Florence, Italy

September 27 - December 13, 2013

Florence Application

To Apply, Students Must:

E-mail completed copies of both the Application Form and the Release and Conduct Form to: Teter Kapan

Teter Kapan

Deadline for application and deposit payment: June 7th, 2013.

Please see Teter Kapan at Chemeketa before submitting Study Abroad applications for OIEC programs.

The Program

Florence, in the heart of Tuscany, offers an unparalleled opportunity to students of art, history and literature to explore a wealth of museums, churches and culture in this most walkable of cities.

The OIEC accepts up to 30 students from member colleges in Oregon. Space, therefore, is limited to qualified students. Applications must be completed, include the required deposit, and be submitted by the due date in order to be considered. American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), our partner institution, makes all logistical arrangements, including travel, insurance, and housing. All program payments are paid to AIFS. The OIEC makes all academic arrangements, which include course offerings and instructors.

Courses and Expenses

  • Open to students at least 18 years old who have earned at least 12 college credits with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pay CCC tuition for 12-14 credits (depending on courses).
  • Program fee includes shared apartments, cultural events, day trip to Siena, activities associated with the Italian Life and Culture course, internet access, unlimited-entry museum pass, medical and program fee refund insurance (optional meal plan of 25 restaurant vouchers available for $495).
  • Financial aid can be applied to program (apply as soon as possible).
  • All students must enroll in the 2-credit Italian Life and Culture course and in a 4-credit Italian language coursebook taught by Italian faculty.
  • Two other courses selected from Women's Studies, Introduction to Sociology, Social Issues, and probably Art History. With sufficient enrollment, offerings will also include Creative Writing: Nonfiction, Intro to Literature: Drama, and Film. All courses are fully transferable to your Associate of Arts Degree PRICE $7,895.00 (15 students or more) + CCC tuition + airfare, taxes and fees TBA

Chemeketa study abroad students register as usual, but select courses from a designated available course list. Tuition, fees, and book costs are in addition to the program fee, and are paid directly to Chemeketa Community College. Students earn transferable credits while studying in Florence. You will need to enroll for a minimum of 12 credits as a full-time student.

Course Offerings in Florence 2013

Students should choose a minimum of 12 credits from among the following course options. Note that Humanities 105 and Italian language are required courses and a full load consists of 12 to 14 credits.

HUM 105 Italian Life and Culture (2 credits)

Taught by the AIFS faculty in Florence. The student will gain a broad overview of contemporary Italian society by examining cultural traditions and values. Besides topical lectures by native guest speakers, the course engages students in experiential learning through field trips to such historic and cultural sites as Etruscan Fiesole, the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Museum, and the Medici Pitti Palace.

Italian 101 (and one higher level course if needed, 4 credits)

Taught by the AIFS faculty in Florence. Designed for the beginner. Emphasizes active communication in Italian. Develops students' basic skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Greg Lyons, Central Oregon Community College

As a U.S. Army dependent, Greg lived in Germany and in France for three years each. This experience developed his curiosity and empathy toward other cultures. After completing an undergraduate degree in English, he returned to France for eight months, studying the language in Aix-en-Provence and working on a communal farm in Corsica. Since then, he has made several professional and vacation trips to France, Mexico, Britain and Italy--trying to speak French, Spanish and Italian with varied success. In 2004, as part of his teaching in the OIEC Florence program, he designed seventeen field trips and fell in love with the city, Italian food, people and architecture. He plans to share the travel bug, and the fun of writing about new places, with Oregon students on an adventure.

WR 240, Introduction to Creative Writing: Nonfiction (4 credits)

Introduces students to writing creative nonfiction, adapting the personal essay to multiple purposes, such as nature writing, travel writing, memoir, biography, and journalistic essay. Prose craft exercises, critical reading of published authors and responding constructively to other student work are essential learning processes. In Florence, we will focus on the students' local experiences and explore how their perceptions as outsiders change as they become more familiar with Italian culture. The course fulfills 4 credits of the Humanities distribution or disciplines studies requirements for the AA degree. Recommended prerequisite: WR 121.

