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ODU Program: Career Counseling in Italy
Reggello, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer I
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2016 02/05/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2016 05/20/2016

** 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:
Krahwinkel, J., Rehfuss, M
Estimated Cost of Attendance:
Program Description:
Summer in

Career Counseling

May 11-20, 2016

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

Attend a multi-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 register for 3 credits in one of the following academic courses - COUN 648, COUN 695, COUN 895, HMSV 344, or HMSV 495 - during the 2016 summer session 3 registration period or register for Continuing Education Units.  Academic courses will begin prior to the study abroad program dates (listed on this website) as a 2016 summer session 3 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.

Program participants need to arrive and depart from Rome Fiumicino Airport.  Bus transportation between Rome Fiumicino Airport and Casa Cares in Tuscany is available for participants who arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport before 10am on the first day of the program in Italy, and depart from Rome Fiumicino Airport after 10am on the final day of the program in Italy. Participants who arrive and depart outside of the time period specified above are responsible for their own transportation to and from Casa Cares in Tuscany.

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




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Day 1: 11 May: Fly overnight from US to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Book flight to arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport by 10AM.
Day 2: 12 May: Arrive by 10AM at Rome Fiumicino Airport. Bus transfer to Casa Cares villa in Tuscany. Institute overview. Villa tour.
Day 3: 13 May: Day trip  and walking tour of Florence.
Day 4: 14 May: Day trip to Greve and San Gimignano.
Day 5: 15 May: Seminars at Villa. Day 6: 16 May: Day trip to Pisa and Lucca.
Day 7: 17 May: Seminars at Villa. Explore Regello.
Day 8: 18 May: Day trip to Siena, guided tour.
Day 9: 19 May: Day trip to Assisi.
Day 10: 2o May: Depart Casa Cares villa in early AM for Rome Fiumicino Airport. Book flight to leave from Rome Fiumicino Airport after 10AM. Program Ends

*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. 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.

Dr. Jill Krahwinkel is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University. She currently serves the department as the Graduate Program Director and the Clinical Coordinator. She teaches several courses including but not limited to counseling techniques, practicum/internship group supervision, addictions, and social and cultural issues in counseling. Her research interests include counseling skill development, multicultural competency, and clinical supervision.
Mark Rehfuss headshot

Jill Krahwinkel headshot

Program Cost:
$1,800 (with ODU Deans Education Abroad Award scholarship) *

Cost Includes:
Shared room in villa, most meals, transportation within Italy, entrance fees for Florence museums, tour guides, study abroad fee, and international travel and health insurance.

Not Included:
Roundtrip airfare from your home to Rome, ODU course tuition; lunches during daytrips, baggage and travel fees, 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.

*ODU Deans Education Abroad Award scholarships: 

Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program. Scholarship Eligibility: Full-time ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leaders. Completion of online application, advising, and deposit payment will hold your space for scholarship consideration; no additional application required.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in the summer. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. If you do not owe the university any money a refund check will be issued by the Office of Finance and mailed to your address from LEO Online.

Estimated Program Cost:cost without scholarship: $2,200

Payment Schedule:
$300 program deposit upon application;
half of remaining total due on February 12, 2016, and the other half on March 18, 2016.

Program Details:

Dr. Mark Rehfuss
Department of Counseling & Human Services
110 Education Building
Norfolk, VA 23529
Application & Payment Details:

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