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Study Abroad in Italy

be inspired



to understand your world

art business communication arts economics engineering english environmental studies history international studies italian studies mathematics music philosophy political science psychology religious studies sociology teacher education

in this brochure 2 MISSION STATEMENT a message from the Dean

3 WHY STUDY IN FLORENCE? expand your global perspective

4 CAMPUS & HOUSING learn and live with GIF

5 ACADEMICS challenge your thinking

7 COURSES course offerings

9 LIFE IN FLORENCE beyond the books

11 TRAVEL expand your mind

12 SUMMER PROGRAM study abroad experience

13 ADMISSIONS policies & procedures

Benvenuto A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN For almost 50 years Gonzaga-in-Florence students have discovered that Florence is still the place of Renaissance, of the emergence of a new image of self, and a deepening and enriching of the meaning of human life and history. The energy and vision that was required by the Gonzaga Jesuits who founded the Gonzaga-in-Florence program in 1963 has been passed on in various ways to all the students who have studied under its aegis. Having been a student in the program during the 1964-65 academic year and having taught in the program since 1989, I speak from personal experience of its remarkably transformative effect. The ideal that motivates the Gonzaga-in-Florence program is the integration of the academic curriculum with significant and formally sponsored travel to various places in Italy and in Europe. Gonzaga-inFlorence is a global gateway program with global faculty members. Exposure to the various layers of history and the cultural styles of diverse peoples will enlarge your appreciation of the complexity of the political, economic, and social issues that currently polarize Italy, Europe, and our world in general. With more than fifty different courses across eighteen different disciplines, and four different colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Engineering, we seek to refine the quality of your oral and written expression in English and Italian and the quality of your thinking relative to the analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of arguments and texts. What makes Gonzaga-in-Florence truly distinctive among all study abroad programs is its interdisciplinary approach to the curriculum characterized by plenary sessions in which professors challenge each other on timely issues that traverse their disciplines. This challenge approach made the Jesuits historically the school masters of Europe, and is manifest in the Renaissance Track and the social science block. This spirit is infused in the travel part of the program. Essential to the Jesuit character of our program, we offer many occasions for you to examine and enrich your spiritual and religious life. Because the program is committed to a faith that does justice, several community service opportunities will be made available to you. Our Student Life Associate Dean and staff will address every aspect of your stay in Florence with the utmost concern for your personal health, safety, and growth. I invite you to consider spending a year, semester, or summer abroad with us to experience a journey of a lifetime.

15 CONTACT for more information

Dr. Patrick Burke Dean, Gonzaga-in-Florence

Mission Statement The mission of Gonzaga-in-Florence is a direct extension of the mission of Gonzaga University, a humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit community of higher education. Since 1963, Gonzaga-in-Florence primarily has served undergraduates. Traditionally a year-long program, semester and summer options also are available. Gonzaga-in-Florence is situated in the birthplace of the Renaissance and offers a unique lens through which students can critically understand and experience first-hand the interaction of culture, humanities and the arts. Through encounters with new cultures, students explore the contemporary world, while developing a deeper appreciation for the contributions of Western civilization.




As humanistic, Gonzagain-Florence promotes the transformative power of human creativity and love. Gonzaga-in-Florence specializes in the academic development of the whole person through a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and the formation of leadership and virtue in a multicultural environment.

As Catholic, Gonzaga-inFlorence incorporates the teachings of Jesus and the sacraments, traditions, and social justice foundations of the Catholic Church as vibrant components of its faith and service formation. A commitment to encountering and learning about other faiths flows from this vision.

As Jesuit, Gonzaga-inFlorence challenges students to discern their unique calling from God, to cultivate a faith that transforms culture through justice and, by serving as ambassadors of Gonzaga, to minister to those in need through multicultural service-learning and justice programs.

All three inextricably linked dynamics of the Gonzaga-in-Florence program contribute to the holistic development of student leadership: intellectual, spiritual and moral, accentuating service and justice. Gonzaga-in-Florence promotes this mission in and outside the classroom, within the city of Florence, and in the various countries and cultures experienced throughout the academic year, semester or summer abroad.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J. 1568 - 1591 Gonzaga University is named after the young 16th century Italian Jesuit, Aloysius Gonzaga, who was born in Castiglione near Mantua, Italy and died in Rome trying to save young people from the plague. He was later named the patron saint of youth.


Challenge your thinking. Spend a year, semester, or summer studying abroad with Gonzaga-in-Florence. Be inspired by the people, cultures, languages, and histories of places in Florence and beyond.


