Florence, Italy, is distinguished as one of the most cultural and historical cities in the world. Home to a bounty of amazing architecture and places of significance, this city is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance—the period in European history between the 14th and 17th centuries that marks the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity.
For the first semester of the 2019-20 academic year, Florence is also serving as the classroom for 12 Indiana Tech students who are studying abroad. During their time in this magnificent city, our Warrior scholar-travelers will take courses in world history, art appreciation, music appreciation and Italian life and culture. Each student will be required to summarize their Florence learning experience with a capstone project.
Students will also participate in activities that will complement the university’s learning objectives for this study abroad opportunity. Those activities include:
- Weekly cultural programming that consists of cooking classes, an opera, a soccer match, concerts, walking tours and entrance to various churches and museums in Florence.
- A full-day trip to the Chianti region.
- A full-day trip to Siena and San Gimignano.
- An extended trip to Rome that includes a guided tour of ancient Rome, the Coliseum and the Vatican Museums.
This exceptional learning experience is being made possible by the generosity of Indiana Tech alum Blaise Alexander, and his wife, Gabriela. Mr. Alexander is the founder of Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, a network of automotive dealerships that operates in 18 locations across Pennsylvania.
We are beginning to have weekly family dinners with Italian families living here in Florence. We help their children learn English and they help us practice our Italian. We cook together and eat as a family and then play games or talk after dinner over espresso and cheese. Below are some pictures from today’s dinner.
– Makaylee Banuelos