By Lianna Hubbard
Around 35 students have registered for the study abroad program at the FSW’s partner college in Italy this summer semester.
This trip is FSW’s second program in Italy with the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute (LDM). Fifty students can travel to LDM this year, up from 10 students last summer.
“What started off as just an understanding between the two intuitions that FSW will send students, has grown into a deeper partnership,” said Michael Messina, the FSW director of international education. “We are not sending just students, but also faculty to teach there as well.”
When the FSW study abroad program started last year, 36 students participated. This year, more than 70 students can travel through the three planned trips, including the one to Italy.
“What sparked this growth is a growing partnership with Lorenzo de’ Medici,” said Messina. The study abroad program hopes to grow into a year-round supplier of international education to FSW students, said Messina.
This year’s Italy program focuses on humanities and social sciences, though students from diverse fields are registered. It begins with a term of a humanities class at FSW. Halfway through the summer semester, students fly to Florence, Italy, where they complete the FSW course and take another at LDM.
This program offers five humanities classes on the FSW campus, one of which is full. The faculty for these classes will fly to Italy to complete their courses at LDM.
Students can choose from more than 100 classes at LDM. Although Italian I is offered, all the classes are taught in English.
“We are seeing them (students) choose very interesting classes that they simply can’t take at FSW,” said Messina.
International Student Services estimates that participating students will pay around $4,500, including the study abroad program’s fee, class registration fee, airfare, and meals. Financial aid is available to some students.
FSW’s study abroad program is offering a third Italy trip next year focusing on business and natural sciences with seven FSW classes available. Registration for the 2019 Italy program closes May 9.