Leadership, Learning and Service Retreat in Italy

Stritch offers this study abroad experience to adults nationally and internationally.

2014 Retreat

Pieve International School

Corciano, Italy

July 8-17, 2014

Front of Pieve

We invite you to our annual Leadership, Learning and Service Retreat at Pieve International School in Corciano, Italy. This program is open to faculty, staff, administrators, graduate students and guests. The intent is to immerse ourselves in the Franciscan culture of Umbria, and to further our global awareness and competence in leadership, learning and/or service.

Visits to Assisi, Florence, Perugia, Cortona, and Lake Trasimeno are included. These sites offer a balance of sightseeing, reflection, personal growth, and a sense of community as we come to know one another and begin to see the world from a different perspective.

The program includes a variety of experiences shaped by the interests of the participants. Visits to Franciscan sites, sustainable businesses, University of Perugia, Umbria Jazz Festival and meetings with Italian civic, educational, non-profit, healthcare and spiritual leaders all serve to develop relationships and cross-cultural learning, which helps address common issues within our global environment.

Pieve International School

Pieve International School is located in Umbria, the region south of Tuscany called “the green heart of Italy” and is well connected to the Florence-Rome highway. Villa Pieve is situated 2 hours from Rome, 30 minutes from Assisi and 10 minutes from Perugia, an important Renaissance center.

Villa Pieve’s surrounding area is typically Italian, characterized by a landscape of fields, gentle rolling hills and mountains dotted with olive trees and vineyards. The villa is rich in culture and history from the Franciscan tradition, the ancient Etruscans to the Romans, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Less than 50 meters from the door, stands the Pieve del Vescovo Castle from which the estate takes its name.

Participants will be lodged in shared room accommodation in the family-oriented Villa Pieve. Each bedroom is beautifully decorated in historic Umbrian tradition, has an attached bath/shower, and is equipped with a direct dial phone, HDTV, hairdryer, robes and individually controlled heating/cooling system. Single occupant rooming can be arranged at an extra cost of $200.

Also, Villa Pieve now offers a new pool and whirlpool pool for relaxing evenings!

Program Schedule

The program runs July 8- 17, 2014.

Participants depart on July 8 and are expected to arrive at Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Airport on July 9. Returning home, participants are expected to depart from Rome July 17. Participants arriving or departing on alternative dates will need to arrange local transport to/from Villa Pieve which is a 3-hour bus ride from the airport.

Please click here to download a detailed Program Schedule. Please note, the schedule is currently tentative and is subject to change.

For specific information regarding travel arrangements, health and safety and the program withdrawal policy, please click here to download the Program Brochure.

Program Cost

The cost of the program is typically $1,800 to $2,200 depending on personal lodging preferences and the Euro/Dollar exchange rate. Fees do not include US ground transportation, airfare and lunches. A $1,500 deposit is required with the program application.

The deposit can be paid by credit card by contacting the International Education Office at (414) 410-4187, or by check made payable to Cardinal Stritch University. Please submit check payments by mail to the Cardinal Stritch University address provided below.

Airline reservations are made on your own to capitalize on discounted rates and frequent flyer miles. Please wait to purchase airfare until after the application and deposit deadline or until the program has been confirmed to you by e-mail.

Participants will receive a timely e-mail communication regarding the final program cost and their individual balance.

Graduate Credit Option

Participants will have the opportunity to enroll in the following courses and receive 1-2 graduate credits for participation in the program and completion of additional coursework. Enrollment in the credit courses is optional.

  • ED 688 Current Issues in Leadership, 1 graduate credits; $515
  • EDP 848 Observational Research: International Practicum, 1-2 Ph.D. credits; $710 per credit

Course tuition is in addition to the program cost. For questions regarding course tuition and requirements, please contact Kristine Kiefer Hipp, Ph.D. at (414) 491-1303.

Applications and Forms

Please download and print the Program Application Form.

Participants must submit a complete program application which includes the following documents:

  • Completed Program Application
  • International Health Disclosure
  • Release and Waiver of Liability
  • Copy of the picture page of passport
  • Program Deposit ($1500)

These forms/applications are due to the International Education Office by the application deadline of May 2, 2014.

Program applications may be scanned and e-mailed to Sarah Sweeney at srsweeney@stritch.edu. You may also submit program applications by mail to: Cardinal Stritch University, International Education Office, 6801 North Yates Road, Box 335, Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985.


For program itinerary and course/tuition questions, please contact Kristine Kiefer Hipp, Ph.D., Professor of Leadership Studies, at (414) 491-1303 or at kahipp@stritch.edu.

For program applications and payment questions, please contact Sarah Sweeney, International Education Office, at (414) 410-4187 or at srsweeney@stritch.edu.