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Florence Spring Break 2024 (April 6-13, 2024)

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Welcome to Florence! This city is most famous for art and fashion, but it romances its visitors with so much more - busy markets, must-see views, world-class Italian eating, and narrow streets full of Renaissance history. Florence educates the mind and stirs the soul. Join professor Taneka Washington, to explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, travel by train to The Leaning Tower of Pisa, visit a cheese farm and enjoy many galleries and museums. While in Florence, students will experience first-hand the art, architecture, music and musical instruments associated with the Renaissance, and come to understand how history has shaped this modern Italian city.

Cost: $1,009 per person, excluding international flights, some ground transportation, some meals and course tuition and fees.

Course Descriptions

Global Studies 35 – Field Studies Abroad –Florence– 1 unit

On this field study, students will discover the beautiful city of Florence. Students will learn about the art history and cultural traditions and explore locations of unique interest. 

Faculty Biography

Taneka Washington

Professor Taneka Washington

Professor Taneka Washington was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She received her Master's degree in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles and her BA from Occidental College. For the last 7 years she has taught various Art History courses, primarily online, at numerous universities and community colleges. She has volunteered with the J. Paul Getty Villa and was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Taneka loves to travel and take photographs of artistic and historical monuments with Ellie, her plush elephant, and share them in hopes of inspiring other people to travel. She's a firm believer that travel is a great way for people to learn about other cultures and to become more culturally sensitive. So far, Taneka has traveled to 35 countries, many of those countries repeatedly.

Susan Kolko

Professor Susan Kolko

Professor Susan Kolko has been instrumental in the growth and development of the fashion department at SMC. Her coordination of special events, field visits and student employment opportunities continue to elevate the program's success. She is a world traveler, studied abroad in college and carries both a US and Italian passport. Susan is an east coast native, a graduate of Syracuse University, a jewelry designer and is currently writing a book about clothing for people with special needs. She loves art, music, sports and spending time with her family. Susan is excited to share her love of Italy and her Italian culture with SMC students. 

Program Details

Florence Itinerary

Program Cost

Expense Type Cost Deadline

Program Fee

Accommodations, some ground transportation, cultural excursions, some meals in the country and mandatory iNext travel insurance.


*Airfare not included. Students will purchase their airfare separately.

Program fee: $1,009

Bring (check or money order), passport, & mandatory forms to International Education Center.

Checks should be made payable to: Santa Monica College.

Student Services Center 3rd Floor


$1,200- $1,500


Tuition for 1-Unit Course

$46 Resident Tuition

$316 Non-Resident Tuition

International Education Center will register you for class before program departure. You must pay tuition before departure.



Total Estimated Costs



Additional Costs

Expense Type Cost Deadline

Personal Spending Money


Money for buying souvenirs, doing activities not featured in the program itinerary, etc. 

Airport Transportation


Rideshare, taxi, etc.


$145 (U.S. Passport fee)

Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing of a new passport.

Scholarships are available!

For students interested in applying for a scholarship, make sure to fill out that section in the program application.

This program is on a first come, first served basis. There are 24 spots available. Once you complete your application, you secure your spot by submitting full payment. Your final acceptance into the program will be based on your ability to provide proof of your airline ticket by the deadline.

Payment Options for the Florence program

Personal Checks, Cashiers Checks, Money Order - No cash or credit cards.

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Dates to Remember

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Informational Sessions

Wednesday, Nov 8th at 5pm zoom

Thursday, Nov 16th at 11am in room HSS 105

Zoom Meeting ID: 893 9432 3581

Application Deadlines and Payments



Complete your application and pay full cost to reserve your space.

Bring (check or money order), passport, & mandatory forms to International Education Center

Student Services Center 3rd floor

Mandatory Forms

Overseas Release Form and Medical Release Form due at time of first deposit.

Passport is due at the time of first deposit.

Online Study Abroad application

Overseas Release Form

Medical Release Form

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current SMC student and take the offered courses. If you are not currently an SMC student, you may apply online
  • All participants must be 18 years old by January 17, 2024.
  • Have a valid passport by January 17 , 2024. 
  • U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Italy but may need an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) starting 2024. Once the application opens, the European Union says all necessary forms can be filled out via a web portal or mobile phone application and you'll have to pay a fee of 7 euros (about $8 USD). If you are a permanent resident or SMC F-1 visa student, please contact the Consulate of Italy to see if you need a visa.
  • Pay all program fees and tuition by the deadline. If you are a financial aid recipient, check with the Financial Aid office about using financial aid to your tuition and fees.

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