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London & Florence: Arts in Context

London, England & Florence, Italy

Museum Studies!

New course in museum studies!

Read about the new course and schedule options for museum studies in London & Florence.

Five Days in Florence
Five Days in Florence

Faculty from six ACM colleges visited the Florence program. Check out their blog posts and photos!

London is Europe’s largest city, a vast multicultural capital and an epicenter of international finance, politics, and culture. The modern city reveals a dynamic past in which theatre and the visual arts flourish in a variety of forms and venues.

The center of Florence, on the other hand, can be traversed, and indeed circumnavigated, quickly. Its compression allows students a quite different opportunity to study the arts in context, particularly painting, architecture, and sculpture, all seminal to later achievements across Europe and the west. While London and Florence are of course very different cities, both are vibrant European environments where their differing artistic achievements continue to flourish.

The London & Florence: Arts in Context program offers students a singular opportunity to live and study in two of the world’s most important and exciting cultural capitals. This interdisciplinary program focuses on the arts that have made these two cities central to the heritage of the West: the visual arts, on the one hand, in architecture, painting, sculpture; and the literary arts, on the other, in theatre and literature.

Students will live and study in two urban environments that have continued to fascinate visitors and scholars alike for their ongoing vitality over many centuries. While they learn about the past and how each city came to foster such extraordinary creativity in the arts, students will become temporary residents of a living, thriving urban environment. Students will see how each city works, day to day, even while they investigate how each city has functioned in the past as an artistic center. By traveling its cityscape, patronizing its theatres, visiting its museums, its public spaces and marketplaces, students will develop a sense of the ongoing vitality of both London and Florence. Each city will become for students a living laboratory, a text to be read and understood.

Students visiting Pisa

Read about field trips, courses, and activities on the spring 2015 London & Florence program!

Three program lengths

See the program schedule for more details about these three options:

  • 18-week option (spring semester; 10 weeks in one city, seven weeks in the other): Students choose to start the spring semester with an additional three-week course during January in either museum studies (in London) or intensive Italian language (in Florence), and then remain for another seven weeks (10 weeks, in total).  After a one-week break, they move to the other city for seven weeks.
  • 15-week option (spring semester; seven weeks in each city): Students choose to start in either London or Florence in late January.  They spend seven weeks in the first location, have a one-week break, then spend seven weeks in the second  location.
  • 10-week option (winter quarter/trimester; 10 weeks in one city): In January-March, students participate in only the 10-week London portion of the program or the 10-week Florence portion of the program. This option is typically for students at schools using a quarter/trimester calendar who would only like to spend one term off-campus.

For more detailed information about all aspects of the London & Florence Program, please use the links located on the left-hand side of this page.

The Beloit College Florence Program is registered with the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research and recognized as a private non-profit institution of higher education in Italy.  Beloit College is a founding affiliate of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and a member of the American Association of College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI).  The Beloit College Florence Program is facilitated in the U.S. by the ACM on behalf of Beloit College and the other ACM affiliates.  

 

Quick Facts

  • Terms: Spring semester & winter quarter/trimester (Jan-March)
  • Language prerequisite: None
  • Language of instruction: English (plus Italian language class)
  • Living arrangements: Host family & dormitory
  • Who can apply? Students from any college or university

Application deadlines

Winter/spring 2017

Early deadline: March 15, 2016
Do I need to apply early?
The early application date is available for students whose college requires that all off-campus study applications for the entire upcoming academic year must be completed the prior spring semester. If your college does not require a spring decision for programs the following spring, you may apply by either the early or final application deadline.

Final deadline: October 15, 2016

Winter/spring 2018

Early deadline: March 15, 2017
Do I need to apply early?
The early application date is available for students whose college requires that all off-campus study applications for the entire upcoming academic year must be completed the prior spring semester. If your college does not require a spring decision for programs the following spring, you may apply by either the early or final application deadline.

Final deadline: October 15, 2017

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.

Program contacts

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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Publications & Resources

ACM London & Florence Program brochure

London & Florence student handbook - Spring 2016

London & Florence: Arts in Context

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HaYe Jun The ACM London/Florence program gives fun, self-challenging experience in the two most beautiful cities of the world. I entered the program for its art classes but I left not only with new skills in the arts but with inspiration, new insights of the world, the true understanding of 'liberal arts' and the ability to connect with various people. The cultural studies such as attending a historical studio in Florence, seeing incredible shows at greatest British theaters, visiting palaces, museums and parliaments, living in the beautiful Clifton Gardens in London and with a lovely host family in Italy were all incredible and unforgettable.

—HaYe Jun, London & Florence: Arts in Context

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The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) is a consortium of independent, liberal arts colleges in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado.