Santa Reparata International School of Art
Taking part in one of Santa Reparata International School of Art's
study abroad programs in Florence is a once in a lifetime experience. SRISA offers a full-immersion experience: living local apartments, traveling throughout Tuscany and Italy, and experiencing Florence as a student of Art, Liberal Arts and Design. All classes, with the exception of Italian, are taught in English, and courses follow the US University model of instruction. Open enrollment allows students to pick and choose the courses that best fit their degree plan and interests.
SRISA offers a range of courses in the Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, and Design. Students are able to study across the disciplines, trying things that may be outside their major or furthering their skills in a particular subject. SRISA offers a wonderful blend of academic courses and Florence based subjects that embrace the experience of study abroad. All SRISA courses follow the US credit and grading system. Courses are taught in English, with the exception of higher-level Italian courses. For more information about courses offered, please browse the SRISA Course Catalog
Interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with Annia Dowell-Wiltshire
prior to applying to this program. You can make an appointment with Annia here
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants should complete the online VCU registration by clicking the "Register Now" link above, and submit an online application and all supporting materials directly to SRISA
. Applications should be submitted no later than November 1 for the spring semester, and July 10 for the fall semester.
Tuition and Fees:
Students pay SRISA's semester program fee, which includes tuition (note that VCU students receive a 15% discount on SRISA's semester tuition!), housing, programmatic support, and excursions. You can review SRISA's semester costs on their website
. We encourage you to explore the Funding Options section of our website
to see more information about paying for study abroad.
Students are able to take coursework in a variety of Arts disciplines alongside other SRISA students. Students will enroll in 4-5 3-credit courses per semester, for a total of 12-15 credits. Review course options in the SRISA Course Catalog
. Most SRISA coursework has been pre-approved to transfer to VCU
; if you are interested in taking a course not listed in the database, please contact Annia for assistance.
Transfer of Credit:
Students must earn the equivalent of the grade of C or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students are required to take the necessary steps to ensure that transcripts are received from the university upon return to VCU.
Review important dates at SRISA on their website
Students are housed in residential apartments located within a 20-minute walk from SRISA. All apartments are fully furnished with the essential necessities for independent living. Most students stay in double-occupancy rooms in shared apartments, although single-occupancy rooms and private apartments are available for an additional fee. Standard housing costs are included in the program fee payable to SRISA, and include rent, reasonable utility usage, check-in service, staff assistance, and administrative fees. Review full details on SRISA's website
Dining and Other Services:
Meals are not included in the program fee, and SRISA does not offer a meal plan. Students have access to a fully-equipped kitchen in their apartment. Many types of meal options are available within walking distance of campus, from a Florentine farmer’s market to grocery stores to cafes and restaurants at a range of price points.
In Your Free Time:
Florence offers a wealth of opportunities for study abroad students, from world-class museums like the Uffizi Gallery to cultural landmarks like Brunelleschi's Duomo to cheering on the Serie A soccer team Fiorentina. In their free time, students are encouraged to take advantage of Florence's cultural, historical, and artistic patrimony.
are also an integral part of the SRISA experience, enabling students to explore the rich history and beautiful landscapes of Tuscany and beyond. Taking in both the large cities of Italy such as Rome and Venice, as well as some lesser-known Tuscan villages, SRISA's field trips are tailor-made to enhance and contextualize course content and to provide an enjoyable and informative experience for all.