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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English & Foreign Language
Click here for a definition of this term Language Interest: English, Italian Click here for a definition of this term Academic Focus: Business and Economics
Program Type: Faculty-led Additional Info/Reqs: Attendance at all Pre-Departure Meetings & Orientations is Mandatory
Program Description:


Florence Beautiful Pic ItalyOverview
Spend the Spring 2019 semester studying global environmental and natural resource issues in beautiful Florence, Italy! Home of the Renaissance and banking, Chianti wine, cheese and olives, this amazing city provides a fantastic base from which to explore Italy, Europe, and the world. The program includes two excursion to see balsamic vinegar and Chianti wine production.

The program provides WSU students from all majors the opportunity to have a resume-building international experience, and earn 13 credits -- with no prerequisites and no transfer hassles!

Classes are taught in English: however, participants will be required to take an Italian language course.

Attending this program will put participants at most only three courses away from completing an ECONOMICS MINOR!  Meets the CCB Global Learning Requirement.

WSU Sponsoring Unit: School of Economic Sciences

External Partner: Center for Academic Programs Abroad (CAPA)
Program Dates:
 January 30 - April 28, 2019 (Please note that participants must arrive in Florence on January 30th and depart on April 28th. Program starts and ends in Florence Italy. Program accommodations are only available during these dates)
Program Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Program Specific Eligibility: none
Please Note: a minimum number of participants is needed for this program.


Cost Information

Total Program Cost Estimate:
  • In-State: $16,020
  • Out-of-State: $21,638

Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses).  A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.

Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU

Participation Expense* $7,168
WSU Tuition In-state: $5,134
Out-of-state: $12,252
Global Learning Application Fee $200
International Insurance Fee $178
     Total Paid to WSU In-State: $12,680
Out-of-State: $23,138

 *Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.

Estimated Additional Expenses*

Personal Expenses       $2,000
International Airfare $1,200
Books and Supplies $0
U.S. Passport** $140
Visa** Not required for US Citizens spending less than 90 days in Italy (program is 89 days) N/A
     Total Estimated Additional Expenses $3,340

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.

Billing Schedule:

This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.

Financially Responsible as of: Oct 15, 2018
Program Fee Date Billed Payment Due Date
 Participation Expense 1st Payment  $1,000 Oct 29, 2018
Nov 5, 2018
 Application Fee  $200
 International Insurance  $178 ($2 per day)
 Participation Expense 2nd Payment  $6,546 Nov 26, 2018
 WSU Tuition
Due before Monday January 23, 2017

Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released.  Participants must budget accordingly.




WSU Courses (All Required, 13 credits):  
Basilica of Saint Mary
  • EconS 430 (3 credits)- Managing the Global Environment
  • EconS 483 (3 credits)- Special Topics
  • EconS 433 (3 credits)- European Union Environmental & Natural Resource Policy, (Taught in conjunction with CAPA)
  • Italian Language (4 credits),  (Taught in conjunction with CAPA)
Non-WSU Courses: None

Course Pre-requisites: None

Grades and GPA:

All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.

Non-WSU Courses:
  • Will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided.   Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



Faculty-led Orientations

All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure.  Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
  • Faculty-Led and Financial Planning: This is an online training that is a required application component that provides additional details on the application process, costs of the program, billing, financial aid, and other relevant information. This training is accessible once an application is started.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application.  Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
  • Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.


Destination Details

Site Descriptions

Florence sunsetFlorence is a famous city in the Tuscany region of Italy and considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. It is located in the central area of the Italian peninsula, which is in Southern Europe near the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Language: Italian is primarily spoken.
  • Currency: Euro (Compare to U.S. Dollars)
  • City Size: According to 2014 Italian statistics, Florence’s total population is 381,037 residents.
  • Weather: The average temperatures of January and February are low 30s to high 50s, while March and April average low 40s to low 60s. Florence tends to have cool, damp winters and hot, dry summers.

Accommodation Information
Participants will be housed in shared apartments.  Apartments will include a kitchen, bathroom, and television.  Each apartment includes €50 per student per month in utilities and wireless Internet.

Utilities beyond €50 per student will be billed to participants.  

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Italy: a visa is required for US Citizens that stay in the Schengen territory 90+ days.  This program is exactly 89 days so no visa is required.  However, you must get a visa if you plan to arrive early/ tay late in Italy, or travel pre/post in the Schengen territories (use the United States Department of State link above for more information).  As of 4/2016.
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.



How to Apply

Before the Deadline:
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. Click "Apply Now" to begin an application.  You will be in "Application Phase." Complete the application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (if applicable)
Please Note: Items which say “NOT Required by Deadline” can be submitted after the deadline but are due before you depart to go abroad.
  1. Once all materials have been completed, your application will be moved to either the “pending” or “accepted” phase. 
  • “Accepted” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline.
  • “Pending” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements, and your application is being reviewed before your participation is determined.  After review, if you are accepted your application will move to the “Accepted” phase.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “accepted” phase, you will see a box appear asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the program. 
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After you commit and are in "Committed phase", complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
  4. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  5. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  6. Create your budget
  7. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information

Faculty Director:

Phil Wandschneider
School of Economic Sciences
(509) 335-1906

Global Learning Department:


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.