Florence, Italy

Introduction

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the summer in Florence, Italy. On site, the program is coordinated by Lorenzo de’ Medici.

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • Studio Art (painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, restoration, ceramics, graphic design, interior design, jewelry design)
  • Art History
  • History
  • Sociology

Informational meeting: TBA

2017 program dates: arrive May 31 depart June 29

Students may choose from a variety of courses taught in English, and Italian (elementary through advanced levels) at Lorenzo de’ Medici.


Host Institution

Established in 1973, Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is located in the heart of this elegant city, on Via Faenza, in the San Lorenzo quarter, just a few steps from the famous Medici Chapel and the San Lorenzo Market. Originally a convent, the main building was completely renovated in 1988. It occupies four floors and offers a variety of modern conveniences, such as a cafeteria, air conditioning, reading rooms, three professional kitchens, and a garden. The church of San Iancopo di Corbolini dates to the 13th Century and is an integral part of the school. LdM is an urban school, consisting of six building sites within walking distance of one another.


Curriculum

The UHM Summer in Florence program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. The program runs from late May until late June. Levels of Italian courses offered range from beginning to advanced, meeting four days a week. Students are taught grammar and syntax at each level. Particular care is given to widen the students’ vocabulary by means of reading and conversation. Upon arrival in Florence students take a language placement exam (written and oral) to determine the appropriate language level and to maximize language learning. In addition, there are also courses offered in English, which meet four times a week. Students can choose to take only these courses in English or a combination with Italian language. All students must be enrolled in a total of 6 credits, or 2 classes.

The UHM Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director oversees students’ academic progress and mentors all participants. All students must participate in experiential learning activities led by the Resident Director in addition to taking classes at the host institution.

COURSE OFFERINGS (dates and times are subject to change) 

 

COURSES IN ENGLISH (UHM equivalents are in parentheses (green); 3 credits each)

 

ART HISTORY

Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) (ART 389B: Study Abroad – Art History, Introduction)

Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) (ART 389B: Study Abroad – Art History, Introduction)

The Built Environment of Florence (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) (ART 389B: Study Abroad – Art History, Introduction)

Mysteries and Sacred Knowledge in Architecture (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) (ART 389B: Study Abroad – Art History, Introduction)

Palaces of Florence (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) (ART 389B: Study Abroad – Art History, Introduction)

Renaissance Art at the Italian Courts (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) (ART 389B: Study Abroad – Art History, Introduction)

 

PAINTING, DRAWING AND MIXED MEDIA

Foundation Oil Painting (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-12:40 pm) — Note: material costs apply (ART 369B: Study Abroad – Studio Art, Introduction)

Florence Sketchbook – Beginning (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-12:40 pm) — Note: material costs apply (ART 369B: Study Abroad – Studio Art, Introduction)

Florence Sketchbook – Intermediate (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-12:40 pm) — Note: material costs apply (ART 369B: Study Abroad – Studio Art, Introduction)

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Introduction to Digital Photography (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-12:40 pm) (ART 369B: Study Abroad – Studio Art, Introduction) –Note: SLR digital camera with manual function and at least one lens required. Lab fee required

 

PRINTMAKING

Basic Printmaking (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-12:40 pm) (ART 369B: Study Abroad – Studio Art, Introduction)

Note: lab fee required

 

RESTORATION

Florence and Southern Italy Restoration Workshop (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) (ART 321: Materials/Techniques of Painting & ART 369C: Study Abroad – Studio Art, Upper Division)

Note: lab fee required

IMPORTANT: field week June 11-17. See brochure/syllabus for details.

 

SCULPTURE AND CERAMICS

Ceramics (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-12:40 pm) (ART 369B: Study Abroad – Studio Art, Introduction)

Note: lab fee required

 

ARCHITECTURE

The Built Environment of Florence (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) — (Dual Listed: ART 201 F) (ART 389B: Study Abroad – Art History: Introductory)

Aesthetics of Design: Theory and Practice (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) (ART 389B: Study Abroad – Art History: Introductory)

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic Design (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) Note: professional printing skills developed in a commercial printing center. (ART 369B: Study Abroad – Studio Art, Introduction)

 

INTERIOR DESIGN

Perspective Drawing and Rendering (Monday to Thursday, 4:15 pm-6:45 pm) (ART 369B: Study Abroad – Studio Art, Introduction)

