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In Italian culture, life and art are inseparable. Countless examples illustrate this: the still-life quality of window displays in Florence, the artisanal care taken by a Sienese stoneworker replacing part of a medieval byway, the sculpted harmony of the Tuscan countryside. We cannot experience these essential qualities of Italian life in a classroom. Only with time and careful observation can we begin to absorb the richness and rhythm of life, and art, in Italy. This program focuses on the art and architecture of Tuscany and central Italy and in particular the beautiful historic city of Siena. Students take an art history course and a studio art course, each taught by UT faculty. The courses focus on art, history, and experience as well as students' artistic responses to these experiences. While Siena is our home base, visits to other cities such as Florence and Rome serve to frame student experiences within a broader view of Italy.


Sponsored by College of Fine Arts


  • ARH 331J - Art and Pilgrimage in Medieval and Renaissance Italy (Global Cultures Flag) and
    ART 352J / ART 379T / ART 319T - Photography and Tourism: Observing Travel and Culture in Italy

Academic Information

Students earn 6 hours of in-residence credit upon successful completion. Course grades are factored into UT GPA. Students also receive the Global Cultures flag.


Dr. Johns, a specialist in Italian medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, has been the program director and art history professor since 2006. Eli Durst has been teaching studio photography at UT since 2016. Eli's work explores the complexity of everyday life by blurring the line between documentary and staged, narrative photography

Language(s) of Instruction



Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No


Students will be housed in apartments in Siena.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2020 Program Fee: $5450. Program fee includes $500 non-refundable deposit, housing, some meals, excursions, administrative and instructional costs, and on-site orientation. Program fee does not include airfare, books, insurance, local transportation and personal expenses.

Program Dates:

- Summer First
  • May 28, 2020 to July 7, 2020
  • Final Deadline: February 1, 2020

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website
Photo Gallery
Financial Aid
Make an Appointment
Fin Responsibility Policy
Information Session
Frequently Asked Questions

Next Step

Learn more by attending an info session, meeting with the professor, program coordinator, or a peer adviser. Info sessions will be in ART 1.120 on 10/29/19 5-6pm & 1/23/20 5-6pm. For more info contact Jericho Westendorf at

Program information above is subject to change