Florence instantly felt like home with the help of the entire GIF faculty and staff. There are no other study abroad programs like it - a once in a lifetime opportunity. - Via Hersholt GIF Alum

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 intensely loyal citizenry produced the people and ideas that served as models for a Europe in transition from the medieval to the modern. Florentine museums are brimming with paintings that transformed


European taste in the fifteenth century. Her streets are lined with buildings that initiated modern architecture. And yet, the city is more than a museum piece. It is intensely alive - a center of modern art, fashion, and refinement. Florence is also central to Italy’s present. It is three hours by train to the region of Lombardy, the humming center of Italy’s economic miracle, and a stepping-off place for the ski slopes and lakes of the Alps. It is three hours to Venice, a city to which no photograph can do justice. It is two hours to Rome, capital of Italy and of the Church, where ancient, medieval, and modern culture mingle on every street. Florence is four hours from Naples, Pompeii, and Mount Vesuvius, the southern region no traveler would want to miss. In Florence, Italy’s center, Gonzaga maintains a campus offering a core of historical, business, cultural, engineering and sociological studies, rich and varied in content, but unified by the experience of Italy, past and present.

Living with an Italian family has changed me as a person for the better, opened my eyes to a different culture and way of life... I truly feel that I am part of an Italian family. - Carlton Galbreath, Year 2010-11






To 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.

Gain insight into the social, political, and economic forces that shape Italy both in the classroom and as you live and interact with Italians. Learn to adapt and embrace new cultures and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

Campus & Housing


Room & Board

The Gonzaga-in-Florence campus 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.

PENSIONI While studying in Florence, most year and semester students live in Italian boarding hotels (pensioni) located close to the school in the heart of Florence. The pensioni are run by Italian staff who provide good food, safe living conditions, and support. The living arrangements are conducive to learning the language and to better understanding the Italian culture. The pensioni are carefully screened and most have hosted GIF students for many years.

Gonzaga-in-Florence, housed in the Mozilo Center, provides students with all the facilities required for learning and socializing. The school is equipped with wireless internet and twenty desktop computers. In addition, the center’s Martin Library collection contains of over ten thousand volumes. For research, students have access to Gonzaga University’s Spokane campus Foley Library via twelve dedicated computers. A student lounge and a fitness room are located on the lower level. Many opportunities for the cultivation of spiritual and religious life are provided. Florence continues to be an international city. Many denominations provide services in English.

Students can choose their own roommate(s). Each pensione generally accommodates anywhere from twelve to thirty students. All

of our pensioni are co-ed, although the rooms (double, triple, and quad) are gender specific. Since the majority of the students usually travel during the threeday weekends, the weekly meal plan, included in the program cost, consists of seven breakfasts, four midday meals, and three dinners. HOMESTAY OPTIONS No other experience can substitute for the cultural and linguistic immersion that results from living with an Italian family. Interested students may apply for the homestay option.

La vita universitaria

The Mozilo Center

Gonzaga-in-Florence offers courses to challenge, maximize, and enhance your study abroad experience in Italy. Be inspired to understand your world. Link classroom lectures to the sights and sounds of firsthand encounters. Expand your mind as you expand your horizons. CHALLENGE YOUR THINKING

La vita accademica

Academics • • •

BUSINESS TRACK The Business Track fulfills junior year core business requirements.

Classes Monday - Thursday Courses taught in English Interdisciplinary plenary sessions

In keeping with our Jesuit ethos, the Gonzaga-in-Florence faculty and staff are committed to academic excellence in offering a liberal arts, business, teacher education, and engineering curriculum. The faculty challenge students to think critically and to develop global awareness by taking full advantage of the resources in Florence. Gonzaga-in-Florence is a campus of Gonzaga University (GU) based in Spokane, Washington. GU ranks fourth among the top Master’s I Universities in the West according to U.S. News and World Report, 2011.

Academic Tracks Gonzaga-in-Florence offers several academic tracks to help students stay synchronized with core and major requirements while studying abroad. For more information on each track, review the course listings in this brochure or visit our website.

GIF students and staff attend a session on foreign service with Mary Ellen Countryman, U.S. Consul General

Italian Requirement With the exception of students pursuing the Engineering Track, all students attending for the year must complete Italian 101 and 102. Students attending one semester must complete Italian 101. This requirement may be fulfilled prior to or during your time abroad.

Academic Advisors Students are encouraged to begin discussions with their academic advisors about GIF courses early in their academic career to help clarify how they relate to graduation requirements. Academic advisors are an important resource in exploring how study abroad fits into a student’s academic plan. GU students may also consult with the Office of Academic Advising and Assistance on the Spokane campus.

ENGINEERING TRACK The Engineering Track focuses on the second semester sophomore year engineering curriculum and gives students the opportunity to see firsthand the great engineering feats of the Italian Renaissance, such as Brunelleschi’s Dome. INTERNATIONAL STUDIES TRACK The International Studies Track satisfies course requirements for the major or minor in International Studies. INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIAL SCIENCE TRACK The Interdisciplinary Social Science Track links all the social science courses through plenary sessions. ITALIAN STUDIES TRACK The Italian Studies Track aims to impart an understanding of Italian culture and competence in the Italian language. RENAISSANCE CERTIFICATE TRACK The Renaissance Track integrates a series of courses focused principally on the historical period that distinguishes Florence as one of the major cultural centers of the world. TEACHER EDUCATION TRACK The Teacher Education Track integrates a series of courses designed to meet certification curriculum requirements.


