A Summer in Florence, Italy

Imagine studying under the Tuscan sun where the capital's history surrounds you through the sights, sounds, aromas and flavors of Florence. What better place to learn about science, philosophy, and culture than in the city that inspired so many masters of the Renaissance!

Delaware County Community College professors Denise Danford and Dolores Formichella invite you to join them in June 2014, in what will most assuredly be an experience of a lifetime. Discover the beauty and culture of the city that has inspired them; experience the spirit of this enchanting venue while earning transferable college credits.

  • June 1-21, 2014

Why Study Abroad?

In today's complex world and competitive job market, the decision to study abroad may be one of the best decisions you ever make. Studying abroad is an opportunity to learn from new or different perspectives, to absorb another culture and gain an appreciation for another way of life. It's no wonder most students who study abroad rate their experience as one of the most important of their undergraduate careers!

Why Florence, Italy?

For centuries the Tuscan capital of Florence was the undisputed center of European artistic culture. Between studies, you can explore the elegant streets and visit museums such as the Accademia where Michelangelo's famous sculpture, David, stands. On sunny afternoons, you can browse the wonderful open-air markets. Finally, as the sun sets, you can enjoy a meal of wholesome Florentine soup, handmade pasta and, of course, an elaborate dessert.

For students who love the outdoors, Tuscany possesses an extraordinary variety of seacoasts, mountains, rivers and plains. Take a weekend and explore one of the region’s two national parks or rocky emerald coasts. Tuscany’s ever-changing landscape makes even a short trip an adventure! This countryside, combined with a temperate climate, gives rise to many of Italy’s famous products – so famous, in fact, that they are “Protected Denomination of Origin” products. This program will give you an opportunity to visit the production sites of such products as Tuscan pecorino cheese and olive oil.

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How to Register

1.  Contact Karen Kurzenski in Delaware County Community College’s Enrollment Management Office to request the College’s “Summer in Florence” Application and Deposit Forms (email kkurzenski@dccc.edu or call 610-359-5141). Persons not currently enrolled at the College will also be required to submit a Delaware County Community College Application for Admission with a $25 application fee, along with an unofficial transcript to verify completion of prerequisites. Individuals without prior college work will be referred to take the College’s placement exam.

2.  By March 14, 2014 (deadline extended)return the following to Delaware County Community College’s Enrollment Management Office:

  • Completed “Summer in Florence" application
  • Completed and signed Deposit Form and $250 non-refundable deposit. Checks should be payable to “Delaware County Community College.” Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards are also acceptable for in-person payment or through delaGATE (must be currently enrolled or have an application on file for Summer I  to access delaGATE)
  • A photocopy of your passport

3.  By March 14, 2014, submit the $2,299 balance due for the CAPA program and complete the online CAPA application. The link to this online application will be provided to you upon receipt of your materials outlined in step 2.

4.  Ensure that your tuition for course(s) selected is paid by the deadline reflected on the invoice you will receive from the College once we have registered you.

Payment Information

The 2014 cost is $2,399, plus airfare and tuition. Program fees are based upon a minimum of 19 participants: the cost will decrease if more students participate. Due to airline reimbursement policies, the College recommends that students wait until after March 25 to purchase airline tickets.


  • Accommodations in furnished student apartments
  • On-site orientation and walking tour of Florence
  • Internet access at the CAPA Florence office
  • Museum Pass (includes entrances to all state museums in Florence, such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia dell’Arte, and the San Marco museum)
  • British Library Institute membership (providing access to an extensive collection of books)
  • Arrival Dinner
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Welcome basket
  • Some activities and excursions to be planned on-site in Florence
  • Medical and travel insurance

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Passport fees
  • Tuition
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Refundable housing security deposit of $150
  • Apartment utility costs that exceed a total of 50 Euros per student
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

Payment Schedule

By February 14, 2014 - Deadline extended to March 14, 2014

  • $250 non-refundable deposit with Delaware County Community College’s “Summer in Florence” Application and Deposit Forms
  • CAPA Application/Release Form
  • Passport photocopy (passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond program’s dates) and completed scholarship application form if applicable.

