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Montclair in Florence 2015
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Housing Options: Private apartment
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Minimum Class Standing: 3-Sophomore
Academic Area: Broadcasting, Italian Credit Type: US equivalent
Internship: No
Program Description:

Montclair in Florence
Summer 2015

Italian Language, Civilization and Media


Course Dates:
May 18, 2015 – August 6, 2015

Travel Dates:
May 31 – June 28, 2015

Payment Deadlines and Costs
Application Procedure
Contact Us
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A city of about 600,000, Florence is situated in the heart of Italy, in the Tuscany region, cradle of the Renaissance, and is surrounded by famous cities like Pisa, Siena, and Lucca. Because of Florence’s unique geographic position, students will find it easy to travel along the Italian boot during the weekends. The city is on the main train line: it only takes 90 minutes by fast train to reach Italy’s capital, Rome, or other major centers such as Milan. Venice and Verona are just 2 hours away, and Pisa is only one hour away. The Tuscan coast with its large, sandy beaches and the dramatic backdrop of the Apuane Alps (with the visible marble quarries that make the mountain range appear as if perennially snowcapped) is approximately one hour away.  Note that participants must be physically able to walk one mile on cobble stone streets. 

Students come to Florence and Tuscany for many reasons--fine art, Italian language and culture, wonderful cuisine,. From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Florence is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. It is said that ‘the history of Florence is the history of the West’, as it has been an important cultural center for thousands of years. The program ensures that the city is your classroom, with all that it has to offer. Run in conjunction with The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai, participants may register for Italian civilization courses and Italian language courses at various levels and meet students from many other universities.


Dr. Andrea Dini, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Italian, where he teaches all levels of Italian language and literature and is the Italian language program coordinator. He has co-authored several editions of the college-level textbook Prego! An Introduction to Italian (McGraw-Hill, 2000-2013) and two editions of In giro per l’Italia (McGraw-Hill, 2002-2006). His book on the novelist Italo Calvino’s early works was published in 2007.
He’s currently completing another volume on Calvino’s early years (1941-1949) and is editor and contributor to Approaches to the Teaching of Petrarch and the Petrarchan tradition, published by the Modern Language Association in spring 2014. A native of Prato, in the Florence province, Dr. Dini studied at the University of Florence and is very excited to go back to this fair city to direct the summer program.
Dr. David Sanders, who received his Ph.D. from New York University, is an associate professor in the Broadcasting Department. In addition to his duties as producer of /Inside MSU/, the weekly campus television news program and audio supervisor for /Carpe Diem/, the MSU Broadcasting Department's award winning weekly cable show, Dr. Sanders teaches courses in television production, audio production, multi-track recording, sound design, and music technology.  He has been the Director of the National Music Council since 1994.   He produces the National Music Council's annual /Leadership in Music/ symposium and /American Eagle Awards /in New York City, and is the U.S. representative to the International Music Council of UNESCO. 

Students register through MSU Summer Sessions for two or three (6 or 9 credits) of the following courses.
Select one language course:

ITAL 101 Hybrid (ITAL 375)
The fundamentals of speaking, reading and writing through task-oriented activities and laboratory work. This course will begin May 18 primarily online, meet in person June 1 – June 30 and then continue online until August. 6. This class requires at least $50 in out of pocket expenses for church and museum entrances. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Foreign Language. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages.

ITAL 102 Hybrid (ITAL 375)
For students who took Italian I at Montclair State University, students with two years of high school experience in Italian, or students who have been placed at this level through the placement test. The fundamentals of speaking, reading and writing through task-oriented activities, video/audio, cassettes, CDS, and laboratory work. This course will begin May 18 primarily online, meet in person June 1 – June 30 and then continue online until August. 6. This class requires at least $50 in out of pocket expenses for church and museum entrances. Meets the World Languages Requirement - World Languages. 3 hours lecture.

Independent Study: Advanced Italian
               Advanced students may make separate arrangements with Dr. Dini for an independent study.
Select one or two civilization courses:

TVDM 255: Italian Media Journal    Hybrid

This Broadcasting course is open to both Broadcasting majors and non-majors. Students will research, write and produce short videos on various aspects of Italian culture. They will explore the Western European broadcast system to experience Italian culture through its media. Students will train on video camcorders, learn simple production techniques and then use the camcorders as a tool for research.  For their primary project, students will research a particular area and conduct primary source research by interacting with people, doing interviews and producing short video journals.  Knowledge of television production is not necessary.  TVDM Majors may request credit adjustment for TVDM 455. This class will begin May 18 primarily online, meet in person June 1-June 30 and then continue online until August 6.
ITAL 380 Italian Humanism and the Renaissance (ITAL 375-73)
This course follows the development of Florentine history, philosophy, literature and art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Students will learn about the city-state of Florence between the 13th and the 16th century and will study the literary and artistic figures who shaped her culture (e.g., Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Machiavelli; Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Donatello, Alberti, etc.) in a combination  of lectures and visits to monuments, churches and museums. Preparatory readings for this course can be placed online; students will be required to complete most of them before arriving in Florence,  and to participate in Canvas discussions. In Florence the course will be face to face with groups and individual visits to monuments, museums and churches. Hybrid course: lectures and readings begin online on May 18 and continue on-site. This class requires at least $50 in out of pocket expenses for church and museum entrances.

