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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: VCU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Art, Art History, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fine Art, Italian, Italian Studies, Painting & Printmaking Minimum GPA Required: 2.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment
Recommended Program: YES
Program Description:
Direct-Enroll at Santa Reparata International School of Art
Florence, Italy
6 transfer credits per session, in a variety of subjects
Summer A: 21 May – 21 June, 2018
Summer B: 25 June – 26 July, 2018
Summer A + B: 21 May – 26 July, 2018
$3,200 per session (includes tuition) + airfare. Find full details on the Budget Sheet!

Program Coordinator
Annia Dowell-Wiltshire, Education Abroad Advisor
Registration Deadline: 1 March 2018. Late acceptance to Summer B may be possible. Email for information or apply above by April 8.
The Global Education Office and Santa Reparata International School of Art are pleased to announce a new summer direct-enroll program in Florence, Italy. This program gives students the opportunity to take a variety of arts, language, and culture courses in the home of the Renaissance, all taught in English. SRISA coursework offers highly personalized instruction and experiential learning, enhanced with an internship program and a range of extracurricular activities, including art exhibits, cultural seminars, beyond-the-classroom learning, guest lecturers, and museum visits.
The main campus houses the SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art and extensive studio facilities for painting, drawing and printmaking; photography labs and darkroom; and large lecture rooms. Adjacent campus buildings include spaces for Fashion and Interior Design studios, as well as project spaces for students to access.
SRISA also offers an internship program. Placements are limited over the summer, so please contact Annia if interested.
Course and Credit Options
6 credits in a variety of disciplines, including Art History, Arts, Fashion, Painting and Printmaking, Photography, Italian language and culture, and an internship option.
You can review a listing of Santa Reparata’s courses for the Summer A and Summer B sessions on their website.
Many SRISA courses are already pre-approved to transfer to VCU. If you are interested in taking a course that is not listed in the database, contact Annia for assistance getting it pre-approved.
You will indicate the classes you would like to take after submitting your application to VCU. Note that you are only permitted to take one studio course per summer session. It is your responsibility to review SRISA’s course descriptions and syllabi to make sure that you fulfill any prerequisites, and that you are selecting appropriate coursework for your academic level. All courses are subject to meeting a minimum enrollment at SRISA; you are also encouraged to apply early, as classes may fill.
Students will receive transfer credit for all coursework completed in this program. In order to receive credit, students must earn the equivalent of a C or better.
 SRISA 2.1
VCU undergraduate student
  • 2.0 GPA.
  • Must meet any pre-requisites listed for courses requested from SRISA.
  • An academic letter of reference is not required.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will reside in shared, fully furnished apartments with kitchens that are equipped with necessary cooking implements. Most meals are not included; students will have access to a variety of meal options within walking distance from their apartments, from a Florentine farmer’s market to grocery stores to cafes and restaurants at a range of price points.
  • Housing coordination and assistance are available 24 hours in case of emergency.
  • A housing coordinator will assist students with questions and concerns related to their housing before and after arrival in Florence.
  • When students arrive at the Florence airport or SRISA campus, a staff member will be waiting to accompany them to their apartments.
  • Welcome packets, which include a few essentials to get each student through the first day or two, are included at each apartment.

A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, please consult the State Department's website.
Payment of Fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. This $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.
Students will receive one charge to their student accounts for this program reflecting the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and application fee). This bill will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear by May.
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.
Withdrawal Procedures and Financial Commitment Policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad. Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of or the entire program fee based on the following schedule:
  • Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.
Travel Health
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, please visit the CDC's website.
Health Alert:  Zika Virus
The CDC has issued a travel alert for countries where the Zika virus is prevalent.  Check the CDC’s travel notices regularly as new countries are being added to this list.  Check VCU Student Health to stay updated as well.

VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Please visit their website for full details.


Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.

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