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Italian Renaissance, Art, and Literature: The Culture Explosion

Florence, Italy: June 7-27, 2015 (3 weeks)
Bella Mirabella, Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin
4 credits, TRAVL-GG 2060

NYU Florence, Villa La Pietra and Villa Ulivi


Application Deadlines

December 7, 2014
February 8, 2015 (priority for Dean's Scholarship; Gallatin students only)
March 1, 2015

APPLICATION HAS CLOSED; we are no longer accepting applications.

Programs fill on a rolling basis and may fill quickly. Students are encouraged to apply early. Only completed applications will be reviewed. Admission decisions are based on strength of a student's academic performance and his/her personal statement, as well as space remaining in the program.

Info Sessions

Learn more about the course and the application process!

Thursday, February 5, 2015
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building), Rm. 601

Friday, February 6, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building), Rm. 801

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.

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

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


This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all NYU and non-NYU schools. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in good academic and disciplinary standing, must have completed at least one full-time undergraduate college semester before the travel course begins, and must be matriculated at a college or university during the Summer 2015 term.

Application Requirements


December 7, 2014
February 8, 2015 (priority for Dean's Scholarship; Gallatin students only)
March 1, 2015

  • Online application [APPLICATION HAS CLOSED; we are no longer accepting applications]
  • Personal statement
  • Transcript (non-NYU students only)
  • Reference contact information (faculty member or primary academic adviser)
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 must be submitted through the online application.


A transcript is required for non-NYU students (the Office of Global Programs will review transcripts for NYU students in Albert). An unofficial electronic transcript may be submitted through the online application (preferred) or may be emailed as an attachment to (DOC, DOCX, or PDF) or mailed/hand-delivered to Gallatin Office of Global Programs, 411 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003.

An interview is not required for program admission, but some final candidates may be contacted for an interview as needed.


  • Tuition for 4 credits: $3,225
  • Program Fee: $750 (includes some meals, excursions, and entrance fees)
  • Housing Fee: $1,250
  • Incidental Costs: Round-trip airfare (student purchases his/her own airfare)
  • NYU Registration and Services Fee: TBA; usually $300-500 based on past semesters

Financial Aid

Students who are enrolled at Gallatin when applying for Gallatin's winter and summer travel courses may apply for the Dean's Scholarship for Travel Courses. The amount awarded is typically equivalent to half of the course tuition.

Scholarship applicants must have a current FAFSA on file and must show unmet financial need. Scholarships are awarded based on the availability of funds. Also note that the scholarship awarded will reflect the total amount that can be received from both Gallatin and NYU's Office of Financial Aid for that particular travel course.

Gallatin students may apply for the Dean's Scholarship when submitting the travel course online application.

Dean's Scholarship Deadlines

Winter Travel Course: October 24
Summer Travel Course: February 8

For information on additional financial aid opportunities, please visit the NYU Office of Financial Aid.

Past Photos from Gallatin's Florence Travel Course

New York University in Florence is located just north of the city center. Its 57 acres of tended grounds includes five historic and meticulously restored villas (for classrooms and student residences), outdoor recreation space, manicured formal gardens, and a vast olive grove.

Faculty Profile

Bella Mirabella

Bella Mirabella, Professor, Italian Renaissance, Art and Literature

Bella Mirabella, associate professor of literature and humanities, specializes in Renaissance studies, with a focus on drama, theater, performance, and gender. more>