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*WCU Summer in Italy: International Higher Education in Florence and Rome
Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/11/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2018 05/20/2018
NOTE: Please note that this summer travel program is a part of a Spring 2018 course that will meet at WCU in February and March. Participation on this program requires that students be registered for the Spring 2018 course and attend the on-campus meetings during spring semester. See "course information" section below for details. Please also note that the dates and costs listed are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Director listed below to confirm the information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options:
Hotel/Hostel Max Credits Offered: 3
Area of Study: Higher Education Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students:
Faculty/Staff Director: Angela Howard, Tina Alessandria
Class Status:
College: Education & Social Work
Program Description:
This workshop, “International Higher Education”, is designed for students to explore international higher education and enhance their multicultural competence through a week-long cultural immersion experience in Italy. The workshop will emphasize (a) the benefits of international education; (b) the importance of international education and how it relates to a global society; (c) facilitate understanding of diverse student populations studying in foreign education systems; and (d) the importance of pre-departure and reentry services for U.S. students studying abroad. Students will have the opportunity to meet higher education administrators in Italy as well as study abroad staff from WCU’s affiliate partner – International Studies Abroad (ISA). 
Participants will complete the didactic portion during the spring semester at WCU addressing practical issues related to recruitment and retention of international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad. The cultural immersion will take place approximately May 12 - 20, 2018 in Florence and Rome, Italy.
All participants will stay in shared ISA-arranged hotels in Florence and Rome, Italy. Hotel accommodations are included in the program price.
All instruction for this course/program will be conducted in English. No prior knowledge of Italian is required.
Graduate students will earn 3 credits of graduate elective credits (EDC 596) during the Spring 2018 term with the travel portion of the course taking place after the end of the spring semester (approximately May 12-20, 2018). Required on-campus class meetings will be held on February 23, March 2, March 9, March 23, and March 30, 2018.
Accademia Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio
Uffizi Gallery
Rome Colosseum
Guided Tour of Central Rome (Includes Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Capitoline Hill, Piazza Navona and other central attractions)
Guided Tour of Vatican Museums 
In addition to the regular WCU tuition/fee rates for the 3 credit hour course (included in full-time students’ regular spring semester tuition), all students will be billed a Program Fee of $2,320 which covers hotel accommodations, ground transportation (airport transfers, on-site transportation), Pre Departure Orientation and materials, Welcome Dinner, Group Farewell Lunch, breakfasts, cultural activities and excursions, and post-program support services. In addition, all students will be billed the $100 study abroad application fee through the Bursars Office upon submission of their application online.

Not included in the cost above is the round-trip airline ticket (estimated $1,300) which all participants will pay for separately (though a specific itinerary will be identified for the group). Students should also budget for all other in-country meals that are not included in the program price above as well as personal spending money. 
Dr. Kathryn (Tina) Alessandria
610-436-2559 x2553

Angela Howard, PDSO