Aesthetics of Design: Theory and Practice (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) — (Dual Listed: ARC 220 F) (ART 369C: Study Abroad: Studio Art, Upper Division)

 

JEWELRY DESIGN

Jewelry Making (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) (ART 369C: Study Abroad: Studio Art, Upper Division)

 

 

HISTORY

The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture (Monday to Thursday, 4:15 pm-6:45 pm) (HIST 499: Directed Reading)

Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) (HIST 339: Renaissance and Reformation)

 

SOCIOLOGY

Organized Crime: Sociology and History of Italian Mafia (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm OR Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-11:30 am) (SOC 499: Directed Reading)

 

WRITING

Travel Writing (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) (ENG 273: Introduction to Literature)

 

 

ITALIAN LANGUAGE

3-Hour Italian Language Elementary 1 (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) (ITAL 160: Elementary Italian Abroad)

3-Hour Italian Language Elementary 2 (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) (ITAL 160: Elementary Italian Abroad)

3-Hour Italian Language Intermediate 1 (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) (ITAL 258: Intermediate Italian Abroad)

3-Hour Italian Language Intermediate 2 (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) (ITAL 259: Intermediate Italian Abroad)

3-Hour Italian Language Advanced 1 (Monday to Thursday, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm) (ITAL 358: Third Level Italian Abroad)

4-Hour Italian Language Elementary 1 (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-12:40 pm) Note: enriched through local cultural activities. (ITAL 160: Elementary Italian Abroad)

4-Hour Italian Language Elementary 2 (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-12:40 pm) Note: enriched through local cultural activities. (ITAL 160: Elementary Italian Abroad)

 

FACULTY RESIDENT DIRECTOR

Summer 2017: Reece Jones, Ph.D., UHM Department of Geography. Click here for Dr. Jones’ student experiential learning plan.

Courses taken at LDM will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.

STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR

Allison Yap

Current as of Dec. 13, 2016.


Location

Amidst the beauty of the rolling hills of the Tuscan Valley lies Florence, a city replete with history and charm. Florence is definitively one of the preeminent treasures of Europe. It is through Florence’s beginning as a Roman settlement in the First Century B.C. and provincial capital at the height of the Roman Empire that one finds the framework for its future greatness.

Due to its link to antiquity, Florence spurred a revolution which shook Europe by becoming the birthplace of the Renaissance. The move from feudal conflicts with the rise of the Medici “dynasty” under the guidance of Giovanni di Bicci allowed commerce to flourish. In turn, this created an environment conducive to intellectual pursuits. Foremost on the list of intellectual pursuits was the study of antiquity. Soon, the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome became a Florentine passion.

Modern-day Florence is also shaped by its recent history. In 1865 Florence became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, overseeing the unification of most of the Italian city states. In 1871 Florence relinquished the honor of being the capital of the Kingdom of Italy when the final unification of Italy was effected by the capitulation of Rome.


Housing

Students are housed with Italian families (two students share a room) and have breakfasts and dinners provided Monday – Thursday. Students are responsible for meals on Fridays and weekends. Single accommodations are available at an additional supplement. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from the host country nationals.


Excursions

LdM arranges several excursions in the Tuscany region and beyond. Two overnight excursions will be included in the total cost of the program, while others will be available on-site for an additional fee. possible destinations include:

Florence, as any other major city, offers students a variety of cultural and social activities. The city offers a range of restaurants, clubs, shops, museums, theaters, and other recreational facilities.


Photos

Florence, Italy


Program Cost

Summer 2017

  • $6,545 (two 3-credit courses)
  • $4,997 (one 6-credit course)
  • $7,338 (restoration workshop)

Cost includes LdM tuition, shared homestay, orientation, two excursions, meals, laundry, ground transportation, UHM Study Abroad and other fees. Students who opt for single accommodation will pay a supplement.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Florence is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or make their own travel arrangements.

FINANCIAL AID

FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the preceding semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester. www.hawaii.edu/fas

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions.

SCHOLARSHIP

See the Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.


Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for undergraduate students. The minimum requirement is a cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered in exceptional cases. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have passed the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


Application

A completed Study Abroad Center application and two academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center to receive consideration.

Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.

The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.

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