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CEA Florence Center

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Accreditation

Courses at CEA Florence Center are designed in conjunction with, approved, and transcripted by the University of New Haven, which is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the New England Association for Schools and Colleges.
Founded in 2007, the CEA Florence Center provides instruction in the disciplines of liberal arts, business, and social sciences. Courses turn the city of Florence into a living classroom. Here, you’ll choose from a wide array of courses offered in English, actively improving your language skills while settling into daily life in a city rich in culture and history.

Designed to exploit the educational opportunities that make Florence and Italy remarkable, programs feature courses in art history, anthropology, business, history, gender studies, Italian language, management, marketing, political science, and sociology. Lessons incorporate activities that take you out of the classroom and into the city and community to visit museums, local businesses, food markets, artisans’ workshops, and immigration centers. CEA Florence Center faculty are committed to fostering intellectual and cultural growth, encouraging you to apply classroom learning to daily life experiences and draw connections between formal and informal lessons. Active study allows you to gain a historical, social, and commercial understanding of Florence and Italy, while developing an international cultural fluency that can help you succeed in our increasingly globalized world.

CEA Florence Center courses will urge you to critically reflect upon and articulate your own national, cultural, and social identities. Active class participation provides the opportunity for interaction and collaboration—both critical factors in academic and professional success.

Classroom and Information

  • Classes are taught by international faculty, selected by CEA, and approved by the University of New Haven.
  • Faculty are (at least) bilingual in English/Italian and represent diverse backgrounds.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams are administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • You’ll attend class with other CEA students, not with native Italian students.
  • Teaching styles in Italy may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Language and elective course sizes range from eight to 25 students. Small class sizes mean greater individual attention from instructors.

Grading

Professors at the CEA Florence Center will carefully evaluate your work and progress throughout the academic session. When calculating final grades, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and exam performance.

The CEA Florence Center uses the following grading system:

CEA Grading Scale (Effective Spring 2017)

Letter Grade

Numerical Grade Low Range

Numerical Grade High Range

Percentage Range

Quality Points

A+

9.70

10.00

97.0 - 100%

4.00

A

9.40

9.69

94.0 - 96.9%

4.00

A-

9.00

9.39

90.0 – 93.9%

3.70

B+

8.70

8.99

87.0 – 89.9%

3.30

B

8.40

8.69

84.0 – 86.9%

3.00

B-

8.00

8.39

80.0 – 83.9%

2.70

C+

7.70

7.99

77.0 – 79.9%

2.30

C

7.40

7.69

74.0 – 76.9%

2.00

C-

7.00

7.39

70.0- 73.9%

1.70

D

6.00

6.99

60.0 – 69.9%

1.00

F

0.00

5.99

0 - 59.9%

0.00

W

Withdrawal

 

 

0.00

INC

Incomplete

 

 

0.00

Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete.

In order to determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio (QPR).

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Santa Reparata International School of Art

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Accreditation

Students studying at the Santa Reparata International School of Art will receive a transcript issued by Maryville University in St. Louis, which is fully accredited through The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) is an independent, non-profit institution established in 1970. SRISA upholds a strong reputation in studio art and liberal arts instruction, and is comprised of two campuses near the historic convent of San Marco.

SRISA’s hands-on studio art and lecture courses provide an enriching study abroad experience in the city where the Renaissance began. Your classes will expose you to Florence’s rich cultural heritage and encourage you to use Florentine artistic tradition to inform your own work. In addition to the fine arts, SRISA has also created a department dedicated to the study of fashion design.

As a CEA student at SRISA, you’ll have access to drawing, painting, fashion, and photography studios, and printing presses after classroom hours. Computers are available for design courses, as is an extensive library.

SRISA professors hail from various countries, though the school’s curricula and class schedules follow a U.S. university model. You’ll receive credit through Maryville University, (accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) for all coursework you complete at SRISA. Credits earned at SRISA should be transferable to U.S.-accredited institutions.

Classroom and Information

  • International SRISA faculty teach your studio, language and elective classes.
  • Assessment is based on participation, exams, and individual and group projects.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Italy may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 20 students.
  • You will attend class with fellow CEA students and other North American students.

Grading

SRISA instructors carefully evaluate your work and progress throughout the academic session. When calculating final grades for non-studio courses, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and exam performance. Students to fail to attend at least 70% of their classes will receive an F for the semester.

All Courses (except Studio Art): Grades are based on a 100-point scale with a corresponding letter grade, similar to the U.S. system:

Letter Grade

Grade %

Verbal Grade

A

90 - 100

Outstanding

B

80 - 89

Above Average

C

70 - 79

Average

D

60 - 69

Below Average but Passing

F

59 and Below

Failure

 

Studio Art Courses - Grades assigned in studio art courses are based on the following scale:

  • 25% Effort - Attendance, class participation, work habits, work completed
  • 25% Technical Skill - Mastery of the media, neatness, attention to detail
  • 25% Creativity of ideas - Underlying thought and content of work
  • 25% Aesthetics - Quality of final projects

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CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

Emily Schiavone

Center Director
Florence, Italy
Employed by CEA Florence since 2008, Emily is responsible for the management and development of the Florence Study Center and all study abroad programs that it hosts. Emily provides leadership and direct oversight to the Student Services and Student Life sectors of programs, and works in tandem with the Academic Director on academic matters regarding the Florence Center and partner institutions.
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Monica Francioso

Academic Director
Florence, Italy
Academic Director Monica Francioso joined the CEA Florence team in 2015. She is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of Florence
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Letizia Ialini

Student Affairs Advisor
Florence, Italy
Letizia Ialini is responsible for coordinating aspects of student life from housing to volunteering to internships. She liaises with local housing providers to ensure quality accommodation and services to all CEA Florence students, and serves as a resource for students for all housing issues.
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Caroline Elo

Academic Coordinator
Florence, Italy
Caroline Elo joined the CEA Florence team in 2014. As Academic Coordinator, she is responsible for academic advising, coordinating course-related visits and field trips, and helping manage and monitor CEA’s online academic records program. Caroline also maintains and organizes the CEA Florence Center Resource Room, oversees textbook orders, and provides support, training, and troubleshooting for faculty and students on CEA’s academic and learning support systems.
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Daniele Bini

Student Services Advisor
Florence, Italy
As Student Services Advisor, Daniele Bini helps CEA Florence students acclimate to their new home abroad. While encouraging them to learn as much as possible about Florentine history, life, and culture through weekly activities, Daniele also organizes all student excursions. He considers his job extremely challenging and humbling as students' interactions with him represent some of their first interactions with Florentines and Italians.
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