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Kent State Florence Summer Institute

A month that will change the rest of your life...

Kent State Florence
Summer Institute 2014


  • The dates: May 29 through June 29  (depart the US May 29 and return to the US June 29)
  • The program: You'll select 2 courses from those offered, earning 6 or 7 credits depending on your choices. All courses are taught in English (in palaces in the heart of Florence), and meet Monday through Thursday, giving you long weekends for travel. Academic credit is awarded by Kent State University and easily transferable, so whether or not you're a Kent State student, you'll keep progressing toward your degree.
  • The life: Reside with other Kent State Florence students in fully furnished apartments (wireless internet included) within a short walk of your classes. Your program fee covers extracurricular activities including a day trip to Siena, cooking class, rafting on the Arno, an opera performance, a medieval rugby match, and more. Use your weekends to explore and travel.
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Course Offerings

These courses will be offered at the 2014 Florence Summer Institute:


Elementary Italian 1 & 2                                           Italian Cinema

The Genius of Florence                                             The Golden Age of Italian Art

Intercultural Communication                                  Modern Italian History and Culture

The Roman Achievement                                         History of Italian Mafia

Intermediate Italian 1                                               International Business

You'll take two of the above courses. See below for detailed descriptions. In your program application, you’ll be asked to choose your top choices to take in Florence. This will help with scheduling and will not obligate you to those particular courses. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss which courses are best fit with the requirements for your major.


ITAL 15201 Elementary Italian I (4 credits • no prerequisite)

ITAL 15202 Elementary Italian 2 (4 credits • prerequisite is ITAL 15201)

ITAL 25201 Intermediate Italian 1 (3 credits • prerequisite is ITAL 15202)

Elementary and Intermediate Italian courses provide Italian language instruction in the context of Italian culture. The courses cover pronunciation, grammar essentials, and everyday vocabulary and expressions, but also focus on the practical language and cultural information you’ll need to navigate life in Florence. And opportunities to practice will be everywhere.


COMM 45091 The Genius of Florence (3 credits • upper division • no prerequisite)

Examines Florence’s phenomenal contribution and unique place in history in such areas as art, architecture, fashion, film, music, and science, as well as the lifestyle, culture and customs of its people. Course meetings will take place primarily at such relevant locations as churches, streets, and museums to give students face-to-face experience with Florence’s true genius.


CCI 40095 Italian Cinema (3 credits • upper division • no prerequisite)

Introduction to Italian Cinema, from Neorealism through “new auteurs” like Fellini and Antonioni, and on through the 1970s to the present and the latest developments of the Italian film industry. Films will be analyzed as decoded historical evidence of parallel social history. Screenings will include such masterpieces as Open City, The Bicycle Thief, and Life is Beautiful.


ARTH 42095 The Golden Age of Italian Art (3 credits • upper division • no prerequisite)

This course investigates the extraordinary art of Italy from Giotto to Bernini - from the early Tuscan Renaissance to the Roman Baroque, with emphasis on examining painting, sculpture, architecture, and urban design within cultural and historical contexts. Will include guided trips to see many artworks and monuments throughout Florence to view them in their original, intended locations.


COMM 35852 Intercultural Communication (3 credits • upper division • no prerequisite)

This course examines how culture influences communication, how to identify barriers to intercultural communication, how to improve communication skills in intercultural situations, and how to apply theories and concepts of intercultural communication to the real world. Students will begin to recognize their own cultural biases and the role they play in communication breakdowns.


HIST 38195 Modern Italian History and Culture (3 credits • upper division • no prerequisite)

This course will follow Italy’s fascinating history as a way to explore and understand its unique cultural achievements in such areas as science, art, architecture, music, theater, literature, poetry, sculpture, cinema, philosophy, and politics. Films, readings, cultural events, and visits to historic sites will help illuminate the central traits of Italian civilization.


CLAS 21405 The Roman Achievement (3 credits • no prerequisite • Global Diversity • Kent Core Humanities)

A survey of the cultural achievements of the ancient Romans as seen in their literature and art from the Etruscans through the Christians. Considers the history, government and economy of ancient Rome, and explores life in Roman society, including the aristocracy and the emperors, Roman families, the military, and various aspects of daily life.