Gonzaga-in-Florence faculty is composed of professors from Gonzaga University and the University of Florence.

- Dr. Mark Alfino Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University



The administration supports faculty as they integrate learning and travel. The result is a rich, holistic, and transformative experience for students and professors alike.

Alessandro Andreini, Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies; Doctorate in Philosophy, University of Florence; Ph.D. in Theology, La Scuola Alti Studi, Fondazione S. Carlo di Modena. Serena Baldini, Adjunct Instructor of Italian; Master in Teaching Italian, University of Venice; Post Laurea Program, Language and Communication, Department of Linguistics, University of Florence; Ph.D., University of Florence. Olga Baranova, Adjunct Instructor of Contemporary History; B.A.,Belarusian State Pedagogical University; M.A., Central European University; Ph.D. in History, European University Institute. Henry Batterman, Associate Professor of Italian and Assistant to the Dean for Cultural/Linguistic Activities; B.A., University of Colorado; M.A., University of Michigan. Filippo Belacchi, Adjunct Instructor of English; B.A. and M.A., University of Urbino; Ph.D. in European Intercultural Studies, University of Urbino, Italy. Pierluca Birindelli, Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Communication; B.A. and M.A, University of Florence; Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Communication, University of Florence. J. Patrick Burke, Dean of Gonzaga-in-Florence and Professor of Philosophy; B.A., Gonzaga University; M.A., St. Louis University; Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Mercedes Carrara, Assistant Professor of Art History; B.A., Manhattanville College; M.F.A., Villa Schifanoia, Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts, Florence. Yvonne DiPalma, Adjunct Instructor of Art; B.A., Johns Hopkins University; M.F.A., Villa Schifanoia, Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts, Florence. Anita Garriott, Adjunct Associate Professor of Music; Juilliard School of Music; M.A.Musicology, Villa Schifanola Graduate School of Fine Arts. Bernard Gbikpi, Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science; B.A, University of Benin Lome; M.A. in Comparative Politics, University of Nanterre Paris X; Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute. Andrea Giuntini, Adjunct Professor of Economics; Dottore in Storia Economica, Università degli Studi di Firenze; Ph.D., Istituto Universitario Navale di Napoli, Naples.

GIF Faculty

Gabriela Dragnea Horvath, Adjunct Instructor of Literature; B.A., University of Bucharest; M.A. in Germanic Philosophy, University of Bucharest; Doctorate in English Literature, University of Florence; Ph.D. in Philosophy, Freie Universitat Berlin. Lucy Jochamowitz, Adjunct Instructor of Art; B.A., Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru; M.A. in Fine Arts, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze; Master of Printmaking, Scuola Internazionale per l’Arte Grafica “Il Bisonte.” Barbara Lastucci, Adjunct Instructor of Italian; Dottore in Storia Moderna, Facolta di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Firenze. Baret Magarian, Adjunct Instructor of English; B.A. in English Literature, University of London, Royal Holloway College; Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Durham. Silia Passeri, Adjunct Instructor of Psychology; Laurea, Psychology, University of Florence. Alessandro Pazzaglia, Adjunct Instructor of Business and Office Administrator; B.A. in Business Economics, Bocconi University, Milan; M.B.E in Business Economics, Bocconi University, Milan. Giovanna Russo, Adjunct Associate Professor of Italian; Dottore in Sociologica, Università degli Studi, Trento. Roberto Sabbadini, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History; Dottore in Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Venezia “Cà Foscari”; Ph.D., European University Institute. Fatma H. Sayed, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science; B.A., The American University in Cairo; M.P.A., The American University in Cairo; Ph.D., The European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Francesco Vossilla, Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy and History of Art; Laurea in Museum Studies, University of Florence; Ph.D., History of Architecture, University of Florence. Faculty biographical information available online.


Arte Commercio Scienze delle comunicazioni Economia Ingegneria Scienze ambi


Track Highlights ENGINEERING TRACK SPRING 2013 Engineering students have the opportunity to study abroad with Gonzaga-in-Florence during the spring semester of their sophomore year. The GIF Engineering Track allows students to take basic engineering courses designed to fit into students’ existing curriculum requirements. This unique study abroad experience enables engineering students to gain insight into the past, present, and future of engineering technologies. TEACHER EDUCATION TRACK SPRING 2013 Sophomores and juniors who are seeking teacher certification through the School of Education now have the opportunity to study in Florence. A core of courses, including an in-school field experience, designed to meet certification curriculum requirements are offered in the spring semester by faculty with teacher education training and experience. This track presents students the opportunity to gain awareness of and insight into global issues that will enhance their teaching. RENAISSANCE CERTIFICATE TRACK YEAR 2012-13 The Renaissance Certificate Track is an integrated series of courses focused principally on the historical period that distinguishes Florence as one of the major cultural centers of the world, and the reason why it is considered part of the patrimony of humanity by UNESCO. The Renaissance Track is intended for year students who seek, by means of a coherent interdisciplinary curriculum, an intensive exposure to this period and its foundations and, thereby, to realize in a unique way the goals of liberal learning in the Jesuit tradition. To complete the track and receive a certificate, the student must complete four courses each semester from the list below. Italian is required as one of the courses. fall semester Medieval Europe Roman Art & Architecture Introduction to Florence Italy, the Journey & the Self Italian (required)


spring semester Renaissance Europe Renaissance Art Florence of the Medici Love in the Renaissance Philosophy of Art Italian (required)


