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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UWP applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/01/2018 12/15/2018 05/17/2019 06/05/2019
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Hotel
Program Description:

Faculty Director: Professor Carey Watters
Fountain Italy Group shot
Join Professors Carey Watters and Tom Berenze on a study abroad tour of Italy focusing on the study of ancient and Renaissance art and architecture in Florence, Venice and Naples. You will visit a combination of museums, archeological sites, and cultural sites.  Professor Berenze will be teaching a Watercolor and Acrylic Plein Air Painting course in which students will be working on location in Florence, Venice, Rome, Naples and Capo Vaticano. This course is for students who have a desire and motivation to pursue a deeper understanding of the history, culture and landscape of Italy.  

In Florence, students will focus on museums and in Venice they will explore the landscape.  In Rome, architecture will be researched and in Naples, the students will look deeply at street life. Longer painting sessions will take place in Capo Vaticano dealing with the traditional landscape tropes and expansive vistas for which Italy is known.  Each day the students will have an opportunity to paint something with which they have a connection.  Through painting, students will further their understanding of their subject matter and better understand the history and culture of Italy.

Registration: ART 391 & ART 122/322/422: 
The Art and Architecture of Italy (3 credits) and Introduction, Intermediate or Advanced Drawing (3 credits/Gen Ed)

Cost: Price will include airfare lodging, entrance to museums, tours, daily breakfast and in-country transportation.  (See Budget Sheet above for details.) Tuition credits are not included.  Grants and financial aid are available.  Parkside students may be eligible to receive up to $1500 from study abroad grants!

Program Participants are expected to be capable of:
( X ) Carrying own luggage ( X ) Walking 3-5 miles per day ( X ) Mounting staircases
( X )  Communicating issues and concerns to Coordinators ( X ) Addressing others with respect ( X ) Sharing room lodging
( X )  Adhering to rules and safety guidelines ( X ) Attending all programmed activities (at varying hours) ( X )  Respectfully adapting to new food/meal traditions
( X )  Treating local behaviors/social norms/practices with respect ( X )  Adapting to group travel with limited independence and "alone time" ( X ) Traveling to/from the US independently
( X )  Navigating through foreign cities unaided ( X ) Using public transportation resources ( X )  Locating or preparing own meals
( X )  Taking care of own health needs    
Students are also required to attend pre-trip academic meetings and course activities.