Italy: Florence, Rome & Venice

Program not offered in 2022 due to COVID-19

Scholarships & Funding

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Lindsey Pedersen

Art Department
P: 480-461-7530
Office: AC Office #1


Program Location

Color map of Italy's regions.

Explore art history and photography in Italy--the heart of the Roman Empire, the cradle of Renaissance and Baroque, and a global center for art, fashion, food and design! The buildings, piazzas, and museums of Rome, Florence and Venice will be your classroom and your inspiration as you experience the rich history and culture of Italy.

In Rome, The Eternal City, visit ancient sites where Roman emperors and gladiators made history, encounter stunning Baroque architecture and Michelangelo's Sistine chapel, and experience contemporary Italian culture and cuisine.

In Florence, stroll along the streets where Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci and the Medici created the Renaissance. Immerse yourself in the art of the Uffizi Gallery and soak in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside*.

In Venice, cruise the canals to visit the iconic Basilica of San Marco and the Peggy Guggenheim collection of modern art. Throughout the program, you'll learn the technical and artistic elements of digital photography and photograph the sights that have inspired artists, writers, and thinkers across the centuries.

*Optional visit to Tuscany is an extra cost.

Italy Program Excursions

*UNESCO World Heritage Site

Courses Offered (6 credit program)

Italy Program Details

18 nights hotel accommodations in quad occupancy shared rooms:

  • Rome: 7 nights in Nova Domus Hotel
  • Florence: 6 nights in Meridiana Hotel
  • Venice: 5 nights in Foresteria Levi Hotel
  • Daily buffet breakfasts at the hotel, wireless internet, hotel taxes, service charges, and applicable meal gratuities included.
  • Supplement for single accommodations throughout program is $TBA (optional).
  • Italy gear list

Did You Know??

  • The Venice Film Festival was founded in 1932 and is the oldest international film festival in the world.
  • Italians refer to one another by their city of origin (Milanese, Roman, Florentine, etc.).
  • Italy surrounds two independent nations: San Marino and Vatican City (Holy See).
  • In 1986, when McDonald’s opened in Rome, protestors against the fast-food chain stood outside the restaurant and handed out free pasta.
  • Currency used is the Euro.
  • Read more detailed cultural information on Italy provided by CultureGrams™ Italy (2021). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.
  • Diversity Abroad Italy Destination Guide

Estimated Program Costs & Deadlines

Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

Program Fee
Includes lodging, academic facilities, cultural excursions, in-country ground transportation, secondary medical insurance and daily breakfasts


Program Fee Due: TBA

$250 Confirmation Deposit Due (towards total program fee): upon acceptance to program

Registration Fee

Tuition: 6 credits
In-state: $85 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $206 per credit hour

$ 15
$ 510

Course Fee $ 35 ART142
Airfare (estimated cost) $ TBA

Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.

Ground transportation that is not included in program fee $ TBA


$ TBA Not needed until you land in Italy!
TOTAL Estimated Costs $ (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals)
Textbooks N/A No textbooks required.

Passport Info Here

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.

$ 165/130

  • Be sure to allow at least 14-18 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
  • Visit the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for current fees and processing times.

Program Application Deadline

Space is limited.
Apply early to reserve your place!

Check back during Fall semester 2022!

  • Application Deadline: TBA 2023
  • Complete online application.
  • Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applications are reviewed/approved on a rolling basis.

Scholarships and Funding Your Program

Title Date(s) More Information

International Education

Deadline: TBA in 2023
11:59 pm MST

Maximum Award: $1,000

Get information on financial aid & grants, scholarships, and misc. resources for study abroad here.

PRIOR to applying for a scholarship, student must:

  • Be accepted into the program you are a applying for a scholarship to
  • Pay the program deposit of $250 online, at Cashier Services, or by calling 480.461.7400.

2023 Study Abroad Scholarship: link TBA

Title Date(s) More Information

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Students apply through the college they are receiving financial aid from.

Early Summer Application Deadline
1st Tues. of October (awards announced in December)

October 5, 2021
11:59 PM PST

Summer Application Deadline
1st Tues. of March (awards announced in April)

March 1, 2022
11:59 PM PST

Maximum Award: $5,000

  • Must be a Pell Grant recipient.  Students apply indicating the school they are receiving their Pell Grant funding from.
  • Applications are reviewed holistically, with consideration of the following selection criteria. View Gilman Presentation here!
  • Review Gilman Essays Writing Tips.
  • Review writing resources for ideas on crafting your Statement of Purpose:
  • Bring your draft to the Writing Center and get feedback on how to polish your diamond in the rough!
  • Watch videos of Gilman scholars abroad, alumni interviews, and tips from advisors and application reviewers on YouTube.
  • Note for Gilman application: For Program Administrator, select "Other" and indicate Mesa Community College
Gillman-McCain Scholarship


1st Tues. of October (awards announced in December)

October 5, 2021
11:59 PM PST

Maximum Award: $5,000

  • Must be a Title IV federal financial aid recipient.  Title IV funds include:
    • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
    • Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
    • Direct PLUS Loans
    • Federal Pell Grants
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOGs)
    • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Must be a child dependent of an active duty military service member.
  • Use the same Gilman application system as other Gilman Scholarship applicants.  Applicants will simply confirm that they are child dependent of an active duty military member of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard).
  • If a student is receiving a Federal Pell Grant and is also a child dependent of an active duty military member, then the student is eligible for both Gillman scholarships and will automatically be considered for both but eligible to receive only one. If they are selected for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship, then they will no longer be considered for the Gilman Scholarship.

Information Sessions & Mandatory Orientation

Title Date(s) and Time More Information


General Information Sessions

1-1:50 pm

February 4
February 11
February 18
February 25

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Access code: 2480 109 9143

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial Aid FAQS

At Southern & Dobson, contact Adela Bob at 480.461.7436 or at

At Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton in Financial Aid at 480.654.7760 or at

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking, the Dream IDA accounts for the 2022 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2021. For information, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative. 
Space is limited so apply early!

Mandatory Orientation

Sat., April 9, 2022

9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation!
There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.