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UK Sponsored: abitare firenze [inhabit florence] (Design)
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Design, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture
Course Language:
Housing Options:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Liz Kociolek
Program Director:
Christopher Manzo
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
abitare firenze
[inhabit florence]

Dates TBD - Applications will be accepted for the 2015 summer program once dates have been established!

Program Overviewimage 1

We will immerse ourselves in Florence - the center of the Italian Renaissance. Located between the Piazza Santa Croce and the Fiume Arno, our summer experience will afford students the opportunity to study buildings and spaces first-hand through detailed observation, analysis, and drawing; and to explore notions of facade, hearth, home and living from the Renaissance to the present within a dense urban context. The studio will investigate the historic palazzo (palace/home) at four scales: that of the urban fabric (context), the building form itself, the interiority or spatial qualities of home, and ornament. Each week we will visit historic palazzi as touchstones for our proposed work; a new modern palazzo set within this historic setting. Each weekend students are free to visit other destinations outside of Florence. We will often draw, allowing our hand and eye to soak in and analyze our experiences. We will read some and as a final component to the studio, students will exhibit their work in local community venues, returning the palazzo to the city responsible for its birth. Lastly, we will bring our visions of dwelling from overseas back home to share with our colleagues.  

image 2Highlights

  • Discover and unfold many aspects of the Renaissance and present-day city through active learning, field visits, observation strategies, and representation techniques.
  • Visit working design studios in Florence to see how both architecture and design unfold as part of the Italian experience.
  • Investigate Italian dwellings first-hand through detailed examination of historic palaces and those adapted for current living.
  • Visit other local cities and towns, documenting your experiences through varied representation.
  • Bring experiences of the summer into both a physical and digital exhibition in Florence and in Lexington upon return.



This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Design and the department of Landscape Architecture. All participating students shall be approved by the Program Director and shall have a minimum GPA of 2.5. 
Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting/transient students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting/transient student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to participating in the program to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

Academic Credit

  • Through this program students will earn two types of academic credit - one course will be UK credit and one course will be transfer credit from Florence University of the Arts (FUA).
  • UK Coursework: UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • Undergraduates will enroll in one of the following two courses based on enrollment classification:
    • Rising juniors in the School of Interiors will enroll in ID 321: Interior Design Integrated Studio (5 credit hours) and ID 359: Special Topics in Interior Design (3 credit hours)
    • Rising seniors in the School of Interiors will enroll in ID 422: Interior Design Senior Thesis (5 credit hours) and ID 559: Special Topics in Interior Design (3 credit hours)
    • Students in the School of Architecture will enroll in ARC 252: Design Studio II (6 credit hours) and ARC 499: Topics in Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • Graduate students will enroll in the appropriate credit as determined in consultation with the Program Director, Christopher Manzo.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
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  • Florence University of the Arts (FUA) Coursework: Students will enroll in a 3-credit elective course at FUA, taught by FUA faculty. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by FUA. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school. However, the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. The course will be selected by Christopher Manzo, the UK Program Director.
  • Non-credit Italian Language: All students will participate in a non-credit bearing Italian language course. This course will focus on the practical use of Italian to assist the students in navigating the city and to gain a better understanding of Italian culture. This course will meet for approximately 1 hour a day the first two weeks of the program.  

Housing & Meals

  • Students will reside in shared apartments with access to shared kitchen facilities.
  • Participants will be responsible for meals on their own with the exception of welcome and farewell dinners.


Students will be provided a local cell phone for personal used for the duration of the program. Incoming calls will be free of charge and outgoing calls will be at the individual expense of the student. Students must provide a credit card upon receiving the phone in order to make outgoing calls.  

Required Applications

This program is run in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and SAI. Students must complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and a supplemental application with SAI. The supplemental SAI application will be provided to all accepted students after the application deadline. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Christopher Manzo, in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky, Mr. Manzo will be directing the program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.