global explorations

Learning to See…

Explore life in Europe with the pioneers of Global Explorations, first-semester freshmen who learned to see not only from a college student's perspective but also with an expanding worldview as they commenced their college careers far from New London.

Global Explorations is a fall semester study abroad program open to upper level students (sophomore and above) who are interested in international travel, language learning, and cultural exploration. Colby-Sawyer students travel, study, and live together as a group overseas while taking courses taught by accompanying CSC professors and local faculty. This international program combines the traditional Colby-Sawyer educational experience with the benefits of living abroad.

Global Explorations 2011 – Florence, Italy

September 16 – December 15, 2011
Faculty Leader: Tom Kealy, Professor of Humanities

Required Courses Taught by Local Italian Instructors

  • Italian Language (3 credits)

  • Italian Society and Culture (3 credits)

Additional Courses Offered by Colby-Sawyer Faculty Trip Leader

  • ENG 215 Visions of Nature (3 credits)
    In this course we will explore the diverse relationships between humans and the environment through works of literature. We will pay particular attention to the way that humanism, an idea which has its roots in Renaissance Florence, played an important role in shaping our present attitudes towards the natural world. (Fulfills a Literature exploration area)

  • ENG 249 World Literature II (3 credits)
    This course will focus on cultural, literary expression during and after the age of exploration and the discovery of new worlds. In Florence we will examine changing ideas about the rise of the individual and the treatment of marginalized groups, including the Roma (Gypsy), and the “crisis of identity” currently experienced in several European nations due, in part, to the rise of religious diversity. (Fulfills a Global Perspectives exploration area)

Students may also take any online course available or work individually with the Faculty Leader to design an independent study course if they have already taken one of the Colby-Sawyer courses offered.

Program Information

Basic Costs

The cost of attendance in Global Explorations is the same as the regular comprehensive fee that will be charged to attend Colby-Sawyer on-campus. Financial aid packages that the student receives will also apply to the costs of attending Global Explorations.

There is no dining plan in Italy per se because students are not on a typical campus with a dining service, so students who participate in Global Explorations will receive an $800 refund for board. Students may apply this refund toward the cost of groceries to prepare their own meals, or they may choose to apply it toward the purchase of an optional meal voucher plan in Italy for a supplemental fee of $595 that will provide students 30 vouchers to be used over the duration of the semester for either lunch or dinner in local restaurants in Florence.

Additional Costs

Round trip airfare from Boston Logan International Airport to Florence, Italy (estimated at $1,000). Refundable housing damage deposit of $250. Optional Medical Insurance upgrade ($65, offers students an additional $50,000 worth of coverage) Optional Personal Effects coverage ($90, covers many items if lost or stolen)

Additional personal expenses or entertainment while abroad is at the student's discretion and cost.


Students will be provided with accommodation in apartments with cooking facilities in the Historical Centre of Florence within 30-minutes walking radius of the Study Centre. Students will be in twin rooms with typically four Colby Sawyer students sharing a two-bedroom apartment. A change of linen will be provided but no towels. Apartments for Colby-Sawyer College students will be situated in the same area of central Florence within an approximate 10 minute walk of each other.

Students will have access to free wireless internet in their apartments as well as their study center.

Health Insurance

Students will receive health insurance coverage that includes $10,000 accidental medical expense and $10,000 accidental death payment plus 24-hour emergency care assistance during the program and repatriation in cases of verified emergency beyond the students' control.

Additional Program Services Included

In addition to the Colby-Sawyer faculty leader, students will be provided with local staff support to provide orientation to Florence, general information, personal advising and counseling, fax and mail services, and 24 hour emergency duty phone service.

Students will be offered weekly cultural activities, including walking tours, cooking classes, ballet performances, soccer matches, museum visits, concerts and film nights.

Students will receive a museum pass valid for the duration of the program with unlimited entry to the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, Bargello, Pitti Palace, San Marco Museum and Medici Chapel.

A day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano by private bus and the services of a professional English speaking guide.

Application Information

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2011

Download and complete the application form, attach required documents, and submit to the Office of International and Diversity Programs, Colgate 105A.

Additional Application Requirements
We will need from you:

  • A Statement of Interest describing why you are interested in this program, how it fits into your academic goals, and what you hope to get out of the program.

  • Copy of CSC Transcript

  • One Letter of Recommendation from CSC Faculty