|Program Sponsor:||Gonzaga University|
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|Area of Studies:||Art, Business, Business (Marketing), Business (Mgmt), Business (Operations Mgmt), Communication, Economics, Education, Education (Elementary), Education (Teacher), Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Finance, History, International Studies, Italian, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies||Minimum GPA Requirement:||2.8|
|Additional Features:||Internship, Volunteering||Program Type:||Sponsored|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Housing Options:||Apartment, Host Family|
|Courses||Calendars: 14-15 | 15-16|
About the ProgramTo the Gonzaga-in-Florence student, Italy is much more than a boot-shaped peninsula in the Mediterranean; it is an opportunity of a lifetime. In 1963, Gonzaga University, a Jesuit institution located in Spokane, Washington, developed a program in Florence, Italy, which was designed to immerse students in both Italian and European life and culture.
Gonzaga chose Florence because the city is central to the past of Italy and to European civilization itself. Capital of the region of Tuscany, Florence inherits the culture of the Etruscans, the mysterious forgotten people who were heirs to the glory of Greece long before there was a Rome. The city was founded by Roman veterans returning from the wars. More than any other city in Italy, Florence was the stalwart defender of civic liberty during the Renaissance. Her streets are lined with buildings that initiated modern architecture. It is intensely alive - a center of modern art, fashion, and refinement.
Gonzaga University in FlorenceThe Gonzaga-in-Florence building, The Mozilo Center, is located in the center of Florence, not far from the Duomo, and looks onto the Giardino dei Semplici, a sixteenth century garden created by the Medici family. It is a few steps from Fra Angelico’s frescoes painted for the San Marco monastery and minutes from Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’Academia.
As private liberal arts college providing a Catholic liberal arts education, Gonzaga University is dedicated to the Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic ideals of educating the mind, body, and spirit to create men and women for others. Gonzaga constantly ranks as one of the best undergraduate universities in the United States, and Gonzaga-in-Florence holds itself to the same standards. With a top 25 ranking undergraduate engineering program in the United States, Gonzaga-in-Florence offers the only engineering program that is taught in English in Florence.
The Mozilo Center is equipped with wireless Internet, computer lab, includes a library, fitness room, student lounge, chapel, and administrative offices along with the classrooms.
The program provides a full-time Student Life staff. The Student Life team coordinate a broad range of programs and activities that provide an array of services to ensure that each student’s experience in Florence is safe, successful, and full of rich opportunities. Options for engagement in outside-the-classroom learning include internships, cooking classes, community service programs, Toastmasters, English-for-Pasta, entry in Italian athletic tournaments, yoga classes, resume-development classes, and much more. The Student Life staff also assists students experiencing culture shock, homesickness, medical issues, or emergencies.
Gonzaga-in-Florence offers several academic tracks to help students stay synchronized with core and major requirements while studying abroad. In addition to the tracks, a varitey of core requirements are offered. Visit the Course Offerings page to see the tentative and previous courses offered in Florence.
Courses are taught Monday - Thursday and all are taught in English (with exception of Italian language courses).
The program does require all participants (with the exception of Engineering track) to take Italian language. Students attending one semester must complete Italian 101. This requirement may be fulfilled prior to or during the time abroad. Students participating for a full academic year must take ITAL 101 and ITAL 102 by the end of their time in Florence. Students who are studying in the summer have no language requirement.
- Teacher Education (Spring only) | GIF Education Advising Sheet
A core of courses designed to meet certification curriculum requirements are offered in the spring semester by faculty with teacher education training and experience. This study abroad program provides students the opportunity to gain awareness and insight into global issues that will enhance their teaching as a result.
Academic / School of Education Advisors Teacher Education candidates are encouraged to begin discussions with their academic / School of Education advisors about GIF courses early in their academic career to help clarify how they relate to graduation requirements. Teacher Education candidates should take all nine (10) credits of TE courses offered
- Engineering (Spring only) | GIF Engineering Advising Sheet
Gonzaga University is the only university in Florence to offer engineering classes in English. This program is unique and one of a kind. Engineering sophomores are encouraged to study abroad in Florence for their spring semester. Gonzaga-in-Florence courses are designed to fit into engineering students' existing curriculum and requirements. For information about classes check the Engineering and Applied Sciences website.
- Business | GIF Business Advising Sheet
Gonzaga offers business courses both fall and spring terms. Classes vary slightly from term to term but are designed to fit into the business students existing curriculum and requirements. Its recommended students speak with academic advising counselors in the School of Business and review the Course offerings to determine the ideal semester to participate in the program.
- Italian Studies and Renaissance | GIF Arts and Sciences Advising Sheet
Each term various courses in Philosophy, Religion, Fine Arts, and History are part of an integrated series of courses focus principally on the period that distinguished Florence as one of the major cultural centers of the world. It is interdisciplinary and academic year students are able to earn a certificate by completion of 4 IS or RT courses.
Housing and Meals
Previous students have stated that the homestay option provides the most immersive experience and that if students are really looking to immerse themselves in Italy and want to truly learn Italian and the culture of Italy they should apply for the homestay option.
Living with a family while in Florence is the best way of having an authentic Italian experience. When living in a homestay, you aren’t disconnected from the rest of the Gonzaga-in-Florence community as most think. Rather, you have a perfect balance of spending time with friends in the program as well as becoming a member of a real Florentine family. This experience really allowed me to immerse myself into the Italian culture in a way that would not be possible without. At the end of the day, I wasn’t coming back to my dorm room; I was coming back to my family who cared about how my day went. I would strongly encourage more people to consider doing homestay, if not for the year, at least for a semester. It will be the most rewarding experience of your European adventure!
While studying in Florence, most students live in Italian boarding-style hotels (pensionies) located close to the school. Students will typically have 2-3 roommates. The pensionies are run by Italian staff that provides food, safe living conditions, and support.The pensioni are carefully screened and most have hosted GIF students for many years.
Passport and Visa
Passports: All participants must have a valid passport. See the following information for applying for or renewing a passort: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html
Visas: The Study Abroad office will assist and facilitate the visa process for participants. An Italian Student Visa is a stamp in your passport that allows you to study in Italy for over 90 days. After acceptance into the program, participants will be provide a set of information and instructions about obtaining the required visa.
Summer students do not need a visa - a valid passport is the required document for entry.