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Program Description:

Food and Resource Economics 

in Florence, Italy

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WHAT: This faculty-led program takes place during the Spring semester. Students will take 2 CSU courses and receive 2 transfer courses. Students are able to study Food & Resource Economics in the amazing city of Florence, more affectionately known as Firenze

WHERE:  Florence is located in the Tuscany region of Italy, on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. The city has the essence of the Renaissance and stands out for its culture and history. Florence museums, palaces and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world.  
PROGRAM LEADER:  Andrew Seidl, Professor, and Alessandro Bonanno, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. Undergraduate students of all majors are welcome to apply. 


CREDITS:  All committed students will be registered for AREC 482A Study Abroad (3 credits) and AREC 482B Study Abroad (3 credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education and 7 transfer credits through the CAPA Study Center in Florence.  Total credits of enrollment should be 13 credits for the spring semester.  All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the spring term.  

This spring semester faculty-led program is sponsored by the CSU Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.    Participants will take the following courses:
  • AREC 482A Study Abroad-Environmental Economics in Italy: Managing a Sustainable Global Environment (3 credits)
  • AREC 482B Study Abroad- Italian Culture: Economics of Food and the Environment (3 credits)
  • EconS 433: European Union Environment and Natural Resources Policy (3 credits)
  • Ital 101 or 102: Beginning Italian (4 credits): The fundamentals of beginning Italian are taught with an equal emphasis on conversation and grammar.  Materials taken directly from contemporary Italian life expose students to Italian culture and help students integrate into local culture.  
Students will have privileges at the British Institute's Library and Cultural Center, which includes a 50,000+ English volume library.  Coursework will be enriched by excursions to Modena and Bologna for a guided tour of Bologna and to visit and tour the balsamic vinegar facility.  Participants will also visit the Chianti Region to visit Greve and Montefioralle and tour Castello di Verranzzano.   Activities may include meeting traditional Florentine artisans, hiking the scenic Fiesole Hills that surround the city, attending a guest lecture on contemporary Italian Cinema, and/or embarking on a "Literary Treasure Hunt" to discover Florence through Dante's eyes. 

Costs and Funding

COST: See Budget Sheet for details. The cost includes tuition and fees for 6 CSU credit hours through CSU's Division of Continuing Education and 6 transfer credit hours through the CAPA Study Center in Florence, accommodation, Florence Bus passes, ground transportation for all excursions, academic field trips and cultural excursions,  and international medical and evacuation insurance.  The above cost does not include passport fees, international airfare, most meals, books and supplies, and personal spending money. 

Housing and Meals 

Accommodation includes double occupancy rooms in fully furnished apartments with access to a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and TV.  Apartments include 50 euro per month in utilities and wireless internet.  Meals are not included in the program fee. 

CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/30/2019 04/28/2019
Priority Deadline: May 1 - Final Deadline: September 15 (pending spots available) Students will depart the U.S. on January 29 to arrive in Florence on January 30.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.