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Rome, Siena, Florence & Cinque Terre

May 11 - June 2, 2014 (3 weeks)

Due to limited accommodation space, this program has
a maximum capacity.  Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply by the early application deadline.  TnCIS anticipates that a wait list will be initiated for the regular acceptance applicants.  Contact TnCIS if you have questions.

Total Program Fee:  $4,995

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Program Location:

All roads lead to Rome which is where the program starts. Rome, the eternal city, has an ambiance like no other. Here the ancient world is integrated with the modern. Rome means history. Bernini fountains, baroque basilicas, Michelangelo frescoes, and street markets are found in the same city with chic designer stores, terrific restaurants, and a contemporary mass transit system. After Rome the program continues to the Tuscany region which is distinguished by rolling hills, snow-capped mountains, and dramatic cypress trees, providing gorgeous views at practically every turn. The region is known for art, architecture, wine, cheese, and olive oil. In Tuscany we will stay at the rival cities of Siena and Florence. One of Italy's best preserved medieval towns, Siena was built on three hills and is surrounded by well-preserved city walls and filled with fine examples of Gothic and early Renaissance architecture. Next we travel to Florence, home of the Renaissance and birthplace of the modern urban lifestyle. Many consider Florence Europe’s cultural capital.  The program will finish in Cinque Terre, five villages undisturbed by traffic or modern development, clinging to a stretch of the Riviera coastline. The villages are linked by a milk-run train, a ferry, and a fantastic trail which draws hikers from all over the world.

Program Description:

Heart of the Roman Empire, birthplace of the Renaissance and Roman Catholic Church, Italy offers the perfect setting for the study of many academic disciplines. The legacy of art and architecture extends through every era from ancient to the most contemporary. Italy offers an excellent opportunity for students to experience the development of western art, civilization, society, and culture. Courses offered will incorporate the Italian people, varied land and seascapes, history, art, and culture to provide students a unique and exciting study abroad experience.

Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk two to three miles per day.  You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities. 

Excursions may include: There may be multiple excursions including visits to the Forum, Coliseum, Vatican, Duomo, El Campo, a winery, San Gimigano, the markets, the Pantheon, Rome at night walking tour, the Academia (home of Michelangelo’s David), hike of the Cinque Terre Trails, and more.

Classes: Class meeting times will average 3 hours daily. Class schedules may vary depending on the daily activities for each class. In addition to traditional classroom time all courses require class excursions.

Accommodations: Students will stay in budget hotels in Siena, Rome, and Florence in rooms holding up to five people. The hotel in Rome has an 11:00 pm curfew. In Cinque Terre students will stay in a youth hostel with up to nine people in a room. A light breakfast and one other meal will be provided daily.  Students should budget to pay for one meal daily as well as snacks and drinks. 


All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution  are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level.  TnCIS program courses are for credit only. In Italy, students will enroll in ONE of the following courses:

ACCOUNTING: Principles of Accounting II (Prerequisite: ACCT 1010)
An introduction to Managerial Accounting Theory and Practice with elements of Financial Accounting; including the Statement of Cash Flows.  Through visits to service, retail and manufacturing facilities; and even tourist destinations; Italy will provide many opportunities for hands-on learning related to the course.  In Rome, students may have the opportunity to learn the various costs incurred in manufacturing through visiting the Vatican and the Pantheon.  We may also visit a winery and an olive oil cooperative providing a realistic backdrop for learning the differences between job order and process costing and the flow of costs in production.  Various components of the course can even be discussed while traveling between and dining in all three cities.  Although students often don’t realize it in a traditional classroom accounting is everywhere and Italy will be an exciting background in which to study. See course syllabus 

ARCHITECTURE:  Architectural Design (Prerequisites: Architectural Drawing course or permission of instructor)
Rome, Sienna, Florence, Cinques Terre and the surrounding areas will provide students a comparative review of American and Italian architecture and building techniques both historically and modern. Modern buildings by Richard Meier, Renzo Piano, and Zaha Hadid contrast with the classic historic Roman Buildings as the Forum, Coliseum, Vatican, Duomo, and El Campo. Students will learn green building concepts and classic architectural principles of Vitruvius, Palladio, and Alberti with visits to historic and modern residential and commercial building projects and towns.  See course syllabus

ART: Survey of Art History II (No Prerequisite)
There is no better place to study art than Italy. From the birth of the Renaissance to the dramatic light of the Baroque, Italy possesses some of the most famous and unforgettable pieces of art and architecture of all time. Students will truly be immersed in the art experience. Possible excursions include (and are not limited to), Rome: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peters, Ancient Rome and the Colosseum, The Borghese, and many historical churches. In Siena and Florence students may visit: the Duomo, Palazzo Pubblico, Museo della Opera dell Duomo, the Florence Duomo, Baptistery, the Accademia, and the Uffizi. See course syllabus 

ECONOMICS: Macroeconomics (Corequisites: College-level Math)
Economics tackles some of the most important questions faced by policy-makers, businesses, and ordinary citizens in an increasingly interdependent world. The course aims to give an insight into key issues in the news affecting everyday life in Italy and the U.S. Our goal is to allow you to understand the forces driving things like the price of oil, exchange rates and the level of unemployment in an economy. Students will explore how history, politics, culture, the media, and religion influence the answers to these questions in Italy and in the U.S.  This course can be used as a social science elective for most majors. On class excursions students will learn about the quality of life in Italy. They will see first-hand what inspires people, the challenges they face, and what gets in the way of obtaining individual and national goals in this beautiful country.
Planned site visits include:
A 600 year old vineyard and winery that began exporting to England in the 1600s
The oldest bank in Europe that has been in business over 500 years
A leather factory in Florence
A wine cooperative in Cinque Terre
The Italian Senate Building
And more…
See course syllabus