Washington State Community College Consortium For Study Abroad

Florence, Italy Spring 2015

Posted by csvoboda On October - 3 - 2009


PROGRAM DATES:April 2, 2015- June 12, 2015

In the heart of Tuscany, the landscapes and cityscapes of Florence, Italy, have inspired some of the greatest artists in history. Today, the city is a kind of crossroads not only to Italy but all of Europe, attracting visitors (and residents) from many cultural backgrounds. Studying in Florence will give you the chance to be in a very cosmopolitan atmosphere, and at the same time be situated safely among fellow students from Washington State. As you get to know the area and become more practiced in the Italian language, you will meet local residents as well as other students who have chosen to study abroad. Whether you are an artist, a painter, a filmmaker, a musician,a footballer, a hiker, an avid reader, or all of the above, your field trips and class lessons will be suited to your needs and interests, as you travel to concerts, films, soccer matches and museums alike! And remember, your instructor is a student in Italy, as well. You will learn from each other, study the Italian language, and be inspired by your work in the classroom and beyond. The WCCCSA group will become a true community of scholars, making your experience an adventure, a joy, and a comfortable entrance into new terrain and another language.

PROGRAM FEES: $6,945 based on 20 participants.


If you are a Pell Grant Recipient you are eligible to apply for a Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship. Online application opens mid-August with the Deadline of First Tuesday in October.  http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program

 WCCCSA Florence brochure 2015
WCCCSA Budget Request Florence 2015 Study Abroad

SITE:  The AIFS Study Center is located in the heart of Florence, within a 13th century palazzo in the Santa Croce district.  It houses the student services office and classrooms, and is within walking distance of all the main sights, museums and shops.

CLASSROOM:  Classrooms are equipped with a whiteboard, multimedia projector and projection screen, DVD player, speakers, and a laptop computer. WiFi is available.


  • Fully staffed AIFS office in the Study Center including an AIFS Program Coordinator and Student Advisors to provide information, personal advising/counseling and 24-hour emergency contact service. The AIFS staff is there to make sure students get the most out of their time in Florence.
  • Free wireless Internet access in the Study Center during class hours Monday to Friday plus free wireless Internet in the apartments where possible.


Although Florence is a large city, it is fairly easy to get around most of the historical center, where the Study Center is located, on foot.  The city is also well-connected by a bus system.  Tickets can be purchased at any tobacconist shop displaying an orange “A.T.A.F.” sign or at the A.T.A.F. office in Florence.  Students may purchase single tickets, multiples of two or four, or a monthly pass, among other options.

Dave Kosloski received his BA in Journalism with an emphasis in public relations from Georgia State University.  He earned his MA in Speech Communication from Central Michigan University and completed coursework toward a PhD in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Criticism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has been teaching at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, for the past 16 years where he also directed the speech and debate program from 1998-2013. In 2007, Dave received the Clark College Exceptional Faculty Award which is the college’s highest faculty honor and in 2009 he received the National Communication Association’s Community College Outstanding Educator Award.  Dave has taught courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, mass media and society, small group communication and competitive speaking and debate.  In addition, he has traveled extensively in Europe with student groups to debate competitions in London, Madrid, Rome, Prague, Berlin and Antwerp.  He is excited to share his experience and knowledge, and embark on new adventures, with his WCCCSA students in Florence!


CMST&210:  Interpersonal Communication (5 credits)

In this class, we will be studying the basic theories of interpersonal communication emphasizing theoretical principles and their application.  Topics include how self-concept, perception, verbal and non-verbal attributes and attitudes influence communication within the family, between friends, and at work.  Because this course will place particular emphasis on methods of perceiving information and transmitting messages, gender bias in communication, nonverbal behavior, and methods of communicating ideas and emotions, Florence is an ideal setting for students to examine these concepts. Becoming familiar with and knowledgeable about cultures and customs other than your own in an environment that demands an exchange of ideas, rather than a passive acceptance of information, is beneficial to any student.  Assignments will focus on how perception checking is especially necessary when communicating with non-English speakers (both verbally and nonverbally), on recognizing the role of culture on the expression of emotion, on the differences in gender roles from one culture to another, and the impact of cultural interaction on self-concept and self-identity.  The class will take advantage of both your day-to-day experiences as well as the planned cultural events, weekend excursions, and personal travel to demonstrate and illustrate the cultural differences in communication we expedience on a daily basis. This class satisfies a requirement of the Humanities distribution for the AA and AS degrees.