Accommodations and Meals

Participants will be lodged in apartments located in central Florence. The apartments are equipped with standard kitchen facilities which will enable participants to prepare their own meals and save some expenses. Housing assignments and instructions will be sent separately to each student, and cannot be traded without permission from the Faculty Director.
Participants will receive a University of Florence i.d. card which allows access to student cafeterias, where a three course meal would be available for about $6.

Estimated Program Cost: $2,400 plus tuition and fees for six credits. Group airfare ($1,400). The price includes:

  • Airport Transfers in Florence if arriving on designated date
  • Housing in Double or Triple Occupancy Bedrooms in Furnished Apartments
  • Internet in apartments and classroom center
  • Orientation in Florence
  • International Student I.D. card and ISIC insurance
  • Museum Pass
  • Cell phone rental (does not include actual cost of calls)
  • Administrative and guest lecturer fees

Optional Group Airfare: $1,400
Participants may opt into the group airfare for an additional $1,400. Commitment and payment for airfare is required by February 15. Participants arriving on their own will have transportation from Florence Airport only if they arrive on the designated day. Program costs are based on 15 participants and current airfare and exchange rates and are subject to change.

Participants should plan to cover meals and Atlas Travel Insurance (approximately $40).
Program costs are based on 15 participants and current airfare and exchange rates and are subject to change.

Estimated Out of Pocket Expenses- Participants should plan to pay out of pocket for certain expenses on site.

  • Food: Between $500 and $1,000 for food depending on how often you cook and how often you eat out. This does not include alcohol or personal entertainment expenditures.
  • Museums and Entrance Fees: Approximately $50 per course.
  • Local transportation: Approximately $25 for the airport transfer for the return. Airport transfer upon arrival is included in the program cost.
  • Textbooks- $181.25 for Italian 101- no additional text or cost if taking Italian 102. All other texts provided.
  • Insurance- Required study abroad insurance for approximately $40.
  • Telephone: Depends on your frequency of use for calling and texting.

All participants are required to submit:

  1. Montclair in Florence Pre-Enrollment Form revised confirming interview with the faculty director;
  2. Reference form completed by a faculty member other than the faculty leading that program; and
  3. $100 administrative fee
Applications will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis but the recommended deadline is December 20 to ensure sufficient space. Late applicants may be accepted but without the option of the group airare.
The minimum GPA is 2.75 and students must be in good academic standing and not be under disciplinary action. Summer programs are open to non-MSU students and high achieving high school seniors who demonstrate special interest. Non-MSU students, new transfer students and high school seniors will need to submit two references forms, an official transcript from their home institution(s) and an additional $100 administration fee. Telephone interviews with the faculty will be accepted for out-of-state students. After completion of the program, non-MSU students will request an MSU transcript for submission to the home institution.

Applications and the $100 fee may be submitted at any time, but the recommended timeline is early December. Once accepted, the payment schedule is:

Administrative Fee $100 (non-refundable)
By December 20 or upon acceptance $900 
By February 1 or upon acceptance $750
By February 16 $1,400 Group Airfare OPTIONAL
By March 15 $750 (to be confirmed)
Make Checks payable to "Montclair State University"

Late applicants may be accepted but without the option of the group airfare.
Cancellation policy:
Because commitments are made by the University based on the number of students, there is a sliding scale of cancellation penalties beginning from 20% of the program cost at the 90 day point (February 28) and 50% of the program cost at the 60 day point (March 30). Cancellations received after April 30 are non-refundable.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available for MSU students. See the Spanish/Italian Department and Global Education Center sites for further information;

Tuition Cost Payment Schedule:

Participants will register for MSU Summer Sessions and pay tuition directly to the MSU Bursar by May 1. The Summer Sessions Registration window opens in March.
Cancellations are subject to a sliding scale of penalties that increase with time, based on 90 days, 60 days and 30 days prior to the departure date. Cancellations after April 15 are non-refundable.

For further information:
Contact Dr. Andrea Dini at 973-655-7056 or   Contact the Global Education Center at 973-655-4185 or email 

Montclair in Florence Pre-Enrollment Form revised.docx


Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.