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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UCCS applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 06/04/2021 06/17/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: UCCS Short-Term Programs Areas of Study: Political Science, Politics
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
Themes & Meta Majors: Society, Human Behavior, and Public Service, UCCS Short-Term Programs
Program Description:

Gender in International Politics in Italy

Program Leader: Dr. Sara Hagedorn

Florence and the Duomo

Program Information

Based in Florence, Italy, students will experience a comparative approach to how gender affects policy and politics internationally, with a focus on the politics of the U.S., Italy, and Bosnia. Participants will experience this through a European lens specifically through in-country seminars, field trips, and guest lectures. Students will be based in the hills above Florence, Italy for the duration of the program, staying at a 600-year-old villa, with home cooked meals every day. Excursions will be in and around Florence and students will have ample time to explore the city themselves. Activities include visiting the Uffizi Gallery, a tour and lecture around Palazzo Vecchio, a private tour of a female-owned winery, a tour and olive oil tasting at an olive farm, and an Italian cooking class!

Course and Credit Information

Undergraduate Credit toward Summer 2021: 3 credits of PSC 4180 (Gender in International Politics) or WEST 4180 (Gender in International Politics)

Students will gain an understanding of how gender affects politics and policy in not only a comparative approach, but also a historical one. Students should expect to think critically about proposed policies and be able to analyze their intended and unintended implications. Students will be required to read and complete assignments before departure from the U.S. in preparation. 

Dates and Itinerary

The dates of the trip are June 4 to June 17, 2021. Participants will depart their local U.S. point of departure on June 4, arriving in Florence the next day. Participants will depart Florence on June 17, 2021. 

June 4: Depart U.S. for Florence
June 5: Arrive in Florence; transfer to hotel 
June 6: Sightseeing around Florence; group dinner at local pizzeria
June 7: Class in the salon
June 8: Morning at Uffizi Gallery; afternoon class in the salon
June 9: Tour of Palazzo Vecchio; afternoon class in the salon
June 10: Site visit to female-owned winery Castello di Monsanto
June 11: Olive oil-making tour at Fattoria di Maiano
June 12: Free day for independent exploration
June 13: Free day for independent exploration
June 14: Morning class in the salon; afternoon tour TBD by vote of students
June 15: Morning class in the salon; afternoon tour TBD by vote of students
June 16: Class in the salon; cooking class at hotel
June 17: Depart Florence for U.S.

Ponte Vecchio


Cost and Payment Information

International Affairs Non-Refundable Education Abroad Registration Fee: $50 (due February 1, 2021)
UCCS Non-Refundable Deposit: $300 (due February 1, 2021)
AIFS Program Deposit: $450 (due February 19, 2021)
AIFS Program Fee: $2,115 (due by April 9, 2021)
Total Program Cost: $2,915

Included in the program cost are the following items:​​
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Two meals per day
  • Local transportation pass
  • Entrance to Castello di Monsanto and Palazzo Vecchio
  • Italian cooking class
  • Membership to the Il Palmerino Association, which includes participation in cultural events
  • Travel and medical insurance
NOT included in the program cost are UCCS tuition, round-trip international airfare, additional meals, tipping and personal spending money. 

A non-refundable deposit of $300 payable to UCCS International Affairs will be due by February 1, 2021. Participants will need to create a UCCSAbroad application in order to access the deposit form and pay the deposit.

Note that once the UCCS deposit and UCCSAbroad application are complete, students will need to register/apply directly to AIFS via their online portal.

**Please note that students seeking credit will be billed tuition on their UCCS account at their regular student rate for the Summer 2021 session.**


Students will be staying in double-occupancy rooms at the unique Residenza del Palmerino, whose foundation dates back to 1400. The Residenza is located in a peaceful and natural part of Florence, but offers easy access to the city center. A recent restoration has returned original architectural elements to the house and equipped it with modern comforts such as WiFi. Two meals per day will be served at the Residenza.

Passports and Immigration

All participants need to have a valid passport to participate in this program. The passport needs to be valid at least 6 months after the anticipated departure from Italy. Participants holding a U.S. Passport do not need a visa or additional permission to enter Italy for this program. Those who do not hold a U.S. Passport should check with the closest Italian embassy or consulate for the country they hold their passport from for entry requirements. 

Information on how to obtain a U.S. Passport can be found on our website.

Health and Safety

Health and safety are paramount to a successful experience studying abroad. We encourage students to research health and safety considerations of the destination they wish to travel to. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide up to date and comprehensive information about health and safety abroad. Please visit their websites to find more information.