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ODU Program: Italy Career Counseling Institute
Reggello, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 05/15/2014** Rolling Admission 08/12/2014 08/21/2014

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Class Standing:
1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate, 6 - Other Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3
 Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction: English
 Area(s) of Study:
Counseling, Human Services
 Faculty Leader:
Rehfuss, M, Wood, C.
 Estimated Cost of Attendance:
Program Description:

Summer in

Italy Career Counseling Institute

HMSV 344/495
COUN 648/695/895/ or
35 Continuing Education Hours

Attend a 9-day study institute set in a picturesque 14th century villa called Casa Cares on a mountainside in Tuscany. Learn about the counseling profession and career counseling and human services programs in Italy from Italian counseling professionals PLUS study with nationally known professors. Visit ancient Italian cities in Tuscany on day trips including Florence, Pisa, Assisi, Siena, Greve, Lucca, and San Gimignano. Meet other students, counseling and human services professors, and counselors from throughout the United States and Italy.

To participate in this study abroad program students must be registered for 3 credits in one of the following academic courses - HMSV 344. HMSV495, COUN 648, COUN 695, or COUN 895 - during the 2014 summer session 2 registration period or be registered for Continuing Education Units.  Academic courses will begin on June 30 as a 2014 summer session 2 web-based course facilitated by the study abroad program's faculty leaders. Most of the content of the academic courses will be reviewed and completed prior to the study abroad experience in Italy.

PREREQUISITES:  All students must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA for undergraduates and 2.5 for graduate students).
This program is open to ODU and non-ODU participants. For information about applying as a non-ODU participant, please see these instructions




Uffizi Museum


Tower of Pisa


San Gimignano





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11 August: Depart U.S.

12 August: Arrive Rome, bus transfer to Casa Cares

13 August:  Villa tour, seminars

14 August: Day trip to Florence, visit Uffizi Museum, Statue of How David

15 August: Seminars at Casa Cares,
evening in Reggello

16 August: Day trip to Siena, guided tour

17 August: Day trip to Lucca and Pisa

18 August: Day trip to Assisi

19 August: Day trip to Greve and San Gimignano

20 August:
Seminars at Casa Cares, optional time in Florence

21 August: Depart Casa Cares for Rome Fiumicino Airport

*Subject to Change: The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Dr. Chris Wood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University. He has multiple conference presentations and publications including articles in Professional School Counseling, the Journal of Counseling & Development, the Journal of College Counseling, Counselor Education & Supervision, Career Planning and Adult Development Journal , and The Elementary School Journal. Chris Wood is the head editor for 6th edition of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) publication, A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments (with Hays) and Editor for the Professional School Counseling journal. Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in counseling from Oregon State University.

Dr. Mark Rehfuss is Director of the web based Human Services Program at Old Dominion University. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development Services from Kent State University. His research interests include career counseling, narrative, counselor education and supervision, qualitative research methods, and online learning.
Chris Wood

Mark Rehfuss headshot

Program Cost:


Cost Includes:

Shared room in villa, most meals, ODU course tuition for a 3-credits, transportation within Italy, entrance fees for Florence museums, tour guides, and international travel and health insurance.

Not Included:

Roundtrip airfare from your home to Rome, lunches during daytrips, expenses of a personal nature.

Financial Aid:

ODU students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad during an advising appointment.  Non-ODU students are not eligible to receive any financial aid or scholarships through Old Dominion University. These students should consult with their home institution to determine if they are eligible for financial aid for this program.

ODU Graduate Assistants with Tuition Awards:  Students at Old Dominion University who are have assistantships or fellowships that pay their tuition should consult with Dr. Mark Rehfuss for special instructions regarding their payments after the program deposit has been paid.

Payment Schedule:

$300 program deposit upon application; half of remaining total due on May 15, 2014, and the other half on June 15, 2014.

Program Details:

Counseling & Human Services
110 Education Building
Norfolk, VA 23529
Application & Payment Details:

Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.