Trip Details

Dates

Mar. 11-17 2018

Deadline to Apply

Nov. 22 2017

Cost of $800 Covers:

  • Participant airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Cultural activities
  • Ground transportation

Program & Location Highlights

At CEA’s Study Center in Florence, students can choose from courses within a variety of subject areas, each of which takes advantage of the city and the unique and valuable learning opportunities it offers. Beyond the classroom, CEA organizes cultural activities that complement academic and personal growth abroad. Housing options include host families, shared apartments and independent living.

Florence academics are taught in English, and Italian Language is mandatory for semester students. Our programs at-a-glance are:

  • Liberal Arts & Italian Culture
  • Marketing & Sustainable Business
  • Trends in Social & Global Culture
  • Intensive Italian Language (Fall only)
  • Studio Art, Printmaking and Fashion Design
    • Students selecting this option must choose one of two options: a Hybrid program with courses offered at CEA and with our local partner SRISA; or a SRISA-only program
  • Internship in Florence
  • Art, Culture & Business in Italy (Summer program)

While CEA encourages students to participate in extracurricular cultural activities that are organized regularly, many of these activities are carefully embedded into the academic curriculum and facilitate student engagement with the surrounding culture. The Academic Integrated Cultural Activity Program (AICAP)—recipient of the National Society for Experiential Education’s 2013 award for Outstanding Experiential Education—was designed to promote more profound student observation and add value to the program curriculum through active learning opportunities. AICAP incorporates from 7 to 10 cultural activities per semester: all require active student engagement, lead to reflection, and facilitate the transformation of experience into knowledge.

In addition to AICAP, students are urged participate in other opportunities that facilitate experiential learning and a greater connection to their host culture through language exchange and volunteer opportunities.

At the CEA Center in Rome, students will find a wide range of courses that will allow them to experience their time abroad while fully immersed in the Italian culture. Courses are offered within a variety of subject areas, each of which include active learning experiences. The options available will enable them to choose a unique experience tailored to their needs giving the student the most suitable experience abroad. Offerings include a vast academic curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, a rich menu of cultural activities, and housing options ranging from host families to apartments to independent living.

Rome academics include a full curriculum of Italian Language courses for students of all levels, and beginners Italian is mandatory for all semester students. Courses in Rome are taught in English in the following subject areas:

  • Liberal Arts and Cultural Heritage which include Art, Archeology, Cinema, Philosophy and Sociology
  • Ethics and Sustainability where one can also take a course on the Italian Mafia, Human Rights or Urban Landscapes
  • Business and Communication with courses such as the Business of Art, Cross-Cultural Management and Macroeconomics
  • Theology and Religious Studies whose core course is The New Testament in Ancient Rome but also includes a variety of other courses on the Catholic Church

Students also have the option to take a course at LUISS, one of Rome’s most prestigious local universities, in subject areas such as Business, Economics, Philosophy and Politics.

Cultural activities and excursions are organized in collaboration with the Academic Department and many of them are carefully embedded into the academic curriculum, facilitating student engagement with the local culture. The Academic Integrated Cultural Activity Program (AICAP)—recipient of the National Society for Experiential Education’s 2013 award for Outstanding Experiential Education—was designed to enhance cultural activities and add value to the program curriculum through active learning opportunities. AICAP incorporates from 5 to 10 cultural activities per semester; all require active student engagement, lead to reflection, and facilitate the transformation of experience into knowledge. Along with AICAP, experiential learning opportunities offered at CEA Rome also include Italian Language exchange with local university students and many volunteer opportunities.

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Unique Student Benefits in Italy

Florence

  • Rich academic offerings
  • Experienced and attentive staff in academics, housing, and student affairs
  • Manageable city that is easily walkable
  • A UNESCO site, the birthplace of the Renaissance and located in the heart of Tuscany
  • Rich artistic and architectural heritage, still home to a majority of the world’s most recognizable works of art
  • Fashion and design are important components of Florence’s social and business scenes
  • Renowned regional gastronomy and food history
  • Well-connected to major Italian and European destinations through high-speed train and international airport

Rome

  • Rich and varied academic offerings
  • Experienced staff that will assist students in academic, housing, and student affairs matters
  • Manageable big city with a walkable historical center
  • Capital of Italy and its central location makes it a perfect base for travel within Italy and Europe
  • Rich artistic and architectural heritage, home to the Vatican city and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the coliseum., Fashion and cinema are important components of Rome’s social and business scene
  • Exceptional gastronomy, from traditional cuisine to the latest world-renown chefs
  • Home to two major Italian soccer teams AS Roma and SS Lazio

Academic & Partner Institutions

Santa Reparata International School of Art

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.

