June 14-30, 2023

Scholarships & Funding

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Lindsey Pedersen

Art Department
P: 480-461-7530
Office: AC Office #1


Program Location

Color map of Italy's regions.

Explore intercultural communication and art history for two weeks in Italy--the heart of the Roman Empire, the cradle of the Renaissance and Baroque, and a global center for art, fashion, food and design! The buildings, piazzas, and museums of Florence, Rome, Lucca, Pisa and Venice* will be your classroom as you experience the rich culture of Italy.

* Venice is an optional day trip with additional cost.

Italy Program Excursions

*UNESCO World Heritage Site

Courses Offered (6 credit program)

  • Hybrid classes begin prior to departure (required):
    May 16-June 13, 2023
  • ARH102: Renaissance through Contemporary Art 17424 (3 cr) [H, HU]
  • COM263: Elements of Intercultural Communication 16317 (3 cr) [C, G, SB]
  • Mandatory study abroad orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 9 am - 2 pm at MCC.
  • NOTE: The third-party lodging provider for the Italy program strongly recommends that all participants be vaccinated and boosted.

Italy Program Details

Did You Know??

  • The Venice Film Festival was founded in 1932 and is the oldest international film festival in the world.
  • Italians refer to one another by their city of origin (Milanese, Roman, Florentine, etc.).
  • Italy surrounds two independent nations: San Marino and Vatican City (Holy See).
  • In 1986, when McDonald’s opened in Rome, protestors against the fast-food chain stood outside the restaurant and handed out free pasta.
  • Currency used is the euro (symbol: ; code: EUR)
  • Read more detailed cultural information on Italy provided by CultureGrams™ Italy (2022). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.
  • Read detailed cultural information on Vatican City (the world's smallest independent nation) provided by CultureGrams™ Vatican City (2022). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.
  • Diversity Abroad Italy Destination Guide

Estimated Program Costs & Deadlines

Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

Program Fee
Includes lodging, academic facilities, cultural excursions, in-country ground transportation, secondary medical insurance.


Program Fee Due: March 3, 2023

$250 Confirmation Deposit Due (towards total program fee): upon acceptance to program

Registration Fee

Tuition: 6 credits
In-state: $85 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $206 per credit hour

$ 15
$ 510

Airfare (estimated cost) $1,400

Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.

Ground transportation that is not included in program fee $ 20  


$ 400 Not needed until you land in Italy!
TOTAL Estimated Costs $5,555 (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals)
Optional day trip to Venice $145 Estimated cost for roundtrip transportation and gondola ride
Insurance for Participants 60+ Years of Age $3.56 per day The program fee includes secondary insurance for participants ages 18-59.  There is an additional insurance charge for students 60 years and over.
Textbooks N/A No textbooks required.

Passport Info Here

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.


  • Be sure to allow at least 14-18 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
  • Visit the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for current fees and processing times.

Program Application Deadline

Space is limited.
Apply early to reserve your place!

  • Application Deadline: February 3, 2023
    Waitlist Capacity - Check back after March 3, 2023
  • Complete online application.
  • Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applications are reviewed/approved on a rolling basis.

Scholarships and Funding Your Program

Title Date(s) More Information

International Education

1 application for 2 scholarships!

IE Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Does NOT require FAFSA but it helps!
  • If you are receiving financial aid from another MCCCD college, please share your FAFSA with MCC (school code 001077) two weeks prior to scholarship deadline.
  • Award Range: $250-$900

Maricopa Grant

  • Requires 2022-23 FAFSA
  • Award Range: $250-$500


Saturday, Feb. 11,  2023

Get information on financial aid & grants, scholarships, and misc. resources for study abroad here.

PRIOR to applying for a scholarship, student must:

  • Be accepted into your study abroad program. Apply early!
  • Pay the program deposit of $250 online, at Cashier Services, or by calling 480.461.7400.
  • IE Study Abroad Scholarship awards will be announced via email in late February.
  • Maricopa Grants announced in mid-April-May when Summer financial aid begins awarding.


Title Date(s) More Information

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Students apply through the college they are receiving financial aid from.


March Application Deadline
1st Tues. of March (awards announced by May)

March 7, 2023
11:59 PM PST

October Application Deadline
1st Tues. of October (awards announced by December)

October 3, 2023
11:59 PM PST

Maximum Award: $5,000

  • Must be a Pell Grant recipient.  Students apply indicating the school they are receiving their Pell Grant funding from. If you are not a receiving Pell Grant funding through MCC, you must apply for the Gilman through the school that you are receiving financial aid from.
  • Applications are reviewed holistically, with consideration of the following selection criteria. View Gilman Presentation here!
  • Review Gilman Essays Writing Tips.
  • Review writing resources for ideas on crafting your Statement of Purpose:
  • Bring your draft to the Writing Center and get feedback on how to polish your "diamond in the rough"!
  • For application instructions, review this walkthrough video.
  • Watch videos of Gilman scholars abroad, alumni interviews, and tips from advisors and application reviewers on YouTube.
  • Note for Gilman application: For Program Administrator, select Mesa Community College

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

Overview of Program

October Application Deadline
Tues. of October (awards announced by December)

October 2022 deadline passed
11:59 PM PST

March Application Deadline
1st Tues. of March (awards announced by May)

March 7, 2023
11:59 PM PST

Maximum Award: $5,000

  • Must be a child dependent of an active/activated US military personnel during time of application.
  • Must be a Title IV federal financial aid recipient.  Title IV funds include:
    • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
    • Direct PLUS Loans
    • Federal Pell Grants
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOGs)
    • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Use the same Gilman application system as other Gilman Scholarship applicants.  Applicants will simply confirm that they are child dependent of an active duty military member of the U.S. Armed Forces (Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Space Force, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and USPHS Commissioned Corps).
  • If a student is receiving a Federal Pell Grant and is also a child dependent of an active duty military member, then the student is eligible for both Gilman scholarships and will automatically be considered for both but eligible to receive only one. If they are selected for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship, then they will no longer be considered for the Gilman Scholarship.
Title Date(s) More Information
MCC Honors Program
Study Abroad Scholarship

Deadline: March 3, 2023

Maximum Award: $500

If you are a current MCC Honors Program student in good standing, you can apply for up to a $500 study abroad scholarship!

For more information, call 480.461.7143.

Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship Application

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A New Leaf Assets to Opportunity (ATO)

A match savings program designed to help individuals save their own money in a special savings account and have their money matched for tuition, textbooks, and some study abroad program expenses with an 8:1 match.

October 31, 2022


  • Must have earned income
  • Be a resident of Arizona
  • Income must be at or below 200% of federal poverty line
  • Commit to saving $500 and saving for at least 3 months
  • Commit to making $30 deposits twice per month
  • Complete a financial wellness workshop and any other program requirements
  • Contact:

Information Sessions & Mandatory Orientation

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General Information Sessions

Friday, November 18, 2023

11 am

ID: 24866760151

password: Sim3dS8nJ9n

Join by Phone

(US toll) +1 602-666-0783

access code: 24866760151

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial Aid FAQS

At Southern & Dobson, contact Adela Bob at 480.461.7436 or at

At Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton in Financial Aid at 480.654.7760 or at

Mandatory Orientation

Sat., April 15, 2023

9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation!
There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.