Italy’s Vibrant Culture Experienced During Study Abroad Summer Trip

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Nineteen students gained firsthand experience in understanding European and Italian history and culture when they traveled to Italy through the Study Abroad Program from Monday, May 6 – Saturday, May 18, 2019. Professors of Humanities Lisa Cole and Jeremy Bassetti led the experience, which was offered through Valencia College’s Office of Study Abroad and Global Experiences (SAGE) in conjunction with the Gordon Rule Renaissance and Baroque Humanities course.

Students visited multiple United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Operation world heritage sites and experienced museums, cathedrals, squares and some of the world’s most famous artistic collections and works of art. Their trip included visiting the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Vatican Il, Uffizi Gallery, Duomo, Church of II Gesù, Galleria Borghese, St. Peter’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica.

All students on the program were awarded a SAGE scholarship, which was donated by the Foundation and Student Development. Furthermore, Jeremy provided all students additional scholarships from the Patricia Havill Whalen Endowed Chair in Social Sciences.

“International programs are high-impact practices that create far more opportunities for a student’s academic and personal development than traditional classroom-based programs,” said Jeremy. “As such, educators and institutions need to promote them and invest in them more heavily so that a greater number and diversity of students can participate in them.”

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