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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, 2017


Florence and Rome, Italy 



Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301) and Digital Photography (ARTS 2356) or Photography II (ARTS 2357)



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. Professor Hogensen has led student groups to Spain on three occasions and has traveled extensively in Europe. Mr. Hogensen led the Italy program in the summer of 2015 and 2016. He will be the primary lead faculty for Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301). He has participated in Fulbright seminars in Egypt, Bulgaria and Turkey. His artwork is widely exhibited and collected. He is a graduate of Oregon State University, BA, BFA, and University of Texas at San Antonio, MFA , Painting and Drawing. 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, 2016 ............................................ $200 due with application (non-refundable)

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

December 2, 2016 ............................... $500 initial deposit

January 20, 2017 ................................... $1,367

February 10, 2017 ................................. $1,367

March 10, 2017 ...................................... $1,366

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



 May15:      Depart to Rome

 May 16:     Forum, Coliseum

 May 17:     Capitoline Museum, Trastevere

 May 18:     Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Porta Popolo

 May19:      St. Peter's Basillica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums

 May 20:     Baths of Caracalla, Pyramid of Cestius

 May 21:     Piazza Navona, Pantheon

 May 22:     Morning train to Florence, transfer to hotel and city orientation walk

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

 May 24:     Santa Maria del Fiori

 May 25:     Excursion to Sienna

 May 26:     Piazza Michelangelo, San Miniato

 May 27:     Excursion to Fiesole

 May 28:     Brancacci Chapel, San Spirito

 May 29:     Galleria dell' Accademia

 May 30:     Excursion to Pisa and Lucca

 May 31:     Palazzo Bargello and Basillica Santa Croce Uffizi Gallery 

 June 1:      Trip to Rome

 June 2:      Free Day

 June 3:      Depart for San Antonio



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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