Study Abroad / Saint Mary's Programs




Intro to Italian Arts and Culture

Short-term Study Abroad Program

Visit Rome, Florence, Paderno del Grappa and Venice while studying Italian art, and culture. This course will cover the historical, artistic, political, and cultural aspects of Italy. Students will be better prepared for understanding global diversity, and the historical context for the development of Italy as a leader in art, fashion, music and economics.

October 16, 2024 by 4:00pm is the last day to withdraw (and not have to pay the course fee). Please inform the Study Abroad office if/when you choose to withdraw. Withdrawal after this day/time will not eliminate the requirement to pay the course fee. By October 17, 2024, the course fee will be set & adjusted if necessary.

Course Information
  • AR260 – Intro to Italian Arts and Culture – 3 credits.
  • The course will be taken as part of the student’s spring semester course load. A course fee will be charged to cover much of the in-country cost. Normal aid can be applied to the program.
  • Course will meet the final eight weeks of the semester.
  • Course Description – AR260 Intro to Italian Arts and Culture SP25
Travel Dates 2025

Depart: May 4
Rome: May 5 – May 9
Florence: May 9 – 14
Paderno del Grappa: May 14 – 21
Return: May 21

Italy 2025 Tentative Itinerary

Trip Highlights

• Coliseum
• Pantheon
• Sistine Chapel
• Vatican Museum
• Day trip to Pompeii

• Michelangelo’s David
• Uffizi Gallery
• Pitti palace and Boboli gardens
• Mosaic demonstration
• Day trip to Cinque Terre

Paderno del Grappa:
• Villa Sandi Winery tour
• Padua
• Arena Chapel

• St. Marks Square
• Weaving Studio

Course Fee

$3,900 – $4,400*

Course fee covers the cost of in-country travel, activities, and some meals. Course fee does not include cost of flight, passport, optional activities, and most meals.

*Cost will vary based on student enrollment.

Room and Board

Students will stay in local hotels or apartments in Rome and Florence. In Paderno del Grappa, dormitory-style housing with private bathrooms will be provided.


Eligibility is based on a minimum GPA of 2.0 (2.5 preferred), sophomore status or above, a review of applicant’s behavior record at Saint Mary’s, and faculty recommendations.

Application Process

Students must apply by September 30, 2024. Once accepted, students will be enrolled in AR 260 for the spring semester. Accepted students will have until 4:00 pm on October 16, 2024 to withdraw or the full course fee becomes non-refundable.

Italy Application 2025

Information Session Power Point
For More Information

Lisa Truax, M.F.A.
Associate Professor Fine and Performing Arts
Saint Joes Hall, SJ 15C

Vicki McDonald, M.A.
Coordinator of Study Abroad
International Center, the Heights 103

Find Us

The Heights International Center, Room 104
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.