International opportunities for students


POSTPONED - Initially planned from July 6th to July 17th 2020


This Summer School explores mental illness and psychological well-being from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Psychological and cognitive sciences, but also literary, cultural, philosophical, sociological and linguistic sciences have contributed a diversity of outlooks and research methods to the study of the mind and its processes, as well as to those of healing individual and collective traumas.

The program is based on the premise that, in order to comprehend mental illness, to promote health and empathy, and to build inclusive societies, a narrative-based, subject-centered and culture-bound approach can complement psychological and cognitive studies.

The Department of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences in Rovereto has maintained an integrated approach to the study of the mind, the brain and behavior since 2005 and thus it offers a unique context for the PsyHuman Summer School.
Participants will focus on two lines of study:

1. Mental Illness, Psychological Well-Being, and Empathy
2. Narrative and Cultural Strategies for Managing Traumas and Promoting Inclusion

The syllabus tackles issues such as: interdisciplinary research on empathy, narrative-based approaches to mental illness, mindfulness, Alzheimer’s disease in literature/films/graphic novels/art (first track); and managing trauma and emotions, lgbtq+ inclusion, cultural healing and social cure, historical and psychological traumas, storytelling & burn out in healthcare (second track).

The program combines collaborative lectures and workshops, with outdoor activities, such as: guided visits to Freud Promenade (Bolzano), to the former Psychiatric Hospital of Pergine Valsugana (1882-2002) and to the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (MART) in Rovereto, in addition to forest and art bathing.

Participants' background

​Admissions reserved to up to 25 senior undergraduate and graduate international students (Bachelor's and Master's students only).
The PsyHuman Summer School adopts a cross-disciplinary approach. For this reason, we welcome participants who are eager to enhance their cross-disciplinary competence.
Admission is open (but not limited to) students with a background in:
Psychology, Cognitive Science, Medicine, Social Sciences, Social Work, Literature, Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Aesthetics, Arts.
A good level of English is needed (minimum level B2).
Students coming from partner universities are pre-selected and nominated by partner universities. UniTrento will make a final screening of the applications.
External students are selected by UniTrento only. 
All students are required to upload their CV, ToR (Transcript of Records) and a motivation letter when applying (through Application Tool in the Useful links section).

Workload and Credits

The School, taught entirely in the English language, consists of 8 hours per day of organized activities (lectures, workshops, seminars, visits to local companies, excursions).
At the end of the School participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 6 ECTS (+ 2 possible additional credits for optional extra work to be arranged with the academic coordinator).
Please refer to the Assessment Task document in the Download.


Department of Psychological and Cognitive Science,  Corso Bettini 84 and 31, Rovereto


All participants will stay in a double room, either in an apartment or student dormitory in the city centre.

Participation Fees

Students from partners universities: 450 Euros 
External students (from non-partner universities): 1.000 Euros
In addition to academic activities, participation fees include: accommodation, meals in the university restaurant during the week (except for breakfast), bus pass and social/cultural programs.
All round trip travel costs to and from Rovereto are to be covered individually by each participant.


Nominations by partner Universities: by 15 March 2020.
Students from partner universities and external students are asked to finalize their on-line application by 30 April 2020 and to upload their CV, ToR (Transcript of Records) and a motivation letter.
The on line application will be available starting from mid-February in the section “Useful Links.”
The School will be activated with a minimum number of 10 participants.

Academic Coordinator


International Relations Division 
international [at]
Tel + 39 0461 282980 - 3224