HIST 38195 History of Italian Mafia (3 credits • upper division • no prerequisite)

The infamous criminal organization from its roots to its evolution as an intrinsic part of Italian history. The relationship between the Mafia and politics, its internal rules and codes, its business activities, and its deep connection to the society and culture of the Sicilian region. Current media will show the international reach of the Mafia and its effect on the collective imagination.


BUS 30234 International Business (3 credits • upper division •  prerequisite is micro- or macroeconomics)

An introduction to the theories and practices of international business designed for all interested students regardless of principal academic discipline. Topics include globalization; the impact and importance of culture; economic, political and legal issues; trade theories; the world financial environment; and global strategies, structure and management.


MKTG 45060 International Marketing (3 credits • upper division • prerequisite is MKTG 25010 or BMRT 21050 or MKTG 35035)

An examination of international marketing in terms of global market and trade. Emphasizes differences among markets caused by geography, politics, economics, culture, commercial policy and trade practices.

Program Costs

Costs of Kent State Florence Summer Institute are tuition, program charges, and out-of-pocket expenses.



Tuition is the same as at the Kent State main campus. All Florence Summer Institute courses are 3 credits except for Elementary Italian 1 and 2, which are each 4 credits. You’ll take two courses, so if one of your courses is Italian, you’ll have 7 credits; if not, you’ll have 6. So you’ll owe one of the following, and it will be charged to your KSU bursar account to be paid on the university’s regular billing schedule.



Ohio Resident


Six Credits



Seven Credits






Program Charges include the following. All these charges will be posted to your Kent State Bursar account to be paid on the university’s regular billing schedule.






$ 1,600.00

You may fly independently if you prefer and will not be charged for the group flight. You must arrive in Florence May 30, 2014.



Apartments are centrally located and house 2 to 8 students.  Generally two students share a bedroom. All furnishings, washing machine, bed linens, kitchen equipment and internet service are provided. Just bring towels and personal items.

Program Fee


Covers administrative fees, museum entry fees, teaching materials, arrival taxis, orientation, social and extracurricular activities, including a day trip to Siena, cooking class, rafting on the Arno, an opera performance, a medieval rugby match, and visits to Villa le Balze, Bardini Gardens, and the Ferragamo Museum

Medical Insurance


Required by all participants regardless of other coverage you may have. Excellent coverage, English-speaking doctors nearby.



Additional out-of-pocket costs you should consider are food, personal expenses, and any weekend travel you might like to do. You have a lot of flexibility here and can make decisions based on your own financial situation. For example, will you eat in expensive restaurants, or will you invite friends to shop together and cook at home? For weekend travel, will you stay in luxury hotels or hostels? Or to spend even less, stay close to home and get to know the amazing city of Florence and the remarkable villages of Tuscany.


For advice here on how to finance study abroad, visit these sites: and

There is help out there in the form of financial aid and scholarships, but you’ll have to investigate your options.



1.     Who can I contact for more information?

a.     Amber Bollinger at 330.672.7975 or at If Amber is out, just contact the Office of Global Education at 330.672.7980 or email

2.     Will these credits count toward graduation?

a.     Absolutely! You’ll earn Kent State credits just as you would on campus in Ohio. And if you’re not a Kent State student, you should know that Kent State University is a regionally accredited institution, which means credits earned here are accepted by most universities around the world. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor to discuss which courses best fit your program requirements so this experience will help you progress toward your degree.

3.     I’m not a Kent State student – what now?

a.     It’s easy to apply as a Guest student here:

That will allow you to be a Kent State student for the duration of the program. And as part of your application, you’ll submit a Transcript Release Form, so at the end of the program, a transcript will automatically be sent to your home institution. If you ever need another one, you simply follow the instructions here to request a free transcript:

4.     I want to attend KSU Florence Summer Institute, but how can I afford it?

a.     You’ll find a lot of good advice here on how to finance study abroad: and even more here: There is help out there in the form of financial aid and scholarships, but you have to do the work. And if you need motivation, ask any student who’s been to Florence, and you’ll hear that it was worth every penny.

