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Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture

Florence, 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?


Fall semester (late August-early December)
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Courses & credits

Recommended credit is 16 semester credits or the equivalent. See course descriptions

  • 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 at museums may be available to qualified students with strong Italian language skills.

Living arrangements

Homestay with an Italian host family

Language requirement

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


Program brochure
Florence program video

Application deadlines

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.


Michael Vertovec, Senior Program Administrator
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2020, Chicago, IL 60601
312.561.5934 /

Explore the program

 Watch students and faculty describe what it's like to dive into Florentine culture.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of Renaissance art and culture

“Having Florence as a classroom has been really, really cool. For our art history class, we actually don't have any in-class sessions. We go to different on-site visits, such as different churches and museums. ”

—Mary Shull, Lake Forest College, economics major

See how art, history, and culture intersect in Florence today. Analyze the creative processes and the historical context of Florentine medieval and Renaissance art, sculpture, and architecture.

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. You’ll grow comfortable speaking Italian as you get to know your host family, navigate the city, 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, 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.

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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. 

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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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