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  • Locations: Reggello, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer I
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2017 02/20/2017
Rolling Admission 07/06/2017 07/16/2017

** 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.

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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:
Del Corso, J., Scaringello, F.
Estimated Cost of Attendance:
Program Description:
Summer in

Career Counseling

July 6-16,  2017

COUN 648/695 or 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, Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano, Lago de Trasimeno, Assisi, Siena, Pisa, and Lucca. 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 2017 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 2017 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



Uffizi Museum




San Gimignano

Greve in Chianti


Lago de Trasimeno


2015 Italy Career Counselingcasa caresAssissi     SAMPLE ITINERARY
Day 1: 6 July:      Group members arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport  by 10am.  (Group members must fly overnight on July 5 from U.S. to Rome Fiumicino Airport and need to arrive by 10am.) Bus transfer to Casa Cares villa in Tuscany. Institute overview. Villa tour.
Day 2: 7 July:      Seminars at Casa Cares.
Day 3: 8 July:      Day trip to Greve in Chianti and San Gimignano.
Day 4: 9 July:      Day trip to Lago di Trasimeno and Assisi.
Day 5: 10 July:    Seminars at Casa Cares.
Day 6: 11 July:    Day trip to Siena.
Day 7: 12 July:    Day trip to Florence.
Day 8: 13 July:    Seminars at Casa Cares.
Day 9: 14 July:    Day trip to Pisa and Lucca.
Day 10: 15 July:  Day trip to Florence.
Day 11: 16 July:  Program ends. Bus transfer in early AM from Casa Cares to Rome Fiumicino Airport. (Group members need to book flight to depart from Rome Fiumicino Airport after 10am.)

*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.

A native of New Jersey, Frank Scaringello  served 22 years in the U.S. Navy on several ships and in different parts of the world as a Surface Warfare Officer.  Of particular note, he lived in Sasebo, Japan, for 4 years.  Following retirement from the Navy, he received his Masters in Education from ODU and became a School Counselor  in Portsmouth, VA. Since 2001, he has taught courses in the ODU Department of Counseling and Human Services.  His interests are in Physical Activity-Positive Youth Development programs and substance abuse treatment.  He holds a National Certification in Counseling, along with a School Counselor’s license.  He received the Darden Fellow Award in recognition of his work in the School Counseling field. Frank enjoys distance running and working on old British sports cars.

Jennifer Del Corso is a Lecturer in the Department of Counseling and Human Services and will co-lead this study abroad program.


Program Cost:
$1,900 (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:
International airfare to/from Rome, ODU course tuition; lunches during day trips, baggage and travel fees, immunizations, and expenses of a personal nature.

Financial Aid:
For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.  Note:  to qualify for summer aid, undergraduate students must enroll in at least 3 additional credit hours; graduate students need only enroll for 3 credit hours to receive financial aid during the summer.

*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 without ODU Deans Education Abroad Award scholarship: $2,300

Payment Schedule:
$300 program deposit upon application;
half of remaining total due on February 17, 2017, and the other half on March 17, 2017.

Program Details:
Frank Scaringello
Department of Counseling & Human Services
110 Education Building
Norfolk, VA 23529
Jennifer Del Corso
Department of Counseling & Human Services
Education Building
Norfolk, VA 23529

Application & Payment Details:
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.

This program is currently not accepting applications.