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Vanderbilt Florence SP19 PDO

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Study Abroad in
Elective course offerings (list for fall semester has not been finalized):
Italian Cinema
Passion, Power and Pestilence: Art in Italy 1500-1650
Food and Culture
Renaissance Art & Architecture
Medieval Art & Architecture
History of Modern Italy
The Medici: History & Legend of an Italian Dynasty
Italian & European Politics
The European Banking System
International Energy Policy: Oil, Gas & Green Technologies
The European Political Economy
European Identity & Culture
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Leadership Development
International Marketing
Corporate Finance
International Management
Money & Banking: A Historical Perspective
Florence Sketchbook
Wine Studies: History and Culture of Italian Wine
Introduction to Italian Culinary Science, Art and Practice***
NO Vanderbilt Credit

Who Should I Ask?
Study Abroad in

What are your expectations and goals?
What are you most excited to experience while studying abroad?
What do you think will be the most challenging aspect about studying abroad?

Randall Salisbury
Director of Europe Programs

Next Steps
Complete documents in CET account
Complete documents in GEO account
Maintain good academic and disciplinary standing
Refer to CET Resources (in your online account) about residence permit, arrival & orientation information, housing, and more
Make sure all of your courses have a course equivalency on file
Await passport and visa (if you don't receive it roughly ten days before departure for Florence, contact Gabriela)
Course Evaluation Process
Your responsibility!
Start ASAP
Unless course evaluation is expiring, courses cannot be re-evaluated

If you want a course to count differently:
Direct credit
program--all grades appear on Vanderbilt transcript and factor into GPA
Cannot "opt out" of credits
Will receive number of credits listed on YES, may differ from CET's suggested credits
You cannot retake a class you took abroad on campus or vice versa
12-18 VU Credits
No pass/fail
No AXLE credit
GEO registers you in a 12-credit placeholder for your semester abroad
This may be different than the number of credits you take abroad
Once VU receives your transcript from abroad, courses, grades and credits will be updated in YES
Transcripts may take up to 3 months to be sent to VU
Cost & Billing
All programs are billed:
Vanderbilt tuition
$250 study abroad administrative fee (includes health insurance)
program fee

What is NOT included:
Meals (roughly $2,500)
Independent travel
Personal expenses (roughly $3,000)
Billing is the same as if you were at VU
Financial aid applies for semester programs (except work study)
Withdrawal fee:
If you withdraw after commitment, $500 study abroad fee for GEO is non-refundable
$500 CET cancellation fee + any non-recoverable costs
Can be thousands of dollars due to housing
You must
withdraw in writing
to both CET and GEO

What to expect?
Classes scheduled Monday - Thursday
Italian academic atmosphere
Academic and attendance policies
Textbooks provided
Be prepared to walk to your classes!

CET Center
All courses held here
Study space & wifi access
CET staff support
Program Calendar
August 29
Arrive in Florence
August 30- September 1
September 3
Classes begin
October 26- November 4
Fall Break
November 22
Thanksgiving (no classes)
December 10-13
Final Exams
December 15
Depart Florence
*TBD: Trip to Rome
You will receive more information about activities and the program calendar when you arrive in Florence.

Some activities to look forward to: wine tasting, pizza and gelato making class, and climbing the Duomo!
CET apartments
roommate assignments 1-2 weeks prior to departure
apartment assignments when you arrive on site
Kitchen- stocked with pots & pans, utensils and glassware
Washing machine, no dryer
Towels, pillows, linens
Location, location, location!!!
No standardization
Meals - cook or eat at local restaurants (ask staff for recommendations!)
Living green - electricity, reusable bags, etc

Housing FAQ: Florence
in CET Account

Housing & Meals
Health & Wellness

Street Smarts
Bringing medications to Italy
Getting medical attention in Italy
GeoBlue Insurance
Online account resources
Academic Accommodations
Vanderbilt Incident Response for Travel (VIRT)
Emergency and travel assistance for VU students
Examples of how VIRT can assist you abroad:
Connecting you with appropriate healthcare abroad
Providing medical consultation to help you make informed decisions
Guiding you in using Vanderbilt-issued insurance
In an emergency, you can call VIRT at
+1 615-322-2745
any time of day or night, any day of the year
. Tell the VU Public Safety dispatcher that you want to report an issue to VIRT
You can also contact VIRT via email if it is not an emergency. A response will come within 24 hours.
Expectations (CET)
When traveling on weekends ALWAYS fill out the Travel Plans Form
So we can quickly locate all students in case of emergency
Gabriela Luis
Study Abroad Advisor, GEO
Arrival Day

Florence is connected by bus, train, airport

: Please do not schedule independent travel until you have arrived in Florence

**Your Permit of Stay appointment can be
scheduled for any day and cannot be changed
. If you miss the appointment you can be
fined thousands of euro or deported

Expectations (Vanderbilt)
Register for Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
When planning any travel, be sure to research destination
Review US Dept. of State's website for Travel Warnings or Alerts
Learn about health threats and in-country resources
Know emergency numbers for any country you visit
Make sure on-site staff can reach you at all times
Cell phones
Keep a copy of the emergency numbers on hand
Respond immediately if your RD, program office, or GEO contact you in an emergency
Gabriela Luis
Study Abroad Advisor
Jessica Kuh
Student Services Coordinator, Italy
laptop, cell phone, chargers & adapter
pack enough prescription medication for whole term!
in Florence: warmer at the beginning, colder at the end (layers + warm coat)
Pack strategically
: bring a small bag for weekend travel
Be aware of baggage weight limits (leave room for souvenirs!)

*See the
Packing Guide
in your CET account for tips!
Dealing with the day-to-day
Cell phones
Cash Culture
Asking for the check
Bottled Water
Public restrooms
Photocopies of important documents!
Receiving mail & packages

in CET account
Alumni Advice
Packing tips
Housing experiences
Cultural differences
What to do and where to travel

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