5.     What if I don’t have a passport?

a.     It’s easy to get one. Just go to and follow the instructions to apply. But don’t delay – it takes four to six weeks from application to receive your passport. If you are a U.S. citizen, you don’t need a visa or any other special document for a one-month stay in Italy, but if you are from another country, you might. Check with Amber (#1 above).

6.     What do I need to bring for my apartment?

a.     Just towels! Everything else will be waiting for you, including bed linens, a fully outfitted kitchen, washing machine and TV. Wireless internet is included.

7.     Who will I live with?

a.     Other KSU Florence Summer Institute students. You can request a particular roommate if you know a friend who is enrolling as well.

8.     What is the weather like in June?

a.     Beautiful! If it’s a typical June, high temperatures will rise from about 79 degrees at the beginning of the month to about 86 degrees at the end. There will be lots of sunshine with an occasional rainy day.

9.     Will I have a chance to travel outside Florence?

a.     Definitely! Classes only meet Monday through Thursday, so each weekend will give you three days to visit a dream destination. Kent State Florence staff can offer advice on where to go and how to get there.

10.   Summer isn’t good for me – is Kent State Florence open during the school year?

a.     It certainly is – with many more course offerings in such diverse fields as architecture, business, communication and fashion. Get more information here:


Applying to Kent State Florence Summer Institute

The deadline to apply for Summer 2014 is April 1, 2014. However, early application is recommended. If you do not have a passport valid through 2014, you may still apply to FLR Summer Institute, but you should apply for a passport immediately. Go to to get started.

In the application, you'll be asked to select the courses you would like to take at Kent State Florence Summer Institute. This is for planning purposes and does not obligate you to these particular courses.

Applicants must be in good standing at their home institution. An admission decision will be made as soon as your application file is complete. Applications will not be considered for admission until all items have been submitted.

Please print and complete the APPLICATION HERE and, as indicated on the application, all the materials below are required. If you would like a separate copy of the recommendation form to send to faculty, you'll find that HERE.

All students must submit:

Program Application Form

$30 non-refundable application fee: Cash, check or money order payable to Kent State University Office of Global Education (OGE).

Two Recommendation Forms: Completed by faculty from whom you have taken class.

Waiver of Responsibility/Parental Consent/Emergency Contact:Parental Consent needed only if you are under the age of majority in their state of residence (18 years of age in Ohio).

Official Transcripts:Covering all college/university work.

Passport Information Page Copy: A copy of the picture page of your passport. You may apply without this. Passport application information can be found at

In addition to the above requirements, NON-KSU STUDENTS must submit:

Kent State University Guest Application. Download at

Transcript Release Authorization. Download at

Direct questions and submit application to:

Amber Bollinger, Education Abroad Advisor

Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Telephone: 330-672-7975
Fax: 330-672-4025

International Education Graduate Institute

The Kent State Florence International Education Graduate Institute will also take place in June, in conjunction with the Florence Summer Institute. Two courses will be offered back-to-back, so students can take one or both.

June 2 – 13: Design and Delivery of Study Abroad While Studying Abroad (HIED 6/76595)

This course is ideal for students in higher education administration, practicing study-abroad professionals, and internationally focused teachers. It covers the principles and practice of designing and delivering effective study abroad programs. Students will learn from various people involved in all aspects of study abroad, and they will travel to Rome to meet with American university programs operating in Italy.

June 16 – 27: Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (CI 6/77005)

This course is ideal for educators at all levels who want to better understand the global classroom, as well as teachers guiding students to develop a global mindset. It addresses teaching and learning in an international and intercultural context using principles from the fields of cross-cultural psychology and intercultural communication. Participants will assess their own intercultural competence and explore curricular initiatives designed to enhance global understanding.

Both courses are three credits, and program cost covers housing, local transportation, a weekend field trip, entry fees, medical insurance, some meals and tours.

For complete program information and application materials, visit this site or contact Ken Cushner at

Program coordinator and instructor Dr. Kenneth Cushner is a professor of Multicultural and International Education at Kent State University. A former East-West Center scholar, Dr. Cushner widely published in the field of intercultural education and training. He is a Founding Fellow and past-president of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, was a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden in 2008, coordinated the Teachers at Sea program, and currently serves as director of COST – the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching.