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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tuscany, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 05/31/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Faculty Advisor: Hillard, Caroline, Dr., Longley-Cook, Tracy Supporting Department: Art & Art History
Registration Term: Summer B Language of Instruction: English
Credit Hours: 6.0
Program Description:

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Program Description:

Erstwhile heart of the Roman Empire, birthplace of the Renaissance, and seat of the Roman Catholic Church, Italy boasts a tremendous historical legacy. During this three-week summer program, we will experience the artistic aspects of this legacy while studying the techniques of fine-art photography. The itinerary includes stays in Padua, Florence, and Rome, with excursions to Venice, the medieval hilltop towns of Siena and San Gimignano, and a vineyard in Tuscany. There will also be the opportunity to visit Pisa and/or Cinque Terre. We will see masterpieces by  Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Bernini, and others, and visit some of Western art’s most important sites, including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Duomo of Florence, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon.
With these monuments and the Italian landscape as our backdrop, participants will develop a portfolio of photographic works that explore themes of light, motion, space, and composition. We will also have an opportunity to work with camera-less techniques and alternatives cameras, and to learn about the history of photography in Italy. Class time will consist of tours of  museums and monuments, photography tutorials and demonstrations, lectures, and critiques. An exhibition of works created by program participants will be shown in the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at WSU during the Fall 2018 semester.

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Academic Course Information:

This program is open to students of any major and academic level and has no pre-requisites. Non-degree seeking students are welcome to apply. Students will register for two three-credit courses, one in art history and one in photography, for a total of six credit hours for the whole program. You may choose specific courses from several options in order to meet the degree requirements for your major. For example, students who need general education credits may fulfill the art history component with ART 2140: Themes in Visual Culture, while Art or Art History majors may select ART 3130: Masterpieces of Italian Art and Architecture, which satisfies requirements for upper-level art history or art electives in the major. More advanced students or graduate students may register for ART 4130 or 5130. For the photography component, beginners may enroll in ART 2000 Studies in Art, while more advanced students may choose ART 4580 or ART 5580 Advanced Photographic Techniques.


Before departing for Italy, participants must attend several class sessions at WSU during Summer Session B. These will cover a variety of topics, including traveling in Italy, photographic techniques, and details about course requirements and assignments. ART 4580/5580 students will attend a few meetings at WSU after our return to edit and critique photographs and to exhibit their final portfolios.
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About the Faculty Program Advisors:

Professor Caroline Hillard

Caroline Hillard is Associate Professor of art history at WSU and a specialist in Italian Renaissance Art. She lived in Florence, Italy, from 1999-2002 and again from 2005-2006 where she worked as a field studies instructor for Syracuse University’s Florence Center (SUF). Professor Hillard led a successful Ambassador Program to Italy through WSU in 2016. At WSU, she teaches courses on Renaissance and Baroque art, with occasional forays into the ancient and medieval worlds.

Professor Tracy Longley-Cook

Associate Professor Tracy Longley-Cook completed her M.F.A. degree in Photography at Arizona State University in the Spring of 2007 and received her B.F.A. in Photography at the University of Washington in 1997. Her photographic work reflects on themes of memory, desire, personal inquiry, and transformation. Tracy has exhibited her work internationally and has been published in View Camera and Camera Arts magazines.
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Meals and Accommodations:

Winery TourYou will have ample opportunity to sample authentic Italian cuisine and local specialties during the program. Breakfast and three group meals (two dinners and lunch at a Tuscan vineyard) are included in the program fee. Participants will share hotel rooms in Padua, Florence, and Rome.

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This program is open to students of any major and academic level and has no pre-requisites. Non-degree seeking students are welcome to apply.
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WSU Students in Rome

Before You Leave:

Before departing for Italy, participants must attend several class sessions at WSU during Summer Session B. These will cover a variety of topics, including traveling in Italy, photographic techniques, and details about course requirements and assignments.
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Getting There:

Students will be responsible to arrange their own travel to and from the program destination.
Student are free to arrive early or stay later but should be aware they are not part the program during those times and are not covered by WSU insurances.

UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students:  STA Travel and Student Universe.  They may be able to offer payment plans.
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Program Costs:Roman Forum

The $100 application fee for this program has been waived!

The cost of the program is $2800. The program fee includes housing, transportation within Italy, entrance fees, activities, breakfast, three group meals, and health and accident insurance.
Airfare, tuition, application costs, other meals, and personal expenses are not included.
For photography equipment checked out from the program, special insurance may be needed in case it is lost or stolen.

To reserve a spot on the program, you will need to pay an application fee of $100 and a program deposit of $500
$1,150 is due March 1, 2018
$1,150 is due May 1, 2018.
All payments are non-refundable.
UCIE reserves the right to adjust the price up to 10%.
Students may apply their financial aid towards the cost of the program.
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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.  
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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:Florence

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with UHP International Insurance  through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Megan Trickler
Education Abroad Coordinator

Faculty Program Advisors:

Professor Caroline Hillard

Professor Tracy Longley-Cook

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