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Italy

Dates

May 26 – June 23, 2021

Subjects

Art, Drawing, English, Italian Culture, Honors, Painting

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: 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 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses. Courses are divided into 2 time-blocks. You cannot select 2 courses in the same time block.

Block 1

ART 340 Drawing III

Prof. Brandon Smith

An intermediate-level course designed for students to integrate personal research into image-making through a variety of drawing materials and processes. Students will build upon fundamental concepts and strategies of drawing to experiment with a broad range of both traditional and innovative processes and subjects that will challenge and encourage the exploration of drawing in its multiple forms. Much of our time will be spent with on-site drawing at important locations throughout Italy.

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.

Block 2

Art 496/HON 300 Topics: Human Figure in Italian Art

Prof. Brandon Smith

This course examines the role and depictions of the Human Figure in Italian Art both past and present. We will discuss the use and depictions of the figure for religious, humanistic and expressive purposes with on-site visits to important paintings, architecture, and sculpture. This is a studio/seminar hybrid combining lecture/discussion with hands-on art-making experiences. Previous art-making experience will be helpful but not required.

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

Prof. Kelly 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.

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.

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

1 Meal per Day

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 obtaining a passport ($145), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $600-$1200 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), optional Venice excursion ($95), any class readings/materials, 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 26 – June 23, 2021

Subjects

Art, Drawing, English, Italian Culture, Honors, Painting

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: 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 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses. Courses are divided into 2 time-blocks. You cannot select 2 courses in the same time block.

Block 1

ART 340 Drawing III

Prof. Brandon Smith

An intermediate-level course designed for students to integrate personal research into image-making through a variety of drawing materials and processes. Students will build upon fundamental concepts and strategies of drawing to experiment with a broad range of both traditional and innovative processes and subjects that will challenge and encourage the exploration of drawing in its multiple forms. Much of our time will be spent with on-site drawing at important locations throughout Italy.

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.

Block 2

Art 496/HON 300 Topics: Human Figure in Italian Art

Prof. Brandon Smith

This course examines the role and depictions of the Human Figure in Italian Art both past and present. We will discuss the use and depictions of the figure for religious, humanistic and expressive purposes with on-site visits to important paintings, architecture, and sculpture. This is a studio/seminar hybrid combining lecture/discussion with hands-on art-making experiences. Previous art-making experience will be helpful but not required.

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

Prof. Kelly 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.

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.

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

1 Meal per Day

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 obtaining a passport ($145), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $600-$1200 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), optional Venice excursion ($95), any class readings/materials, 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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