The Sam Fox School offers undergraduate students in art, architecture, and design the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of Western cultural modernity. Classes make use of the rich artistic and cultural environment, urban and architectural history, and contemporary aspects of Florence, as well as the surrounding Tuscan countryside. At the beginning of the semester, tours and slide lectures orient students to the city.
Instruction takes place on the campus of Santa Reparata International School of Art, located in the central area of Florence. Courses and studios are taught by Washington University faculty as well as local faculty. Instruction is in English, except for language classes; however, students are required to take at least one semester of introductory Italian before arriving in Florence so they can reap the full benefit of their study abroad experience.
Open to seniors, this program offers a full semester curriculum—design studio, architecture, urban and art history seminars, graphics workshop, Italian language, and local field trips—for College of Architecture students.
Students with sophomore standing and a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for the program. The application deadline for the fall 2018 semester is March 1, 2017. Apply online:
The College of Art's semester-long program of study in Florence typically occurs in the junior year. The curriculum includes intense studio work in addition to Italian language, Renaissance art history, and Italian art and design culture.
Students with sophomore standing in fall 2016 and a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for the program.
The application deadline for Art + Fashion Design for the fall 2017 semester is October 1, 2016. Apply online:
The application deadline for Communication Design for the spring 2018 semester is March 1, 2017. Apply online:
For more information, please contact:
Coordinator of Special Programs