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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Florence, Italy; London, United Kingdom; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Overview

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“To say that the study abroad trip I took with Dr. Ritch was life-changing would be an understatement... The places and cultures we visited made the material we were learning more concrete and complete. If you have an opportunity to do this, then do whatever it takes to make it happen.”
-Katie Meyer, Leadership Ethics Study Abroad 2007

The Leadership Ethics study abroad offers students of any major a chance to immerse themselves in the lessons of some of history’s most influential minds, in four of the world’s great cities--Athens, Rome, Florence and London. Study and learn practical leadership ethics in the places where many of the great minds wrote and taught the knowledge and wisdom that still guide moral thinking and behavior of today. Debate the proper aims of leadership, justice, and the nature of the life worth living at the site of the Academy in Athens where Plato taught Aristotle. Consider Niccolo Machiavelli’s practical as well as moral claims regarding power and self-interest at the same villa where he wrote The Prince while in exile from Florence. Explore the London “haunts” of John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham, the most famous Utilitarians who envisioned a “greatest good” based on happiness and pleasure, and Thomas Hobbes, who championed social contract theory as a necessary response to our self-interested nature.

Do all this, learn practical ethics and systematic moral analysis, and still have generous amounts of free time to explore further the art, culture and history of these four world class cities!

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Host Institution

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Logistics and local guides for this program are organized by Millennium Tours under the direction of USFSP Education Abroad. All student payments and application materials are still submitted to USFSP Education Abroad.

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Academic Program and Course Information


Course: LDR 4204: Ethics and Power in Leadership, 3 credits
Course Approval Form: Students must download and complete a form as part of the application process. Click here for the form.
Credit Type: 3 direct USFSP credits
Course Director: Dr. Stephen Ritch |
Class Meetings: May 17, 24, and 31 (times and on campus location TBD)

***In order to receive full credit for the program course, students must attend any class meetings listed and complete an online pre-departure orientation in CANVAS. (A link to access the orientation will be sent to students' USF email addresses prior to departure.)*** 

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Dr. Stephen Ritch
Founding Director of Bishop Center

For information on the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership and the Leadership minor, visit:

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Program Costs

Program Cost: $5,050.00

  • 3 direct USFSP credits
  • Accommodations for duration of program (4 nights in Athens, 4 nights in Florence, 4 nights in Rome, and 6 nights in London)
  • All in-country and inter-country program related travel
  • 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch (June 10), and 5 dinners (June 7, 11, 15, and 21)
  • Tips for all drivers, guides, and restaurant staff (for group meals) are included
  • Tours and Entrance Fees for over 20 sites.
  • Half-day city sightseeing tour of Athens including entrance to Acropolis, Agora, Socrates’ Prison, Pnyx, and Aristotle’s Lyceum on June 5th
  • Walking tour of Florence on June 9th
  • Half-day excursion to Villa Machiavelli on June 10th
  • Walking tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on June 10th
  • Walking tour of the Vatican on June 13th
  • Central Rome Highlights evening walking tour on June 13th
  • Full-day excursion to Roccasecca and Fossanova Abbey on June 14th
  • Half-day city sightseeing tour of London on June 17th
  • Walking tour of UCL and Bentham Memorial on June 20th
  • Entrance to Acropolis
  • Entrance to Socrates’ Prison
  • Entrance to Pnyx
  • Entrance to Aristotle’s Lyceum
  • Entrance to Plato’s Academy
  • Entrance to Galleria dell’Accademia
  • Entrance to Uffizi Gallery
  • Entrance to Medici Chapels and Palazzo Davanzati
  • Entrance to Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Entrance to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
*Program activities listed above are tentative and subject to change

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Does Not Include:
  • Airfare to and from Europe (est. $1,600)--students are responsible for organizing their own international air  
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal spending
  • Passport or visa expenses (US passport holders do not require a visa to enter Greece, Italy, or the United Kingdom)--non-US passport holders are responsible for checking the entry requirements of Greece, Italy, and the UK for their country of citizenship and procuring/purchasing any required visas.

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Living Arrangements

*Double/triple occupancy in local hotels:

LUGGAGE: Each passenger is allowed one normal size suitcase, not to exceed 50 lbs, plus one carry-on piece of hand luggage for all inter-country program flights. All luggage is carried at the owner’s risk.

