The Second World War in Italy Intersession Program

Open to students and the members of the general public

Program Dates: May 5-27, 2018
Fees: $3950.

Register for The Second World War in Italy program.

UNB students are eligble to apply for a bursary of up to $2000 to cover the costs of the program.

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A monument to Italian civilians murdered during the Second World War near Bologna, ItalyThis course is taught on the ground in spectacular locations across Italy and investigates how the Second World War unfolded there.  The course forms part of a major program of research at The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. Lee Windsor and Cindy Brown are both Italian campaign scholars and engage participants with their latest research findings. In addition to being introduced to cutting edge research the group is also introduced to the Italian people, their culture, their communities, and their stunning topography, all of which remain deeply affected by the war.

The course explores how Italians lived through the rise and fall of fascism and then a civil war that raged within the 1943-1945 conventional struggle between German forces and the Western Allies.  The course also examines how the Canadian Army and Allied forces fought the most multi-national campaign of the Second World War, drawing together the forces of over two dozen nations from Brazil to India.

Our journey from Campania’s beaches takes us winding across the Apennine mountain range up to the Po Valley plain, visiting seven Italian regions.  This experience is therefore also an immersion in Italian culture, cuisine, and landscape, just as it was for soldiers who served there from around the world.  The Second World War experience is likewise interwoven in Italy’s layers of history ranging back to ancient Greece and Rome. 

The tour program 

The Abbey of MontecassinoThe tour begins in Rome to see how the city’s memorable places factored into the war.  We then travel to Paestum near Salerno to study the Allied invasion of Italy and the Naples uprising. From there we travel steadily northward, staying in the epicentres of significant events at Ortona, Castel di Sangro, Cassino, Pesaro, and Monte Sole (near Bologna).

The three week course is designed as an undergraduate level course but can be taken for credit or audit by members of the general public, including family members of Italy veterans as well as serving or retired Canadian Armed Forces members. Starting in 2018, the course can also be taken for graduate credit as a UNB History Field School.  Participants travel in nine-passenger vans, allowing for the group to access obscure corners of Italy’s battlefields and tiny mountaintop villages not accessible for commercial tour coaches. Participants will learn how to navigate restaurant and café menus as well as local market visits, and connect with the warmth of the Italian people, making it an ideal journey for those who have not yet been to Europe.

Students contribute to the course by researching the life and times of a Canadian soldier, or Italian civilian killed during the war in Italy using primary evidence. 

Accommodations and Meals

Participants stay at 3-star hotels or better on their travel throughout the country including in downtown Rome, on the beach at Paestum, downtown in Ortona, Castel di Sangro, and Cassino, beside the beach in the seaside resort town of Pesaro, and in the tiny mountain village of Marzabotto.

Rooms are based on double occupancy, but singles are possible at an increased rate for senior participants.

Breakfast is always included and is typically European, but with lots of in-season fruit. Traditional Italian multi-course meals are included five evenings out of seven. Two nights a week the group is free to explore and dine on their own.

Lunches are not included.  We usually picnic in the field and Italian rural grocery stores are inexpensive.  Italy fruit and vegetable stands are full of fresh produce by May. 

The Course 

HIST 3810: The Second World War in Italy (6 credit hours)

This team-taught course explores the bitter struggle waged on the Italian peninsula by the Allies and anti-fascist Italians against the Nazi-Fascist coalition from 1943-1945.

The course is taught on location throughout Italy and centers on visiting historic sites, monuments, and battlefields. 

Core Themes:

  • How the rise of Mussolini and Fascism in Italy and its subsequent collapse plunged Italy plunged into civil war amid the devastating clash of Allied and German armies?
  • How the struggle in Italy connected with the global Second World War, with controversial consequences.  
  • How Italians endured the conventional and unconventional war that raged through their communities?
  • How did the Allied decision to mount a campaign in difficult Italian terrain and weather conditions was felt by Allied leaders and troops sent there sent to fight it. 

Program Fees & Information

Program dates: May 5 to May 27, 2018

Program fee: $3950.00

Financial Support: UNB Travel Study Awards valued at $2000.00 are available to support UNB full-time continuing students.  Selection of students to receive these awards will be based on academic achievement and the student’s expression of how the course will benefit their career goals and program of study. 

Program Fees Include

  • Program registration
  • All tuition fees for courses
  • Accommodations during your Travel Study Program
  • Breakfast (daily), five evening meals per week and a final banquet
  • Program related ground transportation

Program Fees DO NOT Include

  • Travel to and from the destination, airfare insurance
  • Any additional costs incurred through changes to travel or overnight accommodation/meals while traveling
  • Passport and/or Travel Visa
  • Textbooks
  • Lunches daily (allow $10) and six evening meals
  • Participation in cultural, religious, or sporting events, or excursions which are not part of course study
  • Spending money, souvenirs, telephone calls, sundry expenses

Additional Fee Payment Information

A minimum program fee payment of $1000.00 is required to reserve your Travel Study spot and is due when you submit your application. Please note: Your application will not be processed until this payment is received. This payment will be applied directly to your program fees. Once we have received your payment, you will receive email notification confirming your registration. 

If you are a visiting student, you will be required to submit a letter of permission from your educational institution when you apply.

If you are planning to pay for your Travel Study program with Student Loan, we require a copy of your approved Student Loans Needs Assessment Form.

If your program is canceled, all payments you have made up to and including the date of cancellation will be refunded to you.

NOTE: International health insurance is required.

Cancellation Policy and Refund Requests

If you wish to cancel your Travel Study registration, you must complete a Cancellation Request Form no later than January 15, 2018.

No refunds will be issued after this date.

All cancellations must be submitted via the cancellation request form, and will be subject to a $300.00 administration fee. This administration fee will automatically be deducted from your deposit.

Program Cancellation

Program fees are based on a minimum number of participants. In the event that the minimum is not achieved, and your Travel Study Program is canceled by UNB you will be given two options:

  •  You may transfer you registration to another program with an available spot. 
  • You may request a full refund of fees paid to date.

The Second World War in Italy is team-taught by Dr. Lee Windsor and Dr. Cindy Brown of the Gregg Centre. Contact us to find out how you can join us this May!