Summer University 2016


The Dark Side of the Boot

Organized by AEGEE-Udine

In cooperation with Civic Education Working Group

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Have you ever wanted to know something more about yourself? Have you ever wanted to challenge yourself to see where you can really go, and what you can really do? Have you ever wanted to visit Italy in a dark and non traditional way, to see what’s beyond all those postcards? Have you ever wanted to live an incredible summer in Italy? Well, if you have answered yes to all these questions, you might want to consider to apply to our SU, because this is what you are really looking for. A rewarding and unexpected summer course in Udine where you will get to know yourself better, where you will see what is going to happen if you poke yourself, where you will visit and see our country, Italy, from a dark perspective, from an unusual perspective, where you will have the chance to challenge yourself, and discover what your limits are, and where, of course you will have a lot, but really, a lot of fun. Are you still waiting? Haven’t you apply yet? We are waiting for you. Don’t loose the chance of your life to make your summer unforgettable and unique. Come to Udine this summer to spend and live the most rewarding and self-development summer you have ever had. We are working to make this summer university the chance of your life, the opportunity you have never had to live a great experience in Italy. So see you in Udine very soon, and don’t forget to pack with you the risk of taking challenges and the will of having fun.

General Information:

From: Wednesday, July 20th
To: Sunday, July 31st
Starts in: Udine
Ends in: Udine
Type: Summer Course info_outline
Thematic categories: History and Local Culture / Training
Fee: 154€ info_outline
30 Friends
Accomodation: Gym (Sleeping bag & Mattress needed)
Confirmation: Pay 100% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 40€
Used for: Adventure Park Sella Nevea + Aquasplash Lignano
Alternative: Lago di Fusine - Beach Time
Language: English, Italian
Special equipment needed: Comfortable walking shoes, cap/hat, sun cream, swimsuit
Suited for disabled people: No


Discover better who you really are, through a series of challenges, sessions, difficult situations and historical places of Italy. Challenges, yourself and fun.


Phone: +390432030085

Our ideal participant:

    The ideal participant has to carry along with him a lot of energy, open-mindedness and fun. We are looking for a participant who is really looking forward to start this introspective journey in a dark and challenging way. 


  • Trainings about self-development, civic education
  • City tour of Udine in a dark way, Castle of Udine, Primo Maggio and San Giacomo square, old city and cathedral
  • Fencing lesson, a blast from the Middle Age
  • Visit of the the Vajont dam, and excursion to mount Toc (the tragedy that left a black veil in Italian history)
  • Parco Avventura in Sella Nevea
  • Acquasplash in Lignano
  • Visit of Villa Varda
  • Trip to Pordenone, the influence of the Venice Republic and the importance of the Noncello River in the development of the city, new and old city centre. Tour of the province and the villages which contributed to the raise of the whole area.
  • Lots of challenges that will reward you
  • Beach day in Lignano, friends, sunbathing, fun and party
  • Excursion to Cividale and Natisone river, Ponte del diavolo, old city, Longobard temple and the cathedral
  • Sightseeing of Trieste and Sistiana by night
  • Help someone in action
  • Open space about immigration with some refugees
  • Human library
  • Many other amazing activities that are just waiting for you!!

Course Information:

Course: Self-dvelopment, Civic Education
Timetable: 20h in total
Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Academy and local trainers
Equipment: You don't need to bring anything, everthing will be provided by us!
Supported by University: Yes

Join the Summer University and visit:

Udine e Lignano

Udine is in the heart of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and, thanks to its border position with Austria and Slovenia, it was the pathway to Italy for all barbarian tribes and armies throughout centuries; this is also the reason for its great cultural diversity. One of its peculiarity is its dialect: Friulano is a language spoken only in the province of Udine. In Udine we will see the inheritance of the Republic of Venice and also the famous Castel: a legend wants it to be built for Attila, kings of the Huns, in order to see Aquileia burning from a high observation point. Despite being quite close to the mountains, Udine is definitely not far from the sea as well: you will have the chance to sunbathe in Lignano, one of the most famous beaches on the Adriatic sea.


The Province of Pordenone is located in the western area of Friuli Venezia Giulia, bordering Veneto. It is situated between the Carnic Alps and the wide valley that is bounded by the Tagliamento and Livenza Rivers.Besides the naturalistic attractions, the province offers charming small villages and art treasures that combine the culture of Friuli with Venetian and Austrian influences. There are many evidences of the past: the prehistoric site of Palù della Santissima, the city of Pordenone, the small village Sacile or Spilimbergo Castle.

Cividale del Friuli

It was founded by Julius Caesar and its ancient name “Forum Iulii” gives also the name to the actual region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. In the 5th century it was also chosen as first capital of the Lombard Kingdom before being annexed to the Republic of Venice in the 15th century. It is split in two by the Natisone River, which is spanned by the impressive Devil's Bridge. The hills that surround Cividale are famous for wine production and we’ll have the chance to visit one of the winery and taste its typical products.

Sella Nevea and Predil Lake

Sella Nevea is not only one of the most well-known ski area in Friuli Venezia Giulia but it is also a touristic area for summer activities and peaceful walks around the amazing Julian Alps. Breathe the fresh air of nature and test your courage with the extreme thrill of climbing trees and be suspended in the middle of the forest! We will also visit Predil lake, in the little village of Tarvisio: legend tells that once upon a time instead of the lake there was a small village inhabited by insensitive people. During a cold winter night they refused to host a woman and her little child coming from far away. Only a poor family offered a warm place to them. The next morning the lake submerged the whole village sparing a small island with just the house of the hospitable family, while the woman and her son disappeared.


Situated in a unique and somewhat historically precarious position between Latin, Germanic and Slavic lands, Trieste is unlike any other city in the world, and is truly one of the most underrated and unfairly overlooked places not only in Italy, but in all of Europe. Embraced by green hills on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, with the snow-capped Dolomites piercing the horizon to the north, no city can honestly claim to have a more majestic setting. After having served as the most important port and fourth largest city of the Habsburg Empire for some seven centuries, Trieste became part of Italy following World War I, spent nearly a decade as an independent city state (the so-called Free Territory of Trieste) following World War II, and is now the capital and largest city of the Friuli Venezia Giulia autonomous region.