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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Housing: Flat/Apartment, Homestay Number of Credits Offered: 15
Type of Program: Faculty-led Language Courses Offered: Italian
Area of Study: Art and Visual Technology, Psychology, Art History, Sociology, Honors, Criminology, Law and Society, Economics, English, Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies, Italian Studies Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Florence Semester Experience

Italy, Spring 2019

Florence skyline
The Florence Semester Experience is offered each spring semester as an introduction to Italian art, culture, history and language. It was during the Middle Ages and Renaissance Era that Florence became the cultural hub of Europe, where artists like Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo, architects like Brunelleschi, and writers like Dante flourished. The evidence of their achievements is still present throughout Florence in palaces, squares, churches, monuments, and museums. These days, Florence is an active commercial center for business, banking, fashion, and the production of leather goods. The innumerable artistic treasures and natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside attracts students from all over the world who come to Florence as their place for an unforgettable study abroad experience. This unique city will be yours to absorb, explore, taste, marvel, and enjoy for an entire semester!  

The 2019 Semester program will be led by Dr. Mark Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs will be teaching a Sociology course entitled The Local Urban Culture of Renaissance Florence and How it Transformed our World.
 

Program Highlights

  • Earn 15 credits in this spring semester program, led by a Mason faculty member
  • Italian language courses at Centro Fiorenza, a language institute housed in 17th century palace overlooking the Arno River in the center of historic Florence
  • Multidisciplinary courses taught in English at the CAPA Florence Center, located in Palazzo Galli-Tassi, a 15th century palace in the Santa Croce neighborhood
  • Choose between living with an Italian family or a furnished apartment with other students

Eligibility 

This program is open to all undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.5, who have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure. This program is open to non-Mason students.

Students with less than 45 credits can be considered for acceptance to this program, but may be subject to additional requirements such as a mid-term progress report, a writing sample (from a college course), and/or an in-person interview. First year students will also be placed with a host family (please note the difference in cost on the "Financial Info" tab).
 

Credits

Students will enroll in 15 credits. All students will take an Italian language course and the Academic Director's course. Additional courses will be chosen from the offerings at the CAPA Florence Center.
 
Academic Director Course - Choose 1:
  • Sociology - SOCI (3 credits)
  • Integrative Studies - INTS (3 credits)
Italian Language Courses - Choose 1:
  • ITAL 101: Elementary Italian I (3 credits)
  • ITAL 110: Elementary Italian I (6 credits)
  • ITAL 201: Intermediate Italian I (3 credits)
  • ITAL 202: Intermediate Italian II (3 credits)
  • ITAL 331: Advanced Italian: Language and Culture (3 credits)
Note: Students who have not previously taken any Italian courses may choose to take a 3- or 6- credit beginning Italian course. Any student who wishes to continue to study Italian upon return to George Mason should take the 6-credit ITAL 110 option in order to meet the prerequisites for ITAL 201.

CAPA Course Offerings - Choose 2 or 3:
  • Most students will take 3 CAPA courses (9 credits). Only students who select the 6-credit ITAL 110 course will take 2 CAPA courses (6 credits).
  • The CAPA Course Chart lists all available courses and their equivalent Mason courses.
  • Course descriptions and syllabi can be found on the CAPA website (scroll down to "courses"). Please note that not all courses are available to Mason students. Only courses listed on the course chart above have been approved.
  • In case of scheduling conflicts, students must also select two back-up course options.

