Quick Info

  • Florence, Italy
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Engineering
  • : May 1- - June 7, 2019
  • : In-State $6300 | Out-of-State $6500
  • : Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


The program consists of two Pitt courses for a total of 6 academic credits.

The engineering 3-credit course is taught by two Pitt faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science- ENGR 0034. The draft 2019 syllabus can be found here. This is the general syllabus, but is subject to change each year and is finalized when the course begins. 

The second course is called "Italian Renaissance Art History" (HAA 0302). See the tentative syllabus attached.

This course will provide you with the background of great art projects of the Middle Ages that defined the religious and political centers of the city. Attention will focus on major monuments of the Renaissance period. To take full advantage of the opportunities available for the study of art in Florence, several classes will be held in museums, churches, and piazzas. The city of Florence will be our classroom. You will also get the experience of learning how to design and create frescos! 

Engineering students can review how the course counts for requirements by contacting the faculty director of their department. 


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Professor Robertson earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Bioengineering as well as Research Faculty in the McGowan Center for Regenerative Medicine. She is also the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence. Her research interests lie in continuum mechanics. She emphasizes Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid dynamics, cerebral vascular disease, and constitutive modeling of soft biological tissues in her research.


You will be placed in a furnished apartment in Florence. Apartments include a kitchen, bathroom, and television.

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$6,300 $6,500
Arrive in Florence Depart Florence
May 1 June 7, 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information.

Questions about Scholarships available? Check out our scholarship page and note that SSoE has a scholarship specifically for Pitt engineering students.

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of the fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 Pitt credits
  • On-site orientation (including dinner)
  • Housing in furnished apartments
  • Some other meals
  • Airport transfer
  • Ground transportation for excursions
  • Health insurance
  • Florence museum pass
  • Departure ceremony at the end of the program
  • 4 days and 3 nights in Venice to explore sustainability efforts. 

Keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000-$1,500)
  • Meals (~$500)
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits).

Special Information

Students that have gone on this program before want you to know....

"I would highly suggest all undergrad students take advantage of studying abroad sometime during their college career.  My favorite aspect of the program was learning about a new culture and becoming familiar with the city of Florence while I was studying there.  It was amazing to be able to spend more than just a few days in the city and to learn about its history and be comfortable with navigating around it."

- Kelly Macie 

" I want to incorporate travel into my lifestyle more than I had previously. Being abroad has allowed me to become more independent, brave, flexible, and aware of global issues. Additionally, I love the challenge and thrill of being immersed in something so different and new. Keeping an open-mind is key to personal growth, especially as a foreigner."

- Mahalia Bradford

Check out a few of the students' blogs from this program: 



Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Dr. Kristine Lalley

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

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