Living Arrangements

(View from Economy Hotel Athens)

June 4-8, 2017 (Athens)
Economy Hotel Athens
5, Klisthenous str. 
105 52 Athens, Greece 
Phone: +(30) 2105220520

June 8-12, 2017 (Florence)
Hotel de Lanzi
Via delle Oche, 11 
50122 Florence, Italy
Phone: +(39) 055 288043

June 12-16, 2017 (Rome)
Hotel Emmaus Rome
Via Delle Fornaci 23/25  
00165 Rome, Italy
Phone: +(39) 06 635658
Fax: +(39) 06 635658

June 16-22, 2017 (London)
London Lodge Hotel
134-136 Lexham Gardens 
Kensington, London W8 6JE, UK
Phone: +(44) (0) 20 7244 8444

*Hotels are subject to change. 

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Who Can Participate?

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This program is open to undergraduate students in the USF system pending approval of their assigned academic advisor. Non-degree seeking students who wish to apply must contact faculty program leader Dr. Stephen Ritch for approval at or 728-873-4773.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

Payment Schedule:

Payment Amount Due  Due Date
Confirmation $500.00 5 days after committing to the program or by application deadline, whichever is first. Confirmation Payment is non-refundable.
Payment #1 $3,412.50 March 15, 2017
Final Payment $1,137.50 April 15, 2017
Total $5,050.00  

Payment Instructions (only after you have been accepted to the program and log back in to your application to commit to the program):

Once you have been accepted to your program of choice, you will be asked to confirm your participation in the program by hitting the Commit button on your personal application page. Having confirmed your participation, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will place charges on your OASIS account. Students will be asked to make a confirmation payment toward the Study Abroad Program Cost (SAPC). Generally, this payment is $500, although certain programs may have alternate payment requirements as indicated on the specific program website.

Once you have committed to the program, you are financially liable for the Study Abroad Program Cost. Please carefully read your program-specific payment requirements as well as the Financial Terms and Conditions for your relevant program.

To Make the Payment:

ON-LINE (Please note: Do not use the on-line payment option if you have other outstanding charges on your account, as any payment will automatically be credited toward your on-campus charges)
Step 1: Go to USF Single-SignOn
Step 2: Log in using your USF Net ID.
Step 3: Click on OASIS on the top menu.
Step 4: On the Main Menu, go to "Student"
Step 5: On the Student Menu, go to "Tuition & Fees"
Step 6: Click on "Student Bill Payment" PLEASE NOTE: The USF Cashier's Office charges a 2.5% "convenience fee" for using a credit or bank card. If you use an online check you will not be charged the additional fee.  They no longer accept VISA.

Step 1: Email the USFSP Education Abroad Office at for a payment form. The form must be completed and signed by an authorized member of the Education Abroad Office.
Step 2: Take payment form to the USFSP Cashier's Office (BAY 132). You may pay only pay with check, cash or money order in person.  Checks are payable to USF.
Step 3: Please keep a record of your payment for your records.

Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:

Refund of $400, less any non-recoverable program costs, if you cancel on or before February 19, 2017.*
Refund of $100, less any non-recoverable program costs, if you cancel on February 20 up to March 14, 2017.*
Refund of $1,400, less any non-recoverable program costs, if you cancel on March 15 up to April 14, 2017*
You are liable for up to 100% of the program cost if you cancel on or past April 15, 2017.*

Students must email to notify USFSP Education Abroad of their cancellation.

*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable. Non-recoverable costs may exceed up-to-date funds collected by USFSP Education Abroad at time of student's withdraw from the program.

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Getting There

Once minimum enrollment is met, USFSP Education Abroad will release the flight schedule the Program Director will travel on; do not purchase your flight prior to this. Students are strongly encouraged to travel outbound on the same flight as the Director or to coordinate their independent flight to arrive at the same time in order to use included airport transfers. Those who do not choose to fly on the group flight must be prepared to make their own way to the program site in case of cancellation or flight delay. You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to and from Europe.

LUGGAGE: Each passenger is allowed one normal size suitcase, not to exceed 50 lbs, plus one carry-on piece of hand luggage for all inter-country program flights. All luggage is carried at the owner’s risk.                                                                                                             

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation


USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport or a valid passport from their country of residence. Passports must have an expiration date at least 6 months after the student's scheduled return to the U.S. U.S. citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Europe. Non-U.S. citizens should check with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements for the countries to be visited. International students must also submit the Study or Research Abroad Approval eform, listed under "Other Services", in their istart account.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

Note: The Education Abroad Scholarship application deadline for summer semester is February 15, 2017. However, applicants must be accepted and committed to the program as well as have paid the $500 Confirmation Payment in order to be considered for scholarships. This takes processing time. Therefore, we strongly advise applicants submit all parts of the scholarship application by February 1, 2017.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

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Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Joseph Kenny
Academic Program Specialist
Global Initiatives Office
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 Seventh Avenue South, BAY 204K

Questions regarding academics and courses:

Dr. Stephen Ritch
Founding Director of Bishop Center

For information on the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership and the Leadership minor visit:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.