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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor:
Marcia Henisz
Program Description:

Architecture & Interiors Intensive Course Abroad in Florence

FlorenceThe Architecture and Interior Program's exciting Intensive Course Abroad in Florence will take place in the break period between the Summer and Fall terms  (ARCH 499, Section 001 or 002), in September, 2016. Prior to the tour, introductory lectures and readings in Philadelphia will acquaint students with the history, arts and architecture in Florence and surrounding areas. The study tour includes thirteen days of intensive touring in Florence and one free day where students can explore recommended sites around Florence or visit other Italian cities. The group will visit numerous museums, gardens, and historic and contemporary sites and will complete sketches in many locations.

Credit: Students must be registered for two courses: ARCH T380 Special Topics for 2 credits during the summer term and ARCH 499 Special Topics for 1 credit during the fall term.Students are required to enroll in both courses and must ensure their course load does not exceed maximum requirements for the term (11 credits for part-time; 20 credits for full time students). The course combination satisfies a Professional elective in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors.

When: The course will have several preparatory sessions during the summer term. On-campus class sessions will be announced with exact dates to follow. The dates in Florence will be September 3-17th.

Instructors:  Professors Rachel Schade ( and Simon Tickell (


Prerequisites: The course is open to any Drexel student who has completed ARCH 141,142,143 OR ARTH 101,102,103  OR by special permission of the instructor.

Accommodations in Florence: Participants will be staying at the Foresteria Valdese Firenze in triple occupancy rooms and will have breakfasts and one dinner at the Guest House. The cost of accommodation is included in the Program Fee.

Anticipated Program Itinerary

Friday, September 2: Departure from the US, Overnight flight to Florence
Saturday, September 3:   Arrival in Florence: Orientation Meeting and Walk; Welcome Dinner at Forresteria Valdese
Sunday, September 4:    Visit to Fiesole including Tour of the Archeological MuseumFiesole
PM: Walk back to Florence via I Tatti
Monday, September 5:  Ancient and Medieval Florence
AM:  Palazzo Davanzati
PM: Visits to Bargello, Palazzo Vecchio, Orsanmichele, Torre di San Niccolo
Tuesday, September 6: Early Renaissance Florence
AM: San Marco, Piazza Ospedale degli Innocenti
PM: Sketching at Giardino Bardini
Wednesday, September 7: Trip to the Country
Villa Petraia, Villa Castello or La Pietra
Thursday, September 8:  Happy Birthday Duomo
AM: Duomo, Terrace, Climb to Lantern
PM: Opera del Duomo, Museo
Friday, September 9: AM: Santo Spirito, Museo Stefano Bardini
PM: Boboli Gardens, Fortezza Belvedere
Saturday, September 10: Free Day  Recommended trips to Lucca, Pisa, Medici Villas, Cinqueterre, Uffizi
Sunday, September 11: Field trip to Certosa del Galluzzo
Monday, September 12: AM:Palazzo Rucellai, Museo Marino Marini/Rucellai Chapel, Palazzo Medici/Gozzoli Frescos
PM: San Lorenzo, Laurentian Library
Tuesday, September 13: AM: Santa Croce, Pazzi Chapel
PM: Sketching in Mercato Centrale
Wednesday, September 14: Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano
Thursday, September 15:  Art Nouveau Florence, Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Friday, September 16: Antinori Vineyard, Farewell Dinner
Saturday, September 17:  End of program, Hotel checkout
*Students will be able to keep their rooms at the Foresteria Valdese during the free day, but are encouraged to use this free time to visit sites around Florence or other cities in Italy.

Program Fee: $1450

Housing (triple occupancy)
10 breakfasts at residence
Welcome and Farewell Dinners
Most entry fees for required site visits and museums
Local transportation as described in the itinerary
ER Evacuation & Repatriation Insurance

Program deposit $500  paid at time of application

Final payment of $950 due on June 1, 2016

Additional costs not included in the Program fee:
Study Abroad application fee $25
Books $100
Round-trip airfare   $1300
Passport $150
Meals  $420
Incidental Admission Fees $50
Miscellaneous Personal expenses  $300

Total Estimated Non-Tuition Costs for Trip: $3,795

Scholarship Opportunities

All applicants are welcome to apply for an Architecture & Interiors scholarship. Scholarships range from $400 - $1000. Scholarship applications are included in the online application and must be completed by the application deadline.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.