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Overview

WHY THE FLORENCE SUMMER PROGRAM?

Spend four weeks studying at Santa Reparata International School of Art. SRISA is the perfect destination for students from all majors. You can take courses in Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, and Design, allowing you to explore ideas across disciplines. The campus is located in the heart of downtown Florence, meaning that walking to class every morning is like walking through an outdoor museum.

 
Duomo in Florence

QUICK FACTS

  • Spend a month with your peers and an UMSL professor exploring Florence!

  • Live in downtown Florence - it's like walking through an outdoor art museum

  • Participate on excursions that take you into the Italian countryside

FACULTY DIRECTOR

Dr. Matthew Taylor
Associate Professor of Psychology
314-516-5409
taylormatt@umsl.edu

COSTS

See program costs above for summer.

 

Academics

BEST MAJORS: Art, Art History, Psychology

Also Good: History, Economics, Foreign Language, Any student looking for an elective in Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Sciences

This program works well for the UMSL majors listed above, but most programs can work well for all majors if students can take courses for elective credit. Check with your academic advisor and the study abroad office to learn about your options!

 

COURSES

As soon as courses for Summer 2018 are released, this page will be updated. In the meantime, you can check out what was offered in Summer 2018 by checking out Santa Reparata's summer school website.

Professor Taylor will be teaching the following Psychology course:

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Any student of psychology is aware of its development by White males in Europe roughly 120 years ago.  As the field expanded out from its roots and was utilized in a wider variety of geographic locales with more diverse populations, it became clear to a segment of those involved that it was not accurately explaining what was occurring.  This limited success of psychology in its earliest form to accurately address “issues” within certain populations resulted in the development of cross-cultural psychology.  Cross-cultural psychology as a field represents a blending of psychology with sociology and anthropology. 
 
The purpose of this course is to present students with a broad theoretical and applied overview of cross-cultural psychology.  To this end, the course presents an orientation to the definitions, concepts, theories, and methodologies of cross-cultural psychology.  Included is an examination of cultural and ecological factors and their influences on perceptual and cognitive processes, personality, language, and other psychological variables.  

Fine Arts, 3 credits (Studio Courses)

Discovering Florence Through Photography
Drawing in the Expanded Field
Renaissance Painting Techniques

Liberal Arts, 3 credits (Lecture Courses)

Art History: The Italian Renaissance
Florentine Mannerism
History of Modern Italy
The Economic History of Europe
Cross-Cultural Psychology (Prof. Taylor's course)

Design, 3 credits (Lecture & Studio Courses)

Sketchbook Studies: Italian Architecture and Interiors (Studio)
Fashion Design Studio: Illustration & Construction (Studio)
Topics in Fashion Design: The Italian Fashion Industry (Lecture)

Italian Language, 3 credits (Italian Language Courses)

Italian I (3 credits)
Italian II (3 credits)

Lecture classes meet 2 hours per day, Monday through Thursday. All academic classes have two all-day field trips, which are generally held on Fridays. Classes combine in-class lectures, discussion, and on-site visits. Most academic courses are reading and writing intensive and will require a minimum of 6-9 hours of homework outside of regular class-time.

Studio courses meet 4 hours per day, Monday through Thursday. One Friday field trip is scheduled during the session. Studio courses combine studio instruction, in-class demonstrations and slide presentations. When possible students go on-site to work or visit exhibits and museums of relevance to subject being studied. All courses require outside reading. There will be both individual and group critiques. More advanced studio courses may require written assignments and many require students to keep a sketchbook. There are additional costs for studio courses. See the Program Costs for more details. IMPORTANT NOTE: Students may enroll in a maximum of (1) studio course per session.

 

REGISTRATION

After you have been accepted to study abroad you will be given directions to register for classes directly with Santa Reparata. After you have finished all of your acceptance tasks in Triton Globetrotter, you will be registered for a placeholder course here at UMSL for the time that you are abroad.

 

CREDIT INFORMATION

UMSL students studying abroad on the Florence Summer program will pay a program fee that includes academic fees instead of tuition, and they will earn transfer credit. If you are a transfer student, please contact your academic advisor to confirm that you will not exceed the maximum number of transfer credits allowable at UMSL. 

 

Location

FLORENCE, ITALY

 
 

Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Be sure to set aside time to see the vast and varied art collection housed in the Pitti Palace. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors. Spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence, Italy. (Courtesy of https://www.visitflorence.com/)

 

HOUSING

Students will stay in apartments located within walking distance of the school. Apartments vary in size with a combination of single and double bedrooms (4-6 people average per apartment). Very few of the apartments have air-conditioning, none have telephones, and some do not have washing machines. Cellular phones are easily available for rental at an inexpensive rate. 

 

EXCURSIONS

Every student has the opportunity to participate in walking tours of Florence. Most courses integrate on-site visits to museums and exhibitions and many may require day trips. Special excursions are considered an integral part of the course curriculum and attendance is mandatory. The museum entry and travel fees for these excursions are not included in tuition fees and students will be invoiced separately after the end of add-drop, for these fees.
 

 

Student Experiences

WHAT UMSL STUDENTS ARE SAYING

Check out what these students have to say about the Florence Summer Program!

"Class consisted of daily walking tours of museums, manor houses, and the streets of Florence as we studied architecture, art, and history. There were also several trips to the surrounding areas, such as Sienna (many students fell in love with the city) and a Tuscan winery, hosted by our host university in Florence..." (continue reading)

--Chandler
 

Click here to check out the UMSL student experiences for our other programs!

 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/23/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/25/2018 07/26/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process.