malpensa Airport to Hotel Cervo, Milan
  • 27 November: Coach travel Milan – Parma
  • 27 November – 3 December detailed program in Parma arranged by the University of Melbourne, including coach travel, guides and entrance fees to specified sites
  • Full day excursion by coach from Prato to Siena, San Gimignano and Montereggioni
  • 11 December: Coach Prato –Montereggioni – Siena – Orvieto
  • 12 December: Coach Orvieto – Bagnoregio – Rome
  • Full day excursion by train (2nd class ticket) Florence – Pisa – Florence
  • 6 dinners and 3 lunches, arranged by the University of Melbourne
  • Return train fares (2nd class) Prato – Florence – Prato
  • Entrance fees to: Milan Duomo Terraces, Milan Walking Tour & ‘Last Supper’ (subject to availability), Tower of Pisa, Pecce in Prato, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Evening Walking tour of Florence with refreshments, Vatican Museums, Colosseum Underground & Third Ring Tour
  • Miscellaneous budget of $100.00 AUD to cover additional entrance fees and events arranged by the University of Melbourne
  • Private visit to the Vatican Museum
  • Teaching program in Prato arranged by the University of Melbourne
  • Ticket on Terravision Bus from Rome Termini Station to Fiumicino Airport if departing on the group flight on 18 December
Course Price does not include:
  • Lunch or evening meals other than those listed above
  • Personal spending money
  • Luggage in excess of 20 kg (44lbs)
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare taxes exceeding the value of $185.28 AUD
  • Transport and entrance fees not specified in the inclusions above
Terms & Conditions

A deposit of $500.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on an ASA program.

Confirmation of Your Booking

When we have received your ASA Course Reservation Application Form together with the deposit or full payment for the tour, and assuming there is a place available on the program, we will send you confirmation of your booking and relevant travel details. It is from this moment that a firm contract exists between you and Australians Studying Abroad Pty Ltd (hereafter called ASA) on the basis of this itinerary, together with ASA’s general brochure, and any brochure or itinerary amendments communicated to you, these booking conditions and the travel details sent to you. If a place is not available we will return your payment. ASA does however reserve the right to refuse to accept a booking without necessarily giving a reason.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • $500.00 deposit – non refundable
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation.

Unused Portions of the Program

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the program, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Will the Course Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a program is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates or airfare taxes ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. If an ASA program is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all tour monies paid. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

If The University of Melbourne Cancels the Course

In the event the academic program be cancelled as a result of the University of Melbourne, in response to Federal Government travel advice, designating the locations of the program to be unsafe: participants will be charged the cancellation fees as indicated in these booking conditions (refer to the paragraph ‘Cancellation Fees’).

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Passport Details

All participants must provide no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the program a photocopy of the front page of their current passport.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

Limitation of Liability

ASA is not a carrier, event or tourist attraction host, accommodation or dining service provider. All bookings made and tickets or coupons issued by ASA for transport, event, accommodation, dining and the like are issued as an agent for various service providers and are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by each service provider. ASA is not responsible for their products or services. If a service provider does not deliver the product or service for which you have contracted, your remedy lies with the service provider, not ASA. ASA will not be liable for any claim (eg. sickness, injury, death, damage or loss) arising from any change, delay, detention, breakdown, cancellation, failure, accident, act, omission or negligence of any such service provider however caused (contingencies). You must take out adequate travel insurance against such contingencies. ASA’s liability in respect of any tour will be limited to the refund of amounts received from you less all non-refundable costs and charges and the costs of any substituted event or alternate services provided. The terms and conditions of the relevant service provider from time to time comprise the sole agreement between you and that service provider. ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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