The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence provides an unparalleled opportunity to encounter art as an immersive experience.

If you're looking for an abundance of art, history, and an exceptionally charming culture, Florence is the place for you. Walk the same streets—and school hallways—as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Dante and just try not to be inspired.

Program Details 
SchoolAccademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
Semester OfferedSpring semester
TuitionSame as your MCAD tuition; there's no extra tuition cost to study off-campus
HousingIncluded in program, furnished
  • Airfare: $1,000
  • Housing: Free!
  • Insurance: $53/month
Costs are approximate and subject to change
Classroom ExperienceIncludes a three-week intensive Italian-language course
LocationFlorence, Italy
Official LanguageItalian
MajorsAll majors
  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Junior standing (60 credit minimum)


"I believe, and many around me would agree, that I came out of the experience with more determination, more durability, and overall growth."

Student Testimonials

“I decided to go abroad to enhance my education and resume. I also had never traveled outside the U.S. and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for that. Florence is an amazing place. The city's full of interesting people of all walks of life. You can learn as much about yourself as you can about the people who lived there 400 years ago.” –Sharon Murphree

“My study abroad experience in Florence, Italy, was expansive, demanding, and a little unanticipated. During my time abroad I achieved personal and artistic growth. I feel my photographic skills have been strengthened and my career goals enhanced. I am significantly more comfortable walking down streets with my camera and taking pictures of people. I am more confident when speaking about my art and about being an artist. I feel my compositional and editing skills have grown through the amount of time spent practicing while in Italy. My career goals have been ignited since being abroad. I used to be drawn to documentary style and travel photography, now I feel it is a significant passion that I will actively pursue until I achieve it. The Gilman scholarship afforded me an opportunity to focus solely on my art, free of financial strain and stressors. Without that stress, I was able to devote myself purely to my practice, experimentation, and artistic growth. I believe, and many around me would agree, that I came out of the experience with more determination, more durability, and overall growth.” –Samantha Sang

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