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Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture

Florence, Italy

Italy

Immerse yourself in the art and history of the Renaissance

The Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture program will immerse you in contemporary Italy and transport you back to the beauty of the Renaissance. As you take Italian language courses, live with a host family, and explore historical sites, how will your experience of Florence today also reflect the city’s rich past?


Gain a comprehensive understanding of Renaissance art and culture

“I was able to study how Renaissance art and culture continue to shape Florence today—who said art is a lofty thing that does not have anything to do with everyday life?”

Ziliang Liu, Carleton College, art history major

Day by day, you will see the many ways that art, history, and culture intersect in Florence today and learn to analyze the creative processes and the historical and cultural context in which Florentine medieval and Renaissance art, sculpture, and architecture were produced.


Improve your Italian language skills

“Every dinner was an adventure full of laughter and the occasional Italian grammar lesson.”

Kellie Griffin, Coe College, philosophy and religion major

Italian language courses are offered for beginners and at all levels of advanced proficiency. At minimum, you’ll grow comfortable speaking Italian as you navigate the city, converse with your host family, and interact with local residents.


Learn the trade of art restoration or gilding from renowned experts

“I worked with Rosella Lari, one of the most prominent art restorers in Florence, Italy, as an art restoration apprentice. She shared with us so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget.”

Laura Turco, Luther College, art major

Go behind the scenes in studios where gilding and art restoration experts practice their craft. You’ll develop skills as an artisan, gaining impressive hands-on experience for your portfolio and forming valuable professional relationships with your mentors in these one-of-a-kind workshops.


Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Amelia Sternitzky
Ripon College

I chose to go on the Florence program because learning how to speak Italian has always been my dream. I learned so much, not only about Italy and art history, but about who I am as a person and who I want to be.

Trevor Thomas
Colorado College

The Florence program produced changes in me that define my identity today. Throughout my stay, I developed a great relationship with my host family and became part of the culture. 

Jennifer Halbman
Lawrence University

Whether through finding out that bus number 13 is never on time or discovering the connections between Renaissance etiquette and modern survival, living in Florence taught me to become a more creative problem solver.

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Dates

Fall semester (late August-early December)

Who can apply

Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university

Courses/credits

Recommended credit is 16 semester credits or the equivalent

  • Italian Language (required, at your level of proficiency)
  • Three elective courses from among courses focused on Renaissance arts and history, a studio art course, and workshop courses on restoration and gilding

Internships

Internships at the Ufzi Gallery, the Medici Chapels, and other museums are available to quali ed students with strong Italian language skills.

Housing

Homestay with an Italian host family

Language requirement

Except for the required Italian Language course, all courses are taught in English.

Publications and resources

Program Handbook: Arts, Humanities, & Culture - Fall 2015

ACM Florence Program Brochure: Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture

Application deadlines

Fall semester 2017 deadline

March 15, 2017

Fall semester 2018 deadline

March 15, 2018

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Questions?

Marlee Stein
Off-Campus Study Program Coordinator
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5933
mstein@acm.edu

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