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Italy Winter

Dates

December 26, 2022 – January 7, 2023

Cost

$3,075 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Art & Design, Chemistry, Architectural Science, Engineering, History

Deadlines

Aug. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Sept. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS winter program in Italy is a twelve-day program that begins in the beautiful Tuscan city of Florence and ends in the country’s magnificent capital, Rome. Students spend the first five days in Florence where they are living within walking distance of the most famous museums and sites in Italy’s Renaissance capital. The program will then move to Rome where students visit and explore the Vatican, Colosseum, famous churches, and other memorable monuments.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hostel, 3-5 people per room

Orientation: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, November 5, 2022, in Elizabethtown, KY. Go to our Orientation page for more information. 

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

ART 491 Topics: Italian Decorative Art & Design

Prof. Ian Hagarty

For this course students will examine the history, purpose, and application of illusionistic deception in Italian art and design through countless visits to museums, churches, galleries and historic sites. This course is open to all students/majors and will serve as an upper-level art studio elective or an upper-level general elective. There are no prerequisites for this course.

CHEM 101: Introduction to Chemistry: Chemistry and Art

Dr. Rosalynn Quinones

This course, designed for chemistry and science majors, will introduce students to some basic principles of light, color, and chemistry. These principles will be used to investigate artists’ materials used during the Italian Renaissance. Causes of deterioration will be explored. Scientific methods to analyze works of art will be introduced. Finally, conservation and restoration topics will be addressed.

Sustainability in Old and New Architecture

Dr. Boshra Karimi

This course will explore Italian architecture from different eras such as the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque to learn how sustainable materials and methods were used in construction. Also, the course will introduce strategies that have been deployed to address sustainability in those eras, and the long-term cost savings of sustainable design. Finally, environmental, economic, and human impacts of sustainable design will be introduced and discussed.

HIST 490 Topics: Italian Design and the Making of Modern America

Dr. Melissa McEuen

The course will examine how the United States’ structural development as an imperial nation reflected Italian design principles and models. Students will study classical Roman design, the Medici family’s influence on politics and culture, and modern American arbiters of taste. Students will visit gardens, villas, and historic sites that demonstrate the relationship between aesthetics and power.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in late January after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Orvieto

Orvieto is a small fortified city approximately an hour and a half outside of Rome that was founded by the ancient Etruscans. Dramatically perched atop a volcanic rock, students spend the day exploring the city's famous basilica, quaint medieval streets lined with shops and cafes, museums, caves, and panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

Vatican City

Vatican City is considered to be the center of the Roman Catholic Church and home to the Pope. The KIIS group will visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, all of which are the most popular landmarks of Vatican City. On occasion, the KIIS group has been known to attend a papal audience.

Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

The Palatine Hill, Roman Forum & the Colosseum are some of the most important landmarks of western civilization. You spend an entire day exploring these ancient ruins that were once the center of the world and that have captivated our collective imagination ever since.

Santa Maria del Fiore

Santa Maria del Fiore - The Duomo is the main cathedral of Florence. With its famous cupola (dome) designed and engineered by Brunelleschi, fascade, baptistery and campanile, it is one of the most memorable landmarks in the world. Students typically have the chance to attend a service presented by the Archbishop of Florence, hike to the top of the dome or campanile and explore the many layers of the church's history.

Fresco Painting Workshop

Fresco Painting Workshop at the Palazzo Vecchio introduces students to the basic materials and methods used by painters of the Italian Renaissance to permanently adorn the walls and ceilings of palaces, churches and other important buildings.

Uffizi & Accademia Galleries

The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries showcase some of the most important artworks created during the Italian Renaissance. Home to famous artworks, such as, Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and countless others, participants will experience these masterpieces firsthand.

Tour of the Historical Center

City Orientation Tour of the Historical Center (Centro Storico) helps students to get their bearings and gain a very basic historical overview of the city, in order to locate the main landmarks including the Arno River & Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio & Uffizi Gallery, and Piazza del Duomo.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,075 + airfare

Earn up to 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Italy

Accommodations

All Breakfasts & Lunches

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($165), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $400, or if you are an avid shopper, you may consider bringing additional funds), pre-departure (in USA) Covid-19 test and on-site (KIIS location abroad) Covid-19 test to return home, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,350 – $1,450

The Italy Winter program offers a group flight option where you can travel to your program location with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a flight ticket on your behalf. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on November 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

Flights to Italy are typically overnight flights which means you will depart the USA on December 26 and arrive in Italy on December 27. The Italy Winter program concludes on January 7. Return flights from Italy to the USA are typically the same day. Visit flights for more information.

