Italy: Florence, Rome & Venice

Look for program in 2021!

Scholarships & Funding

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Lindsey Pedersen

Art Department
P: 480-461-7530
Office: AC Office #1
lindsey.pedersen@mesacc.edu

Coliseum

Program Location

Color map of Italy's regions.

This program is typically offered every other year.

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)

  • Hybrid classes begin prior to departure from TBA
  • ART142: Digital Photography (3 cr); requires $35 lab fee
    • Instructor:
  • ARH102: Renaissance through Contemporary Art (3 cr) [H, HU]

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 $1,638 (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 (2020). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.

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

$ TBA
$ TBA

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

Registration for Summer term begins in March.

Tuition Due: Upon registration for courses

If not a current MCC student, you must admit yourself to MCC prior to registering for courses.

For payment options, visit: www.maricopa.edu/become-a-student/tuition-paying/payment-options

For payment assistance, call 480.461.7400 or contact Cashier Services.

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

Meals
Breakfasts are included.
Lunches & dinners are NOT included in the program fee with exception of one lunch during San Lorenzo/Medici Tombs tour in Florence and Farewell Dinner in Venice. A $500 meal estimate is provided for your budget baseline in securing your own meals.

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

Passport Info Here

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

$ 145/110
(new/renewal)

Be sure to allow at least 6 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.

Scholarships and Funding Your Program

Title Date(s) More Information

International Education
Scholarship

Deadline:Friday, February 14, 2020
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.

2020 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 February)

October 1, 2019
11:59 PM CST

Summer Application Deadline
1st Tues. of March (awards announced in April)
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 Statement of Purpose Writing Tips.
  • Review Gilman Follow-on Service Project Writing Tips.
  • Watch videos of Gilman scholars abroad, alumni interviews, and tips from advisors and application reviewers on YouTube.
  • For essay writing tips, feel free to contact Jenna Parker, Gilman Alumni Ambassador (studied abroad in South Korea 2014), at JennaLParker4@gmail.com.
  • Note for Gilman application: For Program Administrator, select "Other" and indicate Mesa Community College
Gillman-McCain Scholarship

Deadline: March 3, 2020
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) More Information

General Information Sessions

SOUTHERN & DOBSON
Room AS196
(Building 4)

TUESDAYS: 1:30-2:15 pm
TBA

WEDNESDAYS: 12-12:45 pm
TBA

Financial Aid Workshops at Southern & Dobson
2:15-3 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions
12:45-1:30 pm following Wednesday Info Sessions

Financial Aid FAQS

For study abroad financial aid information, contact Adela Bob at 480.461.7436 or at adela.bob@mesacc.edu.

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2020 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2020. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative. 
Space is limited so apply early!

General Information Sessions

RED MOUNTAIN
Student Life Conference Room M214
(Mesquite Building)

MONDAYS 11-11:45 am
TBA

THURSDAYS 12:30-1:15 pm
TBA

Financial Aid Workshops at Red Mountain
11:45 am-12:30 pm following Monday Info Sessions
1:15 pm-2 pm following Thursday Info Sessions

Financial Aid FAQS

For study abroad financial aid information at Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton at 480.654.7760 or at tori.stanton@mesacc.edu.

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2021 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2020. For infomation, 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 10, 2021

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.