La SPEZIA, Italy

FAU Opera in Italy



Program Description

Explore a beautiful port city in Italy for four weeks while learning or practicing music. This program is open to all students and is perfect for vocal performance students or non-music majors seeking general education/elective course credit while studying abroad. Voice students in Opera Workshop will train with scholars from the USA and Italy, sing in multiple concerts throughout the city/region, and attend classes in the historic Giacomo Puccini Conservatory. The conservatory will still be in session, so this program offers a unique opportunity to train simultaneously with Italian students. For students seeking general education/elective credits in Music Appreciation and Music in Global Society, your experience will include daily classes and multiple cultural events in La Spezia, Florence, and Verona.

The Opera Workshop course, under the direction of Dr. Mitchell Hutchings, provides an ideal opportunity for less experienced singers to establish the basics of their craft. The program offers Italian song literature, operatic literature, and staged scenes selected according to the individual needs and abilities of the student. Public performance opportunities include a concert of operatic and/or song literature. The highest standards are sought in a nurturing and supportive environment, allowing Opera Workshop participants to leave La Spezia with new skills and elevated poise and confidence.

Program Dates and Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline
(or as space permits)
Start Date/Check-in End Date/Check-out
Summer 2023 February 1, 2023 May 27, 2023 June 24, 2023


Program fee payment deadline: See details below in program cost section. 

Information Sheet

Open to All academic disciplines
Language of Instruction English
Level of Study Undergraduate & Graduate
Credit Offered FAU credits
Program Primary Subject Music 
Sponsoring College College of Arts and Letters


Program Course Offerings:

  • MUO 1501, MUO 4503, MUO 6505: Opera Workshop (0-2 credits) - only open to music majors
  • MUL 2010: History and Appreciation of Music (3 credits) - IFP course open to all non-music majors

Course Eligibility & Requirements:

All participants are required to enroll in at least 1 program course offering listed above. 

Include your course(s) of interest on your study abroad application in the course section.

Program Eligibility & Requirements

  • Must have a 2.5 overall GPA for undergraduates & 3.0 GPA for graduates 
  • Must be in good academic standing at the time of application
  • Must be eligible to take FAU courses during the study abroad program term
  • See Policies & Procedures page for more information


COVID-19 Statement

Important Information for Study Abroad

FAU does not have control over the requirements of a foreign government or other organization. Students should not participate in this program unless they have reviewed and are willing to comply with the public health requirements of the host country or provider. Failure to comply with such requirements may mean you will be denied boarding of your flight, entry into country at immigration abroad, housing, and/or access to public spaces in-country. Please note, as this is not an FAU requirement, FAU is not responsible for verifying your vaccination status prior to travel. If you commit to this program and later withdraw due to vaccination status or other public health requirements of the host country or host provider, you will be subject to financial penalties as described by your terms and conditions.


Program Faculty Leader: Mitchell Hutchings

Education Abroad Contact: Alex Baker 

Department of Music Coordinator

Phone number: 561-297-4065

Phone number: 561-297-1039





Situated in the Liguria region on the western point of the Italian Riviera, La Spezia is a charming harbor town with just under 100,000 residents resting about halfway between Genoa and Pisa. La Spezia is large enough to experience diverse cuisine, shopping, and attractions, yet small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. The city is notable for its museums, port, and proximity to the beautiful Cinque Terre coastline.


Students will stay in shared apartments with other program participants. 

Program Cost and Funding

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 

  • Students participating on FAU Faculty-led Programs may use eligible financial aid
  • Program participants may be eligible to apply for the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  • See additional scholarship and funding information here.


Program Cost

$3,490.00 program fee + tuition for the required program summer course(s). FAU in-state or out-of-state rates apply. 

Program fee payment deadlines: 
1ST PAYMENT:       $1,700 due Sunday, Feburay 12, 2023
2ND PAYMENT:      $1,790 due Sunday, March 12, 2023

Accepted participants will receive detailed payment instructions from the Education Abroad team via email. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Accommodations from check-in through check-out date
  • Transportation from train station to accommodations upon arrival
  • Concerts
  • Day trip to Florence
  • Travel and ticket to see Verdi's Aida at the Arena di Verona
  • Daily classes
  • International medical insurance

    Activities and excursions are subject to change by faculty leader or program provider/vendor if needed. Replacement activity or excursion would be provided.

Program Fee Does Not Include :

  • International Flight
  • $200 administrative fee paid at time of application submission
  • Tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply)
  • Personal spending money
  • COVID-19 testing related to travel (entry or exit requirements) 


Health, Safety and Travel Documentation

All students must attend pre-departure sessions prior to study abroad. Education Abroad and your program faculty leaders will provide you with further details pertaining to dates, times, and location in the semester before your program. 

1) Mandatory pre-departure orientation hosted by the Education Abroad office. This session will cover general international travel related topics such as health, safety, insurance, and travel tips. 

2) Mandatory pre-departure meeting hosted by program faculty leader. This session will cover program and location specific information such as arrival, expectations, itinerary, and course overview.

International health and travel insurance

All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost.


Check country specific information for requirements. Each country and region has different requirements in regard to COVID-19. Students may be required to quarantine once they have arrived to the study abroad destination or isolate at any point during the program. If quarantine is required, it is the student’s personal and financial responsibility to complete prior to the start of the program so that they are available to participate for the program start date. It is the student’s responsibility to know and adhere to the public health guidelines where they are traveling, and to factor those requirements into their travel arrangements and budget.


  1. Reduced risk of denied entry if a country requires vaccination for entry
  2. Reduced risk of having to get vaccinated abroad if it becomes mandatory in the country of study
  3. Reduced risk of denied acceptance to one of our foreign universities
  4. Reduced risk of denied acceptance into campus housing or host accommodations abroad
  5. Reduced risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants to other parts of the world, including the communities where we have programs
  6. Reduced risk of contracting COVID-19 while abroad, which could lead to missed classes and excursions, mandatory quarantine or isolation, and other disruptions to the program
  7. Increases student access to local events, services, and travel while abroad
  8. Provides more flexibility in planning study abroad extracurricular activities, including excursions
  9. The WHO and U.S. CDC agree that the vaccine helps reduce the risk of serious illness and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19
  10. Alongside our other prevention measures, the vaccine significantly increases protection for FAU faculty, staff, students, and international partners

Regarding increased access because of being vaccinated, please be aware that businesses and services may legally restrict access to exclude unvaccinated individuals. Local ordinances may allow the same. In such cases, FAU won’t be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.

Travel Documentation

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are traveling anywhere abroad, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter the country. Passport cards will not be accepted as form of I.D. You may be denied boarding if you travel with a passport that appears damaged or altered.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Check the Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to renew your passport, or you have any other passport questions, you can find information on the Travel.State.Gov website. In addition, several U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide information to assist applicants in collecting the documentation needed. For a list of Embassies, please visit U.S. .