VART 101 - Drawing I VART 112 - Design VART 221 - Painting I VART 250 - Linograph Printmaking VART 293 - Introduction to Florence (RT) VART 294 - Florence of the Medici (RT) VART 322 - Fresco VART 331 - Sculpture I VART 332 - Sculpture II VART 360 - Museum Studies VART 393 - Modern Italian Art VART 394 - Renaissance Architecture (ET students only) VART 397 - Renaissance Art (RT) (IS) VART 398 - Roman Art & Architecture (IS) (RT) VART 466/PHIL 472 - Philosophy of Art (RT)


GU students: Admission to junior business classes in Florence requires completion of ACCT 260-261, ECON 201-202, BMIS 235 and BUSN 230 (or MATH 121 or MATH 321) with a GPA of 2.75. In addition, a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite class is also required. An application for admission to begin upper division business courses in Florence should be submitted to the School of Business one semester prior to attending Florence. Note: Any art, music or theatre course will fulfill the fine art core requirement for business majors. BFIN 320 - Principles of Finance (BT) BUSN 283 - Business Law (BT) MGMT 350 - Management and Organization (BT) MKTG 310 - Principles of Marketing (BT) OPER 340 - Operations Management (BT)

Communication Arts

COMM 480 – Cross-Cultural Communication (IN)


ECON 289 - Political & Economic History of Europe in the Twentieth Century ECON 304/ENVS 320 - Economics of Environmental Protection ECON 311/INST 343 - Global Economic Issues (SS) (IN)




Up-to-date term-specific course schedules, course descriptions, and course syllabi are available at:

ientali Inglese Storia Studi internazionali Italiano Matematica Musica Filosofia ITAL 302 - Advanced Italian II (IS) (RT) ITAL 308 - Italian Through Cinema (IS) (RT) ITAL 350 - Italian Civilization and Culture (IS) (RT) ITAL 366/HIST 311 - Medieval Europe (IS) (RT) ITAL 367/HIST 312 - Renaissance Europe (IS) (RT) (SS)

ENSC 301 - Mechanics of Materials I (ET) ENSC 306 - Dynamics (ET) ENSC 352 - Fluid Mechanics (ET)



MATH 260 - Ordinary Differential Equations (ET) MATH 321 - Statistics for Experimentalists (ET)


MUSC 185 - 19th Century Romanticism: Beethoven through Tchaikovsky

Environmental Studies

ENVS 320/ECON 304 - Economics of Environmental Protection


HIST 311/ITAL 366 - Medieval Europe (IS) (RT) HIST 312/ITAL 367 - Renaissance Europe (IS) (RT) (SS) HIST 327 - Europe-US Relations After WWII (IN) (SS) HIST 330 - The Holocaust (IN) (SS) HIST 338/INST 391 - Fascist Italy (IS) (IN) HIST 390 - Ancient Rome HIST 390 - History and Culture of Food in Italy HIST 391 - Etruscans and Romans

PHIL 301 - Ethics PHIL 400 - Topic to be announced PHIL 472/VART 466 - Philosophy of Art (RT)

Political Science

POLS 331 - Modern Political Thought (SS) POLS 345 - Machiavelli and the Romans POLS 351/INST 342 - International Relations (SS) (IN) POLS 357 - Italian Political System (IS) (SS) POLS 372/INST 367 - Comparative Middle East Politics (SS) (IN)


International Studies

INST 342/POLS 351 - International Relations (SS) (IN) INST 343/ECON 311 - Global Economic Issues (IN) (SS) INST 367/POLS 372 - Comparative Middle East Politics (IN) (SS) INST 391/HIST 338 - Fascist Italy (IS) (IN)

Italian Studies


PSYC 335 - Social Psychology PSYC 375 - Cross-Cultural Psychology (SS)

Religious Studies

RELI 220 - Catholicism RELI 390 - Dietrich Bonhoffer: Faith in a World Come of Age

With the exception of students pursuing the Engineering Track, all students attending the year must complete Italian 101 and 102. Students attending one semester must complete Italian 101. This requirement may be fulfilled prior to or during your time abroad.


