Wintersession in Florence, Italy – December 28th, 2019 – January 19th, 2020

A helicopter view of the city of Florence, illuminated by a setting sun, with a river below and a mountainscape seen in the distance under a partly cloudy sky.

Italian Language and Culture – IT 198

Students will earn 3 credits that fulfill the general education language requirement if taken in conjunction with IT 162 prior to the Intersession in Italy, or if they take IT 164 after the Intersession.

Please contact the faculty leader, Professor Patrizia Farina ( for additional information.

The program will begin with one week of classes at WCSU in Danbury before leaving on a three week trip to Italy. Classes in Florence, the capital of Tuscany region, will be conducted at the Florence University of the Arts, a modern, state of the art facility in the historic center. Florence is the cradle of Italian Renaissance where such giants as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Donatello lived and worked. It was here that Dante penned the great work of Italian literature, the Divine Comedy . The city offers a plethora of historical and artistic landmarks, such as the Medici Palace, the Ponte Vecchio , the Galleria degli Uffizi and Michelangelo’s David, making it an ideal location to explore Italian language and culture. In addition to language classes, the program offers immersion in Italian culture through multiple visits and field trips to places of interest and surrounding medieval towns. A hands-on Italian cooking class, our students’ favorite, is one of the staples of the program. It is included at no additional cost. Students will be housed in apartments within walking distance of the school.

Itinerary and Fees: Applications can be submitted AFTER August 1, 2019

The travel fee is $3750.00* (at this point still subject to change). WCSU tuition and fees are extra. The travel fee is due in three installments:

1. Pay $1200* by September 25, 2019. Applications are due on this date as well.
2. Pay $1200* by October 16, 2019.
3. Pay $1350* by November 16, 2019.
* amounts are still subject to change

Applications and checks should be dropped off addressed to:

Patrizia Farina
c/o: Krista Brooks
201 Higgins Hall
(203) 837-9166

Includes: airfare and transfers from WCSU campus to the airport; mandatory health insurance; lodging in shared apartments, (a single room supplement is $200); two field trips and cultural activities; local phones; 15 meals at a restaurant operated by Florence University of the Arts; two weeks of Italian cooking classes with a professional chef and more.

Cost does not include: most meals, incidental expenses, local transportation (Florence is a walkable city, you will mostly be walking everywhere), WCSU tuition and fees for 3 CSU credits. Please consult the WCSU web site for the updated cost and fees for academic credits during the Intersession 2019/2020.

In order to apply, please download the PDF application and return it to Professor Patrizia Farina, c/o Krista Brooks 214 Berkshire Hall. Be sure to fill out all sections completely. The final deadline is September 25, 2019; however, students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited to 15 participants and applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis. A non-refundable deposit will be required with the application. The remainder of the fees will be due in installments throughout the Fall semester. If students have questions/concerns about the application procedure or payment schedule, they are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Patrizia Farina ( as soon as possible.

Non-WCSU students and non-matriculated adults are invited to apply. However, due to the limited number of spaces, current WCSU students will be given priority. Applications can be submitted in person to Patrizia Farina in the World Languages Department or by mail to:

Patrizia Farina
c/o: Krista Brooks
214 Berkshire Hall
(203) 837-9166