Florence, Italy spring 2015

Tuscany is renowned throughout the world for its art, history and beautiful landscape. Florence lies like a jewel in the heart of Tuscany, compact and teeming with piazzas, palaces, churches, museums and markets. Here, in the center of Italy, you will walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Petrarch and Dante.
As you walk the narrow and hand-hewn streets, absorb the magnificence of the medieval and renaissance architecture and the beauty of the sculptures that adorn walls and stand in the loggias of their grand piazzas.
Learn the way of Italian living from the lively and intellectual Florentines as you rub elbows with them in small “caffe” bars while enjoying the local cappuccino and panini. Your Italian ‘Life and Culture’ instructor will help set the stage and serve as your ‘cultural informant’.


Kosloski received his BA in Journalism with an emphasis in public relations from Georgia State University.  He earned his MA in Speech Communication from Central Michigan University and completed coursework toward a PhD in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Criticism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has been teaching at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, for the past 16 years where he also directed the speech and debate program from 1998-2013. In 2007, Dave received the Clark College Exceptional Faculty Award which is the college’s highest faculty honor and in 2009 he received the National Communication Association’s Community College Outstanding Educator Award.  Dave has taught courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, mass media and society, small group communication and competitive speaking and debate.  In addition, he has traveled extensively in Europe with student groups to debate competitions in London, Madrid, Rome, Prague, Berlin and Antwerp.  He is excited to share his experience and knowledge, and embark on new adventures, with his WCCCSA students in Florence!


Students take 15 credits and register at their home college before departure.

HUMAN 250- Italian Life and Culture (5 credits) is required of all students. The Italian language part of this class is taught by local Italian instructors focusing on beginners’ level Italian language and the cultural part of the class is taught by an English speaking instructor and English-speaking guest lecturers focusing on and including separate lectures on historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of Italy and Florence.

CMST&210:  Interpersonal Communication (5 credits)

In this class, we will be studying the basic theories of interpersonal communication emphasizing theoretical principles and their application.  Topics include how self-concept, perception, verbal and non-verbal attributes and attitudes influence communication within the family, between friends, and at work.  Because this course will place particular emphasis on methods of perceiving information and transmitting messages, gender bias in communication, nonverbal behavior, and methods of communicating ideas and emotions, Florence is an ideal setting for students to examine these concepts. Becoming familiar with and knowledgeable about cultures and customs other than your own in an environment that demands an exchange of ideas, rather than a passive acceptance of information, is beneficial to any student.  Assignments will focus on how perception checking is especially necessary when communicating with non-English speakers (both verbally and nonverbally), on recognizing the role of culture on the expression of emotion, on the differences in gender roles from one culture to another, and the impact of cultural interaction on self-concept and self-identity.  The class will take advantage of both your day-to-day experiences as well as the planned cultural events, weekend excursions, and personal travel to demonstrate and illustrate the cultural differences in communication we expedience on a daily basis. This class satisfies a requirement of the Humanities distribution for the AA and AS degrees.

CMST&220:  Public Speaking (5 Credits)

In this class, we will be studying the speechmaking process using primarily a traditional public speaking approach. Students will develop a theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication skills.  Topics include techniques for controlling speech anxiety, how to structure and organize information to present to a variety of audiences, and physical and vocal delivery skills.  Florence is an ideal setting for learning how to research, write and deliver an oral presentation.  For each required speech, you will incorporate aspects of the Florentine culture into its content.  For the informative speaking assignment, you will research and develop an oral presentation on one of Florence’s historic attractions (such as the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, the Galleria dell’ Academia, among others).  For the persuasive speaking assignment, you will research and develop an oral presentation to persuade your audience to take action on an issue relevant to Italian culture, politics, etc. (such as the preservation of Italian ruins, the current controversies with police enforcement, etc.).  And, for the special occasion speaking assignment, you will develop an oral presentation paying tribute to a prominent figure or landmark in historical Florence or Italy. The class will take advantage of both your day-to-day experiences as well as the scheduled cultural events, weekend excursions, and your own personal research. CMST&220 satisfies a requirement of the Humanities distribution for the AA and AS degrees.


Sienna/ San Gimignano
One of Italy’s most enchanting cities, Sienna is home of the exciting festival and race, the Palio. Spend a full day exploring the narrow streets and the wealth of artwork contained in its museums and churches. Includes guided tour with an English-speaking guide and roundtrip transportation by private motor coach.
Independent Travel
Use free weekends to travel in Italy and to Europe’s great cities. AIFS’s local staff will assist you in choosing your destination and transportation.
Cultural Activities Program
All students may participate in a specially designed cultural activities program that will include visits to many of Florence’s famous sites and cultural venues including such activities as walking tours, cooking classes, wine tasting lectures, ballet, soccor matches, concerts , and film nights.
Students live in furnished apartments with cooking facilities in the Historical Center of Florence within 30 minutes walking radius of the Study Cenetr. Each apartment will have 4 students with two students per bedroom.   A change of linen will be provided along with a regular cleaning service. Adequate utlilities will be provided up to a normal consumption for the duration of the program.

Financial Aid

Finacial aid can be used to pay for the tuition part of this program. Often more funds are available. For more information, contact the financial aid office.


The Gilman Scholarship is available to students who qualify for financial aid. Please go to the home page and click on scholarships for more information. The Vanessa Andrews scholarship is also avalaible.

WCCCSA Scholarship Terms: One recipient will be selected for the WCCCSA Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy. The scholarship in the amount of $2500 must be applied toward the program fee which will be verified with the office coordinating this program. See your campus coordiantor for an application.

Estimated Costs
$6, 945 with 20-25 students
  • Housing in 2 bedroom apartments, linens , cleaning, and utilities
  • Museum pass for each student for the duration of the program with unlimited entry to the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, Bargello, Pitti Palace, San Marco Museum and Medici Chapel
  • Free wireless Internet access in the Study Center Monday-Friday during class hours plus a card to use at a chain of Internet centers in Florence.
  • Day trips to Sienna and San Gimignano with guide
  • Support staff in Florence with 24-hour emergency duty phone service.
  • Weekly cultural activities
Not Included
  • estimated optional airfare $1,204.00
  • BC tuition ($1055.00 for 15 credits) and books
  • food
  • $250 refundable damage deposit


  • April 2 – June 12, 2015
  • Deadline for payment :  December 19, 2014  if you choose the group air or , January 15, 2015 if you make your own flight arrangements.

video: Words from the faculty!



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