Please note: This program is administered by UConn, but it is not led by a UConn faculty member.
This extraordinary semester-long program will bring you into in the heart of Florence, a city which is a monument to the Renaissance, and which contains more art per square mile than any other place on earth. Its urban texture spans two thousand years of history, and on its streets walked Brunelleschi, Leonardo, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo, and a host of others who helped shape our world and civilization. The program is located at the Palazzo Rucellai, one of three buildings in Florence designed by the famed fifteenth-century architect and humanist Leon Battista Alberti. You will find the Institute at Palazzo Rucellai a warm and welcoming place, with an expert and accessible staff that always has time to answer a question or to help with a problem. The Institute has a small computer center, lap top hubs, a library, and a student lounge.
You will earn 13-14 UConn graded credits on this program. Classes, taught by an international faculty, make full use of the city, and on-site classes and field trips are a regular part of many courses. The art history classes often take place in the piazzas, museums and churches of Florence. Although no prior study of the language is required, you will enroll in the appropriate level of the “Florence Experience” course (I,II,III,IV), in which you will learn Italian in the classroom and through direct contact with many aspects of Italian culture.
A list of available courses can be found under the following links.
Spring Courses: http://isiflorence.org/courses-list/spring/
Fall Courses: http://isiflorence.org/courses-list/fall/
If a course you intend to take is not on the list of course equivalencies below, you will have to get it accredited. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.
- Semester program: one UNIV 1993 or 3993 Florence Experience language/contemporary anthropology course is mandatory.
- Only one BADM course may be taken.
General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution. For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.
|UConn Dept. and #||University Course Title||Foreign #||Foreign Course||Credits||Accreditation Expiration Date|
|ANTH 1093||Foreign Study||PSYCH 100||Cultural Literacy Workshop: Pathways to Intercultural Competence||1||12/31/2020|
|ANTH 3093||Foreign Study||CAMS 150||Field Archaeology||3||12/31/2017|
|ANTH 3093 or SOCI 3993||Foreign Study||HUM 399/SOC 299||Identity and Culture in Italy: A Comparative Approach||3||6/30/2022|
|ART 2310||Basic Studio, Painting||VARTS 282||Beginning Oil Painting/Imagery of Florence||3||6/30/2017|
|ART 2410 or ART 2993||Basic Studio, Photography or Foreign Study||VARTS 261||Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Florence||3||6/30/2018|
|ART 2993 or ART 2410||Foreign Study or Basic Studio, Photography||VARTS 261||Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Florence||3||6/30/2017|
|ART 2993||Foreign Study||VARTS 204||Drawing: The Human Figure||3||6/30/2017|
|ART 2993||Foreign Study||VARTS 383||The Art of Buon Fresco||3||6/30/2017|
|ART 2993||Foreign Study||VARTS 430||Introduction to Digital Photography||3||6/30/2022|
|ART 2993||Art Foreign Study||VARTS 481||Drawing Florence: Putting Things in Perspective||3||12/31/2021|
|ARTH 2993||Foreign Study||ART H 199||Architecture: Roman to Early Christian||3||12/31/2017|
|ARTH 2993||Foreign Study||AAH 330||Special Topics in Art History: Michelangelo||3||6/30/2017|
|ARTH 3993||Foreign Study||HP 391||Architecture in Italy||3||6/30/2018|
|ARTH 3993||Art History Foreign Study||ARCH330||History of Italian Design||3||12/31/2021|
|ARTH 3993||Foreign Study||ARCH 430||Special Topics: The Villa and the Garden||3||6/30/2017|
|ARTH 3993||Foreign Study||AAH 214||The Art of Florence: Exploring Visual Culture||3||12/31/2020|
|ARTH 3993||Foreign Study||AAH 318||History of Italian Art II: Michelangelo to Bernini||3||6/30/2017|
|ARTH 3993||Foreign Study||AAH 330||Special Topics: Leonardo||3||6/30/2017|