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Dates

December 26, 2022 – January 7, 2023

Cost

$3,075 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Art & Design, Chemistry, Architectural Science, Engineering, History

Deadlines

Aug. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Sept. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS winter program in Italy is a twelve-day program that begins in the beautiful Tuscan city of Florence and ends in the country’s magnificent capital, Rome. Students spend the first five days in Florence where they are living within walking distance of the most famous museums and sites in Italy’s Renaissance capital. The program will then move to Rome where students visit and explore the Vatican, Colosseum, famous churches, and other memorable monuments.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hostel, 3-5 people per room

Orientation: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, November 5, 2022, in Elizabethtown, KY. Go to our Orientation page for more information. 

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

ART 491 Topics: Italian Decorative Art & Design

Prof. Ian Hagarty

For this course students will examine the history, purpose, and application of illusionistic deception in Italian art and design through countless visits to museums, churches, galleries and historic sites. This course is open to all students/majors and will serve as an upper-level art studio elective or an upper-level general elective. There are no prerequisites for this course.

CHEM 101: Introduction to Chemistry: Chemistry and Art

Dr. Rosalynn Quinones

This course, designed for chemistry and science majors, will introduce students to some basic principles of light, color, and chemistry. These principles will be used to investigate artists’ materials used during the Italian Renaissance. Causes of deterioration will be explored. Scientific methods to analyze works of art will be introduced. Finally, conservation and restoration topics will be addressed.

Sustainability in Old and New Architecture

Dr. Boshra Karimi

This course will explore Italian architecture from different eras such as the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque to learn how sustainable materials and methods were used in construction. Also, the course will introduce strategies that have been deployed to address sustainability in those eras, and the long-term cost savings of sustainable design. Finally, environmental, economic, and human impacts of sustainable design will be introduced and discussed.

HIST 490 Topics: Italian Design and the Making of Modern America

Dr. Melissa McEuen

The course will examine how the United States’ structural development as an imperial nation reflected Italian design principles and models. Students will study classical Roman design, the Medici family’s influence on politics and culture, and modern American arbiters of taste. Students will visit gardens, villas, and historic sites that demonstrate the relationship between aesthetics and power.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in late January after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Orvieto

Orvieto is a small fortified city approximately an hour and a half outside of Rome that was founded by the ancient Etruscans. Dramatically perched atop a volcanic rock, students spend the day exploring the city's famous basilica, quaint medieval streets lined with shops and cafes, museums, caves, and panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

Vatican City

Vatican City is considered to be the center of the Roman Catholic Church and home to the Pope. The KIIS group will visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, all of which are the most popular landmarks of Vatican City. On occasion, the KIIS group has been known to attend a papal audience.

Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum

The Palatine Hill, Roman Forum & the Colosseum are some of the most important landmarks of western civilization. You spend an entire day exploring these ancient ruins that were once the center of the world and that have captivated our collective imagination ever since.

Santa Maria del Fiore

Santa Maria del Fiore - The Duomo is the main cathedral of Florence. With its famous cupola (dome) designed and engineered by Brunelleschi, fascade, baptistery and campanile, it is one of the most memorable landmarks in the world. Students typically have the chance to attend a service presented by the Archbishop of Florence, hike to the top of the dome or campanile and explore the many layers of the church's history.

Fresco Painting Workshop

Fresco Painting Workshop at the Palazzo Vecchio introduces students to the basic materials and methods used by painters of the Italian Renaissance to permanently adorn the walls and ceilings of palaces, churches and other important buildings.

Uffizi & Accademia Galleries

The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries showcase some of the most important artworks created during the Italian Renaissance. Home to famous artworks, such as, Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and countless others, participants will experience these masterpieces firsthand.

Tour of the Historical Center

City Orientation Tour of the Historical Center (Centro Storico) helps students to get their bearings and gain a very basic historical overview of the city, in order to locate the main landmarks including the Arno River & Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio & Uffizi Gallery, and Piazza del Duomo.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,075 + airfare

Earn up to 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Italy

Accommodations

All Breakfasts & Lunches

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($165), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $400, or if you are an avid shopper, you may consider bringing additional funds), pre-departure (in USA) Covid-19 test and on-site (KIIS location abroad) Covid-19 test to return home, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,350 – $1,450

The Italy Winter program offers a group flight option where you can travel to your program location with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a flight ticket on your behalf. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on November 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

Flights to Italy are typically overnight flights which means you will depart the USA on December 26 and arrive in Italy on December 27. The Italy Winter program concludes on January 7. Return flights from Italy to the USA are typically the same day. Visit flights for more information.

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