Florence, Italy 2014

Summer in Florence, Italy

July 3 - August 2, 2014

Click here for information about applying for a $500.00 study abroad scholarship. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 14, 2014.

For information on this program, please contact Patricia Scarfone at pscarfone@occ.cccd.edu  or Franca Hamber at fhamber@uci.edu

You may also call the ACCENT office at 1-800-869-9291.

 Preview Meetings | Brochure includes Application Form

Firenze - panorama (click on the photo for more information about Florence)

Spend a month in Florence, one of the world's centers of art and culture. Immerse yourself in the language and culture of the Renaissance in a city still adorned with the sculpture, architecture and paintings of Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli and Cellini. The Summer in Florence program offers a unique opportunity to expand your educational experience while earning transferable college credit through the Coast Community College District.


Patricia Scarfone is Professor of Spanish and Italian at Orange Coast College. A native of Italy, she is an avid traveler who became interested in study abroad early on. In addition to conducting study abroad programs to Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico and Spain, she served as International Education Coordinator for the Coast Community College District for several years. During that time, she coordinated several semester and short-term programs to destinations such as Australia, Costa Rica, England, France, Italy, Mexico and Spain. Patricia is a strong and active proponent of second-language study and she believes that "knowledge of a second language is a door to the world’s cultures." She encourages people to open that door and explore the wonderful opportunities that await them.

Patrica Scarfone

Franca Hamber is a native of Italy. Before moving to the United States she was educated
at the University of Bologna in Italy where she studied Italian Literature. She
has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Irvine. She
is presently a lecturer of Italian at UCI and she has been teaching there for the past
26 years. She is also a part-time faculty at Orange Coast College where she has been for eleven years. This will be her eleventh year taking students to Italy with ACCENT.


Franca Hamber
Franca Hamber


Cultural Program

Cultural learning is an integral part of the Summer in Florence program. You will attend on-site lectures at museums and historical sites within and outside of Florence. Also included in the program is:

  • A three-day, two-night excursion to Rome including transportation, hotel stay and guided visits

An optional three-day/two-night excursion to Venice with hotel, transportation and guide is available as well ($450). Excursions are chosen based on the academic curriculum and are subject to change.


"David" di Michelangelo (click on the photo for more information about Florence)

Program Price $3,450.00
plus $150 refundable housing security deposit

PProgram price includes:

  • Double room in a shared student apartment in Florence, double/triple/quad rooms on Rome excursion
  • One three-day/two-night excursion to Rome including entry costs, guides, accommodations (breakfast included) and transportation (subject to change)
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation program and walking tour of Florence
  • Overseas information and resource center with ACCENT Florence on-site staff
  • Transfers from and to Florence airport for group flight participants

Program price does not include:

  • Round-trip airfare (estimated airfare: $1900-$2000)
  • Tuition at the Coast Community College District
  • Optional $350 single room supplement
  • Optional three-day/two-night excursion to Venice ($450)
  • Meals except as specified
  • Personal expenses, passports, visas, books and anything not listed as included
  • Required CCCD medical insurance (see description)
  • Travel and personal property insurance

Payment schedule

Final Payment due April 24, 2014.
Roma  - il Colosseo (click on the photo for more information about Rome)


All program participants are required to purchase short-term outbound study abroad medical insurance through an approved District insurance provider. Program participants can find further information on the required study abroad medical insurance at http://www.cccd.edu/studyabroad/about.aspx . Program participants must purchase this study abroad medical insurance no less than 60 days prior to program departure. Failure to purchase the required study abroad medical insurance shall prevent student from participating in the study abroad program.

Academic Credit

An enrollment fee of $46.00 per unit must be paid to Orange Coast College at the time of registration. In addition non-resident and international students pay $214.00 per unit. This tuition is state mandated and subject to change.

Study Program

Students will receive credit from Orange Coast College. Students will be in one of the following Italian classes approximately four hours per day, four days per week and will receive a semester of credit for the class completed.

Italian A180: Elementary Italian 1 5 semester units
Italian A185: Elementary Italian 2 5 semester units
Italian A280: Intermediate Italian 1 4 semester units
Italian A285: Intermediate Italian 2 4 semester units

See the Orange Coast College catalog for course descriptions. All classes are transferable to UC/CSU systems.

Roma Trevi

More Information

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Are you ready to go? If you prefer, you may use the 'PDF' version of the application/brochure, which is available here. If for any reason you cannot access the PDF version, please call ACCENT to obtain an application. After printing and completing the application, please remember to send it and a check for $250 made out to ACCENT to:

870 Market St., #1026
San Francisco, CA 94102

Arrivederci! Arrivederci!

The Coast Community College District reserves the right to cancel, change, append, add, or delete Programs or features of programs.rates, prices, locations, and other details indicated on this preliminary information page may not accurately reflect the actual program offered in 2013, as Programs are still in the final planning stage.