When is best?
Check the study abroad you’re interested in for specific policies or prerequisites, but many accept all students. Our CCI Florence students have ranged from sophomores to seniors.
Eight things to consider in deciding when to go:
1. Most major courses are not offered abroad, so you’ll have to take those here in Kent. If a course you need is offered only in the fall or spring semester, you might want to go abroad during the opposite semester so you don’t miss it.
2. Advanced planning is your friend. You can plan semesters here for the courses you have to take in Kent, and set aside courses offered abroad for your semester abroad. This is much better than realizing at the last minute that a course you need isn’t offered in Florence, and your dream of studying abroad will cost you an extra semester.
3. Advanced planning is still your friend. Share your plan with your academic advisor to get a second opinion in case you’re overlooking something important.
4. Advanced planning never stops being your friend. Students within a year of graduation should see an academic advisor to make sure they are on track, that study abroad fits as expected, and that all graduation application materials are in order.
5. Waiting longer to go means more time to save money and apply for scholarships (equals more travel, more souvenirs, fewer loans…).
6. Some short study abroad courses have minimum prerequisites or may require junior or senior standing.
7. Although CCI Florence courses don’t have minimum prerequisites or require junior or senior standing, some prior knowledge and skills can be helpful. For example, prior training in writing, photography, videography, or web design means you’ll have more to contribute to the Florence Practicum course, and you’ll likely get more out of it.
8. Students spending their final semester in Florence should know that the return flight is typically the day before commencement, so a delay for weather, etc., could cause a student to miss commencement. (It happened once.)