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Study Abroad & Travel Programs




Why Study Abroad in Florence?

Florence, home of the Pasadena City College Semester in Italy, lies as a jewel in the heart of Tuscany. Here, in the center of Italy, you will walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Fra Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Petrarch and Dante. You will feel the very presence of these painters, philosophers, poets, architects, sculptors, and writers - giants of the Italian Renaissance, which had its beginnings here in Florence and its environs.

Daily you will walk through the narrow, hand-hewn streets between the magnificent medieval and renaissance architecture, which was designed by these geniuses. Their sculptures adorn outside walls and stand in the loggias of their grand piazzas. The many museums are treasure troves of beauty.
You will learn the ways of Italian living from the lively and intellectual Florentines as you rub elbows with them in small “caffe” bars and enjoy the local cappuccino and panini.

Offered Courses:

Participants must enroll in an Italian language course and take a minimum of 11 units.

Course Name
Course Name
  Italian 1, 2, 3 & 4   Elementary or Intermediate Italian
  Italian 010   Italian Civilization
  Italian 050   Italian Film as Dramatic Literature
  Psychology 001   Introductory Psychology
  Psychology 021   Developmental Psychology: The Child
  Psychology 025   Human Sexuality

* All courses are CSU/UC transferable.


Professor Rita D'Amico

  • Program Faculty
  • Email:
  • Phone: (626) 585-7478

Professor Jennifer Noble

  • Program Faculty
  • Email:
  • Phone: (626) 585-3364

Program Fee:

$8,290 (Based on a minimum enrollment of 20 students. Excludes airline taxes/fuel charges, PCC tuition & textbook costs). See the Florence 2016 Information Sheet for more information.

  • Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify. For more information, visit or contact the Financial Aid office (L114) at (626) 585-7401. Financial Aid Information
  • Five $1,000 Italian-American Scholarships will be awared to selected program parcitipants. More details coming soon!

Program Fee Includes:

  • Rountrip airfare (LAX to FLR) & transfers
  • Housing in furnished, self-catering, apartments within the historic center of Florence
  • Guided tour of Florence
  • Guided visits to historical sites and museums in Florence & Rome
  • Full-day excursions to Siena & San Gimignano
  • 3 day/2 night excursion to Rome
  • On-site faculty and student support
  • Wireless access at teaching site and apartments
  • Accident and illness insurance
  • Liability insurance

Optional Meal Package:

A package of 25 meal vouchers for use in selected eateries in Florence for either lunch or dinner is available for an additional fee of $375.

Information sessions:

Come meet the faculty and learn more about the program at an Information Session! You are encouraged to bring friends, family and anyone else interested in hearing more about the program.

  January 28   12:00 pm   C355
    6:00 pm   LL306
  February 25   12:00 pm   LL306
    6:00 pm   LL306
  March 15   12:00 pm   CC130
    6:00 pm   LL306
  April 5   12:00 pm   LL306
    6:00 pm   LL306
  April 26   12:00 pm   LL306
    6:00 pm   LL306

For More Information:

View the Information information flyer and program brochure.

  1. Florence 2016 Information Flyer
  2. Florence 2016 Brochure


Professor Andrea Murray

  • Study Abroad Programs Coordinator
  • Email:
  • Phone: (626) 585-3365

How to Apply:

A limited space is available. Apply now to reserve your spot!

To be eligible for the program, you must be at least 18 years old on the date of departure. All adult students and varied educational backgrounds are welcome! You do not need to be a current PCC student to join the program.

1.  Obtain a Florence 2016 Application from the Academic Affairs Office (Room C229), or download the document from the following link.

2.  Submit the completed application to the Academic Affairs Office, Room C229

  • After your application has been submitted, you will be contacted sometime before April 18 to schedule an interview.

Applications submitted before April 13 will be given priority.

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