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PALAZZI Association of International Education (Florence University of the Arts)
The University of South Florida (USF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist and doctorate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Florida. Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission's Office.
Located in Tampa Florida, USF holds the Carnegie Classification of a Research Very High institution and is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. The university is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities. Recently awarded the 2013 Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, USF places particular emphasis on its international engagements and has built an agreement with the Palazzi Florence Association for International Education (Florence University of the Arts), to serve as its School of Record (SoR).
Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is an internationally recognized institution and leading provider of study abroad programming in Florence. It is an Italian non-profit educational institution certified by the European Union, and is accredited by the Region of Tuscany Ministry of Education.
USF faculty evaluate each course from FUA to determine USF equivalencies. Each course equivalency must be approved by the USF chair of the department and dean of the respective college. The curricula vitae and copies of transcripts or diplomas of Palazzi faculty are reviewed and approved by departmental chairs and college deans for qualification to teach in their academic discipline and/or area of specialization. USF is currently undertaking the process to create USF courtesy appointments for all FUA teaching staff.
USF considers these FUA courses to be, in every respect, the equivalent of a USF course. However, since USF recognizes that students are enrolled in FUA courses, the credit is shown as “transfer” rather than “system/institutional” credit on the USF transcript. The original FUA course is included on the transcript, followed by the USF equivalent. This most accurately represents the connection between the FUA course and the USF equivalent. Students are able to obtain additional official USF transcripts through the Office of the Registrar.
In building this SoR agreement, all levels of the university were consulted and asked to approve the relationship, including but not limited to the Office of Decision Support, Office of the Provost, Office of the Registrar, the USF Undergraduate Counsel, the Academics and University Environment Workgroup reporting to the Board of Trustees, in addition to the individual colleges and departments throughout the University of South Florida System. USF also sent official notification to SACSCOC regarding the SoR relationship between USF and Palazzi/FUA.
In developing the School of Record relationship, USF and Palazzi have closely consulted and followed the Guidelines for School of Record Relationships developed by the Forum on Education Abroad with input from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices.
USF has had a long-standing relationship with Palazzi – in 2006 courses of Apicius, the hospitality and culinary institute of Palazzi, were approved by USF’s Undergraduate Studies in Tampa. Further, over the past 3 years, more than 250 USF students have studied at Palazzi, and more than 25 USF faculty and staff have visited Palazzi. Under the SoR agreement, every two years, a delegation consisting of USF administrative and teaching staff will conduct a site visit to Palazzi, conversely Palazzi staff will visit USF on a biannual basis. In addition, USF Professor and Chair of the Department of History Dr. Fraser Ottanelli, currently serves on the Board of Directors of Palazzi.
For general questions about study abroad programs:
USF Education Abroad Gateway Office
Marshall Student Center 3301
Phone: (813) 974-5474
Gateway Office Hours:
Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
For scheduled appointments on specific programs:
USF Education Abroad Main Office
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave. CGS101
Tampa, FL 33620-5550
Phone: Front Desk (813) 974-4314 (from 8:00am - 5:00pm)
Fax: (813) 974-4613
Main Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
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The Education Abroad Outreach Office has experienced staff and trained student recruiters who focus on spreading the word about studying abroad. Members of our outreach office have studied abroad in a wide variety of programs, and we can offer direct insight and peer mentorship about the various international opportunities available to your students.
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USF Education Abroad Mission Statement
The Education Abroad Office promotes global competency by supporting and creating high-impact, innovative, and accessible international experiences for students.
Amanda Maurer, Director of Education Abroad
Ms. Maurer came to USF from the Columbia University School of Law, where she held the position of Senior Director of International Programs for thirteen years. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Russian language and literature and has studied in former Yugoslavia and Russia. She also worked with a NGO in Russia for over four years. Ms. Maurer is the director of the Education Abroad office and works personally with the Russian and Slovakian exchange programs.
Phone: (813) 974-4126
Jim Pulos, Associate Director of Education Abroad
Mr. Pulos is the primary contact for Education Abroad student advising or issues with various university offices (Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, etc.). He coordinates student course registration, course approval, grades, and all payments of program fees. He also serves as the liaison between students and Education Abroad faculty directors and between non-USF students and their universities' respective offices. He is also responsible for the Italian and Greek semester programs, internships in Dublin, and selected summer Education Abroad programs.
Phone: (813) 974-4043
Rene Sanchez, Assistant Director of Education Abroad
Mr. Sanchez serves as the advisor to students attending semester exchange programs, ISEP direct enrollment, and coordinates all programs in Canada, Mexico, Panama, and South America.
Phone: (813) 974-3104
Ben Chamberlain, International Risk and Security Officer
Mr. Chamberlain came to USF from Michigan State University where he was the International Health and Safety Analyst for International Studies and Programs. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. He has lived and studied Mandarin in Taiwan. He spent many years working with disadvantaged and high risk youth. Mr. Chamberlain monitors world events on behalf of the USF community and serves USF as the primary 24/7 responder for travel incidents abroad.
Phone: (813) 974-3724
Parandoosh Sadeghinia, Incoming Exchange Coordinator
Phone: (813) 974-6148
Nancy Di Bella, Education Abroad Advisor
Ms. Di Bella is developing and coordinating programs in the Americas, and the Caribbean. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela and grew up bicultural and bilingual completing higher education degrees in both Venezuela and the US. Since 2005 she has led many Education Abroad programs to Costa Rica and Ecuador, and she never ceases to be amazed by the transformative power of studying abroad!
