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.
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
There will not be a professor from UMSL participating this year.
See program costs above for summer.
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!
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.
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
History of Modern Italy
The Economic History of Europe
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.
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.
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.
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/)
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.
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.
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)
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