International opportunities for students
19 - 30 June 2023 - 3rd edition


Activities with students physically present in Rovereto will start on Monday morning 19 June and will finish on Friday afternoon 30 June 2023, plus a follow-up session online on 17 July 2023 (time to be defined).


Academic activities will take place at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science
Seminars will be held at Palazzo Piomarta, corso Bettini 84, Rovereto
Some workshops will take place in the Italian garden of Palazzo Fedrigotti, Corso Bettini 31 (just opposite to Palazzo Piomarta).

PsyHuman Info sessions

Two info sessions took place on 15 March 2023, where students had the chance to virtually meet the academic coordinator and the staff (see the presentations in the downloads).


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The two-week programme includes students attending seminars, workshops, and outdoor activities in person and a post-summer school online session as a follow-up.
Seminars and workshops will be based on the principles and practices of participatory didactics: lecturers from different disciplines (bio-medical, cultural, gender, law, literary, philosophical, psychological, and sociological studies) will actively engage participants, who will be encouraged to share their own knowledge and competencies in the classroom, thus triggering a virtuous multidisciplinary learning process.
Narrative Medicine Workshop: Group activities and discussion based on the signature practices of Narrative Medicine (e.g., close reading, attentive listening, self-reflection, writing to a prompt, storytelling and sharing).
Outdoor activities: one-day excursion to Arte Sella, the contemporary mountain; half-day on the lake of Caldonazzo paddling and sailing; guided tour of Rovereto; meditative-aesthetic workshop at the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento (MART). A Video by one of the 2021 Edition's former students is available below, as well as the Photogallery below.


The PsyHuman Summer School fosters a model of well-being promotion that encompasses physical, mental, and socio-cultural determinants of health, while challenging the dominant narratives of the ‘ideal’ mind- and body-type.
It is based on the idea that the subject-centred and culture-bound approaches of the arts and humanities can complement clinical psychology and bio-medical sciences, to promote well-being and to build inclusive communities
To this aim, the PsyHuman Summer School offers seminars and workshops that draw on a wide range of approaches to health and well-being, including those of cognitive, psychological, and bio-medical sciences as well as cultural, gender, law, literary, philosophical, and sociological studies.
Moreover, participants are engaged in narrative medicine workshops, whose purpose is to develop life skills that can be beneficial in times of strain (i.e. narrative competence, affiliation, respect for differences, empathy) and that can help them face physical, emotional, and socio-cultural challenges.

Lectures and workshops will address the following issues:

• the psychological humanities
• mindfulness and contemplative practices for well-being
• neuroaesthetics and the arts
• social robots and AI
• design for social inclusion
• love in the arts, artivism and neuroscience
• gender non-conformity in sports
• inclusion and exclusion of LGBTQIA + people
• sexuality and disability
• hunger, pain and other bodily states
• narrative medicine and narrative competence for well-being and affiliation
• madness in literature

Participants will enhance the following life skills: narrative competence, empathy, self-awareness, and interpersonal relationship skills.

Workload and Credits

The School, taught entirely through English, consists of 7 hours per day of organised activities (lectures, workshops, seminars, excursions).
At the end of the in-presence activities all participants will receive an Attendance certificate.
Only the participants of the post School online session will be sent an official UniTrento Transcript of records certifying 6 ECTS and a mark.
2  additional credits can be awarded for optional extra work to be arranged with the academic coordinator and submitted by 30 September.
Please, refer to the Syllabus and Assessment Tasks document in the download Box.

Participants' Background

Admission reserved for up to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 senior undergraduate and graduate international students (upper-level Bachelor's and all Master's students).
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 the following background: Aesthetics, Arts, Cognitive Science, Cultural Studies, Literature, Linguistics, Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology. 
A good level of English is needed (minimum level B2).

Application Process

Students coming from partner universities must first be pre-selected and nominated by partner universities. UniTrento will carry out a final screening of the applications.
External students from non-partner universities are selected by UniTrento only. 
All students are required to upload their CV, ToR (Transcript of Records), identity document and a motivation letter when applying online.
The online application tool is available from the section Useful links.
The School will be activated with a minimum number of 10 participants, 80% of which must be international.


Nominations by partner Universities: by 15 April 2023.
Nominated students and external students are asked to finalize the online application by 30 April 2023 and to upload a CV, ToR and a motivation letter.
Students will receive the final confirmation of admission between 30 April and 3 May 2023 and are asked to pay by 15 May 2023.

Participation Costs

Students from UniTrento partners universities: 400 Euros 
External students (from non-partner universities): 1.000 Euros
A maximum of 2 ECIU students are free of charge (selected among other ECIU students, on the basis of merit, academic profile and motivation letter). All other admitted ECIU students pay the university partner fee.
Payment details will be sent to admitted participants.
The participation cost includes: lunch and dinners from Monday to Friday and a socio-cultural program consisting of: a guided visit of the town, a welcome drink and a farewell buffet, a one-day excursion and a half-day excursion to the lake, entrance to a museum or other attractions.
Excluded are: accommodation, breakfasts, weekend meals, insurance, travel costs.
No scholarships awarded by UniTrento.
: Participation fees will be reimbursed 100% in case of cancellation due to serious illness or a positive COVID swab test within the 48 hours prior to departure for Italy. No fees will be reimbursed in case of cancellation for any other reason.
A maximum of 2 UniTrento students can apply starting from 1 May if there are still available places. The participation cost is of 100 Euros and does not include the meal vouchers at the canteen.


All participants are responsible for planning and paying for their own lodging in Rovereto, possibly near the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science and the city centre where most classes will be held. Check-in ideally on Sunday 18 June and check-out on Saturday 1 July. Possible housing solutions in the Info Kit in the downloads.

Academic Coordinators

Prof. Maria Micaela Coppola (DiPSCo)


International Relations Division 
international [at]
Tel + 39 0461 283224 - 2980