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On Location: Florence, Italy

On Location: Florence, Italy is a month-long residence program in the city of Florence during Maymester 2013.  Courses offered will be ARTH 325 (Art History) and and ARTS 102 (Visual Arts and Culture).  As part of this program, students will collectively engage in the study of art, architecture, and cultural heritage of Italy and specifically the city Florence.  Students will explore the city's rich history and engage in specific programs of study depending on the course in which they are enrolled.  Participants enrolled in either course will have collective experiences and excursions when in Italy; differentiated course instruction will also take place in country. Students should expect to walk to and between most sites within Florence, Rome (weekend excursion), and Siena (day trip). CCU faculty will teach both courses.

ARTS 102 students will be required to attend numerous on-site excursions and present information in-country (either in the classroom or on-site). Preliminary and on-going readings will prepare students to use appropriate art vocabulary, identify styles, media, and techniques from direct contact with Italian art and architecture. This immersion experience will enable students to comprehend the function of art and design and the role of artists in Italian society. Students will submit a journal that includes daily written records of monuments visited.  Students will also produce a few basic art projects specifically designed for the non-art major.  These projects will give students first-hand experience with design concepts.  At the conclusion of the study abroad experience, students will complete an essay and take an exam.

ARTH 325 students will be required to attend numerous on-site excursions and present information in-country (either in the classroom or on-site).  Preliminary and on-going readings will prepare students to discuss historical and artistic monuments. Students will submit a journal that includes daily written records of monuments visited. At the conclusion of the study abroad experience, students will complete a research paper with formal analysis and take an exam.

Preliminary Itinerary

Date Activities/Course Assignment
May 10, 2013 Travel and Orientation to Florence, Italy
Week One:  
  Visit major monuments of city: Duomo, Baptistery, Opera del Duomo, Palazzo and Piazza Vecchio, Bargello, OrSanMichele, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Michelangelo with visit to San Miniato al Monte, Ospedale, degli Innocenti, Early Renaissance at Santa Croce, Early Renaissance at S. M. del Carmine (Masaccio)
Week Two:  
  Medici patronage, Palazzo Medici (compare to Palazzo Davanzati), San Marco Monastery, San Lorenzo (including Medici Chapel and Old Sacristy, and Laurentian Library), Santa Trinita, Day trip to Siena by train (and a 2km walk or bus ride up to the old city), Duomo (and baptistery), Palazzo and Piazza Pubblico (and tower), and Pinacoteca (art museum)
Week Three:



Trip to Rome 3-nights, 2-days: Vatican, St. Peter's, Colosseum, Forum, Piazza Navona, Pantheon
Florence: Uffizi, Bargello Accademia, Maria Novella (facade by Leon Battista Alberti), Green Cloisters (Paolo Uccello), Masaccio's Holy Trinity, Ghirlandaio's frescoes, Convent of Sant'Apollonia 

Week Four:



Return visits to sites related to paper projects
Small group visits with instructor to Uffizi, Bargello, and/or Opera del Duomo, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

June 5, 2013: Papers Due

June 6, 2013: Test

June 7, 2013: Depart Florence; Arrive Myrtle Beach

Meet the Program Leaders

Stephanie Miller
Email: smiller@coastal.edu
Phone: 843-349-2630

Stephanie Miller has traveled  to Italy several times, as a student,  for doctoral research,  and as a professor  when she coordinated and co-led two trips for college  students  during her tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  She co-led a trip with Easton Selby  to Italy (Rome and Florence) for CCU for the 2011 Maymester. Miller's area of research  is Italian Renaissance art and she has taught several classes that overlap  with the content area proposed  by this travel course, including a specialized course she developed on the city and art of Venice.  In April 2010, she traveled to Venice, Italy to deliver a conference  paper.

