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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Break, Summer
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirements:
Eligibility Requirements:
Degree Seeking
Level of Study:
Open to:
USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Jim Pulos
Minimum GPA:
Sponsoring College:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Program Description:

Program Overview

RomeUSF Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is leading a group of students to Rome, Italy May 28- June 5 2017. The group will study the culture of Deaf people in Italy. Participants in the program should have completed ASL 1 and should either be enrolled in ASL 2 or should have completed it. During the 8 day trip, students will visit organizations that provide services to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing populations. These include clinical, educational, and social organizations around the capital city. Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with various professionals to understand the complexities of providing these services within Italy. Students will also interact with members of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing community to understand the issues and challenges facing them. Students will have the opportunity to learn some basic International Signs and will be encouraged to meet and interact with signing Italians  and other International Deaf people to use these basic skills. The highlight of the trip will be the opportunity to volunteer as support staff in at the CineDeaf international Deaf film festival. 

Students will stay in the heart of the city and use public transportation to travel to both educational and recreational venues. While 1-2 educational experiences will be scheduled each day, most days will also afford opportunities to experience historic, cultural, and gastronomic delights. Students will travel outside the city to the nearby small towns of Ovieto and Tivoli to glimpse rural Italian life. Students will return from the 8 days able to articulate the successes and the struggles of the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community in Italy and thereby to better understand the situation of this community within the USA. Students involved in this trip will earn one credit in an IDS 3947 course [Cooperative Internship]. This will document the student's preparation before the trip and their service at the film festival during the trip. 

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This program will take place in the heart of Italy, Rome. Rome is the economic, educational, and political capital of the country. As such, the majority of services to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people are centralized in the city. The Italian Association of the Deaf, the national school for the Deaf, and the centers for audiological, speech, and sign-language interpreting services are centered in the city. Student will stay in the heart of the historic district and will easily access various points of interest by walking and using public transportation.
Students will participate in one day trip outside of the Rome to the Etruscan hill town, Orvieto. There students will spend an afternoon observing rural Italian life.

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Host Institution

This program is being conducted in cooperation with Il Centro Assistenza per Bambini Sordi e Sordociechi (CABSS).

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Academic Program and Course Information

Students on this trip will be enrolled in one credit of IDS 3947 course [Cooperative Internship]. This will document the student's preparation before the trip and their service at the film festival during the trip.

Students will travel to a variety of professional organizations that serve the needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing populations within Italy. These include the Instituto Statale Sordi de Roma, Convitto per Sordi Di Roma, The Vatican Congregation for Disabilities, and the Centro Assistenza per Bambini Sordi e Sordociechi Onlus.

All students who attend this trip will be enrolled in IDS 3947. This course will provide a framework for preparing students for their cultural experience and providing opportunities to debrief about those experiences. While in Rome, students will be required to keep a journal of their field experiences. Moreover, they will debrief in small groups at the end of each experience as the onsite instructor(me) will apply the content learned in the course to the specifics of the field experience on that particular day.

Through this course program abroad:

a. Students will be able to describe the differences between how audiological services, speech-language services, Deaf educational services, and sign language services are delivered in the US and in Italy.

b. Students will be able to describe the challenges facing the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing population in Italy.

c. Students will be able to describe how the particular issues facing practitioners within CSD are related to broader social, cultural, and economic issues.

d. Students will compare and contrast American, Italian, and International sign language systems.

e. Students will be able to interact with international Deaf individuals at an introductory level.

Tentative Itinerary:

Sunday, May 28 Board International Flight to Rome, Italy
Monday, May 29 Arrive in Rome, Tour the City, Journey under the city in the Basilica di San Clemente. 
Tuesday, May 30 Tour of the Colosseum with Roman Deaf Tour Guide, Self-guided tour of the Forum.
Wednesday, May 31 Tour of the ISSR, Excursion or Orvieto
Thursday, June 1 Excursion to Tivoli with Deaf Guides
Friday, June 2  Morning tour of Vatican, CineDeaf Film Festival
Saturday, June 3 CineDeaf Film Festival
Sunday, June 4 CineDeaf Film Festival, Farewell Dinner
Monday, June 5 Board International Flight to return home

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Steven Surrency holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistics, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy and Religion. He is a certified sign language interpreter who has traveled extensively in Europe and Latin America and is familiar with Deaf communities in many parts of Europe. Dr. Surrency has led groups of students in both national and international travel experiences, including numerous trips to Rome. Dr. Surrency, who is multilingual, speaks Italian at an intermediate level. His contacts in Rome allow many opportunities that American student’s might otherwise not be able to experience.

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Program Costs

Total Program Cost: $1500.00

Program Cost Includes:

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Listed lectures, workshops and visits as listed on day by day itinerary
  • Orientation session
  • International Health Insurance
  • Field trips as listed on the itinerary

The following items are not included in the program cost listed above:

  • 1 undergraduate or graduate credit hour (on-campus tuition rates apply)
  • International Airfare
  • Passport fees ($250.00)

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Living Arrangements

Students will stay in an economic hostel in the heart of Rome. Students will take a train from the airport to the city center. Once in the city, they will use the subway system and the bus system to travel to field experiences and recreational activities.Map of Italy

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Who Can Participate?

Any student who has completed ASL 1 and 2, but particularly CSD students (ITT, LSH and Deaf Studies).

Special Application Instructions:

1) Apply for the program at the bottom of this page by clicking “Apply Now”. (This does not commit you financially to the program, but rather provides a way for you to receive updated information regarding budget release and further information.)
2) Submit 2-3 names of professors/instructors that can provide an academic/character reference for you. Also submit a short paragraph explaining why you want to go on this trip and what your background is in ASL (what classes your have taken, etc.)

              a) Submit this paragraph and the names for references to .
              b) I will read paragraphs only from those who have applied on the website.
3) Once the paragraphs have been reviewed I will contact you to schedule an informal interview if needed.
4) Once you have been chosen for the trip, I will email the Education Abroad Advisor and Keri Uravich (CSD’s Advisor). She must sign the course approval form.
5) All signed course approval forms must be submitted to Education Abroad.

Please click on the link below to obtain the program's Course Approval Form:

CAF CSD in Italy 201705

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There


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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Questions pertaining to the academic program in-country, courses or credits:

Dr. Steven Surrency
Dept. of Communications Sciences and Disorders, PCD 4023
Phone: (813) 767-3411

Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Mr. James D. Pulos, Associate Director
Education Abroad Office
USF World
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4043

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This program is currently not accepting applications.