ITAL 101 - Elementary Italian I (4 credits) (IS) (RT) ITAL 102 - Elementary Italian II (4 credits) (IS) (RT) ITAL 105 - Elementary Italian Conversation I (RT) ITAL 106 - Elementary Italian Conversation II (RT) ITAL 201 - Intermediate Italian I (4 credits) (IS) (RT) ITAL 202 - Intermediate Italian II (4 credits) (IS) (RT) ITAL 206 - Intermediate Italian Conversation II (RT) ITAL 301 - Advanced Italian I (IS) (RT)

Teacher Education



SOCI 280 - Cultural Globalization: A Euro-American Perspective SOCI 395 - Sociology of Italian Culture (SS) (IS)

Teacher Education students should take all TE courses offered but only one of the connected field experiences. EDTE 315 E/S - Classroom Assessment EDTE 460 E/S - Classroom Management EDTE 331/418 - Classroom Literacy EDTE 301L or EDTE 440L - Field Experiences (1 credit) SS INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIAL SCIENCE TRACK


Psicologia Studi teologici Sociologia Scienze dell’educazione

ENGL 202 - Studies in Fiction ENGL 250 - Creative Writing ENGL 305 - The Writing Traveler ENGL 366 - Contemporary Novel ENGL 366 - Italy, the Journey and the Self (IS) (RT) ENGL 366 - Love in the Renaissance (IS) (RT)

Scienze politiche


With the knowledge you gain in class, engage in numerous Gonzaga-in-Florence cultural, civic, athletic and linguistic activities to enrich your study abroad experience. Embrace all forms of artistic creation: visual, musical, and gastronomic. Continue to develop your total self both emotionally and spiritually. BEYOND THE BOOKS

Life in Florence The Assistant to the Dean for Cultural and Linguistic Activities, the Assistant to the Dean for Travel, and the Student Life staff will help you make the most of your year, semester, or summer abroad by facilitating cultural activities, providing access to resources, and planning activities to promote your social, emotional, and physical wellbeing and growth. The Gonzagain-Florence staff is committed to making your study abroad experience rich and meaningful.

“English for Pasta helped me improve my Italian, understand Italian culture, and make friends with Florentines. It has shaped my time in Florence and changed me as a person.”

Student Life Staff The Gonzaga-in-Florence campus is home to a full-time Student Life staff who coordinate a broad range of programs and services to ensure that your experience in Florence is safe, successful, and full of rich opportunities. You can participate in cooking classes, community service programs, Toastmasters, yoga classes, internships, have your resume reviewed, join Forza (GIF’s leadership and ambassador group), and much more. You can attend the opera, have dinner with an Italian family, and explore intriguing destinations on sponsored weekend trips. The Student Life staff also assists students experiencing culture shock, homesickness, medical issues, or emergencies. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.

Gonzaga-in-Florence was an experience I will always cherish. The staff was phenomenal. From simple train instructions to making me less homesick, the staff were engaging and truly added to this once in a lifetime experience. - Nicole Soroka, Fall 2011


IMPORTANT Extended Weekend Hours Stay informed on cultural and DATES linguistic events with GIF’s Library Books “The Daily Ciao.” Published and Pensione Meals distributed by email Monday through Thursday, the Ciao also End of Year Concert includes information on student Certificates for Volunteers discounts, local events, weekend trips, tips for adjusting to the Need a Study Break? Florentine and Italian way of life, and much more. The school will be open from noon until 5PM on Saturday.

11 APR Final Exams Begin

13 APR Fiesole - Settignano Walk 13 APR BBQ

Please remember to return all library books before you leave!

15 APR Cooking Class

Upcoming Movies

The pensione meal schedule is unchanged during final exams.

at the Odeon 10 APR Next

14 APR The Hunting Party

The end of the year concert will take place tomorrow, Friday, at 7:00PM in room 305. Come support your fellow students and enjoy an evening of great music.



If you did volunteer work in the soup kitchen, halfway house, or elementary school, please pick up a certificate in the Student Life Office. Please also fill out a short evaluation of your experience.

On Sunday, April 13, you will have the opportunity to participate in a final morning walk from Fiesole to Settignano. It is an easy walk of about 2.5 hours through the amazing countryside just above Florence. The walk will take you through woods, olive groves, fields, and vineyards and past famous villas and beautiful castles. The tour will leave from Via La Marmora at 9:40AM and will last until approximately 1:30PM. If you are interested in going, please sign up by 11AM tomorrow. You can find a sign-up sheet on the blue board outside the Student Life Office along with a list of things you need to bring.


Sunday Night BBQ

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There will be a BBQ at school on Sunday night at 6:30PM. Thanks to all students who volunteered to help make it happen. We will send you an email today

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Who has the original of that Fr. Paul photo on the background of one of the computers? Could you Thanks!