2019 CAPA Course Offerings:
Understanding Modern Italy: An Anthropology of Contemporary Italian Society
  • HIST 388: Topics in European History: Understanding Modern Italy
  • HIST 398: Historical Study Abroad: Understanding Modern Italy
  • HRNS 240: Reading the Past
  • ANTH 396: Issues in Anthropology (Social Sciences): Understanding Modern Italy
  • GLOA 480: Study Abroad: Understanding Modern Italy
History of Italian Art from Antiquity to the Baroque
  • HNRS 122: Reading the Arts
  • ARTH 303: National Traditions
Renaissance Art History
  • HNRS 122: Reading the Arts
  • ARTH 398: Special Topics: Early Renaissance Art in Italy
Museology - the Art of Collecting Objects
  • HNRS 122: Reading the Arts
  • INTS 399: Study Abroad: Museology
  • ARTH 398: Museology
  • ANTH 399: Issues in Anthropology: Museology
  • ANTH 396: Issues in Anthropology (Social Sciences): Museology
Beginning Composition Drawing
  • HNRS 122: Reading the Arts
  • AVT 496: Special Topics: Beginning Composition Drawing
Beginning Watercolor
  • HNRS 122: Reading the Arts
  • AVT 496: Special Topics: Beginning Watercolor
Beginning Figurative Sculpture
  • HNRS 122: Reading the Arts
Beginning Oil Painting
  • HNRS 122: Reading the Arts
  • AVT 496: Special Topics: Beginning Oil Painting
Introduction to Photojournalism
  • COMM 399: Special Topics: Intro to Photojournalism
  • INTS 399: Study Abroad: Intro to Photojournalism
Writing the Global City: Florence Reading and Creating Travel Writing
  • INTS 399: Study Abroad: Writing the Global City
  • ENGH 497*: Topics in Creative Writing: Writing the Global City
The Impact of Globalization on European Markets
  • CONF 397: Special Topics: Impact of Globalization on European Markets
  • ECON 385: Study Abroad: Impact of Globalization on European Markets
International Comparative Studies of Issues Impacting Education Systems
  • INTS 399: Study Abroad
  • SOCI 395: Special Topics: Analyzing and Exploring the Global City
Contemporary Italian Cinema: Contemporary Italy on the Screen
  • ITAL 340: Italian through Arts
  • ITAL 320: Topics in Italian Film and Literature
Political and Economic History of Europe in the 20th Century
  • HIST 388: Topics in European History: Political Economic History of Europe
  • HIST 398: Historical Study Abroad: Political Economic History of Europe
  • HNRS 240: Reading the Past
  • CONF 397: Special Topics: Political Economic History of Europe
  • GOVT 398: Study Abroad: Political Economic History of Europe
  • GLOA 480: Study Abroad: Political Economic History of Europe
Cultural History of Florence from the Renaissance to Present
  • HIST 388: Topics in European History: Cultural History of Florence
  • HNRS 240: Reading the Past
  • ARTH 398: Special Topics: Cultural History of Florence
  • ANTH 399: Issues in Anthropology: Cultural History of Florence
  • ANTH 396: Issues in Anthropology (Social Sciences): Cultural History of Florence
A Cultural History of Organized Crime: Italian vs. American Mafia
  • HIST 388: Topics in European History: Cultural History of Organized Crime
  • HRNS 240: Reading the Past
  • CONF 397: Special Topics: Cultural History of Organized Crime
  • ANTH 399: Issues in Anthropology: Cultural History of Organized Crime
  • ANTH 396: Issues in Anthropology (Social Sciences): Cultural History of Organized Crime
  • CRIM 490: Special Topics: Cultural History of Organized Crime
  • GLOA 480: Study Abroad: Cultural History of Organized Crime
Language and Identity
  • ANTH 380: Language and Culture
  • HNRS 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
Florence and The Florentine in the Divine Comedy and Decameron
  • FRLN 431: Topics in World Literature
  • INTS 399: Study Abroad: Medieval & Renaissance Italian Literature
Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 379: Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • HNRS 230: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • HNRS 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Florence
  • GLOA 480: Study Abroad: Analyzing and Exploring the Global City
  • HNRS 240: Reading the Past
  • INTS 399: Study Abroad: Analyzing and Exploring the Global City
  • SOCI 395: Special Topics: Analyzing and Exploring the Global City
  • ANTH 399: Issues in Anthropology: Analyzing and Exploring the Global City
  • ANTH 396: Issues in Anthropology (Social Sciences): Analyzing and Exploring the Global City
  • HNRS 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
Additional course information:
Students will make their course selection during the application process. You will also be asked to pick at least 2 back-up course options from the CAPA offerings. Please meet with your academic advisor prior to making these selections.
 
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Program Dates*

January 5, 2019 - April 27, 2019

 

Important Dates*

October 7 Application and $200 Deposit Deadline
October 21 First payment of $2500 due (or Intent to Use Financial Aid form)
November 11 Final balance due (or Confirmation of Financial Aid form)
December 8 Mandatory pre-departure orientation
January 5 Arrival in Florence
February 25 to March 3  Spring Break week
April 27 Program ends. Housing Move-out 


* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Spring 2018: $11,250

Spring 2019: $11,250

Included: Tuition for 15 credits, shared room in a furnished student apartment (see additional housing options below), guided tours and field excursions provided by CAPA, welcome and farewell dinners, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, meals (unless living with host family), personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Housing Options

The program fee listed above includes a shared room in a furnished student apartment. Apartments are self-catered, meaning that no meals are provided, but students will have access to kitchen facilities for preparing their own meals. Homestay options include breakfast and dinner during the week, and breakfasts only on weekends and during spring break.

Other housing options may be available at an additional cost:
  • Single room in a shared apartment is an additional $1,056 (Total $12,306)
  • Shared room in an Italian home is an additional $1,650 (Total $12,900)
    • Only available if two students on the program request to be roommates
  • Single room in an Italian home is an additional $2,708 (Total $13,958)
  • Vegan or Celiac Diets are available in Italian homes for an additional cost of $226

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $2500 must be received by October 28, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 11, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $2700 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:

Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:

Scholarships

Applications Open:

August 2018


Application Deadline:

Sunday, October 21, 2018

 

Application Requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Statement of Purpose: 1-2 pages explaining your interest and goals for this program.

Letter of Recommendation: This recommendation should speak to your academic abilities and background. The best person to ask is a professor who you've had a class with and who knows your work well. 

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.


Additional Requirements for Non-Mason Applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
 

Application instructions:

Academic Director

   
Name Dr. Mark Jacobs
Email mjacobs@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-1441

Global Education Office
Program Administrator

   
Name Marie alice Arnold
Email marnold7@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2167


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/21/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2019 04/27/2019

** 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.