Galileo on Trial in Italy

Galileo on Trial in Italy — About

About Galileo on Trial in Italy

Galileo risked his career, his freedom, and even his life for science.

In this Freshman Seminar Abroad, we will learn about Galileo, the conflicts he faced, and how his discoveries forever changed the world. While in Italy, we'll visit Pisa, home of Galileo and climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa; we'll explore the city of Florence and see one of Galileo's first telescopes; in Rome, we will visit places, such as the Vatican and the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minvera, which provided the backdrop to the end of Galileo's brilliant career.

While on campus, we will learn about 17th-Century Italy and re-enact The Trial of Galileo through debate and discussion.

Housing & Meals

You will live in shared housing at hotels with other program participants. Breakfast, welcome and farewell meals, and many additional dinners are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be eaten at local cafés and restaurants around Florence and Rome.


While in Italy, the surroundings will become your classroom and you will explore and experience the seminar coursework through site visits. These excursions will take place in Florence and Rome, and may include:


Pisa, Galileo's Hometown


Group Flight

All program participants will be taking the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight. You will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center regarding your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed. 

Learning Outcomes

Faculty & Staff

On-site support is provided by ACCENT. ACCENT staff will provide orientation, information regarding cultural activities, and 24-hour emergency support.

Program Leader

Laura Coffin Koch is Director of International Initiatives and Relations and Associate Professor of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. Professor Koch has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota since 1985, and has taught study abroad courses for 14 years, in both Florence, Italy and Istanbul, Turkey.  

About the Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad Center programs are:

General Freshman Seminar Abroad Information Sessions

Wednesday, November 14th
3–4 p.m.
Blegen 155

Thursday, November 15th
3–4 p.m.
Blegen 155