Quick Info

  • Florence, Italy
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : History of Art and Architecture, Italian Language, Literature, and Studies
  • : May 5, 2019 - May 25, 2019
  • : In-State: $4,400 ; Out-of-State: $4,600
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


General Education Information 

Pitt Greensburg requirements satisfied: 

  • Artistic Tradition 
  • World Perspective
  • Humanities 
  • Could be used towards the Visual & Performing Arts major or the History of Arts & Architecture minor

Pitt Oakland students could fulfill one international foreign culture requirement

Coming Soon! Please contact your Program Manager for more information.

This course will explore Italian art and culture of the Renaissance highlighting innovators such as Giotto, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Students will examine famous works, identify and articulate the influence of contemporary philosophy and history on art ,and study the materials and techniques of fresco and tempera painting. Learning in the classroom and on site in local museums and, churches, palaces, and town halls will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of Renaissance art.You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change) here:  HAA 0306 Draft Syllabus

Pre-departure Class - TBD– Lecture on Elements of Art

  • Monday, May 6:            CAPA Orientation; City bus to Piazzale Michelangelo, San Miniato; Welcome dinner
  • Tuesday, May 7:           AM: Italian Language class[i];PM: Hidden Florence App Walking Activity
  • Wednesday, May 8:      Palazzo Vecchio + excavations + tower
  • Thursday, May 9:          Pisa Duomo: Tower, Baptistery, Sinopie Museum
  • Friday, May 10:             AM: Sta. Trinita; Ognissanti  PM: Sta. Maria Novella & pharmacy
  • Saturday, May 11:         Free Day
  • Sunday, May 12:           Free Day
  • Monday, May 13:           Florence Duomo Complex (Cathedral + Excavations, Museum, Baptistery, Campanile, Dome)
  • Tuesday, May 14:          Uffizi – all day, start as early as possible
  • Wednesday, May 15:     AM/PM: Accademia;  PM/AM: San Marco Museum
  • Thursday, May 16:         Florence to Rome:  Pantheon; Colosseum + Belvedere ticket; Forum
  • Friday, May 17:              Vatican: include Ancient Greek & Roman, Raphael Stanze, Sistine Chapel, Pinacoteca, basilica, dome[i]
  • Saturday, May 18:          Free Day in Rome;  Return Fi evening
  • Sunday, May 19:            Free Day
  • Monday, May 20:            AM/PM: Orsanmichele Church & Museum;  PM/AM: Sta. Maria del Carmine, Brancacci Chapel;
  • Tuesday, May 21:           AM: San Lorenzo & Medici Chapels;  PM: Palazzo Medici-Riccardi;
  • Wednesday, May 22:      AM: Sta. Felicita, Capponi Chapel (9.30-12.30; 15.30-18); Sto. Spirito  PM: Palazzo Pitti
  • Thursday, May 23:          Milan: Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper; Brera Museum 
  • Friday, May 24:               AM/PM: Bargello;  PM/AM: Sta. Croce
  • Saturday May 25:           Departure Day 

*PLEASE NOTE: this is a sample itinerary and is not finalized. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Amber McAlister specializes in Italian Renaissance art history, and has researched and taught in Italy. As an undergraduate Dr. McAlister studied abroad in Paris, France, which ignited her love of travel, seeing art in person, and sharing that joy with others. Dr. McAlister’s research trips to Italy have been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Renaissance Society of America. She has presented at national conferences, including the annual meetings of the College Art Association and the Renaissance Society of America.  Publications include an essay in The Historian’s Eye on echoes of Dante’s Divine Comedy in fifteenth-century frescoes in the Chiostro Verde at Santa Maria Novella, and catalog entries on Italian paintings and drawings, most recently in Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy.  Dr. McAlister’s current research explores divine presence and personal experience at Santa Maria Novella in Florence, and is supported by an award from the Central Research Development Fund at the University of Pittsburgh.


Students on this program live in an apartment shared with other Pitt students.  Bedrooms are shared among 2-3 students, depending on the size. Although apartments vary slightly in size and design, all are comfortably spacious and contain an equipped kitchen, bathroom, living area, and a washing machine. No meals are provided for students in apartments.

Most students travel around Florence on foot or by bus (the public transportation system will be explained during orientation in Florence). In the historic center of Florence, almost anything a student might want to see or do is within a 30-minute walk, but Florence's public bus system is easy to use and is an efficient way to travel throughout the metro area


Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019 Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,400 $4,600
Arrive in Florence Depart Florence
May 5, 2019 May 25, 2019

*Pitt Greensburg Students, please see pricing/scholarship info below.

Other Important Dates:

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and next steps.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

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

Students from other campuses can participate in the program but are not eligible for the UPG scholarship. Other scholarships can be reviewed at abroad.pitt.edu/scholarships



Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Shared accommodations in Italy
  • International travel health insurance
  • Excursions to Rome, Milan and Pisa
  • Museum access in Florence
  • Class related site visits 
  • Cultural Activities through the My Global Education program

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative fee $300
  • International roundtrip airfare (~$1300)
  • Meals and personal expenses (~$750 meals, personal budget varies)
  • Transportation to the airport when leaving Florence (~$42 taxi)  
  • Cell Phone (~$60)

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.

Special Information

  • Students from all campuses can participate in the program.
  • Students from Pitt-Greensburg are encouraged to talk to Michele Shuey for additional scholarship opportunities.
  • Other scholarships can be reviewed at abroad.pitt.edu/scholarships

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.