- Erin Tobin, Fall 2010

“Having an Italian conversation partner was an incredibly valuable experience. It helped me dive right into the language and culture. It was great to get to know someone from Italy in an informal setting and we became great friends.” - Andrew Chirhart, Year 2010-11

“I really enjoyed working in the soup kitchen. I was completely out of my comfort zone, but I love that it made me so much more aware of the culture and helped me with my Italian.” - Clare Chambers, Year 2010-11

“I loved my experience at the elementary school. It really forced me to learn Italian. I appreciated the opportunity to observe the techniques used to teach the children.” - Alex Manning, Year 2010-11



GIF Spring 2011 group photo

The universal language of sport: Italian and American players, including GIF students, pose before the final game in the three day basketball tournament

build your community

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer opportunities are available for rewarding service in the Florentine community. • Volunteer at Casa Famiglia (a halfway house) and work directly with children in need. • Serve in a local soup kitchen close to the GIF campus. • Assist in English classes in an Italian public elementary school. CONVERSATION PARTNER PROGRAM Improve your Italian with a language partner. GIF students are matched with Italian students from the University of Florence for weekly encounters. Any GIF student, regardless of his or her level of Italian, is welcome to participate. ENGLISH FOR PASTA PROGRAM Visit an Italian family once a week, teach English to children ranging in age from 6 to 15, then have dinner with the family. During the dinner hour you have the opportunity to practice your Italian in a family setting. INTERNSHIPS Students interested in non-credit internship experiences can work with the Student Life staff to find a placement in a local business or nonprofit organization.

CULTURAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES Enjoy concerts, ballets and operas with world-class performers at some of Florence’s most prestigious theaters such as the magnificent 18th century Teatro della Pergola. Enhance your cooking skills with classes on Italian cuisine. Be a part of the many opportunities Florence offers as part of its cultural heritage. GUEST LECTURERS Sit in on guest lectures, speakers invited by GIF to share their areas of interest related to ongoing courses or international topics.

ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES There are several opportunities to participate in athletic activities. Whether on a court, on and off the field, or on a race course, a variety of competitive and “just for fun” athletic activities occur throughout the year. Meet up with local Italian students by forming a basketball team. Exercise your mind and body in a yoga class. Participate in local and regional running events. Join our men’s and women’s GIF soccer teams which compete against other American and Italian teams.

Italian cooking class

Jesuit service project

GIF students pose for a photo before participating in Corri la Vita (Run for Life) 10K race, an annual fund-raiser promoting physical health to raise money to fight cancer. Corri la Vita

Play “Calcetto,” five-on-five soccer, in organized intramural games. Members of the Fall 2010 calcetto team pose before practice.


La vita a Firenze


The Italian/American basketball tournament was a great way to meet not only Italians my age, but also students from America who are studying in Florence at other schools. - Drew Hoffman, Fall 2010



Our vision is to develop a holistic component to the travel program that brings into equilibrium students’ experiences both in the classroom and in their travels.


I viaggi

Travel Learning The success of Gonzaga-in-Florence depends upon both traditional instruction and experiential learning. We aim to provide these elements in a balanced environment that promotes growth as individuals and as a community. In order to achieve these goals, the travel and student life staff organize each trip carefully. In addition, faculty members enrich some trips with their knowledge and expertise.

Opening Tour / Orientation Each semester begins with an Opening Tour that incorporates orientation. During the Opening Tour, students learn the essentials of being a savvy traveler. The site for the Opening Tour is traditionally selected for its historical significance and educational value. Students will visit museums, parks, churches, monuments and much more. The fall and spring Opening Tours vary in destination and length. The orientation and tour are included in the program cost. Students are required to attend the Opening Tour.


Christmas Tour The optional Christmas Tour is a wonderful bonding experience. The destination can vary from year-to-year and is dependent upon the current political situation. Regardless of the destination, it is always an exciting, historic adventure. During the Christmas Tour students stay in fine hotels and have daily guided excursions. Airfare, excursions, hotels, and some meals are included in the cost of this tour. Year, fall and spring students are encouraged to attend the Christmas Tour.

Weekend Trips The academic schedule of Gonzagain-Florence allows students threeday weekends throughout the duration of the program. Gonzagain-Florence offers organized optional excursions during some of these three-day weekends, as well as some day trips to Tuscan towns. Students participating in these trips may do so for an extra fee. Some of these trips concentrate on cities on the Italian peninsula while others may include travel opportunities beyond Italy.

Summer Program In keeping with our Jesuit ethos, the GIF faculty and staff are committed to academic excellence in offering a liberal arts and business curriculum. The faculty challenge students to think critically, and to create global awareness by taking full advantage of the resources in Florence. Summer students are required to take two courses. For the latest course selection and schedule visit • • • •

Courses taught in English Classes Monday - Thursday Enroll in two courses No Italian language requirement

Room and Board Students live in Italian boarding hotels (pensioni) near the school, run by Italian staff who provide good food and safe living conditions. Placements in the different pensioni are determined by a lottery system during the Rome Opening Tour. Each pensione generally accommodates anywhere from twelve to thirty students. Most of our pensioni are co-ed, although the rooms (double, triple, and quad) are gender specific. Since the majority of the students usually travel during the threeday weekends, the weekly meal plan, included in the program cost, consists of 11 meals.

Opening Tour The program begins with the Opening Tour in Rome. We tour the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance city, including St. Peter’s, the Vatican museums, the Colosseum, and more.

Weekend Trips The GIF academic schedule provides opportunity for optional organized and independent travel. Past weekend trips for GIF Summer included: London, Amalfi Coast, Interlaken, and Cinque Terre.

