College of the Extended University


Photo of Colosseum in Rome and morning sun, Italy



Florence, Italy

Sponsored by Collins College

Students have the opportunity to attend 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 to Florence, serves as an introduction class. Students then live in Florence, the birth place of the Renaissance, while studying at the Apicius campus for three weeks.

Area(s) of Study

collins students in Italy

Students have their choice of six courses to choose from at Apicius. For more information visit the Collins College webpage. 

Tentative Coursework Plan

All students take:
Cultural Introduction to Italy
(45 lecture hours + 45 field learning hours - 8 quarter credits)

Elective Courses (Probable Course Selection):
Students are requested to select one course from the following offered during the session. They are each 4-quarter credits (lecture hours, laboratory hours, projects) and are taken Monday July 1 to July 19, Mon – Thur

Tradition of Italian Food I

Tradition of Italian Food II - Prerequisite: Tradition of Italian Food I or Equivalent

Tuscany and Its Wines

Food, Culture and Society in Italy

Fitness and Health in the Mediterranean

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)

Language(s) of Instruction



Sophomore standing or higher at time of program start date

A minimum cumulative CPP GPA of 2.5


Housing Booklet

Housing Policy

Open To

All Majors
(Preference Collins College Students)

Program Cost

The program cost is $5,500 (approximately) and includes the following:

  • 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
  • Accommodation in shared hotels or B&B in Rome and travels to Florence (some meals included).
  • FUA assigned student apartment housing in Florence (multiple occupancy) *Single rooms may be available upon request at additional charge
  • Transportation with Private Bus for the visits and trips
  • Orientation Session in Rome and in Florence
  • Farewell Reception
  • Information/Orientation Folder
  • Cell Phone furnished (incoming calls free)
  • 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)


Students pay $200 non-refundable application fee and regular Cal Poly Pomona tuition for summer abroad. Students are responsible for obtaining a passport. Financial aid and scholarships may be used.

Additional costs:

Program Dates

Summer: June 18 to July 14

Schedule - Summer VII

Sunday June 19 - Students arrive (Rome)

Monday June 20 - Orientation

Monday June 20 to Sunday June 26 - Cultural Introduction to Italy

Sunday June 26 - Students arrive in Florence

Monday June 27 - Orientation/Final Registration

Tuesday June 28 - Classes start

Friday July 14 - Classes end

Saturday July 15 - Housing check-out (by 10AM)

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website
Pre-Departure Information
Extra-Curricular Activities
Student Manual
Living in Florence

Next Step

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

  1. Copy of signed passport
  2. One passport photo attached to their application
  3. Independent Return Travel Form
  4. Illegal Drug Use Policy Form
  5. Conduct of Behavior Form
  6. Trip Release Form
  7. Release of Liability Form
  8. Health Status Report Form – (follow instructions)

You will need to have your application signed by Dr. Kwok if you are an HRT student or by your academic advisor if you are from another college/department. Regardless of your major, you will need to obtain a deposit slip from Dr. Kwok. Students must turn in a $200 non-refundable deposit along with their application. You will submit your deposit to the Cashiers' Office at CLA. After making your payment, you must submit your signed deposit slip to the International Center to be dated and signed as proof of payment.

Application Deadline: February 1

Contact Jason Zhang at for additional information.