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  • Locations: Parma, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Student Residence GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader, BC Resident Director
Minimum Language Requirement: None BC Program Type: BC Summer Program
BC Department: Physics Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Natural Science Core, Physics Major/Minor Elective
Number of Credits: 3 Course Number: PHYS1400
Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:
The Program
This four week summer course is a contemporary prologue to classical physics themes. To quote Feynman, it will be about “a part of physics that is known, rather than a part that is unknown.” The course will present major physics ideas in a broader cultural context, providing historical perspectives and taking advantage of numerous science museums and visits to Italian cities where early modern science has its roots. Simultaneously, it will aim to develop specific, highly practical physics skills, and introduce some problem solving techniques. The course will thus serve as an invitation to consider the power and beauty of physics and its place among the liberal arts.

Program Dates
Cathedral Square Parma
Arrival in Parma: 
Sunday, June 3, 2018

Departure from Parma:

Friday, June 29, 2018

Faculty Leader
Dr. Andrzej Herczynski

Interview with Professor Herczynski


Lectures will be held in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and Informatics at the University of Parma. Topics include dimensional analysis and dimensionless numbers, estimates, kinematics, Newton’s laws and their applications, Newton’s gravitational law, Kepler’s laws, conservation principles and symmetry, and possibly elements of thermodynamics and/or chaos theory. Guest lectures on research conducted in the department, with visits to laboratories, and two hands-on experiments are also planned.

Draft Syllabus: 
The Art of Physics_Herczynski


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora:
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($3,000)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)

Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to the program location and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will stay either in a residenze-style hotel or with host families in Parma.

Cultural Activities

Duomo Parma
The following activities are included in the program:
  • Day trips to Bologna, Florence, and Padua
  • Physics facilities and places of historical significance for the early science development, including Galileo's grave in Florence
  • Museum trips include Museo Galilei (Florence); Museo di Palazzo Poggi (Bologna); Museo dell’Osservatorio Astronomico (Padova).
  • Visits to art museums and architectural monuments such as medieval Castell'Arquato and/or Castello di Torrechiara (near Parma), Uffizi Gallery (Florence), and Torre Asinelli built in 1119 (Bologna)

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Parma. Airport transportation will be available from Malpensa Airport in Milan to Parma during the day on Sunday, June 3rd. 

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process visit the OIP website.


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

This program is currently not accepting applications.