Study Abroad

  • Study Abroad with Medieval Studies at Villa le Balze

    Study Abroad with Medieval Studies at Villa le Balze

  • Study Abroad with Medieval Studies at Villa le Balze

    Study Abroad with Medieval Studies at Villa le Balze

Italy: The Villa le Balze in Fiesole

Medieval Studies students are particularly well prepared to apply for the programs at Georgetown's beautiful Villa near Florence, since they will already have had a Medieval Studies foundation course, and since a number of Medieval Studies faculty have strong connections with the Villa. The Villa itself is set on a hill town looking down upon Florence's famous architectural monuments. For more details, and for photographs of the Villa, which was donated to Georgetown by the Marquesa Margaret Rockefeller de Larrain, click here for the Villa le Balze programs.

Medieval Studies Abroad Elsewhere:

Georgetown's extensive International Programs network offers numerous opportunities for students to pursue their interests in Medieval Studies, especially at British, French, and Spanish universities where Medieval Studies has a very long tradition. Among many, there are particularly attractive programs at Oxford, Dublin, York, Glasgow, London, Edinburgh, Paris, and Salamanca. Students interested in other parts of the medieval world, especially if they are linguistically prepared, should explore opportunities for study abroad. For more information, contact us.

Summer 2018 Programs

Please note that summer programs are cross-listed with Medieval Studies program. Applications are due by February 14.

Georgetown in Zambia
Location: Livingstone & Basanga, Zambia
Length: 5 weeks, 
Arrive: June 24 Depart: July 29
Faculty: Professor Kathryn M. de Luna (Associate Professor. Department of History)

What are the connections between environmental change, culture, and subsistence in early African history? How do you reconstruct history of communities who left behind no written records? Explore these and other fascinating research questions as part of Georgetown’s newest summer study abroad program, the Africa Field School. On this program, you'll experience what it means to conduct real field-based research in Africa working alongside scholars from around the world on a multi-year research project in central Zambia. You will conduct original research across a number of disciplines, including Archaeology, Soil Science (to produce environmental and climate records), and History in order to reconstruct the environment, climate, and culture of the region during watershed transitions in Medieval African History. You'll develop and enhance your own research skills, participate in data collection and analysis, and present findings to community partners. You can even propose to conduct research connected to a future Senior Thesis or Capstone project.

In addition to introducing you to field-based research, the program will give you insight into links between deep and ‘undocumented’ pasts and the present, as well as between the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences.

for more information click here.

Health and Sickness in Medieval Italy: 
Location: Fiesole, Italy
Length:3 weeks
Arrive: June 29 Depart: July 21
Faculty: Dr. Timothy Newfield and Dr. Elena Brizio
This class presents both micro and macro histories of plague. On the one hand, you will learn about and visit multiple plague sites in northern Italy, private and public spaces (like hospitals, foundling homes, churches) constructed to help contemporaries cope with the disease and medieval and early modern art that conveys the magnitude of the mortality Italians witnessed firsthand. Florence and Siena in particular are used as an ‘open book’ on the premodern plague experience. On the other hand, the Black Death is presented not as an Italian or European disaster but as an Afro-Eurasian catastrophe. You will be introduced to plausible evidence of the demographic ruin from regions as disparate as East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Greenland.

This course is thus deeply multidisciplinary. It is at once a history, biology and art history class. You will be introduced to the written and architectural sources for plague as well as to the evolutionary biology of Yersinia pestis, the bioarcheology and detection of pre-laboratory disease, and the methods of the paleopathologic and paleogenetic sciences. In other words, they come face-to-face with the urban fabric of premodern public health, the written record of mass death, and the bones of medieval plague victims.

for more information click here.

Medieval Studies Travel Award for 2018

The Georgetown University Medieval Studies Program is pleased to announce the Medieval Studies Travel Award for 2018. Applications are due March 1, 2018.

Awards: One or two merit-based grants will be awarded, for a total of $2500.

Purpose: To enhance the study of the global Middle Ages through experiential learning opportunities and fieldwork/research on places and artifacts from the period 500-1500 C.E., either in situ or in archival, library, or museum collections.   The Travel Grant may be used for a number of different purposes.  For example, it may be used towards a summer course or field school sponsored by Georgetown, such as the courses offered for summer 2018 on Health and Sickness at the Villa Le Balze, or Georgetown in Zambia: The Africa Field School.  The grant may also be used for a relevant archaeological dig, such as the Archaeology Field School in Tuscany offered by Catholic University of America; for an intensive language program; or for an independent program of travel and study designed by the student.  

Eligibility: All current Medieval Studies majors and minors, or any student from the College, MSB or SFS who has completed at least three courses crosslisted with Medieval Studies and is considering a Medieval Studies major, minor, or certificate.   All those interested in applying must receive eligibility approval from the Director of Medieval Studies, Prof. Sarah McNamer (  Those who receive the award must abide by GU’s International Travel Policy and receive travel authorization from the Office of Global Services.  Students are responsible for obtaining their own visas, health insurance, and travel insurance.

Application: Completed application forms, available from Professor McNamer, are due March 1, 2018.  They consist of a detailed description of the program or independent travel and study plans; your reasons for wishing to undertake this experience; and a budget.   The names of two faculty members willing to complete a recommendation questionnaire will also be required.  A committee of Medieval Studies faculty will review applications.  Results of the selection process will be announced by March 15, 2018. 

Criteria: The viability and interest of the plan, qualifications of the student, and faculty recommendations will be the major factors.  

Outreach: Winners will be encouraged to share their experience with other students in some form, whether through a blog or photos or a description of their travels and discoveries.

Questions? Contact Professor McNamer,