Program Information

Here you will learn all you need to know about the Kent State Florence Summer Institute program!

Program Coordinator
Dates
Orientation
The Campus
Academics
Accommodation
Flight
Study Tours
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Weather
Traveling While There
Florence Staff

Program Coordinator

Amber Bollinger, Coordinator, Kent State University – Florence (abollin2@kent.edu)

Dates

May 28 - June 28, 2015

Orientation

Before you leave and upon your arrival in Florence, you'll participate in an orientation designed to help you make the most out of your study abroad experience.  In orientation, your goals will be to...

  • orient yourself to the city of Florence.
  • develop the awareness you need to observe and learn from different cultures.
  • discover the businesses and organizations in Florence.
  • access the tools you will need to succeed academically, personally, and safely within the policies and responsibilities of the program.

The Campus

When you study at the Palazzo dei Cerchi, you get a feel for both modern and 13th-century Florence.  Palazzo dei Cerchi is a prestigious and ancient palace located in the center of Florence acquired by Kent State in 2003.  A complete renovation was undertaken from 2003-2004, maintaining the Cerchi's original exterior,  preserving the interior wall frescoes and installing state-of-the-art technology.

Academics

You'll select 2 courses from those offered, earning 6 or 7 credits depending on your choices. All courses are taught in English and meet Monday through Thursday.

Academic credit is awarded by Kent State University so if you are Kent State student, there is no need to transfer credits.  If you are not a Kent State student, the credits can be easily transferred. 

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.

Accommodation

Students stay in fully shared apartments throughout the heart of Florence.  Apartments are fully furnished with bed linens, a kitchen, washing machine, tv, and wifi. Students will need to bring their own towels.  Apartments are shared with 2-8 other students on the program, and it is possible to submit a roommate request.

Flight

This program offers the option of joining a group flight, if students apply by the priority application deadline (February 1).  Students applying after this deadline will not be eligible for the group flight.  Students also have the option to opt out of the group flight and fly independently.

Study Tours

This program includes several excursions.  Past excursions have included a day trip to Sienna, an opera performance, a medieval rugby match, museum tours, and more.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

It is possible to use financial aid on this program.  Students are also encourage to search and apply for study abroad scholarships.  Education Abroad provides information about using federal financial aid and searching for scholarships.

Weather

Weather in Florence in June is 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.

Traveling While There

It is possible for students to travel independently while there.  Classes 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.

Florence Staff

Fabrizio Ricciardelli, Director
Marijke Huegaerts, Assistant to the Director for Academic Support
Petra Veselá, Public Relations and Student Advisor
Alessia Fanfani, Student Advisor and Event Coordinator
Cecilia Angeletti, Financial Manager: European Programs
Rovena Gjoni, Financial Assistant
Simone Falcone, Facility Manager
Maria Laura Steinberg, Accounting &  Administrative Assistant