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Global Partner & Local Network Connections in the City

CEA students may study with our Global partner in Florence, the Santa Reparata International School of Art, which offers specialized instruction in the Studio Arts. CEA’s academic and professional network in Florence supports student integration into Italian culture through volunteer placements, extramural sports and conversation exchanges with local students. Opportunities for class visits and student research projects are provided by key connections to local organizations and institutions, including: • Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) • Florence’s renowned art restoration lab Opificio delle Pietre Dure • Anti-mafia association Fondazione Caponnetto

• The Florence Newspaper • Ars et Fides Association for Museum Docent Training • The Florence International Theatre Company

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Campus Highlights

University of New Haven: Freshman Experience (2009, 2010) Freshmen enroll in one or two courses exclusive to them, and can choose from an array of other courses offered at the CEA Global Campus that integrate them into the upper-class student body. By studying abroad during their first semester of college, students develop great skills in cultural awareness and understanding, strong communication skills, and a great sense of independence. Ohio University: Italian Language and Culture (2009, 2010) Students follow rigorous language instruction for seven weeks. Their CEA-taught Italian courses are accompanied by an in-depth study of Dante’s Divine Comedy taught by their OU professor. Academic activities co-designed by CEA and OU further students’ knowledge of the Italian language and contemporary culture.

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• Global Partnership with the Santa Reparata International School of Art, offering specialized instruction in the studio arts

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Custom Program Examples


• Experienced international faculty dedicated to CEA’s “active learning” instructional model

Planning a Visit to Florence?

The CEA Global Campus in Florence offers exciting opportunities for customized study abroad programming, giving U.S. institutions the opportunity to develop faculty-led or group programs. We will partner with your institution to provide curricular and co-curricular planning and services, including: logistical planning, visa assistance, student housing, academic support and risk management. University programs benefit from each Global Campus’s modern facilities, expert staff, and local resources. CEA’s staff in Florence are also experienced with Freshman and Early College programming.

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• Premises in the Palazzo Levi in Piazza della Repubblica, at the heart of the historical city center, only a few minutes’ walk from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery • Newly renovated 700-square-meter (7535 square feet) facility incorporating five “smart” classrooms, student computer lab, resource center, office space for visiting faculty and Wi-Fi throughout

University Programs

Palazzo Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio Uffizi Gallery


CEA Headquarters

CEA Florence

2005 W. 14th Street Suite 113 Tempe, AZ 85281-6977

Piazza della Repubblica 6 Florence, 50123 ITALY

tel: 1-877-449-2775

tel: +39 055 285 025

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The CEA Global Education Network

Global Campus Leadership

The CEA Global Education Network, comprising nine Global Campuses, a Global Alliance, and 32 Global Partners, offers you and your students greater depth of choice in study abroad programming and services. Each of the Network’s member institutions brings unique strengths to CEA’s portfolio of programs. The Global Campus is CEA’s signature, purpose-built learning environment, while the Global Alliance represents a new model of academic integration and collaboration. CEA’s Global Partners provide complementary, culturally immersive programs.

Kevin J.F. Murphy, PhD

Connecting Students to Local Academic Communities

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The Global Campus Model Each of CEA’s nine Global Campuses has been thoughtfully developed to meet the needs and standards of today’s students and their home institutions. The Global Campus model is characterized by:

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Active Learning Highlight

Florence: Art, Culture & Genius Famously known as the Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence’s mystique stems largely from this era of dramatic growth in ideas, wealth and art patronage. The location of CEA’s Global Campus in Florence puts students and faculty within easy reach of unparalleled learning opportunities, such as: • Watching the world’s best art conservators work on Renaissance paintings and sculptures • Meeting representatives of local anti-mafia organizations • Learning about the fashion trade from a national buyer • Discussing Florence’s role in the global marketplace with local business owners

• Engagement with the local community through academic partnerships, shared programming and service initiatives

• Attending classes in Florence’s historic squares, markets, museums and churches

• A focus on creative collaborations with U.S. colleges and universities

• Experiencing the magic of studying works in their original context

Just 50 miles away from Florence, Siena produced and attracted some of Italy’s talented artists and architects during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including the painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti. In Siena’s city hall, Lorenzetti painted the most sophisticated and innovative fresco cycle produced during the 14th Century: the “Allegory of Good and Bad Government.”

