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*WCU Summer in Italy: International Higher Education in Florence and Rome
Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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:
Our travel/study in Italy will take place after the spring semester and prior to the start of the first summer session.  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 spend the first week at WCU addressing practical issues related to recruitment and retention of international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad. The second week will take place in Florence and Rome, Italy.
All participants will stay in ISA-arranged hotels in Florence and Rome, Italy.  There will be 2 students sharing each hotel room.  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).
Accademia Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio
Uffizi Gallery
Rome Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill
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 summer tuition), all students will pay a Program Fee of $1,900.00 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, which will be booked as a group flight. All participants will pay for their airline tickets separately, estimated to be approximately $1,700.
Dr. Kathryn (Tina) Alessandria
610-436-2559 x2553

Angela Howard, PDSO

This program is currently not accepting applications.