Treelee MacAnn
E-mail: macann@coastal.edu
Phone: 843-349-2703

Treelee MacAnn's work has won many awards and has been featured in more than 70-juried international and national exhibitions, as well as numerous regional and selected exhibits. A native of Rochester, New York, she grew up exposed to art in an environment with a rich tradition in the graphic arts and photography. While attending SUNY Oswego, she studied with the nationally known printmaker, Thomas Seawell. It was there she discovered that printmaking was her medium of choice. The discipline offered a variety of interesting processes and combined aspects of painting, drawing, and photography. As a medium that produces multiples, printmaking is considered one of the most democratic processes; it offers the artist the ability to convey ideas to a larger audience, and this too was most appealing.  Her work can be divided into two primary areas of interest, the human form and the landscape. The figurative works are more personal and narrative, while the landscapes offer the opportunity to explore more universal and formal concerns of light, color, space, and a sense of place. For her, a work of art invites exploration and causes one to see something new each time it is viewed.   MacAnn participated in the Maymester 2012  program to Greece.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the deadline for application?

The priority deadline for this program is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The general application deadline is Nov. 30, 2012, but some programs may be full by this deadline and so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

How do I apply for the program?

Applications for all short-term study abroad programs must be submitted via the online link at: https://www.coastal.edu/academics/international/studyabroad/application/.  Each complete application will include personal contact information, health form and participation fitness certification, acceptance of the terms of the study abroad agreement, statement of purpose, academic reference, and copy of your transcript, along with a deposit of $500 toward the cost of the respective program paid to Student Accounts.  Should you not be accepted for the program, your deposit will be returned to you; otherwise your deposit will be applied to program costs.  The priority deadline for submitting a complete application is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

When does this program take place?

This is a Maymester program and takes place May 10 - June 7, 2013.

What is the cost of this study abroad program?

The cost of this program is $5,265 (16-19 students) or $5,000 (for more than 20 students) and includes:

  • Apartment style lodging and group meals abroad
  • International Air and local transportation
  • Field trips and museum passes
  • Trip insurance

Coastal Carolina University tuition will be billed separately at the rate of $290 per credit hour. Maymester tuition bills are due on May 9, 2013

When are payments due for the program?


$500 due with application

Second Payment

Dec. 14, 2012 - 1/3 of remaining balance

Third Payment

Jan. 18, 2013- 1/3 of remaining balance

Fourth Payment

Feb. 15, 2013- pay remaining balance

Final Payment – tuition only

May 9, 2013

All payments are to be made to the Office of Student Accounts for credit to the respective study abroad program.  The payment due dates are fixed.  If payments are not received on or before the due dates, students will be dropped from the program.

What is the refund policy?

If after submitting your application and paying the $500 deposit, you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded within two weeks.  If Coastal Carolina University finds it necessary to cancel the program, all payments made will be refunded.  In the event the participant finds it necessary to cancel, we will make every effort to refund monies paid, less the $500 deposit and any funds already committed to vendors for the program.

How many credit hours can I complete during this program?

Three to Six credits chosen from:

ARTH 325: Art and the City: Florence (3)

ARTS 102: Visual Arts and Culture (3)

Does this course/program satisfy core curriculum requirements?

Yes, each of these courses has been approved to satisfy Core 5b.

Are there any prerequisites for this study?


Are scholarships or financial aid available for this program?

The Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award is available to assist graduates of accredited high schools in Horry County to participate in these programs.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ACCEPTED INTO A SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP. To determine whether you have additional eligibility for financial aid during the Summer short-term study abroad programs, please see your financial aid counselor in Kingston Hall.  Scholarship applications are due in the Office of International Programs by Nov. 2, 2012.  The applications for the scholarship can be accessed here: Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award, 2012-13   .

Do I need vaccinations to participate?

Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for your destination.

What are the physical demands of this program?

Florence is a typical European city.  Although students will, occasionally, be taking advantage of public transportation, the program is walking intensive.   Be prepared to walk as much as five miles per day.


For More Information, Please Contact:

The Office of International Programs & Services

Geoffrey Parsons, M.Ed.
Director, International Programs & Services
843-349-2054 / parsons@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119

Lori Patterson, M.P.S.
Coordinator/Advisor, Study Abroad
843-349-2684 / lori@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119