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
Dr. Bettina Casad
Assistant Professor of Psychology
See program costs above for summer.
BEST MAJORS: Art, Art History, Psychology, English
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 2017 by checking out Santa Reparata's summer school website. Professor Casad will be teaching the following Psychology course:
Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations
This seminar will provide an intellectual forum for examining the nature of relations between human groups and the psychological mechanisms that drive them. Major topics of investigation include intergroup conflict, war, genocide, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and social harmony. We will examine cultural influences on collective behavior and incorporate lenses of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, religion, and intersectionality in our analysis. We also will analyze how historical and institutional contexts have shaped modern culture in Italy and the structure, dynamics, and consequences for identity and intergroup relations in European societies.
The purpose of this course is to expose you to contemporary and modern theories and research that attempt to explain why humans interact with each other in positive and negative ways. A combination of mini-lectures, classroom discussions, classroom activities, field excursions, field studies, and written assignments will be used to facilitate your learning. As a class, we will conduct a field study in which we conduct focus groups with Italian students on their perceptions of the financial and refugee crises in Italy and the European Union.
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. Add an additional $350 to program fee for studio fees.
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.
Get more details on Santa Reparata's summer school website.