ENG 105, Introduction to Literature: Drama (4 credits)

Examines the traditions, imaginative purposes and organizing visions of drama, such as tragedy, comedy and realism. Close reading and interpretation of selected plays with attention to the cultural contexts of their creation and to the literary dimensions of character, dialog, setting, language and theme. In Florence, readings will include one Shakespeare work set in Italy and the dramas of Italian playwrights, such as Luigi Pirandello, Carlo Goldoni, Dario Fo, and one Renaissance comedy. More specific connections to the Florentine setting will be a backstage tour of Teatro Pergola; an opera in Italian, for which we will read the English libretto; Children's puppet theater based on ancient Italian folk tales at Puppi di Stac, and hopefully a live performance in English. 

FA 101, Introduction to Film (3 credits)

Enhances student enjoyment and understanding of film through exploring the film languages of acting, directing, cinematography and narrative. Includes discussion and written analysis of cinematic techniques with a focus on the Italian works of such directors as DeSica, Rossellini, Tornatore, Soldini, Visconti, the Taviani brothers and Radford.

An Art History class taught by local faculty may be available if enrollment is between 15-19 students.  If enrollment reaches 20 students, OIEC will be able to send a second instructor in the Humanities:

Cerbrina Chou, Chemeketa Community College,

As a Taiwanese national, Cerbrina is a living example of how study abroad can change one’s life! After her first transformational exchange program in the United States, Cerbrina returned to study in Michigan and received her Master’s degree in Speech Communication, worked in Washington D.C., and has been teaching at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, since 2008. With her extensive international travel experience, Cerbrina is passionate in promoting intercultural competence by encouraging her students to explore their and others’ worldviews, and most importantly, to get out of their comfort zones. In her free time, Cerbrina enjoys cooking, reading, and kickboxing - and she always puts on a big smile when dancing salsa and bachata.

SP 111, Fundamentals of Public Speaking (4 credits)

Introduces how to prepare and deliver public speeches with an emphasis on informative speaking. Develops understanding and practical application of communication skills and includes techniques in controlling speech anxiety, structuring and organizing information to present to a variety of audiences, and physical and vocal delivery skills. Speaking assignments for the Florence locale will be based on international experiences and interactions during excursions as well as the many works of art and culture, and the historical artifacts accessible through the program’s museum pass.

SP 115, Intercultural Communication (4 credits)

Explores the impact of culture on communication. Investigates how elements like language, nonverbal communication, values, beliefs, worldview, and identity impact communication between different cultures and co-cultures. The Florence-based course will focus on interactive relationship forms as the basis for global understanding in the classroom, business, and travel with an emphasis on the Italians’ social norms, beliefs, and values. Another outcome of this course is to encourage critical thinking regarding both Italy’s and the United States’ social issues such as power and privilege, discrimination, and immigration patterns. Everyday interactions will challenge the students to compare and contrast their cultural identities and reflect upon their own worldviews.

SP 237/SP220 Gender and Communication (4 credits)

The course will cover every aspect of the role of gender in communication from a global perspective. Since the course includes sex-differentiated language and conversational styles, the impact of the mass media on sex roles, the Florence locale will insure that students apply these in international interactions. The course will connect students’ personal experiences while connecting with contemporary social and political frameworks of the host country. Another outcome of the course will examine on both Italy’s and the United States’ gender issues, such as wage gap, reproduction and contraception, and equal opportunity policies in business and government.


If enrollment is low, the following course may be offered by an adjunct instructor contracted by AIFS:

ARH 202, Introduction to Art History: Medieval to Renaissance (4 credits)

This course provides an introduction to Western Art, covering the art and cultures of the Early Middle Ages, Romanesque, Medieval, Gothic, Early and High Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, and Mannerism, though the focus will be on Italian Renaissance art. Instruction focuses primarily on painting, sculpture and graphics and covers selected examples of architecture to introduce key principles and centers for each period. Students will take many field trips to Florence's impressive galleries and museums--including the Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria Palatina, the Bargello, the Santa Maria Novella, the Santa Croce Museum, and the Medici Chapels--that house some of the world's most celebrated works from this significant period in art history. This course is designed for non-majors as well as art majors.

For questions and more information, contact your Oregon International Education Consortium representative: Teter Kapan at 503.399.5141.

Also: http://www.cocc.edu/Study-Abroad/