By March 14, 2014

  • $2,299 due (includes remaining balance of CAPA program fee and $150 refundable housing security deposit.)

Financial Aid

Delaware County Community College students eligible for financial aid may be able to use a portion of their package toward the cost of the program. If you are currently receiving aid for the 2013-2014 academic year, please consult with the Financial Aid Office immediately to discuss possible options. If you did not apply for financial aid for this year, you may still do so by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), preferably online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Your FAFSA must be filed by April 1.

Any Delaware County Community College student interested in using financial aid to assist with the cost of participating in this program is encouraged to make an appointment with our Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Contact:
Caroline Siravo
Financial Aid Advisor

Students from other colleges participating in the Summer in Florence program should contact the financial aid department at their home institution.


Student accommodations for the program dates will be provided in furnished apartments in Florence. Each apartment will have two to four bedrooms, two students per room and no more than eight students per apartment. Apartments will include kitchens with cooking equipment, plates, glasses and utensils.
Linens will also be provided, although students should bring their own towels. Students will be able to
prepare meals in their apartments.

Students will be invoiced for a $150 refundable security deposit in addition to the program fees. The balance of your security deposit (less any charges for damages, missing items or utility overages) will be refunded to you within 45 days of the last day of the program.

Activities and Events

Orientation Tour: Get to know Florence on a walking tour around the city after the Host-Culture orientation.

Uffizi Card: An Uffizi Membership has been included for all students, gaining them access into many
state-run museums in Florence, including the Accademia, and of course, the Uffizi Gallery, among others.

My Education- Tuscan Style: Florence and the surrounding hill towns are considered to be among the most picturesque and captivating parts of Italy. Through the ME program (My Education), students will have the opportunity to get involved in the cultural activities of the area, experiencing first-hand what it’s like to be a Florentine. Students can hike the gently rolling Fiesole hills, wander through the Arezzo antique market, and marvel at Michelangelo’s David. Many have visited Florence, but you, the
student, will truly live there.

The Faculty

Denise Danford is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Delaware County Community College. She earned her master’s degree in Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University. Professor Danford’s thesis research focused on intercultural communication, specifically the ways in which non-dominant group members negotiate identity when interacting with culturally dominant group members. She has visited and taught in Florence numerous times. In addition to teaching interpersonal, small group and intercultural communication courses at Delaware County Community College,

Dolores Formichella is a full-time Professor of English and Humanities in the Communications, Arts and Humanities Division, and has earned two Masters of Arts degrees from Villanova University—in English and in Liberal Studies. In addition to writing and literature classes, she teaches humanities courses that explore the diverse artistic, social, political, and economic history of world cultures from pre-history to the 21st Century.

Her love of Italy is inherited from her grandparents who were born there, from her travels abroad, and from her family who live in Florence, Caserta, and Naples. She encourages students to journey beyond their own cultural boundaries to enrich their educational experience and to better prepare themselves for life in the 21st Century.

Course Selections & Related Information

Students may enroll in one or both of the following classes being offered:

The Art and Architecture of Renaissance Florence (HUM 290) 3 credits
Our on-site course in Florence surveys the most significant art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics) and architecture produced and displayed in the Italian city most associated with the birth of the Renaissance and its emphasis on humanism. In addition, students will be introduced to the history of Florence from its Roman beginnings to the 16th Century. On-site lectures are supported with traditional classroom instruction at the CAPA Center, housed in the 15th Century Palazzo Galli-Tassi.

Prerequisite: English Composition 1 (ENG 100) or its equivalent, or instructor’s permission.
Total Tuition & Fees: $458, plus textbook
Scholarships available for current Delaware County Community College students.

Communication Across Cultures (COMM 102) 3 credits
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts, theories, and research pertaining to intercultural communication. Students will gain insight into the ways in which culture interrelates with and effects communication. Students can expect to engage in in-class exercises, activities, and discussions regarding everyday encounters with people from different nationalities, socio-economic (class) backgrounds, racial, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender, ages, physical abilities and religious belief systems.

