Wednesday, January 07, 2015

[254] March 6 deadline looms for MTSU course in sun-drenched Sicily, Italy

MURFREESBORO — There’s still time to ensure that you’ll get to retrace the Allies’ footsteps in Italy and Sicily this summer.

A few more places remain for a new MTSU study-abroad course led by Dr. Derek Frisby, an associate professor of global studies and cultural geography.

Non-MTSU students are welcome to join the class on a 15-day trek through Italy and Sicily in July 2015, whether they fly with the group or arrange for flights on their own. The deadline to apply is March 6.

The cost will run at least 20 percent less than what an average commercial tour would run. Group airfare will cost $1,885 per student. The total per student cost will be between $4,200 and $4,500, including tuition and fees. Financial aid is available for MTSU students.

Frisby, who has led World War II-focused study-abroad excursions to Pacific islands and western Europe, will take the group to the beaches where British, Canadian and American forces invaded Sicily in July 1943 and trace the route Gen. George S. Patton’s forces took to Palermo.

From there, they will visit the active volcano Mount Etna and the dormant volcano Mount Vesuvius. Also, they will tour the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, which was destroyed when Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.

The critical World War II battle site of Anzio and Salerno are on the agenda, along with tours of the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Forum and some wine tasting and craft-sampling in the cities of Naples and Florence.

“This trip is really about warfare and culture and the memory of warfare,” said Frisby, who noted he welcomes the opportunity to include some ancient and cultural history, as well.

“If you are a student, please go to the MTSU Education Abroad website ( and fill out the application,” said Frisby. “Also, ensure that you have applied for an Education Abroad scholarship.”

Financial aid is available through the Office of Education Abroad. For more information about financial aid, call 615-898-5179 or

More information about the course and a complete itinerary are available at Contact Frisby at

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