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A Place of My Own

Deadline to apply:  December 5, 2014 Click here to apply and add the file attached.


A Place of My Own

Deadline to apply:  December 5, 2014 Click here to apply and add the file attached.


A Place of My Own

Deadline to apply:  December 5, 2014 Click here to apply and add the file attached.


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.


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 completion of the program. Tuition is not included in the program fee.



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. 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 Karen Mahaffy is a professor of Fine Arts at Palo Alto College. Professor Mahaffy has extensive experience in teaching and traveling abroad in Europe and Asia. She led student groups to China in 2006 and Spain in 2013. She participated in a Fulbright-Hays seminar to China in 2004 and was awarded a Fulbright Scholars Grant to Estonia in 2009. She has exhibited across Texas and the U.S. She is a graduate of Hope College, BA and the University of Texas at San Antonio, MFA, Sculpture.  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.




December 4, 2015 ............................................ $200 due with application (non-refundable)

(non refundable)

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

December 16, 2015 ............................... $500 initial deposit

January 29, 2016 ................................... $1,367

February 25, 2016 ................................. $1,367

March 28, 2016 ...................................... $1,366

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



Day 1:   Depart to Florence

Day 2:   Group orientation, city walk 

Day 3:   Piazza Michelangelo

Day 4:   Santa Maria del Fiori

Day 5:   Uffizi Gallery and Piazza della Signoria

Day 6:    Museo di San Marco and Galleria dell' Accademia

Day 7:    Piazza del Carmine and Brancacci Chapel

Day 8:    Excursion to Pisa and Lucca

Day 9:    Palazzo del Bargello and Basilica Santa Croce 

Day 10:  Excursion to Fiesole

Day 11:  Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo and the Cappella Medici

Day 12:  Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens 

Day 13:  Excursion to Sienna

Day 14:  Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza San Spirito 

Day 15:  Free Day

Day 16:  Train travel to Rome, Roman Forum and Colosseum

Day 17:  Piazza Navona, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain

Day 18:  St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel 

Day 19:  Optional excursions

 Day 20: Free Day Day 21:  Depart to US



A  valid  passport  is  required  to  travel.  Click here for additional information. 


To apply, fill out the application and follow the instructions in the application.

*Alamo Colleges has taken considerable care in preparing information and materials for specific Study Abroad programs, and 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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