• Management by highly qualified and locally knowledgeable academic and administrative staff, trained in the best practices in education abroad • Curriculum designed around CEA’s “active learning” model to take learning beyond the classroom and into the city • Courses taught in English as well as in the host language • U.S.-style academic calendar (or specialized schedules as needed)

CEA’s School of Record University of New Haven

The University of New Haven (UNH) acts as the School of Record for all Global Campuses. Global Campus courses are designed in conjunction with, approved and transcripted by UNH, which is accredited by the Commission on the Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association on Schools and Colleges (CIHE/NEASC). In addition, UNH reviews and approves all Global Campus faculty appointments. UNH and CEA also collaborate on ongoing assessment and improvement of Global Campus operations, guided by the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice.

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Dr. Kevin J.F. Murphy moved to Tuscany from his native England in 1996. His doctoral studies while at the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London concentrated on the history of Florentine squares. He has published on Florentine art, architecture and urbanism, and presented his findings at international conferences including the College Art Association (CAA) and Renaissance Society of America (RSA). Kevin has more than 15 years of experience in higher education teaching and administration of American and UK institutions in Italy. He is an active member of professional associations including EAIE (European Association for International Education) where he is a board member of SAFSA (Study Abroad and Foreign Student Advisors’ Professional Section).

Grayson Splane

Florence Program Director Grayson Splane holds an MA in Italian Language and Literature from Middlebury College, specializing in the translation of contemporary Italian poetry. She studied in Florence as an undergraduate, and since 1999 has made the city her permanent home. Before joining CEA in 2001, Grayson worked in publishing as an Assistant Photography Editor and Editor for the southern literary magazine, The Oxford American. Upon her return to Italy she also spent time as an editor and translator in the film industry. During her time with CEA, Grayson has overseen the launch of the Florence and Rome programs, as well as their successful growth into Global Campuses.

Lorenzetti’s vast frescoes were meant for a specific audience, but their messages about justice and peace transcend time and are no less significant today. Students taking the course, “Iconography: The Secret Language of Italian Renaissance Art,” travel to Siena with the course professor to investigate the important role of art and iconography in 14th Century Tuscan culture.

• Rigorous external oversight of faculty hiring and curriculum development

Italy Academic Dean & Campus Director

Global Campus Faculty Your Local Colleagues

Curriculum The wide-ranging curriculum at CEA’s Global Campus in Florence is designed for students from many different majors and backgrounds. In addition to all levels of Italian language, the curriculum incorporates courses taught in English by our international faculty, including: • Italian Language: Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced

• Social History of the Italian Mafia

• Fashion Marketing & Merchandising

• Social Media

• Iconography: The Secret Language of Italian Renaissance Art

• The Culture of Food & Wine in Italy

• Italian Renaissance Architecture • Living Italy: Contemporary Culture & Society

• The Great Masters: Leonardo, Michelangelo & Raphael

• Modern Italian Cinema

• The Medici: History of a Dynasty

• Mysticism & Magic in Medieval & Renaissance Italy

• The Politics of European Integration: an Italian Perspective

• Photography in Florence

Visit for a current list of courses, descriptions and syllabi. Additional courses can be developed to meet the specific curricular needs of your institution.

Well-known historian Fabrizio Ricciardelli (PhD, University of Warwick) teaches The Medici: History of a Dynasty. Fabrizio’s students do not simply learn about the Medici, but explore the sites where their history and that of the Florentine Renaissance unfolded. Visits to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the cloisters of San Marco allow students to appreciate the cultural interests of the family’s most important figures and their relationship with artists such as Donatello, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Fabrizio’s publications include The Politics of Exclusion in Early Renaissance Florence (Brepols: Turnhout, 2007). He was recently featured in a National Geographic documentary on Renaissance Florence.

Patrizia Marzocchetti (Laurea, Università di Firenze) teaches The Culture of Food & Wine in Italy. The course incorporates a visit to a caseficio in Parma, allowing students to study the production of aging parmesan cheese, bringing their discussions about the Slow Food movement to life. In addition to teaching in Australia, Canada, the U.S., Austria, and the UK, she has worked as a columnist for VOGUE Entertaining in Australia, and Italianicious: Essence of Italy, a magazine dedicated to Italian culture. Her professional expertise also includes experience as a catering and food consultant, chef trainer, and advisor for the Consorzio Chianti Classico.

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CEA Global Campus in Florence  

Brochure highighting CEA's Global Campus and partners in Florence, Italy

CEA Global Campus in Florence  

Brochure highighting CEA's Global Campus and partners in Florence, Italy