CMST&220:  Public Speaking (5 Credits)

In this class, we will be studying the speechmaking process using primarily a traditional public speaking approach. Students will develop a theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication skills.  Topics include techniques for controlling speech anxiety, how to structure and organize information to present to a variety of audiences, and physical and vocal delivery skills.  Florence is an ideal setting for learning how to research, write and deliver an oral presentation.  For each required speech, you will incorporate aspects of the Florentine culture into its content.  For the informative speaking assignment, you will research and develop an oral presentation on one of Florence’s historic attractions (such as the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, the Galleria dell’ Academia, among others).  For the persuasive speaking assignment, you will research and develop an oral presentation to persuade your audience to take action on an issue relevant to Italian culture, politics, etc. (such as the preservation of Italian ruins, the current controversies with police enforcement, etc.).  And, for the special occasion speaking assignment, you will develop an oral presentation paying tribute to a prominent figure or landmark in historical Florence or Italy. The class will take advantage of both your day-to-day experiences as well as the scheduled cultural events, weekend excursions, and your own personal research. CMST&220 satisfies a requirement of the Humanities distribution for the AA and AS degrees.

Italian Language and Culture (5 credits) is required of all students and provides an introduction to the culture. This course is taught by qualified local guest lecturers, focusing on historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of contemporary Italy.

This is an academic program and students are expected to enroll in a full-time course load. Failure to participate in the academic coursework may result in dismissal from the program. Students are encouraged to make the most of their classroom learning as it will enhance understanding of all the local area has to offer.

Orientation program in Florence including a meeting with AIFS staff, student information packet, local area information, welcome dinner and half-day guided walking tour of Florence.
 •Weekly program of subsidized cultural activities. The program allows students to experience typical Italianpastimes and explore the city in depth. Each term we offer walking tours, traditional cooking classes, wine tasting lectures, ballet, soccer matches, a day trip to Pisa, concerts and more.
•Museum pass for each student valid for the duration of the program with unlimited entry to the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, Bargello, Pitti Palace, San Marco Museum and Medici Chapel.
•Guided day trip to the medieval town of Siena, famous for its Palio horse race, and then on to see the walled hilltop town of San Gimignano with its famous towers.

HOUSING:  Accommodation in apartments in the Historical Center of Florence. Students will be in twin rooms with typically four WCCCSA students sharing a two-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen for cooking all your meals. You will be right in the heart of the city with local Florentines as your neighbors.

 COSTS:  $6,945 based on 20 participants.

• Accommodation in apartments in the Historical Center of Florence. 
• Orientation program in Florence
• Fully staffed AIFS office in the Study Center including an AIFS Program Coordinator and Student
Advisors to provide information, personal advising/counseling and 24-hour emergency contact service.
•Weekly program of subsidized cultural activities.
•Museum pass for each student valid for the duration of the program with unlimited entry to the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, Bargello, Pitti Palace, San Marco Museum and Medici Chapel.
•Guided day trip to the medieval town of Siena and San Gimignano.
•Free wireless Internet access in the Study Center during class hours Monday to Friday plus free wireless Internet in the apartments where possible
•$50 non-refundable application fee.
• Student medical and program fee refund insurance policies.


  • $250 refundable damage deposit
  • Airfare
  • College tuition and fees
  • Course books or materials (unless specified)
  • Passport and visa fees if applicable
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not specified as included in the program
  • Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade

WCCCSA Scholarship WCCCSA Florence participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA scholarship. Applications are due on or before  January 7, 2015.  Requirements include a 250 word essay answering the following question: “What do you believe to be the value in studying abroad? When you look back on your study abroad, what do you hope to say that you have gained from the experience, academically, personally, and professionally?”

To apply send completed applications Scholarship Application Study Abroad Florence 2015 to Sherrie Buendel sbuendel@spscc.edu on or before January 7, 2015.


When: TBD

Where: TBD

Time: TBD

What to bring: Students need to bring (a) a signed copy of the Student Guidelines, (b) 4 passport photos, (c) a copy of your passport, (d) flight itineraries for students not on the group flight, (e) a notepad to take notes, and (f) questions. Student participants should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever they feel should attend with them.

Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.

4 Responses to “Florence, Italy Spring 2015”

  1. Kendra says:

    I would LOVE to be included in this opportuinity! I just need more information

  2. Isaiah says:

    I have always loved Italy and am currently learning the language. Would really love to go. Please send information

  3. Sean says:

    I am very excited about this and would love the opportunity to study abroad in Italy! Please send more information as it comes available.

  4. Mandy says:

    I would love to go on this trip! When are we going to get more information about it?

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