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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer Faculty Led
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: EIU Faculty Led Area of Study: History, Technology
Program Description:
Academic Program
05/16/20 - 06/5/20 (21 days)   

As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts, and scientific inquiry, Florence was the cradle of Renaissance civilization. It is the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Galileo changed the way we see the world forever. For centuries, travelers and admirers of art and culture have fallen in love with this city and the undulating countryside that surrounds it. Extraordinarily rich in history and ancient traditions, the city, with its world-famous artistic heritage, offers the student a wide spectrum of cultural experiences. The city is also known for its exceptional cuisine, characteristic restaurants, ice cream parlors, wine bars, elegant shops, artistic workshops, and traditional markets. As a thriving economic center with particular strengths in fashion, luxury goods, and tourist sectors, the city of Florence offers its inhabitants the chance to investigate aspects of the contemporary Italian world. Students will receive 3 credits from the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and 3 credits from EIU.

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Sample Activities/Itinerary

This three week study abroad experience is a unique program that provides exposure to Italian technology and culture that is based in Florence, Italy. Students will take "Cultural Introduction to Italy" from Florence University of the Arts, and travel to Rome and Venice on the two weekends of the program as part of that course. Italy is a country rich in technological history and modern technical activity. Students will explore historical technology figures like Galileo and Leonardo de Vinci; visit architectural sites in Florence, Rome, and Pisa; learn about Italian wine making and parmesan cheese production; meet with artisans in Florence; and tour production facilities of Ducati motorcycles, Pagani and Lamborghini automotive manufacturers, and the Ferrari Museum.

SU19 itinerary

Saturday, May 11 – Leave Chicago for Florence
Sunday, May 12 –
Arrive in Florence (meet FUA Staff at Airport)
Monday, May 13 - FUA Orientation
Tuesday, May 14 – FUA and EIU Classes Start
Thursday, May 30 – FUA and EIU Classes End
Friday, June 1 - Housing Check-Out (10:00 AM) – Leave Florence
Friday, June 1 – Arrive back in Chicago



Students will receive either a School of Technology or a Business course for 3 credits.
Students will receive 3 credits for the FUA course Cultural Introduction to Italy as a Senior Seminar, ANT 2961, ART 2330G, or other EIU courses agreed upon through

After Your Trip:
NOTE: to receive SENIOR-SEMINAR credit, students must take STA 4000G upon return to EIU

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Students will stay in rental housing in downtown Florence, within 15 to 20 minute walking distance from the Florence University of the Arts facilities. The apartments (accommodating 4–8 students each) are equipped with cooking capabilities.

The Faculty Leader will arrange accommodations for the Rome overnight trip.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

For more information, contact the faculty leader Dr. David Melton

Important Information 
This program offers both EIU credits, and Florence University of Arts (FUA) credits. Students who wish to attend this program must contact their academic advisor and a study abroad advisor in order to complete a course approval form, allowing FUA credits to transfer back to approved EIU courses. The Course Approval Form must be signed by the student's academic advisor, Dean of the corresponding courses and a study abroad advisor. 

In addition, transcripts from FUA are issued later in the summer, most often Mid-August. Senior students are asked to thoroughly talk with their study abroad and academic advisors before applying to the program. 

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.