CofC in Florence, Italy: Communication, English, History (Spring 2022)

Program Dates and Fee:

February 6 – April 16, 2022 | $6,900* (subject to change and does not include tuition or airfare)

The program fee includes housing, some meals, field trips/tours (including transportation), and comprehensive international medical insurance.

Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee are: roundtrip airfare, most meals, passport fees, any personal travel and other personal expenses/spending money during the semester. 

Students select 12-18 credit hours from the following courses:

  • COMM 336: Addressing Problems in Context (3 Credits)
  • COMM 410: Analysis of Communication Practice (4 Credits)
  • ENGL 212: Cinema: History and Criticism (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 390: Studies in Slow Cinema (3 Credits)
  • HIST 241: History of Italy (3 Credits)
  • HIST 252: Women in Europe (3 Credits)
  • COMM 481: Capstone in Communication (3 Credits)

Program Description:

Come study with us this spring in the spectacular and exciting city of Florence, Italy! Based in the heart of Tuscany, this program offers students an immersive experience of Italian culture through courses and activities exploring communication and cultural practices, cinema, history, and of course, food! Participants will choose 12-16 credit hours from Communication, English/Film Studies, History and Women’s and Gender Studies courses. With sustainability as our theme, we’ll also learn about the Slow Food movement, which was born in Italy. During the semester students will visit Slow Food producers in and around Florence, sampling artisanal chocolate, gelato, cheese and other products. We’ll also travel to other stunning historic Tuscan cities like Siena and Lucca. An additional highlight of the program will be a 3-night excursion to another region of Italy.

Students live in apartments in the historic center of Florence and take their classes with CofC faculty. For students with majors or minors in Communication, English, Film Studies, History, Women’s and Gender Studies, and/or Sustainability, this program offers a unique study abroad opportunity in the birthplaces of the Renaissance and the Slow Food movement.

You can view the promotional flyer here:

The program directors share more about this faculty-led program in this short video

The program directors will host an information session on ADD at ADD. Sign up to attend here:

Program Directors:

Please contact one of the program directors if you have any questions about this program.

Dr. Celeste Lacroix | Department of Communication |

Dr. Colleen Glenn | Department of English |

Dr. Cara Delay | Department of History |

Program Requirements:

  • Students must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a passport
  • Students must complete any pre-requisite course requirements prior to participation (classes will be taught in English and students do not have to speak Italian)

Financing Study Abroad:

  • In most cases, all of your normal financial aid applies.
  • The Center for International Education offers scholarships from $500- $2,500. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. Learn more here.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

Study Abroad 101 OAKS Course

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