Florence Summer Program
"It was an absolutely amazing experience that I think every student should experience once in their lifetime. The amount of growth and knowledge gained by studying abroad is surprisingly wonderful. My Florence study abroad experience is one I will never forget!"
- Lilian, Summer 2017
"A major highlight of my program was just getting to live the everyday life. I have traveled abroad before but there is a big difference between traveling abroad and studying abroad. When you travel you see the city for about 3 days max, but while studying you emerge yourself in this culture and you begin to understand the ins and outs of it. And it makes you uncomfortable at first but that's how you know something great is about to happen or is happening in that moment. This was an experience like no other and I know that I never would have had it without SDSU."
- Claire, Summer 2017
"The major highlights of the program were cultural activities, such as the Fiesole hike and cooking class...Study abroad in general is truly rewarding. It helped me to become more intellectually well rounded."
-Thelmalyn, Summer 2016
Summer 2018 - Program Full
May 19-June 30, 2018
: May 19-June 30, 2018
The Florence Study Abroad Program takes students to the heart of the Renaissance in Florence, Italy. From Dante's house to Brunelleschi's architectural marvels to the sculpted masterpieces of Michelangelo, the sights, sounds, and smells of Florence will become our classroom. Spreading out from Florence, we will also foray into the remote past, exploring Tuscany's beginning under the famed Etruscans. We will survey, first hand, the artistic, architectural, and literary achievements of Italy's first civilizations, its rise to glory under Rome, its intriguing medieval history, and its cultural flowering as the center of the Renaissance.
Florence, Italy - the gem of Italy, where the Renaissance lives on in architectural and artistic wonder.
All participants are required to register for one course from Section 1
and one course from Section 2
for a total of 6 units of SDSU credit:
An overview of the archaeological heritage of the Tuscan region in the broader context of the ancient history of Italy and the Mediterranean. Students will explore archaeological ruins, artifacts, and paintings of the ancient Etruscans and Romans on-site and in the rich museums of Florence and the surrounding region. Particular emphasis will be placed on Etruscan, Greek, and Roman colonization of Italy, and how the archaeological record broadens our historical understanding of the interaction of these ancient civilizations in Italy.
- ANTH 348: Historical Archaeology (3 units) Fulfills upper-division GE requirement IV.B
- HIST 500: History and Archaeology of the Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans (3 units)
An in-depth exploration of the art, architecture, literature, and history of medieval and Renaissance Florence. Includes guided visits to museums, cathedrals, and other iconic monuments of Florence and surrounding areas of Tuscany.
- GEN S 450: Italian Civilization and Culture (3 units) Fulfills upper-division GE requirement IV.C
- HIST 506: The Renaissance (3 units)
HOUSING AND MEALS
Housing: Shared self-catering apartments within the historic center of Florence. The apartments will be a maximum 30 minutes walk from the AIFS Study Center and typically four to six San Diego State University students will share an apartment with two students per bedroom. Wireless internet will be available in the apartments.
Meals: Self-catering facilities at student accommodation, a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner.
- Sightseeing tour of Florence
- Welcome dinner
- Survival Italian language course
- Ticket to the Pitti Uomo Fashion event
- Guided tours to:
- The Duomo
- Santa Croce
- The Uffizi
- The Accademia
- Pitti Palace
- The Bargello
- Visits to:
- Leonardo Da Vinci Museum
- The Basilica of San Lorenzo
- The Archaeological Museum
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
- Cultural events including:
- Medici Dynasty
- Cooking classes
- Half-day excursion to Fiesole
- Full-day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano
- Full-day excursion to Chiusi
- Full-day excursion to Orvieto
- Farewell dinner
Optional excursions not included in the program fee:
- Optional three-day, two-night excursion to Venice to include: round-trip transportation by train or private bus, accommodation in twin rooms in a tourist class hotel with breakfast daily, a city walking tour with the services of a professional English-speaking guide, a vaporetto pass, the services of an AIFS tour manager for the duration of the trip and one free place for a faculty member. Supplemental fee: $495.
- Optional three-day, two-night excursion to Rome to include: round trip transportation by train or private bus, accommodation in twin rooms in a tourist class hotel with breakfast daily, entrance to the Colosseum and Roman Forum with the services of a professional English speaking guide, entrance to the Vatican with the services of a professional English-speaking guide, the services of an AIFS tour manager for the duration of the trip, metro tickets where necessary and one free place for a faculty member. Supplemental fee: $495.
earned his B.A in Comparative Religion from Harvard University and his PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been lecturing in the Religious Studies Department at SDSU since 2008. Prior to coming to SDSU, Dr. Kirkegaard was the Coordinator of UPenn’s Program in Universities, Communities of Faith, Schools and Neighborhood Organizations. and before that he worked as the Research Assistant of the Millennium Collection held at the Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Kirkegaard’s research interests include: early Christianity and other Hellenistic religions; Biblical and para-Biblical literature; and the archaeology of religion, specifically the Christianization of formerly “pagan” sacred space. He has published several articles in the Journal of Lutheran Ethics on various social issues in early Christianity (see links below) and encyclopedia entries on topics such as temples, the Testament of Job, and Male-Female Sexuality in the Roman World. He serves as the Vice President and Program Coordinator of the San Diego Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Kirkegaard is currently working on a monograph exploring the changing religious landscape of Aphrodisias in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). He regularly teaches Exploring the Bible and Women in the Bible.
PROGRAM FEE, REFUND POLICY, AND FUNDING INFORMATION
$628 Deposit due to Extended Studies (CES) with application
$3,245 Second program payment due to our partner AIFS by March 29, 2018
$1,920 Tuition due with course registration between April 15-25
$5,793 Total Program Fee * **
*In addition to the program fee, there is a $125 refundable housing deposit, to be paid directly by students to AIFS by March 29, 2018.
**If more than 20 students enrolled in the program by March 15, 2018, our partner institution AIFS will offer a discount of $150 per student. This discount will be applied to the second payment due to AIFS by March 29, 2018.
Included in Program Fee
- On-Site Orientation
- Museum Pass
- Activities as listed above
- Group airport pickup and dropoff in Florence
- 24/7 on-site support
- Medical and repatriation insurance
Not Included in Program Fee
- International Airfare
- Passport/ Visa Fees
- Most meals
- Optional excursions
- Housing deposit
- Personal Expenses