WCCCSA

Washington State Community College Consortium For Study Abroad

Florence, Italy

Posted by csvoboda On January - 5 - 2010

APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBD

PROGRAM DATES: Spring 2017

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: TBD

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY:  

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

PROGRAM DOCUMENTS:

Coming soon!

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.

FACILITIES:

  • 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.

TRANSPORTATION:

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.

FACULTY: TBD

COURSES:

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.

Other Courses TBD

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.

 EXCURSIONS/ACTIVITIES:
• 
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 Italian pastimes 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:  TBD

INCLUDED IN THE COST:
• 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.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST:

  • $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. 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?”

For more information, contact Cory Anthony at canthony@shoreline.edu.

ORIENTATION: TBD