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Drexel in Italy: Architecture & Interiors Intensive Course Abroad
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Description:

Architecture & Interiors Intensive Course Abroad in Florence

FlorenceThe Architecture Program's exciting Intensive Course Abroad in Florence will take place in the break periond between the Summer and Fall terms  (ARCH 499, Section 001 or 002), in September, 2014. 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 ten days of intensive touring in Florence and  one free weekend 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 will be registered for ARCH 499 Special Topics which is worth 3 credits during the summer term. The course satisfies the History/Theory in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors.

When: The course is scheduled during summer term 2014. On-campus class sessions will be announced with exact dates to follow. The dates in Florence will be September 6-18th.

Instructors:  Professors Rachel Schade ( and Simon Tickell (

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

Anticipated Program Itinerary

Friday, September 5: Departure from the US, Overnight flight to Florence
Saturday, September 6:   Arrival in Florence, Welcome Dinner at Forresteria Valdese
Sunday, September 7:    AM: Visit to Fiesole including Tour of the Archelogical MuseumFiesole
PM: Walk back to Florence via I Tatti
Monday, September 8:   AM:  Medieval Florence Walking Tour
PM: Visit to Orsanmichele, Palazzo Davanzati, Sketching
Tuesday, September 9: AM: Early Renaissance Walking Tour, Sketching
PM: Visit to Il Duomo
Wednesday, September 10: AM : Late Renaissance, Bus to Villas, Sketching
PM: Return to Florence, free afternoon
Thursday, September 11: AM: Urban Design /Piazze, Sketching
PM: Courtyards, Sketching
Friday, September 12: AM: Bus to Bargino, Tour of Antinori Vineyard with Archea Architetti
PM: Bus to San Casciano, Sketching, Cena in the Countryside
Saturday, September 13*: Free Day
Sunday, September 14*: Free Day
Monday, September 15: AM: Presentation 8 Baroque and mannerist Florence Walking Tour
PM: Special Visit/Presentation
Tuesday, September 16: Bus to Siena, Tour Siena, Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, Cathedral, late afternoon return to Florence
Wednesday, September 17: AM: Modern Florence Walk  PM: Free time, Farewell Dinner
Thursday, September 18:  AM: Check-out of hotel; end of program

*Students will be able to keep their rooms at the Foresteria Valdese during the free weekend, but are encouraged to use this free time to visit sites around Florence or other cities in Italy.  Suggested sites will be provided to participants by Professors Schade and Tickell.

Program Fee: $1500

Housing (triple occupancy)
10 breakfasts at residence
6 dinners at residence
10 picnic lunches
Entry fees for required site visits and museums
Local transportation

Program deposit $500  paid at time of application.

Second payment of $500 due by May 31, 2014.

Final payment of $500 due by June 30, 2014.

Additional costs not included in the Program fee:

Study Abroad application fee $25
Books (gift of Drexel Architecture Program)
Round-trip arifare   $1350
Passport $150
ER Evacuation & Repatriation Insurance  $36
Additonal meals  $150
Miscellaneous Personal expenses  $400

Total Estimated Non-Tuition Costs for Trip: $3,611

Scholarship Opportunities

All applicants are welcome to apply for an Intensive Course Abroad summer scholarship. Scholarships range from $400 - $1000 and will help to offset the out of pocket expenses of the program. Scholarship applications should include:
1) A Statement of Purposeon how this particular study tour would contribute to your education and development as a future professional and stewards of the built environment;
2) A Propsal for a Follow-on Project to promote study abroad to future students;
3) A copy of your 2013-14 FAFSA form/Statement if Financial Need

Application deadline is Monday, May 26, 2014 at 5 pm. 

For more information , please contact Mark Brack (

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