|ARTH 3993||Foreign Study||AAH 318||History of Italian Art II: The Nude and the Naked. Nudity in Italian Art from the Middle Ages to Michelangelo’s Followers||3||6/30/2020|
|BADM 2893||Foreign Study||BUSN 430||The Business of Art: The Economics and Management of Culture||3||12/31/2020|
|BADM 2893||Foreign Study||MGMT 320||The Family Business in Italy||3||12/31/2020|
|CAMS 1102||Roman Civilization||CAMS/HIST 101||Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean||3||12/31/2017|
|CAMS 3255||Ancient Rome||CLAS 320/HUM 399||Archaeology and Art of Ancient Italy||3||6/30/2017|
|COMM 4460||Cross Cultural Communication||COMM 432||Intercultural Communication||3||12/31/2019|
|COMM 4993||Foreign Study||COM 430||Social Media in Life & Business||3||12/31/2019|
|COMM 4993||Foreign Study||Global Media: the Age of Persuasion||3||12/31/2019|
|COMM 4993||Foreign Study||COMM 430||Social Media: An Italian Perspective||3||12/31/2021|
|DRAM 4193||Foreign Study||Italian Theater: History, Theory, and Practice||3||12/31/2021|
|ECON 2493||Foreign Study||Economics of Food||3||12/31/2021|
|EDCI 4088||Variable Topics||Cultural Diversity in Education||3||12/31/2018|
|ENGL 3627||Studies in Literature||From Arcadia with Love||3||6/30/2020|
|ENGL 3693||Foreign Study||COMM 430||Professional Fashion Writing||3||12/31/2019|
|HIST 3991 or UNIV 2993||Supervised Fieldwork or International Study||INT 399||Cultural Engagement Practicum Tour Guide for the City Hall (Palazzo Vecchio) Museum||3||6/30/2021|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HIST 430||Sports History and Culture||3||12/31/2019|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HIST 315/ POLSC 430||History and Politics of Modern Italy: the Twentieth Century||3||6/30/2019|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HIST 310||Blood and Soul: Understanding Health in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe||3||12/31/2020|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||Italy and the Jews: History and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present||3||6/30/2021|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HIST 310||Florence: The Story of the City||3||6/30/2022|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HIST 310/POLSC 430||The European Union||3||6/30/2022|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HUM 306||The History and Culture of Food: A Comparative Analysis||3||6/30/2017|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HIST 310||Ancient Rome: Civilization & Legacy||3||6/30/2017|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HUM 306||The History and Culture of Food||3||6/30/2017|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||ENG 430||Introduction to Humanism: Three Crowns||3||6/30/2017|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||ENG 430||Introduction to Humanism: Shifting Identities||3||6/30/2017|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||ENG 430||Introduction to Humanism: Tale of Two Cities Florence & Jerusalem||3||6/30/2017|
|ILCS 1101||The Italian Renaissance||HUM 399||The Rise of the Underdog: Women, Merchants, and Artists in Early Renaissance Florence||3||6/30/2019|
|ILCS 1145 or UNIV 1993||Elementary Italian 1 or Foreign Study||ITAL 101||Florence Experience I||4||12/13/2017|
|ILCS 1146 or UNIV 1993||Elementary Italian 2 or Foreign Study||ITAL 102||Florence Experience II||4||12/13/2017|
|ILCS 1147 or UNIV 1993||Intermediate Italian 1 or Foreign Study||ITAL 201||Florence Experience III||4||12/13/2017|
|ILCS 1148 or UNIV 1993||Intermediate Italian 2 or Foreign Study||ITAL 202||Florence Experience IV||4||12/13/2017|
|ILCS 1193||Foreign Study||Italian Language through Economics and Business||4||12/31/2019|
|ILCS 3239 or UNIV 2993||Conversation and Composition I or Foreign Study||ITAL 310 (If taught in fall)||Florence Experience V||3||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 3240 or UNIV 2993||Conversation and Composition II or Foreign study||ITAL 310 (If taught in spring or summer)||Florence Experience V||3||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 3293||Foreign Study||ITAL 430||A City with View: Modern Italy through Florence||3||12/31/2020|