In order to deepen students’ appreciation of Florentine Renaissance art, special emphasis will be given to the historical cultural value patterns of Renaissance Italy. Also, there will be time in class for students to discuss their cross-cultural communication encounters.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Composition I (ENG 100) or instructor’s permission.
Total Tuition & Fees: $458, textbook not required
Scholarships available for current Delaware County Community College students.

Required Textbooks

Comm 102 Communication Across Cultures
Professor Danford will supply students with article readings.

Hum 290 Art and Architecture of Renaissance Florence

  • Italian Renaissance Art by Laurie Schneider Adams, Westview Press, 2001.
  • Allemandi’s Firenze Architectural Guide ed. Domenico Cardini and Carlo Cresti, Umberto Allemadi & C. 1992

Other Resources of Interest

PLEASE NOTE: The following resources are not required but are recommended to students who are interested in various aspects of the Renaissance in Florence and want background information.

Art & Architecture

  • The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist, Ames-Lewis
  • Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style, Baxendall, Michael (2nd ed.)
  • Artistic Theory in Italy 1450-1600, Blunt, Anthony
  • The Renaissance Artist at Work: From Pisano to Titan, Cole, Bruce
  • Florence (Art & Architecture), Conlo Cresti et al
  • Signs & Symbols in Christian Art, Ferguson, George
  • The Greek Way of Life, Garland, Robert
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, King, Ross
  • A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals, Kostof, Spiro et al
  • Italian Women Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, Strinuti, Claudio and J. Pomeroy
  • Renaissance Florence: the Invention of a New Art, Turner, Richard
  • The Interaction of Color, Albers, Josef
  • On Painting, Alberti, Leon B
  • The Power of the Center, A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts, Arnheim, Rudolph
  • Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy, Baxandall, M.
  • Autobiography, Cellini Benvenuto
  • Giorgio Vasari: The Man and the Book Boarse, T.S.R.
  • Sofinisba Anquissola: A Renaissance Woman, Ferino-Pagden, Sylvai and Maria Kusche
  • Art As Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation Gombrich, Ernst

Florence - The City

  • This is Florence, Bargellini, Piero
  • Florence: The City and its Architecture, Goy, Richard
  • Florence: A Portrait, Levy, Michael
  • Selected Letters of Alessandra Strozzi, (Bilingual Edition trans. Heather Gregory)
  • The History of Florence, Vannucci, Marcello (trans. By Charles Lambert)


  • The Renaissance in the Fields: Family Memoirs of a Fifteenth-Century Tuscan Peasant, Balestracci, Duccio. (trans. P. Squatriti and B. Meredith)
  • Renaissance Florence, Brucker, Gene
  • The Society of Renaissance Florence: A Documentary Study, Brucker, Gene ed.
  • Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance, Jardine, Lisa


  • Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence, Brucker, Gene
  • In the Wake of the Plague, Cantor, Norman
  • The Individual and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy, Cassirer, Ernst
  • Dressing Renaissance Florence: Families, Fortunes and Fine Clothing, Frick, Carole C.
  • Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Cultures in Italy 1400-1600, Welch, Evelyn


  • On Painting Alberti, Leon Battista
  • Decameron, Boccaccio, Giovanni
  • The Book of the Courtier, Castiglione, Baldesar
  • Oration on the Dignity of Man, della Mirandola, Pico
  • Lives of the Artists, Vasari, Georgio
  • The Ten Books on Architecture, Vitruvius

The Best Guide Book

  • Florence. Jean-Louis Malroux, Ed. (Trans. Cordelia Unger-Hamilton), Knopf Guides 1993


  • Artwise Florence: The Museum Map. Published by Streetwise Maps Inc. 
  • Streetwise Florence Map. Published by Streetwise Maps Inc. Florida 2004
  • www.streetwisemaps.com
  • MapEasy’s Guidemap to Florence (A location map and guide). Published by MapEasy, Inc. NY www.mapeasy.com