Italy: Florence, Rome & Venice

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Dennis Wilson

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7731
Office: RDM S - 264


A valid passport is required to travel abroad.  Passport Info Here


Program Location

Color map of Italy's regions.

Not offered in 2019

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.

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 (2017). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.

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 $1,638 (optional).
  • Italy gear list

Estimated Program Costs

Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

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



Registration Fee

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

$   15
$ 510

Registration for Summer begins in March.

Tuition Due: Upon registration for course.

For payment options, visit:

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  

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)
Textbooks N/A No textbooks required.
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.

$ 145/110

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.

Passport Information Available Here

    Dates to Remember

    Title Date(s) More Information

    Information Sessions

    Southern & Dobson


    Enrollment Center EC115A (Building 39)


    Room 608 AB in Building 38 (Use Compliance Services entrance at the south side of Bldg 38.)

    Financial Aid Workshops from 2:15-3:15 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions.
    For financial aid information, contact Juan Carlos Sanchez at 480.461.7312 or at

    Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
    In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2018 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2017. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.

    General Information Sessions

    Red Mountain


    Student Life Conference Room M214 (Mesquite Building)


    Student Life Conference Room M214 (Mesquite Building)

    Financial Aid Workshops at Red Mountain from 1:15-2:15 pm following Monday Info Sessions.
    For study abroad financial aid information at Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton 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 2018 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2017. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.

    International Education

    11:59 PM MST
    Maximum Award: $1,000

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

    Student must be accepted into a program PRIOR to applying for a scholarship.

    Study Abroad Scholarship Application for Italy

    MCC Honors Program
    Study Abroad Scholarship
    Maximum Award: $500 Must be in the Mesa Community College Honors Program.
    Awards announced in March.
    Applications are due by TBA to the Honors Office.  For more information, call 480.461.7143.

    Program Application Deadline

    Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Complete online application.

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Space is limited.  Apply early to reserve your place! 

    Payment Deadlines TBA

    Tuition Deadline: Upon registration for courses
    Cashier Services

    Mandatory Orientation

    Saturday, April
    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.