Spencer J. Pack, Professor of Economics, will be directing a SATA program at the International Studies Institute in Florence, Italy, in the Fall 2016 semester. This will be his second SATA program; the first was in affiliation with the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. The goal of the program is to increase the cosmopolitanism of our students: They will learn a great deal about Italy, the Italian culture and Italian perspectives. In particular, students will gain the opportunity to view the world economic system, as well as issues around the economics of food and the sexual division of labor, from an Italian perspective.

The International Studies Institute (ISI Florence) offers semester, year-long, and summer academic programs to U.S. college and university students. It was established in 2001 as a private non-profit institute registered with the Italian Ministry of Education and recognized as an American center for higher learning in Florence, Italy. It is a provider of credit-bearing courses to students of American colleges and universities. It is one of the founding institutions of the Consortium for Public Universities established in 2005. It maintains academic affiliations with a number of colleges and universities, including Connecticut College and the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. The Institute promotes many opportunities for volunteer work and service learning experiences in Florence. Fields of experience are offered in education, journalism, environmental care, museum guiding, fundraising for non-profit organizations, and others.

Housing and Cultural Immersion

All ISI students are placed in pre-screened shared apartments along with other program participants. ISI is highly selective when securing student housing in Florence. All the apartments are within walking distance from Institute facilities, and are well-equipped with a cooking kitchen, basic kitchen utensils, a bathroom, bedrooms, and communal living space. In addition, all apartments have wireless Internet connections.


Professor Pack will be offering two courses. One will be the course he specifically created and designed for SATA: Economics 229, “The Economics of Food From a Feminist Perspective.” The second course will depend upon the needs and preferences of the students in the program. It will either be Economics 416, “Seminar in the History of Economic Thought: Adam Smith and the Rise of Economics;” Economics 326, “Economic History/History of Economic Thought II: Since the French Revolution;” or Economics 236 “Libertarian and Anarchist Economic Thought.” Students will be required to take at least one, and preferably both, courses. Students are also required to take an Italian language course, which is offered at various levels; the remainder of courses will be from the ISI offerings, which include architecture, art history, history, classical studies, literature, political science, religion, Italian studies, studio art, and sustainable food and environmental studies.


Similar to Connecticut College's academic schedule, the program will begin late August and will continue until mid December. Several orientations will be conducted, in addition to the mandatory pre-departure meeting.

As with all SATA programs, student's financial arrangements and obligations, including the comprehensive fee and financial aid, remain the same as if the student were staying at Connecticut College for the semester. The SATA Florence program includes round-trip international travel, room and board in Italy, and all group field trips.

Connecticut College students interested in SATA Florence should contact Professor Pack and the Office of Study Away.