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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program:
Faculty-led
Language of Instruction:
English
Minimum GPA:
2.5 or by Professor Permission Faculty-Led Program Status: Available
College: College of Arts & Science Credits: 3 credits
Class Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

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Program Description

The Physical Principles of Energy and Sustainability

This 1-week program is offered in cooperation with Lorenzo de Medico (LdM) in Florence, Italy. The course will study the sustainable food and renewable energy infrastructure in Italy and compare this to the United States. Studies indicate that critical cooking habits and food traditions in the US are decreased compared to a generation ago while those in Italy remain strong. These habits have a large impact on the global energy system. Also, Italy’s renewable energy installations have increased rapidly in recent years, due in part to the country incentives to encourage this development. We will compare these differences in urban and rural environments from several perspectives including scientific, business, cultural, governmental, gender and art. Students enrolled in this PHY1830 course will attend classes in Boone for the first part of the spring semester to learn the basic conceptual physics of energy, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism as well as the physics of climate change. They will then travel to Italy for one week following graduation to apply these basic scientific concepts in country. Included in this experience will be tours of an urban food market, restaurant, art museum, and renewable energy installation. Additionally, LdM will provide lectures on various aspects of the food and energy system and will lead a culinary tour and cooking class in Florence’s Central Market. Finally, a bike tour of local farms in in Tuscany will allow students to see the food and energy practices in an Italian rural environment.

Courses

PHY 1830-120 – The Physical Principles of Energy and Sustainability – 3 credit hours (This course fulfills a Sustainability and Global Resources ILE general education requirement).  

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Estimated Billable Program Cost: $ 3,800.00

Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, some, and OIED/CCS administrative fee. Actual cost will be available soon and prior to accepting applications. 

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 325 + $250 refundable housing deposit
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: personal expenses ($100), most meals ($225), and refundable deposit for student housing ($250). The student housing deposit will be refunded after the program ends.

* Non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa before entering Italy.
** Tuition and fees for Fall and Spring semester programs are included in your normal semester charges.  Exact tuition charges are determined by a student’s status by semester and credits to date for their major.  Please go to this link to determine what tuition and fees you will be charged based on your individual status.

Payment Schedule

  Amount Date Due
Deposit $300 Submit with application
1st Payment $1,166.67 12/31/18
2nd Payment $1,166.67 1/31/19
Final Payment $1,166.66 2/28/19

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.

Dates

Program Itinerary

The international component of this course will run from May 12 to May 20, 2019.

Pre-Program Meetings

4 meetings; dates and times TBD.

 

Program Leaders

Carla Ramsdell
Senior Lecturer, Physics and Astronomy
ramsdellcs@appstate.edu

Dr. Courtney McGahee
Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
mcgaheece@appstate.edu

 

How to Apply

  1. CONTACT THE FACULTY DIRECTOR(S) TO DISCUSS THE PROGRAM
  2. SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
    • Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
    • Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
    • Select the Student Tab.
    • Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
    • Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
    • Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
  3. PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
  4. PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
    • Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
    • Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
    • Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
  5. BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
    • Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
         Union, Suite 321.
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.

You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:

Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 01/14/2019 at the latest.

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.