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Join Gonzaga-in-Florence on a seven-week study abroad journey beginning with an Opening Tour in the eternal city of Rome, followed by six weeks of classes in the heart of Florence. Tentative Summer Courses: All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified. ART VART 101 - Drawing VART 112 - The Principles of Design: Florence and a Page Format VART 294 - Florence of the Medici VART 466 - Philosophy of Art BUSINESS BFIN 327 - International Finance

Il programma estivo


HISTORY HIST 341 - Europe in the Nineteenth Century: Revolution and Unification INTERNATIONAL STUDIES INST 381 - Organized Crime and Political Violence in Film and Literature INST 386 - Europe in the Nineteenth Century: Revolution and Unification ITALIAN STUDIES ITAL 101 - Elementary Italian I (4 credits) ITAL 105 - Elementary Italian Conversation I ITAL 319 - Organized Crime and Political Violence in Film and Literature PHILOSOPHY PHIL 301 - Ethics PHIL 472 - Philosophy of Art RELIGIOUS STUDIES RELI 310 - Bible and Contemporary Christian Ethics SOCIOLOGY SOCI 395 - The Sociology of Memory: Power and Representation


When to Apply The Gonzaga-in-Florence program is open to all undergraduate students who meet the program requirements and are matriculating at a four-year U.S. college or university. Students interested in applying to Gonzaga-in-Florence are encouraged to apply early as space is limited. The application process may close early if the program capacity is reached before the program deadline. Late applications will be considered based on space availability and visa requirements.

Application Deadline & Decision Dates •

SUMMER 2012 Priority application deadline is December 15, 2011 for a decision by January 15, 2012. Based on space availability, we will continue to admit qualified students from January 15 up to March 1, 2012, or until the program is filled.

FALL 2012 / YEAR 2012/13 Priority application deadline is January 1, 2012 for a decision by February 1, 2012. Based on space availability, we will continue to admit qualified students from February 1 up to March 1, 2012, or until the program is filled.

SPRING 2013 Priority application deadline is January 1, 2012 for a decision by February 1, 2012. Based on space availability, we will continue to admit qualified students from February 1 up to October 1, 2012, or until the program is filled.

How to Apply GONZAGA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 1. Application form (download a copy from the website) 2. $50 non-refundable application fee payable online 3. Two academic recommendations (one for summer) 4. Academic Services clearance online form 5. Student Life clearance online form 6. Return application to the Study Abroad office either in person or by campus mail to AD Box 85. NON-GONZAGA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 1. Application form (download a copy from the website) 2. $50 non-refundable application fee payable online 3. One academic recommendation 4. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended 5. Program Approval form 6. Mail to: Study Abroad, Gonzaga University, Ad Box 85, 502 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258-0085


Program Dates SUMMER 2012

MAY 16 - JUNE 30

FALL 2012




Program Requirements SUMMER STUDENTS • 2.5 cumulative GPA (through Spring 2012) • Freshman standing (or above) at the time of application • Enrollment in two courses • No Italian language requirement YEAR & SEMESTER STUDENTS (with the exception of the Engineering Track students): • 2.8 cumulative GPA (through Spring 2012 for year and fall students; through Fall 2012 for spring students) • Junior standing (or above) at the start of the program; apply during sophomore year. Exceptions may be made for students in the Teacher Education Track. • Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester with a maximum of 19 credits allowed if taking ITAL 101, 102, 201 or 202 which are four credits each. • Students are required to satisfy the Italian language requirement either prior to or during the program (see page 5). ENGINEERING TRACK STUDENTS • 2.8 cumulative GPA (through Fall 2012) or permission from the Dean of Engineering at Gonzaga University • Sophomore standing at the start of the program; apply during freshman year or early fall of sophomore year. • Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester with a maximum of 19 credits allowed if taking ITAL 101, 102, 201 or 202 which are four credits each. • No Italian language requirement

Passport & Visa All students must have a passport that is valid for six months after the end of their study abroad program. An Italian student visa is a stamp in your passport that allows you to study in Italy for over 90 days. Generally, students studying in Italy for a semester or a year must have an Italian student visa. Summer students do not need a visa. Do not plan to use your passport three months before departure to allow for visa processing. Detailed instructions will be provided by the Gonzaga Study Abroad office.

Program Cost $3,597 $4,464 $39 $8,100

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES In addition to the program cost, other expenses include textbooks, round trip airfare, optional Christmas Tour (year and semester), optional Spring Break trip (spring only), and weekend trips. Personal spending, independent travel, and currency exchange rates should be taken into consideration when planning your budget.

$16,539 $6,556 $1,591 $133 $24,819

OPTIONAL CHRISTMAS TOUR COST The cost of the Christmas Tour ($4000 in 2011/12) is contingent on the destination selected and length of the tour, both of which, at the time of publication, have not yet been finalized.

