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Italy - 2013


The 'Jewel of the Grand Tour' Study Abroad program will be offered through Coastline Community College from approximately May 30 to June 29, 2013.

According to Instructor Dowling, it was once common for 17th, 18th and 19th century aristocratic British youth to undertake a lengthy tour of Europe in preparation for an adult life of art, music, and intellectual discourse. Florence was a critical base from which the splendors of the Renaissance were explored. Today, we still come to Florence to study the mysteries and complexities of how modern culture exists within the beauty of antiquity. Guided by two professors who have years of intimate knowledge of this jewel of a city, now you have the opportunity to take two fully transferrable (CSU and UC) art history and literature classes that will enrich your understanding of society and culture.

The minimum number of students for this program is 20*. The maximum number of students we are expecting to accept into this Program is 40.

Students will move to the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy, where they will immerse themselves in day-to-day Florentine life by living in shared student apartments which are scattered all over this magnificent city. Students will live next door to Florentines, grocery shop with the locals and become residents of the city for an entire month. In Florence, live in history while walking on the same street stones once tread upon by Michelangelo, Leonardo, Brunelleschi and so many other masters.

*This program may be cancelled if enrollment is less than 20 student participants, as of Feb. 18, 2013.

Our Academic Program

Students will earn six units of transferable college credit while studying Tuscan art history, and the international short story. Students are required to enroll in both of the classes offered, which are taught in English.

  • ART C109 'The History and Appreciation of Italian Renaissance Art,' 3 units (CCC)

    This class offered by Professor Jane Bauman is a survey of Italian art from the late Gothic period through the Renaissance. It will include discussion of major art forms from the period including painting, sculpture, and architecture. The multicultural influences that formed Italian Renaissance art will be examined. Emphasis will be placed upon how Renaissance art reflected the culture in terms of symbols, techniques, materials, and subject matter. Illustrated lecture, field trips, reading and study of related exhibitions both in and around Florence. Graded or Pass/No Pass.

    Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

  • ENGL C144 “The International Short Story,” 3 units (CCC)

    Instructor Lisa Dowling will offer this course which is designed for the General Education student. It is an introduction to the modern short story, emphasizing multicultural stories from countries throughout the world. Each story will be studied with regard to character, plot, theme, point of view, setting, tone, style, and other literary devices as they function within the context of the particular story. In addition, each story will be analyzed to understand the particular culture from which it comes. Graded or Pass/No Pass.

    Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

Art Faculty

Jane Bauman

Professor Jane Bauman has been a tenured Coastline Faculty member for over 10 years and has taught at the college for 18 years. She is currently serving as Chair of the Visual Arts Department. With a BA from Santa Clara University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Professor Bauman has expertise in Art History and Studio Art, teaching both with enthusiasm and insight. She travels extensively in Italy and Western Europe and is married to a native Italian with many ties to his family home in Calabria. As an active professional artist Professor Bauman exhibits her paintings in both the United States and Europe and considers Italian Renaissance culture to be a primary inspiration for her paintings. Her art is included in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum of American Art in NYC and the Musée de Clôitre des Cordeliers in Paris, France. She is currently working on Illuminated Manuscripts for Dante’s youthful book “La Vita Nuova” and his later “La Divina Commedia”. Contact Professor Bauman at .

Lisa Dowling has been teaching Composition and Literature at Orange Coast College for seven years, and taught poetry at California State University Long Beach where she earned both her BA in English and MFA in Poetry. Instructor Dowling herself participated in the semester-long Italy study abroad program nearly 15 years ago during which she explored Switzerland and France. She has since returned to Europe numberous times, most recenlty for a four-month sabbatical to live, photograph, and write in Rome. Instructor Dowling worked for a time with the Vatican Library Collection, an art company with exclusive rights to publish two and three dimensional works within the holdings of the Library. Working within her experience as a classically trained photography, Dowling studied in the South of France at 'L'Atelier le Bez', Le Bez devoted to black and white and pinhole photography, along with her husband, Professor Tom Dowling, she coordinated several summer study abroad trips to Dublin, Ireland. Instructor Dowling actively publishes in literary journals and exhibits her artwork in local and international galleries. Contact Ms. Dowling at

Further Information

What Is Included:

The city of Florence as well as other Italian cities will be your classroom as you study art history, and the international short story, on the 'Jewel of the Grand Tour' program. There will be numerous fieldtrips to museums and churches within Florence as well as daytrips to Pisa, and to Siena. A two-night overnight fieldtrip to Rome as well as a one-night overnight fieldtrip to Assisi is included as part of your studies.

Included in the cost of 'Jewel of the Grand Tour' is: double-occupancy accommodations in shared student apartments in Florence, some lunches, museum entrance fees for class visits and excursions, a two-night excursion to Rome, and an overnight excursion to Assisi. The estimated per student program price is $3,150 based on 35 to 40 students, $3,225 based on 30 to 34 students, $3,350 based on 25 to 29 students, or $3,550 based on 20 to 24 students. Each student will also be charged a refundable security deposit of $150. Airfare is not included in the program price.

Be sure to check this Web site for updated information and details on the 2013 Program. It is expected to fill to capacity very quickly.

For more information about this program, or any other Study Abroad program offered through Coastline Community College, please contact Kevin Donahue at or by calling (714) 241-6215.

What Is Not Included:

  • Airfare. The service provider will offer group flight pricing.
  • Excess baggage fees, porterage.
  • Optional single room supplement of $500; based on availability.
  • Meals except as specified.
  • Personal expenses, course-required materials, passports and/or visas, and anything not listed as included.
  • Short-term outbound study abroad medical insurance (see below).
  • Enrollment fees; currently $46 per unit for California residents.

Financial Aid

Financial aid through Coastline's Financial Aid office may be available! Please see the Financial Aid page for more information and to get the ball rolling.

Passports and Customs Information

Visit the United States Federal Government Passports and Customs Information page. You may go here to get information about obtaining or renewing your passport, as well as customs information you'll need before you return to the United States. People residing in America holding a foreign passport should contact their embassy or consulate, as a visa may be required.


All program participants are required to purchase short-term outbound study abroad medical insurance through an approved District insurance provider. Program participants can find further information on the required study abroad medical insurance at the Coast Community College District About Study Abroad page. Program participants must purchase this study abroad medical insurance no less than 60 days prior to program departure. Failure to purchase the required study abroad medical insurance shall prevent student from participating in the study abroad program.

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