|MUSI 1193||Foreign Study||MUS 201||Performance Studies||3||6/30/2017|
|MUSI 1193||Foreign Study||MUS 310||Music History of the Renaissance||3||6/30/2017|
|MUSI 1193||Foreign Study||Five Comic Italian Operas: Laughter Between Revolution and War 1733-1924||3||6/30/2020|
|POLS 3993 or HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HIST 315/ POLSC 430||History and Politics of Modern Italy||3||12/31/2020|
|SOCI 3271||Topics in the Sociology of Culture||SOC 299||Sociology of Art||3||12/31/2021|
|SOCI 3993 or ANTH 3093||Foreign Study||HUM 399/SOC 299||Identity and Culture in Italy: A Comparative Approach||3||6/30/2022|
|UNIV 1993 or ILCS 1145||International Study or Elementary Italian 1||ITAL 101||The Florence Experience I||4||12/31/2020|
|UNIV 1993 or ILCS 1146||International Study or Elementary Italian 2||ITAL 102||The Florence Experience II||4||12/31/2020|
|UNIV 1993 or ILCS 1147||International Study or Intermediate Italian 1||ITAL 201||The Florence Experience III||4||12/31/2020|
|UNIV 1993 or ILCS 1148||International Study or Intermediate Italian 2||ITAL 202||The Florence Experience IV||4||12/31/2020|
|UNIV 2993||International Study||ITAL 310||The Florence Experience V||4||12/31/2020|
|UNIV 2993||International Study||CEP 201||Cultural Engagement Practicum: Critical Disabilities Studies: Inclusive Programs||3||12/31/2020|
|UNIV 2993 or HIST 3991||International Study or Supervised Fieldwork||CEP 401||Cultural Engagement Practicum Tour Guide for the City Hall (Palazzo Vecchio) Museum||3||6/30/2021|
|UNIV 2993||International Study||Survey and Drawing: Mapping Florence Architecture||3||6/30/2022|
You will be housed in double or triple rooms in furnished apartments shared with other program participants. The apartments have fully-equipped kitchens and access to a washing machine. Located in the center of town, the residences are just a 15-25 minute walk to Palazzo Rucellai. Along your way, you might stop at your favorite coffee bar for a cappuccino and a pastry, gaze into the shop windows at the artistically displayed goods, or marvel at major artistic, historical landmarks. The little pleasures of Italian life, the espresso break, the gelato, buying fresh vegetables in mom and pop shops, and the Italian approach to the time, become a natural part of the day. Weekly cultural activities in Florence include a gelato walk, organized soccer games, the Ferragamo shoe museum, the artisans’ workshops, and the secret rooms Palazzo Vecchio, to name a few. Optional day trips to Siena, Pisa, Lucca and San Gimignano offer new perspectives on other parts of Italy. In fall and spring semesters a trip to Chianti concludes the orientation program.
To apply to this program, you only need to complete the UConn online application process. Do not apply directly to the Palazzo Rucellai. To begin your online application, click the “apply now” button.
Catherine Dudley Scholarship Fund
One scholarship each academic year will be awarded to an outstanding student with demonstrable financial need. Priority will be given to students majoring in economics. The recipient of this award will be selected from the group of applicants applying for the Global Citizenship Scholarship (see above). Applications are available as part on the online application process. To be eligible, students must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form with the Office of Financial Aid. If a student withdraws from his/her study abroad program after being awarded the scholarship, UConn Education Abroad reserves the right to revoke the scholarship award.
Please note that this program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Location: Florence, Italy
- Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Class status:||2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year||Academic area:||Arts, Humanities|
|Language of instruction:||English||Prior language study required:||None|
|Open to non-UConn students:||Yes||Required GPA:||2.75|