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Study Abroad

Italy Study Abroad Summer 2020

Study Abroad Application and Health Survey Deadline:

February 10

Please contact Ernie Briones for more information.

For numerous years, Collins College students have been attending the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence in the early summer. This study abroad program allows students structured time to travel and to learn about the regions of Italy first-hand. An eight-day cultural tour, from Rome north to Florence, serves as an introduction class. Students then live in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, while studying at the Apicius campus for three weeks. Students have their choice of six courses to choose from at Apicius.

Contact for additional information.

Program Details

Schedule - Summer VII 2020

  • Sunday, May 31 - Students arrive (Rome)
  • Monday, June 1 - Orientation
  • Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 7 - Cultural Introduction to Italy
  • Sunday, June 7 - Students arrive in Florence
  • Monday, June 8 - Orientation/Final Registration
  • Tuesday, June 9 - Classes start
  • Thursday, June 25 - Classes end
  • Friday, June 26 - Housing check-out (by 10 AM)

Program Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare (Group flight; all students must arrive together; flexible student departure date; tickets reserved for participants through the International Center only)
  • Airport Pick-up & Departure for Group Flight from Florence to Florence airport
  • Accommodation in shared hotels or B&B in Rome and travels to Florence (some meals included).
  • FUA assigned student apartment housing in Florence (multiple occupancies) Single rooms may be available upon request at an additional charge
  • Transportation with Private Bus for the visits and trips
  • Orientation Session in Rome and Florence
  • Farewell Reception
  • Information/Orientation Folder
  • Free Internet in School Facilities in Florence
  • Lab Fees
  • Student Services Fees (library, gym, etc.)
  • Textbooks available in the school library
  • 15 meal plan units at Ganzo (student-operated restaurant)
  • Worldwide Medical Insurance (through Cal Poly Pomona)

Enrollment and Costs:

The program costs $5,500.

Application Deadline: February 10

Note: Students must turn in a $200 non-refundable deposit along with their application. Students should make his or her payment at the Cashier’s Office. 

Students may view the application process for short-term programs and download the following required forms to submit in with their application.

  • Copy of signed passport
  • One passport photo attached to their application
  • Independent Return Travel Form
  • Illegal Drug Use Policy Form
  • Conduct of Behavior Form
  • Trip Release Form
  • Release of Liability Form
  • Health Status Report Form – (follow instructions)

Additional costs:

Tentative Coursework Plan

All students take:

Cultural Introduction to Italy: (May 31 - June 7) 
(45 lecture hours + 45 field learning hours + one other class - 9-semester units)

  • Sunday, July 2: Mandatory Field Learning Activity in Pistoia and Prato

One week before the semester/summer session with a focus on Italian culture: Rome, Southern Tuscany, Versilia. The course consists of 4 hours of Italian culture with a language component per day, on-site teaching.

The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden one’s awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion, and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills.

Required Readings

The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples; David Gilmour
It will be necessary for students to purchase the text before the start of the course (see
section 3: Requirements).

Severgnini, Beppe, La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind (Random House USA Inc, 2007). Also available as an e-book.

Elective Courses (Probable Course Selection):

Students are requested to select one course from the following offered during the session. They are each 3-semester credits (lecture hours, laboratory hours, projects) and are taken Monday, June 8 to June 25 Mon. – Thur.

To review the classes and their dates and times, please visit the Apicius website directly.

Students are kindly asked to have a chef jacket, chef hat, chef pants, and closed-toed, closed-heel shoes for their culinary art classes (see Chef Uniform Requirements).

Meal Plan

View the Ganzo & Fedora Meal Plans.

View the Ganzo website for the most recent menu.

Ganzo meal plan units can be used at GANZO all day until 8:30 p.m.,

What can I buy with my meal plan units? More information about Fedora can be found here.

Some examples of the menu (please note, this is just an example):

1 Unit

  • Apple Tatin
  • Panna Cotta with Pineapple, Mixed Berries, and Red Wine Sauce
  • Vanilla and Raspberry Bavarian with Chocolate
  • Lemon Tart

2 Units

  • Filet of salted codfish with a compote of Sorrento lemons and leeks
  • Salmon and Avocado Tartare with sour cream and Toasted Brioche
  • Gnocchi Roman style with Bacon and Tomato Sauce
  • Pumpkin tortellini with aged parmigiana and sage butter and caramelized pumpkin
  • Herbed Chicken Thigh with mushrooms and Saffron Potato
  • Traditional Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Glazed chicken leg with roasted pumpkin and broccoli tart
  • Roasted quail with saffron potatoes and confit tomatoes
  • Stewed beef on a broccoli tart and seasonal vegetables
  • Seabass fillet with fennel and aromas

3 Units

  • Fettuccine pasta with Pea's and Calamari
  • Tagliatelle Stuffed with Sheep milk Ricotta and Swiss Chard
  • Fried mixed seafood
  • Calamari with Tomato and Spinach served with a Zucchini Souffle
  • Duck breast balsamic glazed with turnips and orange salad
  • Baby pig rack with honey and roasted carrots
  • Monkfish on an eggplant leaf with red cabbage and almond
  • Beef fillet with chianti and blueberries served with a quince jam

Meal includes (when using 2 or more units) complementary bread, mineral water (1 lt) and coffee/cappuccino/tea. Any addition will require extra charge.

**** Please note: Vouchers CANNOT  be used for wine or alcohol

Useful Links

Pre-Departure Information

Extra-Curricular Activities

Student Manual

Living in Florence