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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Padua, Italy; Rome, Italy; San Gimignanon, Italy; Siena, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Academic Area: Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts - Anthropology, Liberal Arts - Communication, Liberal Arts - History, Liberal Arts - International Studies, Liberal Arts - Philosophy, Liberal Arts - Political Science, Liberal Arts - Sociology
Academic College: College of Liberal Arts Academic Department: Communication
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language courses available: No
Language of instruction: English Program Leader: Nathan Crick
Program Advisor: Jordan Threadgill Housing: Apartment (shared)
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

A&M Italy Renaissance Humanism

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Nathan Crick
Professor of Communication

Study Abroad Advisor

Jordan Threadgill

city skyline
Rome CLLA 2018 Collessium
Florence CLLA 2018 villa
 ACCENT center
Statue of David
city buildings

Winter Break 2019 (part of Spring 2019 Semester)
December 26, 2018 - January 13, 2019
ITALY: Florence, Rome, Venice, Padua, Siena, and San Gimignano 


This program offers the unique experience of studying the culture of the Italian Renaissance in its historical center, the city of Florence. Students will study at the ACCENT Florence Study Center located in the second floor of the renovated 16th century Palazzo Guadagni in Piazza Santo Spirito, a beautiful piazza situated in the Oltrarno neighborhood in Florence. Once one of the original quartieri of Florence, the Piazza Santo Spirito is known for showcasing some of the finest artisanal shops in Florence. The piazza has also become a very popular meeting point for university students from all nationalities. The center will provide apartment housing for students located in walking distance to the palazzo.
The course will focus on the art, rhetoric, and philosophy that was produced between the years 1300 and 1600 in Italy. Students will learn the history of the Italian Renaissance while focusing on the ways in which rhetoric and art played a role in that history. It will study not only the history and culture of the period, but it will also look at the primary texts of many of the greatest intellects of the age and investigate how Italian Humanists understood the role of language, art, and eloquence in their new society. Studying this subject in the geographical heart of the Italian Renaissance will allows students to visit the locations in which rhetoric was practiced in the art which captured the religious as well as the political imagination of the people who lived at that time. Trips will included visits to Rome, Venice, Padua, Siena, and San Gimignanon.
All students are required to take a total of credit hours to participate on this program.
  • COMM 434: Topics in Rhetorical Theory: Italian Renaissance Humanism (3 cr)
*No prior Italian language experience is required.

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing with Texas A&M University
  • minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Approval of faculty
  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior classification
  • Must attend ALL program-specific orientations  
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $4,200
Lodging and in-country transportation $3,185  
Excursions Fees $70  
Group Meals (4) $140  
Study Abroad Admin Fee $400  
Miscellaneous Program Expenses $10  
International Health Insurance $25  
Faculty Expenses $370  
Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $2,555+
Tuition and fees (part of spring 2019 semester) -  
International Airfare $1,800  
Travel Documents ($155 US passport + visa may be needed if non-US passport holder)* $155  
Textbooks and Supplies $0  
Personal Spending and Meals not included in Program Fee ($50 - 200 per week) $600+  
Total Estimated Cost $6,755+
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
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*Per the US Department of State recommendation, please review your passport if it is set to expire before 6 months after your return date (i.e. July 13, 2019).

Additional Information

Program Payment

Please plan accordingly as the Program Fee listed on the brochure will be due in full the terms prior to program departure (e.g. fall 2018 for spring 2019 programs). The Program Fee is billed by the Study Abroad Programs Office in 3 payments: 
  1. $400 SAPO Administrative Fee (non-refundable) : Billed to your TAMU Account after you Confirm your Approved application. Due October 12 or November 9th, depending on when you Confirm your Approved application.
  2. $1,000 Program Deposit : Billed to your TAMU Account after you Confirm your Approved application. Due October 12 or November 9th, depending on when you Confirm your Approved application.
  3. Remaining Program Balance : Billed October 18th. Due November 9, 2018.
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*Note: Some additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).

**SBS Installment Plan: Students are encouraged to confirm their participation by August 1, 2018 in order to take advantage of the University's Fall Semester payment installment plan. Applications will continue to be accepted until October 1. Learn more about the university's installment plan here:

Program Courses

Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.


Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here: or visit for walk-in advising. 
Financial Aid
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form, once they have a Confirmed application status in the Study Abroad Portal.  Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates.  Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:

This program is currently not accepting applications.