SUMMER 2012 Preliminary estimated costs: Tuition Room, Board, Opening Tour Technology Fee Overall Program Cost FALL 2012 Preliminary estimated costs: Tuition Room and Board Opening Tour Technology Fee Overall Program Cost

SPRING 2013 Preliminary estimated costs: Tuition Room and Board Opening Tour Technology Fee Overall Program Cost

$16,539 $6,556 $742 $133 $23,970

YEAR 2012-2013 Preliminary estimated costs: Tuition Room and Board Opening Tour Technology Fee Overall Program Cost

$33,079 $13,112 $1,591 $265 $48,047

DEPOSIT Within two weeks of the date of acceptance, students are required to reserve their place on the program with a $500 deposit that is applied to the cost of the program. Deposits are non-refundable after March 15, 2012 for summer, June 1, 2012 for fall and year, and October 15, 2012 for spring.

FINANCIAL AID Gonzaga University students: With the exception of work study awards and some scholarships, all Gonzaga University financial aid applies to the Gonzaga-in-Florence year and semester program. Non-GU students: Contact the Financial Aid office on your home campus to determine what aid may travel. SCHOLARSHIPS Applicants must be admitted to the Gonzaga-in-Florence program by February 1, 2012 in order to ensure priority consideration for Gonzaga-in-Florence scholarships. INSURANCE The following insurance is included in the cost of the program: • Gonzaga Student Accidental Injury Insurance • Italian Health Insurance • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

For more information PHOTO CREDITS Grazie mille, a special thank you to the past participants, faculty, and staff who supplied photographs for this brochure and provide us with continued inspiration to offer the highest quality program. GIF alumni: Jake Avella, Kelsey Bledsoe, Alexandra Bobovsky, Brett Bollier, David Coleman, Jenny Fratt, Courtney Gullette, Zach Haveman, Gregory Hueners, Michael Imasua, Tim McMillen, Kelsey Olmstead, Danika Pariseau; GU/GIF faculty/staff: Henry Batterman, Mercedes Carrara, Emily Grayson, Katuska Kohut, Angela McNutt, Shelley Story; Gonzaga University Archives. Printed August 2011. Any information printed in this brochure is subject to change without notice. It is intended to serve only as a general source of information about the Gonzaga-in-Florence program and is in no way intended to state contractual terms. Design: Katuska Kohut

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1-800-440-5391 Gonzaga University, Study Abroad Center for Global Engagement 502 E Boone Ave, Spokane, WA 99258-0085

contact Wanda Reynolds, Director Study Abroad (509) 313-3583,

Donna Ryan, Assistant Director (509) 313-3598,

Gonzaga-in-Florence on the threshold of celebrating

50 years as a leader in study abroad 1963



Rev. Neil G. McCluskey, S.J., Director of GIF welcomes first students. Construction of Instituto Stensen, home of GIF until 1968.

Streets of Florence under water caused by a disastrous flood. American students in Florence, including GIF, are referred to as “mud-angels” for their clean-up efforts.


Palazzo Antinori, home of GIF 1968-2003 (circled in the brochure cover above).


GIF Opening Tour group photo Rev. Anthony P. Via, S.J., Director and Dean of GIF in front of the Heidelberg for 23 years, in Jordan Schloss in Germany. during the 1995 Holy Land Christmas Tour.


GIF summer program opens to undergraduates. Photo: GIF Summer 2005 Opening Tour in Rome.


The new home of GIF is dedicated as the Mozilo Center on May 8, 2005.


GIF introduces the Engineering Track (Spring 2010) and the Teacher Education Track (Fall 2011). Photo: Spring 2010 engineering student group.

1963: Gonzaga-in-Florence students at the Piazza Michelangelo Gonzaga-in-Florence past participants include students from the following schools: Alfred University Bellevue Community College Boston College Boston University Cal Poly Carroll College Creighton University College of Charleston Colorado College DePaul University Duke University Eastern Washington University Fairfield University Fordham University Furman University George Mason University Holy Names College James Madison University Le Moyne College Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans Lewis & Clark College Marquette University McGill University New York University Newbury College Occidental College Olympic College Orange Coast College Pacific Lutheran University Providence College Regis University St. John’s University Saint Joseph’s University Saint Louis University Santa Clara University Seattle Community College Seattle Pacific University Seattle University Sierra Nevada College Sonoma State University

Spokane Falls Community College Saint Mary’s College Trinity University Tulane University University of Alaska University of Arizona University of British Columbia UC Berkeley UC Davis UCLA UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz University of Colorado Boulder University of Dayton University of Georgia University of Idaho University of Illinois University of Miami University of Montana University of Nebraska-Omaha

University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Pittsburgh University of Portland University of Puget Sound University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of St. Thomas University of Southern California University of Vermont University of Washington University of Wisconsin Villanova University Wabash College Washington State University Western Washington University College of William and Mary Whitman College Whitworth College

Gonzaga-in-Florence Study Abroad Center for Global Engagement 502 E Boone Ave Spokane, WA 99258-0085 1-800-440-5391

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