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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: JWU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class/Credit Status: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Areas of Study: Cultural Studies, English, History, Liberal Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Sociology Program Model: JWU Faculty-Led
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Host | Preliminary Itinerary | Group Size | Academic Overview | Academic Format | Faculty Leader
Sample Excursions | Housing | Meals | Flights | Student Conduct | Orientation
The Real da Vinci Code  - Italy
DaVinci 1
Florence University of the Arts (FUA)
FUA on Facebook

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY (final itinerary subject to change)
June 24 Arrive in Florence
June 24-July 13 Florence
July 13 Depart Florence

24 Students
Set in beautiful Florence, Italy and the surrounding towns, this Study Abroad experience will immerse the students in the history, art, architecture, academics, economy and culture of the city where the Italian Renaissance began. Students will learn about the sociology of Florence Italy, exploring details of family life, the role of government in society, the interactions between the Catholic church and the government, and the various social classes that lived in this great city during Leonardo da Vinci’s time. In the process we will build an understanding of the culture of this society then and now, while exploring exciting museums and public landmarks and of course sampling the food that speaks so eloquently of the Italian people and agriculturally rich region of Tuscany. Students will examine the works and life of Leonardo da Vinci culturally and mathematically and learn about perspective in art, proportion in architecture and the mechanics of two of his machines.  

Total Credit Hours Earned Abroad On This Program:
  • 9 quarter credits
The specific course on this program is listed in the "Courses Offered" link above. Please note that students will also be enrolled in a course taught by FUA faculty in addition to the two JWU courses.  The content and credit for the FUA course is supplemental to and incorporated into the credit and grades given for the two JWU courses. 

DaVinci 2Student Status: 
Must demonstrate you are a current Johnson & Wales University student

JWU Student Prerequisite Courses:
SOC3020 has a prerequisite of ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English Placement or SOC1001 or SOC2005
ILS2435 has prerequisites of ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English Placement, and MATH1002 or MATH1020 or Math Placement

Academic content is delivered by the program host, a JWU faculty member and guest lecturers. A chef from JWU's College of Culinary Arts serves as the program faculty leader and coordinates pre-departure information, travels with the group, coordinates with local hosts, and assigns the final grade for the program course.

The faculty leader will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected student group and outline any pre-departure assignments.

Learning on study abroad programs occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. During the program, you should expect to be in program-related activities 50-60 hours per week. Activities include traditional classroom lectures, labs, industry visits, cultural excursions, and group meals. You are required to participate in the full program itinerary and group activities.
Christine Stamm

Evelina Lapierre

Uffizi Museum

JWU Students will live in shared apartments around the city.  Students will only be housed with other JWU students.  Bed linens are included, but students need to provide their own towels.

The apartments in Florence include basic kitchen equipment and are near local grocery stores.  Plan to make the majority of your meals at home.

In addition, a supplemental Florence University of the Arts FUA Meal Plan.pdf provides you with a meal card loaded with 5 meal plan units per week for use at university run restaurants, Ganzo and Fedora, to supplement 1-2 additional meals per week.  More details and instructions will be provided upon your arrival to FUA.

Flight parameters are set by Study Abroad to accommodate group logistics. Do not purchase any flight until the specific parameters are communicated to you via your Study Abroad ULearn site, usually 4 months prior to departure.

You must be in good standing with your campus's office of Student Conduct or Student Affairs for the dates of the program.

Each program has a mandatory orientation process which starts the term before your program starts. Failure to participate in the various meetings listed below may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.

Pre-departure meetings vary according to the program model and typically include discussions, on-line resources, and assignments to ensure you understand your specific program, the courses, housing, costs and other related details. These meetings may be a combination of in-person and web-based meeting formats.

An in-person Study Abroad Retreat is scheduled on each campus with advertised dates, times, and locations to discuss topics relevant to all study abroad programs. 

An in-country Orientation is included upon arrival to your program for on-site information and program reminders.

The most rewarding part of my experience was making new friends. I was happy that the group got along as well as it did and we had a lot of fun together. The most surprising part of the program was how much of the Italian language we were able to pick up in such as short period of time.
     — Ki-Ani Williams, Summer 2017
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.