Italy Study Abroad Information


For details on Italy study abroad program costs and registration details, please visit the FIU Honors College website.

Viktoriya Justiz Justin of FIU on Brunelleshi’s Dome in Florence. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice – an Honors College seminar taught on location in the most historic and magical destinations in Italy. Grand Tour Redux is built on the premise that understanding our past enables us to understand ourselves. This interdisciplinary course examines the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance and the influence of these eras on the contemporary world. The seminar reconstructs the traditional 18th century Grand Tour.

Professor Bailly of FIU lectures in St. Peter’s Square. (Photo by Stephanie Sepulveda CC BY 4.0)

Know your professor! Professor Bailly is dual French and US citizen. He holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. Read more about Bailly here.

FIU stays in the apartments of in Venice. (Photo courtesy of Venice Je t’aime)

The FIU program rents fully furnished apartments in Rome, Florence, and Venice. In Cinque Terre we stay in a mountain sanctuary that, honestly, just feels like a dream.

Jeanine Shraim of FIU is “entertained” in Rome’s Colosseum. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

The roads of the history of Europe and the US lead back to Rome. Over FIU’s fourteen (14!) days in Rome, you’ll explore the monuments, culture, and streets of the eternal city. There’s nothing like it. More about Roma here.

Jonathan Urra of FIU gets hit with the Stendhal Syndrome by Michelangelo’s David in Florence. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Florence, or rather Firenze, was the setting for what must be considered the most radical philosophical societal transformation—the Renaissance. Over one week, you’ll stay in the heart of the city, discovering the masterpieces of the Renaissance and their lasting legacy. With the abundant presence of US study abroad students, Firenze has more of a feeling of a college town than any other city in Italy. More about Firenze here.

Melissa Gil of FIU contemplates Venice’s Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

The FIU Italia journey ends with four days in Venezia, the city on water. There is no city anywhere that is comparable to Venezia, with it’s bridges, gondolas, and seafood. You will stay in apartments in the heart of the city, a truly unique opportunity.

Roman street legend “Mordi y Vai” in the Testaccio market in Rome. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Professor Bailly is completely addicted to Italian food. Italy has embraced the slow food movement to counter the debacle of fast food. Italy cherishes the quality of produce and the preservation of regional cuisine. The pizza is pretty good too.

The Venice Biennale sees contemporary art exhibited in classic Venetian settings. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Every year Venezia hosts a Biennale, either art or architecture. Both events see the most avant-garde trends in the arts invade and enrich the city. Although the main Biennales charge an admission fee, many exhibitions throughout the city are completely free.

FIU Italia 2016 hiking the Cinque Terre UNESCO World Heritage site trail. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

FIU’s Italy study abroad includes the infamous/amazing Cinque Terre hike, an 8-hour walk along the Ligurian coast on a UNESCO World Heritage site trail. We walk up, we walk down the mountains, and swim along the way. More about Cinque Terre here.

Stephanie Sepulveda of FIU on Rocca Maggiore in Assisi. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Spending a month in Italia provides you with the opportunity to profoundly immerse yourself in the true country. You will live and experience Italia in a genuine manner that most only dream of.

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Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  28 September 2021

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