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Abbracciare II Momento - Embrace the Moment

Deadline to apply:  November 18, 2016 Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.


Abbracciare II Momento - Embrace the Moment

Deadline to apply:  November 18, 2016 Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.


Abbracciare II Momento Embrace the Moment Italy


The city of Florence will serve as home base with group travel to Rome. Students will be fully engaged as they examine the history, culture and people of Italy. The street life, museums, monuments, food, art, music, architecture and people will constitute the “textbook” for these courses. Students will be challenged daily to record their impressions and knowledge through journals, visual documentation and verbal expression. This study abroad journey will seek to engage and inform students through all five senses.


May 15-June 4, 2018


Florence and Rome, Italy 



Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301) and Digital Photography (ARTS 2356)



Students are required to take two classes and will receive six credits hours upon successful completion of the program.



2.0 GPA and 12 cumulative academic credits. Alamo Colleges expects study abroad participants to perform academically at standards commensurate with on-campus performance. This includes attending class, taking exams, reading required materials, completing homework, etc. If students' GPA drops below a 2.0 before they study abroad, they will not be allowed to participate in the program.



Professor Mark Hogensen is a professor of art at Palo Alto College where he has taught since 1990. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and a BFA from Oregon State University. He received his Masters degree from UTSA in Painting. He has taught courses in Art History, Design, Drawing, Art Appreciation and Painting. He is an accomplished exhibiting artist and his art can be found in many private, corporate and institutional collections. he has twice been selected for Fulbright Grants - one to Egypt and another to Bulgaria and Turkey. He has traveled extensively in America, Europe and Mexico. Professor Hogensen has led successful study abroad programs for the Alamo Colleges on 5 previous occasions. He feels strongly about the importance of the study abroad student experience. He was a founding member of the Palo Alto College International Education Committee and has served as the PAC liaison to district for International Education. Contact:  

Professor Rebecca Dietz is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at San Antonio College. Her first experience traveling abroad was a college trip to Italy. The experience inspired many return trips to explore other countries and cultures in Europe, Asia and Central America. Professor Dietz has traveled extensively around the Southwest region with student art trips and twice to New York City. She will be the primary faculty lead for Digital Photography (ARTS 2356) and Photography II (ARTS 2357). Her artwork has been exhibited across Texas, New York, Philadelphia, along the East coast and in San Francisco. Contact:



*$4,800 Includes airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, some meals and entrance fees. This does NOT include tuition, passport fees, visa fees, books, materials and spending money. Financial aid is available.



November 18, 2017 ............................................ $200 due with application (non-refundable)

Once students are accepted into the program, they will follow the scheduled payments:

December 2, 2017 ............................... $500 initial deposit

January 20, 2018 ................................... $1,367

February 10, 2018 ................................. $1,367

March 10, 2018 ...................................... $1,366

Failure to pay by the scheduled deadlines will result in cancellation of participation in the selected Study Abroad program.



 May 15:     Depart US

 May16:      Arrive to Rome - Transfer to hotel - Forum, Coliseum

 May 17:     Capitoline Museum - Trastevere Walk

 May 18:     Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Porta Popolo

 May 19:     St. Peter's Basillica and Vatican Museums

 May20:      Baths of Caracalla, Pyramid of Cestius

 May 21:     Piazza Navona, Pantheon

 May 22:     Train to Florence - Transfer to hotel - City walk

 May 23:     Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo, Medici Chapel

 May 24:     Santa Maria del Fiori  - Visit Santa Reparata School 

 May 25:     Excursion to Sienna by bus

 May 26:     San Miniato, Piazza Michelangelo

 May 27:     Excursion to Fiesole

 May 28:     Uffizi Gallery - Palazzo Vechio

 May 29:     Galleria dell' Accademia - Convento di San Marco

 May 30:     Excursion by train to Pisa and Lucca

 May 31:     Palazzo Bargello and Santa Croce 

 June 1:      Train to Rome - Transfer to hotel 

 June 2:      Free Day / various itineraries

 June 3:      Free Day

 June 4:      Depart for US



Students receiving a Pell grant are eligible for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. If awarded, students may receive up to $5,000. Learn more at



A  valid  passport  is  required  to  travel.  You can visit  for additional information. 




Maria Rivera-Midence  (210) 485-0084 



*Alamo Colleges has taken considerable care in preparing information and materials for specific Study Abroad programs, but this information is subject to change. Although accurate at the time of publication, external events could result in changes in dates, itinerary, costs and other aspects of a program. Revised information will be provided as soon as it is made available, and participants should check with the faculty leader or the District Office of International Programs for the most recent information. Alamo Colleges will not be held responsible for unintentional misinformation.


Contact Information

Maria Rivera
Alamo Colleges District Office
201 W. Sheridan
Building C, Room 7

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