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AR 260 - Intro. to Italy: History, Art, & Culture - Spring 2015

Faculty Leader
Preston Lawing, Associate Professor of Art & Design

AR 260 - Introduction to Italy: History, Art & Culture – 3 credits. This course counts toward the Aesthetics General Education requirement or Art Elective.

The course will be taken as part of the students Spring semester course load. A course fee will be charged to cover much of the in country cost. Normal aid can be applied to the program.

Course will meet the final 8 weeks of the semester.

Students will be charged a course fee $2600-$2900* to cover the cost of in-country travel, activities, and most meals. Course fee does not include cost of flight, passport, optional activities, and some meals. 

*Cost will vary based on student enrollment

Students need to have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and sophomore status. Eligibility will also be based on recommendations and record of behavior at SMU.

Application Deadline
December 2, 2014

Application Process

Visit the Study Abroad Office to apply and register for AR 260. 
Students that wish to drop AR 260 need to withdraw through the Study Abroad Office by 4:00 pm on January 12, 2015 to avoid paying the course fee. Those who remain enrolled at that time will be responsible for the full course fee. 
Visit the Study Abroad Office, located in Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 103.

Travel Dates (anticipated)

Example of itinerary:


Sunday, May 10

Depart for Italy


May 11-13

Rome Tour


May 13-17

Florence Tour


May 17 - May 26

Paderno del Grappa


Wednesday, May 27


Tour Highlights

  • Rome
    • Coliseum
    • Pantheon
    • Sistine Chapel
    • St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Vatican
  • Florence
    • Bruneleschi’s Duomo
    • Michelangelo's statue of David
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Uffizi Gallery
  • Paderno del Grappa
    • Verona
    • Venice
    • White Water Rafting (optional)

Students will stay in local hotels or hostels in Rome and Florence. In Paderno del Grappa, dormitory-style housing will be provided at the Filippin Institute. All rooms have a private bathroom.