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Tuscany, Italy

The Southern Connecticut State University Department of World Languages and Literatures presents: The 2017 International Course Abroad in



Tuscany Badge


Tuscany Application (PDF)
(Please return completed applications to the OIE in EN A-220.)


Halfway between Florence and Rome lies the town of Montepulciano nestled between sprawling vineyards and olive groves. The language school is located on the top of a hill surrounded by the breathtaking Tuscan scenery. The tranquility is ideal for the study of the Italian language far from bustling city centers.

This historic town, where locals still stop to chat in bars or markets and have a great interest in foreign visitors, is an ideal place for learning Italian.

Montepulciano's old town center is full of churches and "palazzi". The Medieval and Renaissance periods are well represented. Additionally, the area boasts many Baroque churches, Etruscan and Roman cites, and a replica of the La Scala Opera House in Milan.

The cultural life is also highly varied. The International Art Workshop attracts music-lovers from all over the world. The town comes to life with many local town festivals, and banquets organized by various parishes in the town square.


Southern students must register for either LIT 398: Italian Journeys or ETA 203: Italian Culture in Italy. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to register for one of the following 3-credit language courses to be taken in Montepulciano. These 3 credits will count towards the SCSU language requirement. Students interested in enrolling in this optional 3-credit language course will be required to submit an additional fee of $926.00 to the Office of International Education by May 5, 2017. 

ITA 100 Italian I
ITA 101 Italian II
ITA 200 Italian III
ITA 210 Italian IV


One semester of college-level Italian or equivalent and 2.5 grade point average is required. Completion of Southern's risk management paperwork is required before traveling abroad. Students should have student records free of disciplinary problems and must have a valid Passport.

Program Fees: TBD

Program Fee Includes
Airfare, lodging, round-trip domestic transportation from SCSU to the airport
• Entrance to all cultural activities sponsored by the program, including two nights in Rome, and day trips to Siena and Florence
• Visit to Chiusi Etruscan Underground City
• 3 group dinners
• 1 group breakfast

Program Fee Does Not Include:
SCSU tuition and summer registration fee ($1,612.00), personal meals and expenses, touring, books, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.

Please Note:
All participants in the program are required to have supplemental travel insurance. Students must either purchase Aetna Student Health Plan, which includes OnCall emergency coverage, or OnCall stand-alone emergency coverage for $36.00. This policy can be purchased in the OIE). For more information, contact the
Office of International Education at 203-392-6756.

*The deposit will be returned if application is not accepted by the Program Director.
For information regarding financial aid, please contact 203-392-5222.

A deposit of $1,000 is due when the application is submitted to the OIE. The deposit is non-refundable once the student is notified by the faculty trip leader of his or her acceptance into the program. This guarantees airfare and reserves lodging. A second payment ($1,125)  is due on March 22, 2017. The remainder of the balance ($1,125)  is due no later than May 1, 2017.

Program fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs in Italy may result in additional fees being charged. The University reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip.  In the event that additional fees exceed the current costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on May 14, 2017 and after May 14, there will be no refunds. The program does not accept responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if desired, and reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.

Office of international Education Cancellation Policy

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will  negotiate for refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

For additional information and applications contact:

Dr. Pina Palma
Southern Connecticut State University
Department of World Languages & Literatures EN D159
Phone: 203-392-6753

Final acceptance into the program will be given by the program director, Dr.Palma.