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UK Sponsored: Abitare Firenze [Inhabit Florence] (Design)
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
Program Dates &
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Fees and Policies Summer 1
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture
Housing Options:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Mack Maynard
Program Director:
Christopher Manzo
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Abitare Firenze [Inhabit Florence] (Design)

May 31-July 18, 2015
Sketch PeopleProgram Overview

Students participating on this program will be immersed in Florence - the center of the Italian Renaissance. Located between the Piazza Santa Croce and the Fiume Arno and based out of a studio in Palazzo Bargagli, this summer experience will afford students the opportunity to study buildings, spaces and art first-hand through detailed observation, analysis and drawing. Through the lense of Perspective Drawing, students will explore notions of facade, home and living from the Renaissance to the present within this dense urban context. Extensively using hand drawing in conjunction with computer modeling, this 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 students will visit historic palazzi as touchstones for this proposed work; a new modern palazzo set within this historic setting.

Each weekend students are free to visit other destinations outside of Florence. Participants will draw often in the field, allowing the hand and eye to soak in and analyze every experience. There will be some required readings and as a final component to the studio, students will exhibit their work to local professionals, returning the palazzo to the City responsible for its birth. Lastly, students will bring their visions of dwelling from overseas back home to share with their colleagues in Kentucky.

What's Included
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Two additional group meals
  • Orientation upon arrival in Florence
  • On-site assistance from UK Partner organization - SAI
  • Italian Survival Language course
  • Excursions to the Fiesole Archaeological Museum, Arrezzo (and tickets to see the 'Arezzo Joust'), Castello di Verrazzano, Laurentian Library, San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, Gardens of Florence, Montepulciano and Pienza.
  • A Friends Museum card which grants access to around 25 different museums
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • A cell phone for each student (phones can receive calls and texts at no charge to students - outgoing calls and texts will incur charges)
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Walking tour of central Florence

  • 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 must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must submit this document (send as a PDF) to the Program Director prior to applying for the program. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
  • Students will enroll in one course from the University of Kentucky. The UK course taken will be determined by class standing.
    • 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 one course offered by the Florence University of the Arts (FUA)
    • Art and Architecture in Florence and Tuscany (3 credit hours)
    • Note: While students must complete all work for this course as layed out by FUA, the grades earned will NOT appear on the student's transcript next to the course title and credit hours.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students retain the option to opt out if they wish
  • Additionally, all students will take a 10 hour non-credit Italian language course. Each of the four 2.5 hour courses will focus on the fundamentals of Italian language for practical use and survival.
Housing & MealsSketch Building

Students will reside in shared student apartments with no more than 6 students per apartment. These apartments are all within easy walking distance of the Florence University of the Arts. Four meals will be provided for students: a welcome and farewell dinner and two lunches. Students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own. 


All student participants on this program will receive a cell phone for the duration of the program upon arrival in Florence. Students will be able to receive calls and texts on these phones at no charge to the students, but outgoing calls and texts shall be billed to the students according to the rates articulated in their rental agreement to be signed upon arrival.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • 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 UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus-wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Supplemental Materials

This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky, SAI and ISI. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with SAI. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Sketch ArchesPassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Italian Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk-ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Professor Christopher Manzo, faculty member in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky, Professor Manzo will be directing the program.

Mr. Mack Maynard, EA Advisor,

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2015 03/08/2015 ** Rolling Admission 05/31/2015 07/18/2015
NOTE: The program begins on May 31st, 2015 - students should make all travel plans accordingly.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.