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Florence, Italy

Spring Break 2019 - Florence in the Renaissance (ARHS 2000)

Florence, Italy

Program Description  
Students in this course will travel to Florence, Italy during Spring Break 2019 where they will have the opportunity to tour the city's sights with a professor of the Italian Renaissance. After three meetings at the Webster Groves campus to prepare, students will spend eight full days in the city where the Renaissance was born, and home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and many other famous artists and intellectuals. The sites visited include the Uffizi (painting gallery with Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and other artists' works), Michelangelo's David, the Palazzo Vecchio (city hall and home to much artwork), the Bargello (sculpture gallery with Donatello, Michelangleo, and other artists' statues), the cathedral, and many others. Each day will consist of visiting sites and discussing the artwork and the city on location, with free time built in for students to discover the city and its culture on their own, including shopping, or even visiting nearby towns such as Siena.

Other course experiences include two four-course group dinners of classic Florentine cuisine. By the end of the week, students will have an intimate knowledge of Florentine art and culture both in the Renaissance and today. The professor who will lead the course, Ryan E. Gregg, Ph.D., has written and spoken extensively on paintings in the Palazzo Vecchio and sculpture in Florentine churches, has traveled to Italy over a dozen times, and has spent over a year in Florence. This will be his sixth time taking students to Florence.

Program Highlights

  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Florence while learning from a noted professor of Italian Renaissance art, Ryan E. Gregg.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael 
  •  The city of Florence will be your classroom - earn credit while enjoying the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Italy

March 9 - March 17, 2019

ARHS 2000 Florence in the Renaissance
Professor: Ryan Gregg
This course consists of an intensive introduction to the art, architecture and culture of the Florentine Renaissance (1280-1580). Following initial introductory class meetings in Webster Groves, the course is taught primarily on-site in Florence, consisting of daily visits to churches, museums and palaces. Students will gain an familiarity with the stylistic developments and historical-cultural context of Renaissance art through lectures as well as assigned readings. Students will also have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in visual analysis and critical thinking through daily class discussion, an individual presentation, and a written assignment.

There are no specific prerequisites for the course.
This program is open to all majors and counts for Arts Appreciation (ARTS) Global Citizenship Program (GCP) credit.

Syllabus: Florence in the Renaissance (ARHS 2000)

Program Cost
Program Fee: $1,290
What's Included: 8 nights of lodging (double occupancy), all entrance fee for organized activities (co-curricular and cultural), Welcome and Farewell group dinners, cost of transportation to/from airport in Florence. 
What's not included: Airfare, most meals, airport transfers, visa fees, personal spending money and activities arranged outside of the program itinerary.
Study Abroad Fee: $175 (covers international insurance & ISIC card)
Tuition: Full-time undergraduate students: included in the 2018-2019 spring tuition flat fee
Part-time undergraduate students: pay the 2018-2019 per credit hour undergraduate rate

Tentative Program Itinerary 
Florence in the Renaissance (ARHS 2000)

Students may be eligible for Webster study abroad scholarships.  Please reference the Study Abroad website for more information.

Spring Break scholarship deadline- November 15th

Application Process  
Application Deadline:  November 15th, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $165 study abroad deposit*, write a brief statement of purpose, and submit a passport copy and a passport sized photos. 

*The $165 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met: 1) Student attends the program 
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys 3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

Information Session-Florence in the Renaissance
Florence, Italy, Spring Break 2019 Program
Date: Monday, November 5th
Time: 12pm
Location: Sverdrup 112