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Italy

Dates

May 22 – June 20, 2019

Cost

$4,775 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Archaeology, Art History, English, History, Honors, Italian Culture

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: 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 13 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

ART 491/HON 300 Topics: Renaissance Genius - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael

Dr. Christopher Fulton

This course examines the genius of three Renaissance artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. The three men lived in the same period and rubbed shoulders with one another. But each artist’s work stands in contrast to the others, and by examining their work and their careers works we gain insight into the guiding principles of Renaissance culture and into artistic practices and approaches.

 

HIST 490 Topics: The Legacy of Imperial Rome

Prof. Kathleen Quinn

This course challenges assumptions about imperial Rome by following the theme of Romanitas through 2000 years of Italian history. Topics include: a history of imperial Rome; the transformation of antiquity during the Middle Ages and Renaissance; and the reshaping of Roman identity in the modern world.

ITAL 105: Introduction to Italian Culture

Dr. Erik Liddell

This introduction to Italian culture and history focuses on the many ways in which Italians—artists, writers, composers, architects, scientists and more—have contributed to world civilization, emphasizing connections with program cities and sites including Florence, Assisi, Siena and Rome. The course explores highlights from the classical age through the medieval period and the Renaissance, and up to the modern age and contemporary life. Note: You must select one additional course when taking ITAL 105.

Block 2

ANTH 366/ART 491 Topics: Art & Archaeology of Ancient Italy

Prof. Kathleen Quinn and Dr. Christopher Fulton

This course provides a history of Roman archaeology and a survey of the major monuments of ancient Italy from the Bronze Age through the mid-4th century A.D. Students explore public and private spaces as well as decorative and monumental art and architecture to gain insight into historical, social, political, and religious ideas of importance to the Romans.

ENG 290/HON 300 Topics: Creativity & Identity in Rome, Florence and Siena

Dr. Erik Liddell

This course engages students with particularities of Italian social life and cultural identity through selected readings, self-guided explorations, interactive encounters, creative responses and current events reports, and through group activities such as place-as-text observations and analyses of the thriving cultural spaces and distinctive neighborhoods of Rome, Florence and Siena.

ENG 290/HON 300 Topics: Italy in Fiction and Film

Prof. Kelly Liddell

This interdisciplinary and comparative course focuses on the depiction of Italy, its places and its people, in the narrative genres of the novel, short story and film, considering works by native Italians as well as expatriate and foreign writers and directors. Classic as well as contemporary and experimental works will be studied as part of a well-rounded exploration of modern Italian life, broadly considered as covering the period from the Renaissance to the present day.

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. You will 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.

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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Dates

May 22 – June 20, 2019

Cost

$4,775 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Archaeology, Art History, English, History, Honors, Italian Culture

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: 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 13 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

ART 491/HON 300 Topics: Renaissance Genius - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael

Dr. Christopher Fulton

This course examines the genius of three Renaissance artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. The three men lived in the same period and rubbed shoulders with one another. But each artist’s work stands in contrast to the others, and by examining their work and their careers works we gain insight into the guiding principles of Renaissance culture and into artistic practices and approaches.

 

HIST 490 Topics: The Legacy of Imperial Rome

Prof. Kathleen Quinn

This course challenges assumptions about imperial Rome by following the theme of Romanitas through 2000 years of Italian history. Topics include: a history of imperial Rome; the transformation of antiquity during the Middle Ages and Renaissance; and the reshaping of Roman identity in the modern world.

ITAL 105: Introduction to Italian Culture

Dr. Erik Liddell

This introduction to Italian culture and history focuses on the many ways in which Italians—artists, writers, composers, architects, scientists and more—have contributed to world civilization, emphasizing connections with program cities and sites including Florence, Assisi, Siena and Rome. The course explores highlights from the classical age through the medieval period and the Renaissance, and up to the modern age and contemporary life. Note: You must select one additional course when taking ITAL 105.

Block 2

ANTH 366/ART 491 Topics: Art & Archaeology of Ancient Italy

Prof. Kathleen Quinn and Dr. Christopher Fulton

This course provides a history of Roman archaeology and a survey of the major monuments of ancient Italy from the Bronze Age through the mid-4th century A.D. Students explore public and private spaces as well as decorative and monumental art and architecture to gain insight into historical, social, political, and religious ideas of importance to the Romans.

ENG 290/HON 300 Topics: Creativity & Identity in Rome, Florence and Siena

Dr. Erik Liddell

This course engages students with particularities of Italian social life and cultural identity through selected readings, self-guided explorations, interactive encounters, creative responses and current events reports, and through group activities such as place-as-text observations and analyses of the thriving cultural spaces and distinctive neighborhoods of Rome, Florence and Siena.

ENG 290/HON 300 Topics: Italy in Fiction and Film

Prof. Kelly Liddell

This interdisciplinary and comparative course focuses on the depiction of Italy, its places and its people, in the narrative genres of the novel, short story and film, considering works by native Italians as well as expatriate and foreign writers and directors. Classic as well as contemporary and experimental works will be studied as part of a well-rounded exploration of modern Italian life, broadly considered as covering the period from the Renaissance to the present day.

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. You will 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.

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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