Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program

Off-Campus Courses

PSYCH 4992 & MECH ENG 1720 – Italy

Join us for 17 days of exploration and learning as we travel through Rome and Florence to examine how culture shapes human psychology and the design process.


Dates: June 9-26, 2019

Locations: Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Tuscany

Credit Hours Earned: Six (6) Credit Hours — PSYCH 4992 and MECH ENG 1720

Cost: $7,800.00, includes airfare, room and board, and tuition.

Program Highlights

  • Spend four days in Rome and 12 days in Florence, immersing yourself in Italian culture
  • Tour the Ducati Factory production line to see how some of the fastest motorcycles in the world are made!
  • Learn about modern life in Italy by interacting with local business owners, guest speakers, and Italian students
  • Experience architectural engineering feats such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore, Ponte Vecchio, the Colosseum, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Learn how culture influences human attitudes and behavior and apply this knowledge to engineering design

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Please note that enrollment as well as all payments for these courses will be handled through the office of Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) in 216 Centennial Hall

Registration and payment schedule updated 1/7/2019

To register, please download the fillable pdf form, fill it out and either email it to pce@mst.edu or deliver it to 216 Centennial Hall.  Registration Form Italy

1.   $500 - February 4, 2019 (non-refundable deposit required - apply for passport if needed) and registration form due.

2.   $7,300 - March 29, 2019 (final balance due - no refunds after this date) and copy of passport.

3.   Required study abroad orientation – mid-April, 2019 (specific date/time TBA)

All students registered in this class is required to participate in an orientation/informational meeting conducted by S&T’s International Affairs office. 
All other forms are required at this time. Downloadable forms are found in the forms tab.


Download, complete, print and sign the following required forms:

Bring completed forms to:

Professional and Continuing Education 
216 Centennial Hall, 300 W. 12th Street 
Rolla, MO  65409-1560
Phone: 573-341-6222


Cancellation Policies:

Missouri University of Science and Technology reserves the right to cancel its programs in the event of insufficient registrations, instructor illness, severe weather, or natural disaster. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified immediately and full refund will be issued.


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Cundiff leading PSCYH: 4992 to Italy
Jessica Cundiff, PhD

Assistant Professor

Psychological Science

Dr. Cundiff earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a dual Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Women’s Studies at Penn State University. She teaches courses in the I/O Master’s program, as well as undergraduate courses in Social Psychology, Social Influence, and General Psychology. Her research focuses on the psychological processes that contribute to social inequality, with an emphasis on subtle forms of bias – biases that are often unintentional and seemingly minor, yet consequential. Her work aims to educate about subtle bias and develop strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion, particularly in STEM fields. She is eager to involve students in research – please contact her if you are interested in getting involved in social psychology research as a volunteer in her lab.  


social psychology

Research Interests:

Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; subtle forms of bias; social identity threat; strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion; psychology of gender.



  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Women's Studies from Penn State University
  • M.S. in Social Psychology from Penn State University
  • B.A. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Schmidt leading MECH ENG: 1720 to Italy
Jill Schmidt, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:

Design theory, materials and structures, educational research



  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota (2015)

For more information

Contact Us.

Professional and Continuing Education

216 Centennial Hall, 300 W. 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-1560

Phone: 573-341-6222  |  Fax: 573-341-4992
Email: pce@mst.edu