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Italy & France Physical Science 

Aspiring engineers and geologists, or those interested in pursuing a career as a natural science researcher, have the chance to spend three-weeks working alongside leading field scientists. 

Broadreach College students hike through the Alps as they see the science of geology in the real world College students gain hands-on earth science experience in Italy and France Raft down the Romanche River and discover the unique geological features of the area

The natural beauty and diversity of the Alps provide an ideal backdrop for an up-close exploration of the earth sciences. At a geologic and astronomy field research station in France’s highest region, Vallée Serre Chevalier, collaborate with researchers who are experts at analyzing rock formations, the movement of tectonic plates, carbon dating and predictions of geologic activity. Trek from hut to hut across granite peaks, drop into quaint villages to mingle with locals and enjoy fresh farm-to-table meals, spend evenings learning astronomy from a remote mountain observatory - This is a one-of-a-kind journey that will show you how professional scientists use STEM tools and methodologies to investigate how our planet works.

After leaving the Alps, head to Southern Italy to study the science of volcanic systems by foot, kayak and even stand-up paddle board. Hike up Mt. Vesuvius, which once hovered over the ancient city of Pompeii. Then, dive into mud pools beneath a steaming crater and island hop through an archipelago of active volcanos in the Mediterranean Sea. This academic field study will transport you to incomparable landscapes and geographies while deepening your understanding of the natural world.  

“Broadreach has been the best part of my summer. Anybody looking to try Broadreach should, there are so many fun things to try and learn! The experience opened my eyes to the endless things for me to explore.” — Sam C., Charlotte, NC


  • Whitewater rafting in the Alps
  • Kayaking the Aeolian Islands
  • Hiking on Mt. Vesuvius
  • Visit a local farm in Briancon

Experience Required

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • High school Graduate
  • High school or college Biology
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago

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  • College
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  • 5 Hours
  • 3 Credits
  • Locations
  • Vulcano Island

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