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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Student Services Assistant, Cecilia is the first point of contact for all students when entering the center. She supports them in their everyday requests, helping them make the most of their time abroad by assisting them on everyday questions, travel plans and even tips on the Roman culture. She considers this job very important and values the interaction with students as a great opportunity for cultural and personal enrichment.
Tommaso joined the CEA Florence team in December 2015 as Student Services Assistant. He does his best to make the student experience abroad as smooth and pleasant as possible. As housing coordinator, he acts as the students’ main reference point for housing issues and helps the director liaise with local housing providers. Additionally, he is also responsible for identifying volunteer opportunities for CEA students.
As Student Services Assistant, Alice helps CEA students feel at home while in Florence. She supports them in their everyday requests and helps them make the most of their time abroad by giving tips on life in Florence. She considers this job very important and values the interaction with students as a great opportunity for cultural and personal enrichment.
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