CCI Florence Orientation takes place here in Kent the semester prior to the one you will spend in Florence. It is designed to help prepare students for the CCI Florence semester. The course generally meets once per week for six weeks either mid-fall semester (for spring semester abroad) or late spring semester (for fall semester abroad). The dates were chosen as the most advantageous time to complete all the necessary paperwork and prepare for departure.
Course content includes:
1. Getting to know your cohort (soon to be your family for a semester)
2. Registering for the courses you’ll take in Florence
3. Applying for and securing Italian student visas, and completing other necessary paperwork
4. Visits from a university attorney, a financial aid counselor, and a study abroad program officer to discuss legal, financial and administrative matters
5. Visits from alumni of the program to provide advice on planning, packing, food, travel, phones, life in Florence, and everything else you want to know about.
Study abroad is a CCI priority, and the college makes a large commitment of resources – money and faculty/staff time – to the Florence study abroad program each semester. The program was created to provide a significant learning opportunity for you, and this orientation, while aiming to help you prepare, is also an occasion for you to demonstrate that you plan to take study abroad seriously. This is a one-credit graded course, and it is expected that you will devote the expected time and energy to it. Failure to do so will jeopardize your eligibility to participate in CCI Florence.