Exploration of Italian History, Culture, and Technology - Summer 2016

Location: Italy: Florence, with weekend excursions to Venice and Rome


Department: Technology

Leaders: David Melton (dwmelton@eiu.edu) Austin Cheney (acheney@eiu.edu)

: Italian Culture, History, Art, and Technology

  Terms/Timeframe: May 15-June 3, 2016

Language: English

  Credits: 6

Budget: 3 EIU, 3 FUA Credits

6 FUA Credits


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
January 29, 2016
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Course Selection Form


Academic Program

As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts and scientific inquiry, Florence was the cradle of Renaissance civilization. It is the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Galileo changed forever the way we see the world. For centuries travelers and admirers of art and culture have fallen in love with this city and the undulating countryside that surrounds it. Extraordinarily rich in history and ancient traditions, the city, with its world-famous artistic heritage, offers the student a wide spectrum of cultural experiences. The city is also known for its exceptional cuisine, characteristic restaurants, ice cream parlors, wine bars, elegant shops, artistic workshops, and traditional markets. As a thriving economic center with particular strengths in fashion, luxury goods, and tourist sectors, the city of Florence offers its inhabitants the chance to investigate aspects of the contemporary Italian world. Students will receive 3 credits from the Florence University of the Arts and 3 credits from EIU.



Activities / Itinerary

This three week study abroad experience is a unique program that provides exposure to Italian technology and culture that is based in Florence, Italy. Students will take Cultural Introduction to Italy from Florence University of the Arts, and travel to Rome and Venice on the two weekends of the program as part of that course. Italy is a country rich in technological history and modern technical activity. Students will explore historical technology figures like Galileo and Leonardo de Vinci, visit architectural sites in Florence, Rome, and Pisa, learn about Italian wine making and parmesan cheese production, meet with artisans in Florence, and tour production facilities of Ducati motorcycles, Pagani and Lamborghini automotive manufacturers, and the Ferrari Museum.

Sydney Opera House



Make course/substitution selections on your EIU Program Application. The credit hours associated with your selections may not exceed the credit hours allocated for this program: 6

Undergraduate Option: AET 4970 + 3 credits from Florence University of the Arts


Undergraduate Option: 6 credits from Florence University of the Arts

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!

Maori warrior


Students will stay in rental housing near downtown Florence, within one mile walking distance from the Florence University of the Arts facilities. The apartments (accommodating 4-8 students each) are equipped with cooking capabilities. Hotel rooms will be arranged by FUA for the weekend visits to Rome and Venice.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **