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Summer 2017: Florence

Italian Renaissance, Art, and Literature: The Culture Explosion

  • Florence, ITALY: Dates TBA
  • TRAVL-GG 2060 | 4 credits | Instructor: Bella Mirabella (NYU Gallatin)
  • LEVEL: Undergraduate & Graduate, NYU and non-NYU students
  • TOPICS: Literature, art history, architectural history, and more
  • DEADLINES: Round 1: Dec. 5 | Round 2: Feb. 6 (priority for Gallatin Dean's Scholarship) | Round 3: March 6

Info Session

Meet Prof. Mirabella and learn more about the course! Location: 1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building)

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 ~ 12:30pm–1:30pm ~ Room 501


Course Description

Many of our modern ideas about art, literature, architecture and its uses, politics, culture, philosophy, gender, and class derive from the brilliantly prolific period of the Renaissance.

During a three-week interdisciplinary program in beautiful and historic Florence, Italy, students will be offered a total immersion and multifaceted learning experience that is an essential beginning to understanding our modern world through the lens of the Italian Renaissance. This course explores the literature, culture, art, and thought of the Renaissance from multiple perspectives.

During their stay, students will develop and present an individualized project based on their academic interests and background and the ways in which the Renaissance has inspired them. As a quintessential Gallatin experience, the course places emphasis on the cultural and historical contexts from which the literature and art of Renaissance Florence emerged.

Readings might include the works of Dante, Pico Della Mirandola, Machiavelli, and selected female writers, as well as art texts such as Vasari's The Lives of the Artists. In addition, students will study the art of Florentine painters such as Botticelli, Giotto, and Michelangelo in the places where these works were created.

Classes are taught in English and meet four days a week. Throughout the course, students will visit museums and churches such as the Uffizi, the Duomo, the church of Santa Maria Novella, and the monastery of San Marco to engage fully with the art and architecture of Renaissance Italy.

Gallatin students: This course fulfills 4 credits of the Interdisciplinary Seminar as well as the Humanities and Early Modern foundation requirements.


  • Undergraduate & graduate students, NYU and non-NYU schools
  • Must have completed at least one full-time college semester before the course begins
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic & disciplinary standing
  • Must be matriculated at a college or university during the Summer 2017 term

Application Requirements

    ●  Online application [coming Fall 2016]
    ●  Personal statement
    ●  Transcript (non-NYU students only)
    ●  Reference contact information (faculty member or primary academic adviser)


    Round 1: Dec. 5
Round 2: Feb. 6 (priority for Gallatin Dean's Scholarship)
    Round 3: March 6

Students are admitted on a rolling basis and the program may fill quickly. Early application is encouraged. Only completed applications will be reviewed. Admission decisions are based on strength of students' academic performance and the personal statement, as well as space remaining in the program.

Personal Statement: A 250-word statement addressing academic reasons for wanting to participate in this program as well as any experience living or traveling in another country.

Transcript: Required for non-NYU students only (Gallatin's Office of Global Programs will review transcripts for NYU students in Albert). An unofficial electronic transcript may be submitted through the online application (preferred); emailed as a PDF attachment to; or delivered to Gallatin Global Programs, 411 Lafayette St., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10003.

Interview: Not required for program admission, but some final candidates may be contacted for an interview as needed.


Note: fees below are from 2016; update coming soon

  • Tuition, 4 credits: $3550
  • NYU Registration & Services Fee: $680
  • Program Fee: $850
  • Housing: $1350

Other Costs to Consider:

  • Round-trip airfare (students purchase their own tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates); students will be notified when to book flights
  • Fees for passport; fees for travel visa, if required

Financial Aid

The Gallatin Dean's Scholarship is available for this program. See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on eligibility and additional opportunities.

Important Travel Details

Program Fee: Includes mandatory excursions, some meals, and mandatory international health insurance, which is provided for the program duration.

Housing: Students are required to reside in accommodations arranged by NYU Gallatin.

Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.

Helpful Links: Lonely Planet Florence, US State Department: Travel to Italy

Contact Info

NYU Gallatin Office of Global Programs
411 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
1 (212) 998-7133 phone
1 (212) 995-4265 fax

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Past Photos from Gallatin's Florence Travel Course