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Italy

Dates

May 20 – June 17, 2020

Cost

$4,775 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Art & Design, Communication, Italian Culture

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2019: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2020: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS summer program in Italy begins in Florence with an exploration of the city’s world-class art and architecture. It then moves to Siena, where students wander the enchanting medieval streets and alleyways. The program concludes with nine days in Rome visiting museums, ancient ruins, historic churches, palaces and other destinations. By taking part in the local culture, students become acquainted with the Italian people and their way of life.

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

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 18 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Christopher Fulton, cfulton@louisville.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses. Due to the number of course offerings on the Italy program, courses are divided into 2 time-blocks. You cannot select 2 courses in the same time block.

Block 1

COMM 415 Topics: Global Advertising and Branding

Dr. Jim Gleason

This course examines current traditional and online advertising and branding trends and practices with an emphasis on Italian and global markets, as well as regional cultural influences.

ITAL 105: Introduction to Italian Culture

Dr. Christopher Fulton

This course introduces students to Italian culture by examining the many ways in which Italian artists, writers, composers, scientists, political leaders and others have contributed to World Civilization. The course examines Italian culture in historical perspective and as it is experienced today. Note: You must select one additional course when taking ITAL 105.

Block 2

ART 491 Topics: Italian Art and Design

Dr. Christopher Fulton

This course will explore a range of design and artistic fields in which Italy has been a leader and trendsetter. We will use a variety of Italian cities as our classroom, where students will engage in creative encounters.

COMM 365 Intercultural Communication

Dr. Jim Gleason

This course builds on basic concepts, principles, and skills for understanding and improving communication between people from different ethnic/racial, national and co-cultural backgrounds in today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

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 mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Fiesole Etruscan Ruins

We take a day to leave the hustle-bustle of Florence for the nearby hill-town of Fiesole. There we tour the ruins of a settlement occupied by the ancient Etruscans and Romans. We have lunch in town, walk its charming streets, and hold classes on the piazza before returning to our Florence hotel.

Ostia Antica Ancient Ruins

Historical Ostia was the thriving port-city of ancient Rome and is now one of the world's preeminent archeological sites.  We tour the ruins for an afternoon, exploring its monumental amphitheater and temple, scampering down its stoney streets and through its standing structures, and admiring the sculptures, mosaics and paintings that still remain in their original locations.

Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

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.

Florence Cathedral Dome

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.

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, students will experience these masterpieces firsthand.

Roman Forum & the Colosseum

The Colosseum and Roman Forum are some of the most important landmarks of western civilization. We will spend time exploring these ancient ruins that were once the center of the world and that have captivated our collective imagination ever since.

Cooking Lesson

In a kitchen overlooking the tiled roofs of Siena, a master chef leads us in the preparation of a multi-course dinner.  We make our pasta from scratch, an entree and side-dish, dessert and hors-d'oeuvres, and throughout the evening we learn the secrets of Italian cuisine. After the meal is made, we sit down for a jovial and well-earned feast!

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,775 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Italy

Accommodations

Breakfast

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $1000 minimum), independent travel ($850, optional) 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: $1,800 – $1,900

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

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Florence, Italy is overnight, arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Rome, Italy to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

May 20 – June 17, 2020

Cost

$4,775 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Art & Design, Communication, Italian Culture

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2019: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2020: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS summer program in Italy begins in Florence with an exploration of the city’s world-class art and architecture. It then moves to Siena, where students wander the enchanting medieval streets and alleyways. The program concludes with nine days in Rome visiting museums, ancient ruins, historic churches, palaces and other destinations. By taking part in the local culture, students become acquainted with the Italian people and their way of life.

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

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 18 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Christopher Fulton, cfulton@louisville.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses. Due to the number of course offerings on the Italy program, courses are divided into 2 time-blocks. You cannot select 2 courses in the same time block.

Block 1

COMM 415 Topics: Global Advertising and Branding

Dr. Jim Gleason

This course examines current traditional and online advertising and branding trends and practices with an emphasis on Italian and global markets, as well as regional cultural influences.

ITAL 105: Introduction to Italian Culture

Dr. Christopher Fulton

This course introduces students to Italian culture by examining the many ways in which Italian artists, writers, composers, scientists, political leaders and others have contributed to World Civilization. The course examines Italian culture in historical perspective and as it is experienced today. Note: You must select one additional course when taking ITAL 105.

Block 2

ART 491 Topics: Italian Art and Design

Dr. Christopher Fulton

This course will explore a range of design and artistic fields in which Italy has been a leader and trendsetter. We will use a variety of Italian cities as our classroom, where students will engage in creative encounters.

COMM 365 Intercultural Communication

Dr. Jim Gleason

This course builds on basic concepts, principles, and skills for understanding and improving communication between people from different ethnic/racial, national and co-cultural backgrounds in today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

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 mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Fiesole Etruscan Ruins

We take a day to leave the hustle-bustle of Florence for the nearby hill-town of Fiesole. There we tour the ruins of a settlement occupied by the ancient Etruscans and Romans. We have lunch in town, walk its charming streets, and hold classes on the piazza before returning to our Florence hotel.

Ostia Antica Ancient Ruins

Historical Ostia was the thriving port-city of ancient Rome and is now one of the world's preeminent archeological sites.  We tour the ruins for an afternoon, exploring its monumental amphitheater and temple, scampering down its stoney streets and through its standing structures, and admiring the sculptures, mosaics and paintings that still remain in their original locations.

Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

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.

Florence Cathedral Dome

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.

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, students will experience these masterpieces firsthand.

Roman Forum & the Colosseum

The Colosseum and Roman Forum are some of the most important landmarks of western civilization. We will spend time exploring these ancient ruins that were once the center of the world and that have captivated our collective imagination ever since.

Cooking Lesson

In a kitchen overlooking the tiled roofs of Siena, a master chef leads us in the preparation of a multi-course dinner.  We make our pasta from scratch, an entree and side-dish, dessert and hors-d'oeuvres, and throughout the evening we learn the secrets of Italian cuisine. After the meal is made, we sit down for a jovial and well-earned feast!

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,775 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Italy

Accommodations

Breakfast

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $1000 minimum), independent travel ($850, optional) 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: $1,800 – $1,900

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

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Florence, Italy is overnight, arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Rome, Italy to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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