John Cabot University

Founded in 1972 as a four-year, liberal arts and sciences university, John Cabot University (JCU) is a leading university in Rome. Named for John Cabot, a Venetian who sailed the world under the British flag, JCU exemplifies its namesake’s qualities of exploration and internationalization.

JCU is located on two campuses in Rome’s Trastevere quarter on the river Tiber, near St. Peter's and the Vatican, and a 45-minute bus ride from the CEA Rome Center. Your classes will take place throughout the city, as well as inside the classroom in subjects including art history, business administration, classics, communications, English literature, film studies, history, Italian literature, music, natural sciences, psychology, philosophy and religion. JCU is committed to providing you with an active learning environment.

You’ll attend classes with other CEA, Italian, and international students, giving you the opportunity to encounter many of the world's cultures on one of Europe's most exciting capitals. JCU runs on the American academic calendar and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali

LUISS University (LUISS) was founded in the mid-1970s to provide an innovative, flexible education that allows students to feel a sense of mastery over their futures. Today, LUISS is known for its highly selective admissions, alignment with market demands and the business world, and the study of information technology and foreign languages.

LUISS is officially accredited by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education (last revision of accreditation decree: Art. 1, Law 243/1991) and offers degrees at all academic levels in business studies, economics, politics, and law. For the past 15 years, LUISS consistently ranks among the top three Social Sciences institutions in Italy. The school attracts top talent in both students and instructors, and is firmly committed to the highest international standards in teaching and research.

Thanks to its affiliation with Confindustria, the Italian Industrialists' Confederation, LUISS has close ties to Italian industrial concerns, most of which operate internationally. For decades, the institution has played a key role in Italy's economic and cultural development, training world leaders sensitive to the values of market culture and the rules of a modern democracy. Alumni have also made important academic contributions in economics, finance, law, and political science.

Located on six campuses across the exclusive Parioli neighborhood, LUISS is a 20-minute bus ride from the CEA Rome Center. The main campus offers a modern study environment with the latest in technology for more than 8,000 students. Architecture features open, dynamic, transparent spaces that fully express the sense of community and the intensity of life at LUISS.

You’ll attend class with other American, Italian, and international students, giving you the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures in a formative experience of intellectual exchange. International conferences, symposia, workshops, and guest-lectures further enrich your academic experience.

Rome Staff

Anna Felberbaum

Center Director
Italy, Italy
As Center Director for Rome, Anna Felberbaum is responsible for office administration and the day-to-day management including staffing, student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, and student evaluations. Anna advises students on issues related to academics, cross-cultural information and health and safety.
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Alexandra Massini

Academic Director
Italy, Italy
Alexandra supports educational development and has taught History of Art at the CEA Rome Center since 2008. She holds her [Ph.D. in XXXX from the University of Warwick,] a Diploma with Distinction from the Study Centre for the History of the Fine and Decorative Arts at Victoria & Albert Museum, and an MA with Double Distinction from London’s Courtauld Institute. Dr. Massini is an accomplished art history speaker and consultant, art collection collaborator, and Rome guidebook author.Alexandra supports educational development and has taught History of Art at the CEA Rome Center since 2008. She holds her [Ph.D. in XXXX from the University of Warwick,] a Diploma with Distinction from the Study Centre for the History of the Fine and Decorative Arts at Victoria & Albert Museum, and an MA with Double Distinction from London’s Courtauld Institute. Dr. Massini is an accomplished art history speaker and consultant, art collection collaborator, and Rome guidebook author.
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Chiara Ortolani

Academic Advisor
Italy, Italy
As Academic Advisor for the CEA Rome Center, Chiara Ortolani serves as the primary contact for students and faculty regarding everyday academic issues. In addition, Chiara works with the Italy Assistant Academic Dean in all aspects of course registration, the coordination of class schedules, classroom use, and academic facilities management.
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Caterina Marino

Student Life Advisor
Italy, Italy
Caterina is a native of Rome. Passionate about Italian culture and the arts, she pursued her studies in classics. After university studies in law school, she completed her education by getting her license as a coach and as a counselor.v
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Andrea Masini

Student Life Assistant
Italy, Italy
Andrea graduated from the Department of Literature and Philosophy at the Università di Pisa with a degree in the History of the Church. He subsequently earned a master's degree in Human Resources. Soon after graduation, Andrea worked as a social worker, focusing his attention on adolescents and the needy. He then moved on to the field of Human Resources in managerial development and hiring for a multinational company.
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Florence Staff

Emily Schiavone

Center Director
Italy, 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
Italy, 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
Italy, 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
Italy, 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
Italy, 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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Welcome Dinner

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City tour

Tour Facilities, Meet CEA Staff

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Tour Student Housing

Meet with Current Students, Observe Courses

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Visit Partner University

Meet with Faculty and participate in Academic Field Trip

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Activity with Students

Cultural Site Visit

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