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Study in Italy with UA Art and Art History in May 2022!

Program Overview

UA art and art history students and profs visited Italy in May 2022. Here they are in the beautifully preserved ancient city of Pompeii.

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama is hosting a study abroad experience in Italy scheduled for May 15 through May 30, 2022. The program focuses on art history and studio art and will be based in the historic city of Rome, with excursions to Florence, Tivoli, and Pompeii. In Rome we will visit the Forum, the Capitoline Museum, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Borghese Villa, and the Vatican Museums, among many other museums and historic sites. Taking a day trip to Florence via high-speed train, we’ll visit the Uffizi Museum and the Galleria dell’ Academia, while also experiencing the magnificent architecture throughout the city. The day trip to Tivoli will feature a tour of Hadrian’s Villa and Villa D’Este, and the full-day excursion to Pompeii will visit the ancient ruins in the Pompeii Archaeological Park. 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 culture. The program will be guided and courses taught by University of Alabama professors Tanja Jones 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 a centrally located, 3- or 4-star hotel 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:

Hotel Eliseo ****4-star, central, near Trinità dei Monti


a large group of students posing outside an old building
Art history graduate students in Florence, Italy.

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 351 Ancient Art, ARH 367 Art Patronage in Renaissance Florence, and ARH 467 Topics in Renaissance Art: Renaissance Art in Venice and Rome. Some course work will be required prior to and after the trip.

This program offers a total of 6 credit hours.

  • ART 208 – Study Abroad Studio (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 351 – Ancient Art (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 367 – Art Patronage in Renaissance Florence (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 371 – Baroque Art South Europe (3 Credit Hours)
  • ART 406 – Independent Study (3 Credit Hours)
  • ART 408 – Study Abroad Studio (3 Credit Hours)
  • ART 410 – Drawing Seminar (3 Credit Hours)
  • ART 416 – Advanced Painting Seminar (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 467 – Topics in Renaissance Art: Renaissance Art in Venice and Rome (W), (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 565 – Topics Renaissance Art (3 Credit Hours)
  • ARH 598 – Graduate Independent Study (3 Credit Hours)

Program Costs

The cost of the UA Art and Art History in Italy program is $4,740.00.

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.

Payment Schedule and Deadline

Study Abroad with UA Art in Italy, group photo at the Colosseum in Rome.
Study Abroad with UA Art in Italy, group photo at the Colosseum in Rome.

Program Applications are available here.

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.

For additional information, please contact:

Jason Guynes, Chairperson
Department of Art and Art History

Tentative Itinerary

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

Day 1: Sunday, May 15, 2022
USA – Rome Arrival transfer and Welcome dinner

Day 2: Monday, May 16, 2022
Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill and Capitoline Museums

Day 3: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Vatican City & Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

Day 4: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Villa Farnesina and Palazzo Barberini

Day 5: Thursday, May 19, 2022
Day trip to Pompeii Ruins and Naples Archaeological Museum

Day 6: Friday, May 20, 2022
Capitoline Museums mid-day

Day 7: Saturday, May 21, 2022
Free day to work and explore Rome

Day 8: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Day trip to Florence via high-speed train visiting the Uffizi and Galleria dell’Academia

Day 9: Monday, May 23, 2022
Pantheon and Museo dell’Ara Pacis mid-day

Day 10: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Day trip to Tivoli visiting Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este

Day 11: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Villa Borghese, Etruscan Museum, La Galeria Nazioanale

Day 12: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Free day to work and explore Rome

Day 13: Friday, May 27, 2022
National Roman Museum, Catacombs

Day 14: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Domus Aurea

Day 15: Sunday, May 29, 2022
MAXXI National Museum 21st Century Art and Farewell dinner

Day 16: Monday, May 30, 2022
Rome-USA Departure transfer via train/coach for return