Study Abroad / Saint Mary's Programs




Introduction to Italy – History, Art & Culture

Short-term Study Abroad Program

Visit Rome, Florence, Milan, Paderno del Grappa and Venice while studying Italian history, art, and culture.

Program Overview

Art 260 will cover the historical, artistic, political, religious 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.


AR 260 – Introduction to Italy: History, Art and Culture – 3 credits. This course counts toward the Aesthetics General Education requirement or Art Elective.

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 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.


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


Students need to have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and sophomore status. Eligibility will also be based on recommendations and record of behavior at Saint Mary’s.

Application Process

  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Once accepted, students will be enrolled in AR260 for the spring semester. Accepted students will have until 4:00pm on January 14, 2019 to withdraw from the course. After that date, the course fee is non-refundable even if a student is unable to go.

Visit the Study Abroad Office, located in the International Center, The Heights, for assistance.

Travel Dates (anticipated)

Example of Itinerary:

May 12 — Depart for Italy
May 13-16 — Rome
May 17-20 — Florence
May 21-23 — Milan
May 24-27 — Paderno del Grappa
May 28-30 — Venice
May 30 — Return

Tour Highlights

• Coliseum
• Pantheon
• Sistine Chapel
• Vatican Museum
• Michaelangelo’s David
• Uffizi Gallery
• Italian Cooking Class
• Fashion Design Academy
• Cathedral
• Last Supper by DaVinci
Paderno del Grappa:
• Winery tour
• Padua
• Arena Chapel
• St. Marks Square
• Weaving Studio
• Biennale

For More Information

Lisa Truax, M.F.A.
Associate Professor
Fine and Performing Arts
Saint Joseph Hall, SJ 15B
(507) 457-1669

Rebecca Vogel, M.Ed.
Director International Center
(507) 457-1778


Find Us

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