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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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What does it mean to be a tourist? How can we understand ourselves in a city that is not our own? How can we shift, notice, and experience more deeply Italy’s beautiful cities as we engage with local people, places, and art? And once we do, how can we reflect this in our creative work? These are the questions we will be asking during this immersive study abroad experience.  

Over the course of four weeks, Florence will act as our home and will fuel our thinking about tourism, the nature of place, and of course, art. The trip will include a trip to Venice for the Biennale. Throughout the program, students will be introduced to people and places who will inspire a complex understanding of the cities’ history, creative and contemporary life. 

Students will explore the city, map those experiences in a variety of ways, and give and take ‘detours’ of less commonly visited places. As they collect information students will develop a personal relationship with an area of the city and use this to inspire their artmaking. 

 City Lab: Florence is directed to students who are majoring or minoring in Art Practice, Graphic Design, and Art History. This course will count for 8 credits. Students can use this credit towards required elective coursework in the Art Practice program.


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Faculty Leaders Alison Heryer, Assistant Professor and Assistant CORE Program Head
School of Art + Design
Michelle Illuminato, CORE Program Head
School of Art + Design
Travel Dates Four Weeks in Summer 2022
Areas of Study All Majors welcome, but this program is especially relevant for:
  • Art Practice
  • Graphic Design
  • Art History majors and minors
*Preference given to Art majors and minors
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, to be scheduled when all students are confirmed
Course & Credit 4 undergraduate credits
ART 399

**Students may apply credits towards required Art Practice elective courses. Email faculty leaders for details**
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Italian
Housing Shared apartments, each with a full kitchen
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Application Process (PSU Students)
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
Application Process (Non-PSU Students)

(Awards are up to $3,000!)

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  • 8 undergraduate credits
  • Accommodations
    • ​Students will need to provide their own bed sheets & bath towels
  • Classroom access: programs will be allotted up to 45 contact hours per lecture course and 90 contact hours per studio course in the shared classroom/studio spaces. Classroom hours will be scheduled evenly throughout the session. 
    • Evening and weekend access to the shared classrooms, studios, and lounge areas.
    • Supplies regularly available in classrooms. (Ask for specifics,
  • Orientation activities including orientation to Florence, housing, safety presentation by a local police officer, SRISA handbook map. (Ask for sample outlines,
  • Welcome Banquet: Welcome Gala held at a historic Florentine palace with dining and dancing (Summer A and B programs only. A sit-down full course dinner at a local restaurant provided for all other sessions).
  • San Gimignano Field Trip: Transportation and walking tour of Siena or San Gimignano with a guide and SRISA group leader.
  • Access to SRISA optional field trips organized by SRISA staff. Summer 2020 trips include  Venice (2 days,1 night), Chianti (1 day), and Portovenere (1 day). Includes: transportation, accommodations, some museum entrances, and SRISA group leader.
  • Cultural Program: The Cultural Program is available to all students and faculty participating in courses at SRISA over the summer. Hosted by Full Time SRISA Faculty, daily activities include: walking tours of Florence, lectures covering numerous aspects of Italian culture such as art, history, food, and fashion. A full list of topics will be available prior to the program.
  • On-campus Internet, WiFi
  • SRISA Library, books from the extensive SRISA Library may be checked out for off-campus use.
  • SRISA Emergency Assistance, 24/7
  • Pre-Departure Handbook, materials, and assistance for Faculty and Program Coordinators
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health Insurance
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1,500)
  • Trains, taxis, and other ground transportation not included in site visits
  • Transportation to/from airport in Florence (estimated at $100 total)
  • Most meals (estimated at $950)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $300)
  • Passport or visa 
    • US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.

This program is currently not accepting applications.