After the first full week of school, CEA took us on a little day trip to Cinque Terre. The students who signed up to go met the CEA Florence staff at the Santa Maria Novella around 8 am.   From there, we hopped on the busses and drove to the first of the five cities that make up Cinque Terre. Once we got to Riomaggiore, we got on the local train that takes you back and forth to the 5 cities.   My friends and I took advantage…

After an exciting day at school, CEA student, Braden, takes a short walk to the nearby grocery store to get fresh produce for his dinner. With only a five minute walk from school to the store and back home, Braden gets home and begins to cook a classic Italiano dinner for his friends. Dinner is served on one of the many private apartment terraces CEA gives to the students, overlooking the sunset and all of Florence. Wow. Produced by Patrick Casey. Music by Animals in the Attic Patrick…

This video documents a weekend trip to Rome. It includes tourist sites like the Colosseum, Vatican and Piazza del Popolo. Also, you can see the changing of the guard at Piazza Venezia, and a walk through the park “Villa Borghese.” Nate DeRidder is the Fall 2015 MOJO Photographer in Florence, Italy. He is currently a junior at Cardinal Stritch University.

While in a foreign language immersion program, it can be tough to overcome the language barrier in the first couple weeks.  Learning a new language can be tiring, but practice makes perfect!  Listen to Student Services Assistants, Daniele Bini’s and Vania Ruzzi’s, thoughts on language barriers and how students can overcome them. Stephanie Ino is the Fall 2015 CEA MOJO in Florence, Italy. She is currently a senior at UC Davis.

I’ve always loved Christmas back home, but Florence brought a whole new feeling to Christmas.  You can’t help but feel the holiday spirit while walking around the city.  The streets inspire you to explore with different light decorations on each street, while the Christmas Market lures you in with the smell of delicious German food.  Check out CEA Florence’s Student Services Assistants, Daniele Bini’s and Vania Ruzzi’s, favorite parts of Christmas in Florence. Stephanie Ino is the Fall 2015 CEA MOJO in Florence, Italy. She is currently a…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Florence

Studying abroad takes your learning outside the classroom where lectures can happen anywhere, planned or not. With our CEA classrooms in Piazza della Repubblica, a central location of Florence, any class can take various field trips to teach in a new environment or experience class material first hand. The fashion marketing elective class goes on several field trips, including a visit to the department store Coin to discuss visual display marketing with the manager and exploring the Gucci Museum in Piazza della Signoria. The Gucci Museum takes visitors chronologically through the history of…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Florence

Dear Stephanie before studying abroad, These next four months will be exactly and nothing like what you are expecting right now.  You didn’t think you would actually spend a third of a year in another country, but it’s happening and it’ll be one of the greatest experiences in your life (at least so far).  Although it may be a little rocky at times and you should figure these things out on your own, here are some tips to help you out. Use the advice you’ve read.  The last…

This video shows some of my favorite highlights from around the city of Florence. Included are some of the major tourist sites as well as a delicious place to get gelato! Nate DeRidder is the Fall 2015 MOJO Photographer in Florence, Italy. He is currently a junior at Cardinal Stritch University.    

After spending a few weeks in Florence, I was surprised to learn that out of all the students in the CEA Florence program, I was one of three people that chose to stay with a host family. I was so surprised, because staying with my host family has been an amazing experience, and I’m sad that more of my peers won’t get that opportunity. While I am sure living in the CEA apartments with other American students has its perks, I whole-heartedly recommend any future study abroad student…

Cinque Terre, Italy. It’s often referred to as one of the prettiest places on earth, and everyone who visits can agree: It’s pretty magical. During the fall 2015 semester, CEA took Florence students to visit the five villages protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. “Cinque Terre” is literally Italian for “five lands,” and the name derives from the fact that there are five seaside towns connected by a hiking trail. For those who aren’t up to the adventure of hiking, or are constrained by time, there…