The mosaic vault inside the Florence Baptistery. Before coming to study in Florence, I knew that a large part of my studies here as a history major would focus on the art, architecture, and the history of Florence.  What came as an exciting surprise to me is how these topics are introduced to us in our everyday classes. In my art history class, Iconography: The Secret Language of Italian Renaissance Art, taught by Dr. Angela Oberer, we take weekly trips outside of the classroom to on site locations, where…

Orientation is a fundamental yet undoubtedly challenging initiation into study abroad, full of forms and meetings, a lost piece of luggage (or two!) new roommates and jetlag to boot! But it’s not without its enjoyments. On Friday, January 13, CEA in Florence’s newly-arrived students headed out of town with onsite staff to enjoy a day in the Chianti, where they got to know each other in the relaxed and stimulating atmosphere of the Castello da Verrazzano. After a brief historical lesson on Verrazzano—the man, the castle, the wine—we…

The CEA Florence volunteer program CEA C’È (which means “CEA is there”) provides students with opportunities to participate in local life and culture while giving back to their host city. Jonathan White received training in order to offer free tours to tourists of the Florence Cathedral. Here he shares reflections on his experience. Volunteering as an Ars et Fides tour guide in Florence’s Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, proved to be extremely constructive, educational, and entertaining.  Before I was able to give tours on my own, I underwent a short orientation session with a…

The CEA Florence volunteer program CEA C’È (which means “CEA is there”) provides students with opportunities to participate in local life and culture while giving back to their host city. Charlotte Davis participated in the CEA C’È initiative, assistant teaching English to Italian children at a local elementary school.  Here, Charlotte shares her experience. As an English and Linguistics double-major at UC Davis, the opportunity to spend some hands-on teaching time with ESL students was irresistible. My goal was to observe the process of language acquisition in this age group (10 year olds), and to gain…

The CEA Florence volunteer program CEA C’È (which means “CEA is there”) provides students with opportunities to participate in local life and culture while giving back to their host city. Here, in the first of a series of posts on the CEA C’È  initiative, student Diane Kim reflects on her time as a volunteer with the historic Florentine confraternity, the Misericordia.     Diane Kim (right) and Ruby Martinez volunteered at the Misericordia, a charitable organization that offers medical and transport services. The Misericordia flanks the Florence Cathedral. My experience as a volunteer with Misericordia enabled me to…

Group photo outside the studio entrance! I had the opportunity to go with CEA Rome on their very first group visit to Cinecittà, and it has been one of my most memorable trips so far… Best of all we didn’t even leave Rome! Cinecittà is the Italian version of Hollywood: many Italian and American movies and TV shows have been filmed there. Does the TV miniseries “Rome” ring any bells? How about “Gangs of New York” starring Leonardo DiCaprio or “Nine” starring Nicole Kidman? You guessed it, all of them where…

This past weekend was my last weekend in Rome. It’s hard to think that in just 12 days I am leaving Italy and returning back to the States. Being in Rome is very different from being in Massachusetts. Although I have been living in such a big city for the past 4 months, somehow I find spots in Rome that are relaxing and comforting. All of my programmates have different opinions about where their favorite spot in Rome is, or what their favorite city that they have traveled…

Choose to travel by train… Studying in Rome is one of the greatest things I have ever experienced. For the past two and a half months I have been living in an apartment with four other girls in one of the best cities in the world. Living 15 minutes, by bus, outside of the center of Rome, my roommates and I have been fully immersed in Roman culture. On any given day, I have the opportunity to make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, visit the Spanish Steps,…

The Global Campus in Florence this semester is marking many successful “firsts” for its “CEA C’È” initiative. CEA C’È is the volunteer program that enables Florence students to reach out in many ways to their host city and community. Translated from Italian, c’è means “is there.” Pronounced ch-āy, it is a very useful phrase to know when conversing in Italian, and also gives the local listener an insight into the goals of this initiative. Students involved in CEA C’È choose their volunteer activities according to the level of…

Early this month, the CEA Global Campus in Romehosted the Autumn meeting of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI). The annual event opens the academic year, bringing together representatives from member schools to speak about administrative and student service-related issues that affect all American study abroad programs in Italy, of which there are almost 150. Representing CEA’s School of Record, UNH President Steven H. Kaplan was present at the event to offer a brief address to AACUPI members. He and Italy Academic Dean…