Florence-Semester Program

  • Students in the garden at the Palazzo Pandolfini Studio with Count Pandolfini. Photo by Rebecca Olsen.
    Students in the garden at the Palazzo Pandolfini Studio with Count Pandolfini. Photo by Rebecca Olsen.
  • Associate professor Zeuler Lima talks with students in the plaza. Photo by Karin Soukup.
    Associate professor Zeuler Lima talks with students in the plaza. Photo by Karin Soukup.
  • Field trip to Rome. Photo by Zeuler Lima.
    Field trip to Rome. Photo by Zeuler Lima.
  • Professor Jeff Pike reviews work with communication design students.
    Professor Jeff Pike reviews work with communication design students.
  • Field trip to Rome.  Photo by Zeuler Lima.
    Field trip to Rome. Photo by Zeuler Lima.
  • Fashion design students at the Pitti Filati trade show in Milan. Photo by Enrica Guidato.
    Fashion design students at the Pitti Filati trade show in Milan. Photo by Enrica Guidato.

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The Sam Fox School offers undergraduate students in art, architecture, and design the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of Western cultural modernity. Classes make use of the rich artistic and cultural environment, urban and architectural history, and contemporary aspects of Florence, as well as the surrounding Tuscan countryside. At the beginning of the semester, tours and slide lectures orient students to the city.

Instruction takes place on the campus of Santa Reparata International School of Art, located in the central area of Florence. Courses and studios are taught by Washington University faculty as well as local faculty. Instruction is in English, except for language classes; however, students are required to take at least one semester of introductory Italian before arriving in Florence so they can reap the full benefit of their study abroad experience.

When to Apply

Students apply in their second year of study. You can find active links above or through sa.wustl.edu.

Prerequisites

Students going abroad in the semester need:
- 1 semester of Italian language
- 3.0 GPA
- Good academic and behavioral standing with the university
- To complete their online application on time
- To attend a preparation seminar, held the semester before they go abroad

Art+Design

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The College of Art's semester-long program of study in Florence occurs in the junior year. The curriculum includes intense studio work in addition to Italian language, Renaissance art history, and Italian art and design culture.

STUDIO ART AND FASHION DESIGN
Studio Art and Fashion Design students study abroad in the fall of their junior year. They apply in the fall of their second year. The fall 2020 program for Studio Art and Fashion Design majors is recruiting now; see application link above.

Each student takes 15 credit hours in Florence. Classes are:

Studio Art
- 3 credits Methods & Contexts 1
- 3 credits Art Practice
- 3 credits art elective
- 3 credits art history
- 3 credits Italian language

Fashion Design
- 3 credits Patternmaking
- 3 credits Textile Design (or other Special Topics in Fashion)
- 3 credits art elective
- 3 credits art history
- 3 credits Italian language

COMMUNICATION DESIGN
Communication Design students study abroad in the spring of their junior year. They apply in the spring of their second year. The spring 2021 application will open in spring 2020. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. Check back in January for details and the application link.

Each student takes 15 credit hours in Florence. Classes are:

- 9 credits Communication Design Major Elective
- 3 credits art history
- 3 credits Italian language

Architecture

Architecture students study abroad in the fall of their senior year. They apply in the spring of their second year. The fall 2021 application will open in spring 2020. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. Check back in January for details and the application link.

This program offers a full semester curriculum:

- 6 credits design studio
- 3 credits architecture seminar
- 3 credits art & architecture history
- 3 credits Italian language

Check out the student website for the fall 2016 architecture program>>

Housing

Students can live in apartments or in a homestay with a Florentine family. Apartments are in the city center, are fully furnished, and are shared between 3 to 8 students. Homestays are often a bit further from school; walking and public transportation are readily available, and 2 meals a day are provided.

Single and double rooms are available. Housing costs during the program average about $1,000/month for double occupancy rooms, $1,200/month for single occupancy rooms—the fee includes utilities.

Field Trips

Field trips are organized by faculty to destinations throughout Italy and Europe including to Venice for the Venice Biennale (fall and summer) and Milan for Fashion Week.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition is the same as on-campus WashU tuition. If you receive financial aid, the same financial aid package applies when you study abroad for the semester in Florence. Students are responsible for paying for airfare to Italy, activities fee, supplies, international health insurance, visa application fee, international phone, etc. A detailed cost estimate sheet will be provided with acceptance to the program.

Upon acceptance, a $500 deposit must be made to hold your place in the program.

Preparations

Students must attend a 1-credit preparation seminar in the semester before going abroad. Students must have a passport valid for 6 months after the end of the semester abroad. A study abroad visa is required for the semester program. The university will assist with the visa application process during the preparation seminar.

Summer

The Florence summer program is open to students of any major and any level. Click here to learn more.

For more information, please contact:
Courtney Cushard
Coordinator of Special Programs
courtney.cushard@wustl.edu
314.935.4643