Phone: (813) 974-1969
Masai Shakong, Education Abroad Advisor
Ms. Shakong is the Education Abroad Advisor coordinating and developing new programs for Sub-Saharan Africa and Non-Mediterranean Europe. Her years spent living and studying in Africa and her extensive international travel provide a solid foundation and wealth of experience for her position. As an advocate of international education, Ms. Shakong embraces every opportunity to foster an environment that promotes the creation of international experiences for students and faculty.
Phone: (813) 974-9024
Chris Haynes, Education Abroad Advisor
Mr. Haynes is extremely excited to be working within the Education Abroad Office as the new Student Programs Coordinator. He will be based in the Education Abroad Gateway Office conveniently located in the Marshall Center on the third floor. His main responsibility will be to focus on study abroad outreach through initiatives and student programs to help promote study abroad participation across the USF campus. He will also be overseeing the GloBull Ambassador Program for returning USF students designed to allow them to share their experience and knowledge with students who are thinking about studying abroad. Mr. Haynes is coming from the Institute for Study Abroad-Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where he was a Program Advisor for study abroad programs located in England, Australia and New Zealand. He attended Butler University as an undergraduate and studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain where he also taught English as a foreign language.
Phone: (813) 974-5474
James Streeter, Admissions Evaluator
Mr. Streeter is enthusiastic about his role as Admissions Evaluator within the Education Abroad office. As part of his responsibility, he works closely with students and advisors to ensure that each student has a seamless application process. During his undergraduate career, he interned for the Washington Center and promoted education abroad as a Glo-Bull Ambassador. James took part in the London/Paris program in 2015 and believes that his experience abroad allowed room for developing valuable competencies and principle leadership lessons. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, kayaking, and volunteering in the Tampa Bay area. James plans to pursue graduate level courses in Higher Education at USF.
Chasidy Gonnella, Fiscal Business Analyst
With over 10 years of experience working in higher education, Ms. Gonnella proudly serves as Education Abroad's Fiscal & Business Analyst. She is primarily responsible for accommodating travel arrangements and payments for faculty program leaders, compiling Education Abroad's departmental financial reports, and consulting with various departments to ensure policy and audit compliance. Ms. Gonnella is currently in the process of earning her Bachelor's degree in Accounting, and she is looking forward to traveling internationally for the first time this fall.
Leigh-Ann Goode, Fiscal & Business Specialist
Mrs. Goode is an alumna of USF. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing in 2007 and had the pleasure of participating in a study program in Florence, Italy during the summer of 2005. Prior to joining the Education Abroad team, Mrs. Goode worked in USF’s Housing & Residential Education department where she worked closely with the international exchange coordinators to facilitate on-campus housing for incoming exchange students. As the Fiscal & Business Assistant, Mrs. Goode is primarily responsible for adding program charges to student accounts and preparing student tuition waivers.
Phone: (813) 974-1088
Yalan Yang, Fiscal & Business Specialist
Preston Drane, International Risk and Security Coordinator
Mr. Drane is a proud USF alumnus and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. During his time an undergrad, he participated in the London and Paris study abroad program. Since his first experience traveling abroad, Preston has traveled to various countries in the Caribbean, Europe and South America. Prior to joining the Education Abroad office in 2013, he interned for a former U.S. Department of State Regional Security Officer.
Mr. Drane participates in first responder 24/7 coverage for all incidents abroad, monitors global events for all USF travelers and oversees the enrollment of the international health and evacuation insurance for all USF travelers.
Phone: (813) 974-0402
Kate Ledford, Education Abroad Registrar
Ms. Ledford came to USF after finishing her Master of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. During graduate school, she worked at the state education agency for the District of Columbia, and Achieving the Dream, a nonprofit reform network dedicated to the success of community college students. She holds her B.A. in Sociology from Bryant University and spent one semester studying in Berlin, Germany.
Ms. Ledford oversees the course management and registration for all outgoing and exchange study abroad programs and assists with grade submissions, foreign transfer credit evaluation and resolving academic issues. Kate also maintains USF’s two School of Record relationships, including the course equivalency catalogs, student registration, and transcripts in coordination with a wide variety of university offices and departments. Ms. Ledford is also responsible for the administration of the Education Abroad Scholarships.
Phone: (813) 974-6301
Corella Edwards, Enrollment Management Specialist
Corella is a proud graduate of The University of South Florida, earning both her Bachelor’s and Master’s from USF. Corella has a background in Child Welfare Dependency Case Management, Teaching, and Registration & Enrollment for a Drop Out Prevention Program for young adults obtaining credits towards the completion of their High School Diploma.
As the Enrollment Management Specialist, Corella processes and maintains all student and course registrations for Education Abroad programs, as well as supports the School of Record relationships.
Phone: (813) 974-1205
Kelly Moore, Education Abroad Administrative Specialist
Phone: (813) 974-8582
Gary Bellamy, Web and Database Coordinator
Mr. Bellamy has over 20 years experience in Data Analysis, Telecommunications and IT in the private sector. A U.S. Patent holder and experience with ITIL and Lean/Six Sigma methodologies. Gary is the Web and Database Coordinator supporting the Terra Dotta Study Abroad application for the Education Abroad Office.
Phone: (813) 974-3933
Highlights from the Education Abroad 2014-2015 annual report include:
- The 2014-2015 system number for USF Open Doors reporting is 1154, exceeding the goal of 1114.
- USF Tampa sent 3.61% of its undergraduate students abroad in academic year 2014-2015, exceeding the 2.85% goal.
- Education Abroad disbursed $117,800 in scholarship awards during the Academic Year 2014-2015.
View the annual reports below:
Universityoouth Florida's Role as a School of Record
PALAZZI Association of International Education (Florence University of the Arts)
Education Abroad, USF World