Quick Info

  • Florence, Italy
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Architectural Studies, History of Art and Architecture
  • : Mid-May 2018 - End of May 2018 (Dates coming soon)
  • : TBD
  • : January 28 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

Pitt Greensburg requirements satisfied: 

  • Artistic Tradition 
  • World Perspectives
  • Humanities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Could be used towards the Visual & Performing Arts major or the History of Arts & Architecture minor

Pitt Oakland students could fulfill one international foreign culture requirement

This course will explore Italian art and culture of the Renaissance highlighting innovators such as Giotto, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Students will examine famous works, identify and articulate the influence of contemporary philosophy and history on art ,and study the materials and techniques of fresco and tempera painting. Learning in the classroom and on site in local museums and, churches, palaces, and town halls will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of Renaissance art. 



On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Amber McAlister specializes in Italian Renaissance art history, and has researched and taught in Italy. As an undergraduate Dr. McAlister studied abroad in Paris, France, which ignited her love of travel, seeing art in person, and sharing that joy with others. Dr. McAlister’s research trips to Italy have been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Renaissance Society of America. She has presented at national conferences, including the annual meetings of the College Art Association and the Renaissance Society of America.  Publications include an essay in The Historian’s Eye on echoes of Dante’s Divine Comedy in fifteenth-century frescoes in the Chiostro Verde at Santa Maria Novella, and catalog entries on Italian paintings and drawings, most recently in Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy.  Dr. McAlister’s current research explores divine presence and personal experience at Santa Maria Novella in Florence, and is supported by an award from the Central Research Development Fund at the University of Pittsburgh.


Students on this program live in an apartment shared with other Pitt students.  Bedrooms are shared among 2-3 students, depending on the size. Although apartments vary slightly in size and design, all are comfortably spacious and contain an equipped kitchen, bathroom, living area, and a washing machine. No meals are provided for students in apartments.

Most students travel around Florence on foot or by bus (the public transportation system will be explained during orientation in Florence). In the historic center of Florence, almost anything a student might want to see or do is within a 30-minute walk, but Florence's public bus system is easy to use and is an efficient way to travel throughout the metro area


Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Arrive in Florence Depart Floerence
mid-May 2018 end-May 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Shared accommodations in Italy
  • International travel health insurance
  • Excursions to Rome and Milan
  • Museum access in Florence
  • Class related site visits 
  • Cultural Activities through the My Global Education program

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • International roundtrip airfare (~$1300)
  • Study Abroad Administrative fee $300
  • Meals and personal expenses (~$500 meals)
  • Transportation to the airport when leaving Florence (~$42 taxi)  

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Michelle Apodaca

Walk-In Advising Hours: Mon. Wed. and Thur. 2pm-4pm

¡Hola, hola! I’m Michelle, the Study Abroad Coordinator at Pitt-Greensburg. Part of my undergraduate career at Pitt Greensburg led me to study abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico, for two summer months. Then I was hooked! The following summer I studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico, then a semester in Spain. All three homestays were with amazing people that made those experiences even better! A few years later I bought a one-way ticket to Cabo San Lucas and lived in Mexico for close to four years. I hope all students will consider going global and will study abroad: it changes your life, leaves you with unforgettable memories, lets you discover new skills, and it will set you apart from your future competition. So, let’s give you an edge and find your program! You can reach me at mma93@pitt.edu or 724-836-7494. 

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school in Iran, Afghanistan, and the U.S. I also took classes with the Foreign Service Institute in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.