Sardinia, Italy - Heritage in a Global Context

ANTH 403 | 3 credits

Apply by December 6, 2018

Applications are reviewed as they are received, so early applications are encouraged.  

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  2. Select “Search Experiences” and type "GSP" to explore Global Seminars programs
  3. Upload the application form for your selected Global Seminar – see Application documents below

Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 3 Global Seminars.

Shortlisted students can expect to be invited for interviews in early January.

Selected students will be notified mid-January. 

ARA Funding

This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. ARA is a funding body made of the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, anonymous donors and Go Global that supports research intensive Global Seminars.

The ARA program offsets the cost to students for participation in an ARA course.  Up to 70% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students; up to 100% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students who demonstrate financial need (as determined by Enrolment Services).  The ARA program does not fund course development costs; faculty salaries; costs related to tuition, textbooks, course materials, visas, and vaccinations; daily meals; or personal expenses incurred by students.

For more details, please see the Eligibility and Fees and costs section.

About the course

This course is led by UBC faculty member Sabina Magliocco

This course allows you to conduct preliminary ethnographic research in Sardinia, Italy, examining the island region’s heritage and traditional expressive culture in the context of globalization from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The town’s economy was once predominantly agro-pastoral, but now has a mix of service and agricultural industries, including tourism. It has one small museum and a second one, on vernacular religious traditions, in the planning stages. It is situated in an area rich in archaeological and historical sites, from the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages to medieval times.

The local language is officially Italian, but most people also speak Sardo, a Romance language distinct from other Romance languages in the Mediterranean that developed on the island. Knowledge of Italian is helpful, but not essential to participation in the course.

You will engage with local experts, both in communities and at the University of Sassari, to discover the region’s archaeology, history, ethnohistory, traditional economies, material, and expressive cultures: how they were lived historically as well as how they are currently being reclaimed and valorized in a context of global heritagization.

Each week, you will explore a set of themes through interrelated readings, presentations from local experts, discussions, field excursions to heritage sites and museums, and hands-on experiences. At the end of the course, you will produce a research paper on a topic emerging from your engagement in the field, as well as an educational presentation that shares your research results with community members and non-specialists.

About the experience

This course requires a three-week commitment: one week at UBC, followed by two weeks of residency in Bessude, Sardinia (Italy), a community of about 500 inhabitants located in the
northwestern plateau.

A typical day might include:

Lectures, workshops, field trips, presentations, and guided tours in Sardinia led by local scholars and experts

Time will be divided between learning activities and time allotted to allow you to complete assignments and begin exploring a research topic individually

Notable environmental conditions:

High altitudes as the village is located at 600 mt above sea level. 

The town has free WiFi and modern amenities but is fairly isolated. There are few to no restaurants, nightclubs, and entertainments within walking distance, and public transportation is confined to daylight hours


Bed-and-breakfast and homestay accommodations.

General timeline

The program will take place in Vancouver and Bessude, Sardinia from June 1-21, 2019.  Prior to your time in the field (the last 2 weeks fo the course), you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.  

Program dates  June 1-21, 2019


To be accepted for this Global Seminar, you have to meet both program-specific requirements as well as Go Global’s general eligibility.

Program-specific requirements:

ANTH 100 + 6 credits of Anthropology coursework, or consent of instructor

54 credits of undergraduate coursework (3rd year standing)

Students are strongly encouraged to have taken ANTH 303 “Ethnography of the Mediterranean” and/or ANTH 407, “Principles of Fieldwork” or the equivalent

Open to students in Anthropology, CNERS, FHIS

The course can fulfill the Anthropology requirement for a class in an ethnographic region (ANTH 303 or 403).

ARA Eligibility:

Be enrolled in UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts;

Be in their third, fourth, or final year of study;

Be enrolled in at least 24 credits in the academic year before the program

Must be registered in 24 credits in the current academic year, or sufficient to graduate

Have a minimum GPA of 70% with no fails or incompletes.

This is a highly competitive program that is generously funded through the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global. The funding provided for this program is limited to only UBC Vancouver students in the identified Arts Majors.

Global Seminars - general eligibility

You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application

You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar

You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar

You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure

You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date

Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis

You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar

Program fees and costs

Approximately CAD $3100 - $ 3400+ tuition and flight

All qualifying students will receive ARA Funding. A separate application is not required.  ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% of funding for the program fee and the flight. Accepted students with demonstrated financial needs are eligible for 100% funding for Program Fee and Budgeted Flight.

*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to the destination  is a separate cost. However, 70 – 100% funding is provided for the flight at a budgeted cost of $1,000. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas

Global seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit posted on SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit due date

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Pre-departure policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences.  In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


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