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College of Charleston in Florence, Italy

Apply here by April 15, 2019

Applicants will log into the application portal, Via TRM, using their CofC email and MyCharleston password.

Program Overview

The College of Charleston is offering an interdisciplinary fall semester program abroad in Florence, Italy.  Fall 2019 offerings focus on Communication and English.  Courses will be taught by CofC faculty members in local classroom space.

Program Dates

September 8, 2019- November 15, 2019 *dates subject to change*

Program Directors

Dr. Celeste Lacroix
Department of Communication

Dr. Lacroix has co-directed more than twenty study abroad programs, including the inaugural fall semester program in Florence, Italy in Fall 2018.  She is passionate about food and has led many field trips to artisinal food producers around Tuscany.

Dr. Robert Westerfelhaus
Department of Communication

Dr. Westerfelhaus has co-directed eleven summer study abroad programs in Europe, spent one year living in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar and has recently co-directed semester programs in Spain and Italy.  

Dr. Susan Farrell
Department of English

Dr. Farrell co-directed a semester-long program in Trujillo, Spain in Fall 2017 and has traveled with summer programs to Ireland.

Dr. Joe Kelly
Department of English

Dr. Kelly directs an annual summer study abroad program to Ireland and is the Director of Irish and Irish American Studies program at the College.

Program Requirements

  • Students must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a passport
  • Students must complete any pre-requisite course requirements prior to participation (classes will be taught in English and students do not have to speak Italian)

Program Highlights

  • Students will study in Florence for 10 weeks choosing from courses in Communication and English
  • Students will live in centrally located apartments in Florence. 
  • Students do not have to speak Italian.  Classes will be taught in English and day-to-day life can be negotiated in English, though faculty will teach some basic Italian during Orientation
  • Students will attend classes Monday-Friday, and coursework will be enhanced by day-trips in and around Florence

Courses Offered

Students must enroll between 12-18 credit hours. The courses offered are actual College of Charleston classes; therefore students will earn grades just as they would if they were offered on-campus.  Grades earned will factor into the student's GPA at the College.


- COMM 280 - Introduction to Communication Messages (3 credits) - Express 1

- COMM 281 - Introduction to Communication Messages (3 credits) - Express 2

- COMM 315 - Ethics in Communication (3 credits)

- COMM 336 - Addressing Problems in Context - Cross-Cultural Communication (3 credits)

- ENGL 360 - Cooking the Books: Food in Literature (3 credits)

- ENGL 365 - The Idea of Italy in American Literature (3 credits)

- ENGL 366 - Travel Writing (3 credits)

Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition and a program fee of $6,700. *fee is subject to change* The program fee includes housing, some meals, field trips/tours (including transportation), an International Student ID card, and comprehensive international medical insurance.

Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee are: roundtrip airfare, most meals, passport fees, any personal travel and other personal expenses/spending money during the semester. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid that a student currently has at the College of Charleston will apply like normal for their semester abroad in Florence, Italy.  Students should meet with an advisor in the Office of Financial Assistance to determine eligibility for aid.  Additionally, the Center for International Education awards scholarships for the semester that range from $500 to $2000 if awarded.

Application Process

Application deadline for the Fall 2019 semester is April 15, 2019. Apply now through ViaTRM.  

Application questions can be directed to the Center for International Education ( or 843.953.7661). The CIE is located in the Multicultural Center (207 Calhoun Street). A non-refundable $50 application fee will be charged to the student's MyCharleston account once the application has been submitted to and approved by the CIE. This fee is included in the program fee of $6,700. *fee is subject to change*