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Study in Italy with UA Art and Art History in May 2024!

Program Overview

UA art students on the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy, in 2022.

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama is hosting a study abroad experience in Italy scheduled for May 11 through May 26, 2024. The program focuses on art history and studio art and will visit the historic cities of Rome, Siena, Florence, and Venice. There are numerous excursions and museum visits scheduled for the program. In Rome, we will visit the Forum, the Capitoline Museum, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Borghese Villa, and the Vatican Museums. In Florence, we’ll visit the Uffizi Museum, the Galleria dell’ Academia, the Cathedral Complex, and other major monuments. In Venice, we will explore some of the city’s most iconic sites, including Piazza San Marco, Basilica San Marco, and the Doge’s Palace. Among all of these excursions, there is also time reserved for drawing, painting, or exploring your own creative media, as well as free time for exploring the cities and cultures. The program will be guided and courses taught by University of Alabama professors Rachel Stephens and Jason Guynes. Up to six credit hours may be earned in studio art and/or art history courses with some work required prior to and after the trip.

Accommodations and Meals

Participants will reside in centrally located, 3- or 4-star hotels in Rome. Accommodations are based on shared occupancy of 2-4 persons per room (separate beds). Single accommodations are available for an additional charge. Also included are daily breakfasts and welcome and departure dinners.

Tentative Hotels:

Rome Hotel Eliseo ****
Siena Hotel Minerva ***
Florence Hotel Leonardo Da Vinci ****
Venice Hotel Nazionale **


Students may register for two classes with up to six (6) credit hours awarded. Typically, students will register for one studio course and one art history course. Registration for classes will be handled on an individual basis in an effort to best meet the educational needs of the student. Studio courses include any level of drawing or painting, or directed studies in studio art. ART 208/408 Special Projects: Study Abroad Studio, ART 410 Drawing Seminar, and ART 416 Advanced Painting Seminar will be offered in the areas of Drawing and Painting. Other studio courses may also be arranged. The art history courses offered are ARH 151 Intro to Visual Art, ARH 367 Art Patronage in Renaissance Florence, and ARH 467 Topics in Renaissance Art: Renaissance Art in Venice and Rome. Some coursework will be required prior to and after the trip.

UA art students working on drawing assignments in Italy in 2022.

This program offers a total of 6 credit hours.

ARH 151 Intro to Visual Arts (FA credit)
ARH 367 Art Patronage Florence
ARH 368 Early Italian Renaissance Art
ARH 371 Baroque Art South Europe (W)
ARH 467 Topics Renaissance Art
ARH 565 Topics Renaissance Art
ARH 598 Independent Study

ART 208 Special Projects: Study Abroad Studio (drawing/painting/other media)
ART 406 Independent Studies
ART 408 Special Projects: Study Abroad Studio (drawing/painting/other media)
ART 410 Drawing Seminar
ART 416 Painting Seminar
ART 516 Painting

Program Costs

The cost of the UA Art and Art History in Italy program will be determined and published soon.

Program costs include 6 credit hours of coursework, all in-country transportation, accommodations as described above, daily breakfasts, welcome and departure dinners in Italy, specified museum and site entrance fees, and international health and emergency insurance.

All meals, other than breakfasts and specified dinners, are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for art supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based upon individual spending habits.

Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase.

UA art students at the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy, 2022.

Payment Schedule and Deadline

Program Applications are available online at:

Financial aid may be applied to this course. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2020. Any use of financial aid for program fees must be verified and approved by the Financial Aid Office and presented to the Study Abroad Office.

This course is part of the UA summer schedule of courses. Space is limited to 25 participants.

Refund Policy: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.

UA art students in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy, 2022.

For additional information, please contact:

Jason Guynes, Chairperson
Department of Art and Art History

Tentative Program Itinerary

Dates and schedule subject to availability upon receipt of enrollment and deposits.

Day 1: Saturday, May 11, 2024 USA-Rome
USA – Rome Arrival transfer & Welcome dinner

Day 2: Sunday, May 12, 2024, Rome
Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill & Capitoline Museums

Day 3: Monday, May 13, 2024, Rome
Vatican City & Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica

Day 4: Tuesday, May 14, 2024, Rome
Villa Borghese

Day 5: Wednesday, May 15, 2024, Rome
Free time to explore Rome and work

Day 6: Thursday, May 16, 2024, Rome-Siena
Private coach to Siena stopping by Orvieto & Cathedral

Day 7: Friday, May 17, 2024 Siena 
Visit Siena Cathedral

Day 8: Saturday, May 18, 2024 Siena-Florence
Private coach to Florence stopping at San Gimignano

Day 9: Sunday, May 19, 2024, Florence
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Cattedrale di Santa Maria di Fiore

Day 10: Monday, May 20, 2024, Florence
Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, San Lorenzo & San Marco Monastery

Day 11: Tuesday, May 21, 2024, Florence  
Free Day to explore Florence and work

Day 12: Wednesday, May 22, 2024, Florence
Uffizi Gallery, Santa Maria di Novella, & Galleria dell’Accademia

Day 13: Thursday, May 23, 2024, Florence-Venice 
Transfer to the train station, High-speed train to Venice

Day 14: Friday, May 24, 2024, Venezia
Explore some of Venice’s most iconic sites, Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s

Day 15: Saturday, May 25, 2024, Venezia
Work day & Farewell Dinner

Day 16: Sunday, May 26, 2024, Venezia-USA
Departure transfer via boat for return flight home