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CSPP Italy Immersion Program in Family Therapy & Italian Culture

Flight Details

Once you have paid your program deposit, you will be receiving emails from Vived Gonzalez, the Italy Immersion Program Assistant, regarding flights. We will provide you will an option to reserve your tickets through the travel agent with whom we will be working.



You also have the option to reserve your own tickets. If you are making your flight arrangements on your own, you are REQUIRED to send us your flight itinerary. January 6, 2014 is the deadline for sending your flight itinerary to Vived Gonzalez. Here are some important dates to remember while booking your tickets:

  • March 222014: Students must arrive in Rome by 11:00 AM. The program starts at 12:00 PM.  Students may want to consider arriving in Rome on March 21 if they believe that they will need time to rest and overcome jet lag before we start the program; once the program starts, we have a very busy schedule with not much time to relax.
  • April 5, 2014: The last official program activity is the evening of April 3, 2014. April 4, 2014 is a free day for doing things you want to do before you leave Italy, such as shopping, seeing additional sites, and eating your favorite gelato one more time. Students who want to go to Venice or other parts of Italy not visited as part of the Italy Immersion Program may do so on their own and at their own expense beginning April 4, 2014.

If You Are an American Citizen

American citizens will need to have a current valid passport. The United States passport website says the following about visiting Italy: “U.S. citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.” If you have never had a passport or if your passport is expired, you will need to apply for a passport before January 1, 2014 to assure that you will have your passport in time (passports take 4 – 6 weeks to process on top of mailing). You can apply for and renew passports on the US Department of State website.

If You Are Not an American Citizen

Individuals who are not US citizens will need to determine what Requirements Italy has for your nationality. You can use this helpful Italy Visa information website to determine what is requires for a tourist visit to Italy of less than 90 days (“up to 90 days” and reason for visit = “tourism”). You are responsible for getting the necessary documentation for visiting Italy. Please contact Vived Gonzalez to let her know what you need to do.

Language Acquisition

Although many Italians study English in school, most Italians do not speak English. Consequently, it is important to know some Italian to understand the culture and for safety reasons. As part of the Family Therapy & Culture in Italy Course (PSY 6654), students will learn basic Italian language skills by learning Italian pronunciation, completing the Italian Mango course, reading the Italian language bookLa Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language (Hales, 2010), and learning Italian hand gestures. Students may also download podcasts from iTunes or download applications for their phones or tablets. Related Italian language resources can be found at http://italian.speak7.com/

Important Dates

  • September 9, 2013, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (PDT): Italy Immersion Program Open House via teleconference to find out more information about the program and ask questions about the program
    • o   Dial 1-866-252-0050 or 1-646-216-4700
    • o   When prompted enter the following participant PIN: 9349114#

  • September 10, 2013: Interested students must contact Anna Chiang (Irvine Academic & Administrative Support II) with the following information:
      • Name
      • Student ID #
      • Campus
      • Current degree being sought (i.e., MA in MFT, PsyD in MFT, PhD in Clinical Psychology, PsyD in Clinical Psychology)
      • Year toward current degree as of Fall 2013 (e.g., 1st year, 3rd year)
      • Degree emphasis area if any (priority will be given to students pursuing a family therapy emphasis)

  • September 10–20, 2013: Interested students interviewed by program faculty

  • September 23, 2013: Students notified regarding program acceptance

  • September 30, 2013: $500 non-refundable deposit due to secure place in the program
  • October 31, 2013: Remaining program registration fee ($3,499) due to secure place in the program

  • November 1, 2013: Waiting-list students contacted if spots are available because accepted students failed to pay the program registration fee by the deadline

  • November 15, 2013: Program registration ($3,999) due for approved waiting-list students

  • January 27, 2014: Video-conference orientation

  • March 21, 2014 – April 5, 2014: Italy Immersion Program