Arts in Florence overseas intensive

The School of Languages and Linguistics, the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, the School of Culture and Communication, and the School of Social and Political Studies at The University of Melbourne have partnered with the Universitas 21 ISI to offer an overseas intensive in the city of Florence.

20 November 2016 - 9 December 2016

MULT10019 Arts in Florence

Please note: Applications for the Arts in Florence overseas intensive closed on 13 May 2016.

Sunset over Florence

Programme information

The School of Languages and Linguistics, the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, the School of Culture and Communication, and the School of Social and Political Studies at The University of Melbourne have partnered with the Universitas 21 ISI to offer an overseas intensive in the city of Florence. Students live in spacious apartments in the heart of Florence for three weeks. During this time they take Arts in Florence overseas intensive subject. Classes are taught in the Palazzo Rucellai, a historic residential palace designed in the mid-fifteenth century by Leon Battista Alberti, eminent Renaissance humanist, scholar and architect. Learning will also take place around the streets and squares, museums, churches and restaurants of Florence.

Daily excursions to museums, galleries, and local artisanal workshops, with lectures by the program leaders and guest experts, give students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about this breathtaking and unique city in extraordinary detail.

Programme leaders

All programme leaders are academics with international reputations in Italian studies. They have extensive experience at leading programme groups overseas. All are fluent speakers of Italian, and have intimate knowledge of the city of Venice, its history, culture, and daily life.

Catherine Kovesi is Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at The University of Melbourne where she teaches Renaissance Italian history. She completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford, and has held fellowships at Oxford and at the Harvard Centre for Renaissance Studies in Florence. She has published widely in Italian history, especially on the country's consumption practices and their control, issues of clothing and gender in Renaissance Italy, as well as on society and politics in Florence. Her current research focuses on the contemporary debates concerning consumption of luxuries in Renaissance Italy.

Christopher Marshall is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Museum Studies in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne. He teaches undergraduate units and supervises graduate students in the areas of Italian Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary art; art curatorship, collecting and the art market; and the history and philosophy of museums. He also teaches a study abroad graduate subject in Florence on Florentine museums and private collections. His research distinctions include two years support from the Australian Research Council, the Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship, a Senior Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, a Research Fellowship at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, and a Visiting Senior Lecturing Fellowship at the Department of Art and Art History, Duke University, Durham NC.

Andrea Rizzi is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2014-2018). He completed his doctorate at the University of Kent at Canterbury and his research centres on arts and patronage in northern Italian Renaissance courts as well as on translation studies. Over many years he has co-translated and edited a substantial early chronicle of the city of Venice, The Morosini Codex. He has written extensively on Renaissance cultures in Latin and Italian. He has recently held a fellowship at the Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.


The intensive is a level 1 (undergraduate) subject open to all students at The University of Melbourne, and can be used to fulfil Breadth requirements. It is also open to the broader community through the Community Access Programme (CAP). Please note that there are no Italian language requirements.

Subject description

MULT10019 Arts in Florence

This cross-disciplinary subject, taught on site in Florence, provides students with an introduction to Italian and European culture, language, history, art, and politics. It examines Western approaches to the use, production, and study of texts in their visual, oral, as well as written forms. By investigating the history and art of Florence and Italy, this subject encourages students to develop insights into the connections and transmission of ideas across a wide range of media: paintings, architecture, films, and other artefacts. This subject runs for three weeks (20 November - 09 December). Whilst based in Florence, this subject will also include excursions to other Tuscan cities.

Partnership with International Studies Institute (ISI Florence)

The University of Melbourne has a partnership with the Universitas 21 International Studies Institute (ISI Florence). This means that all participants have access to the resources and facilities of ISI Florence, including its library and computer facilities.

Resources and subject materials

A detailed itinerary, subject readers and additional information will be supplied to students who have enrolled and booked into the tour. Prior to departure a detailed briefing session will be held for students and another briefing will be given upon arrival in Florence.

Programme price

The original program price was $4987 this has now been reduced to AU$3200.

Please note: The University has been able to reduce the program price of this Overseas Intensive subject. Individual students who already finalised their payments, will be contacted shortly by a staff member to organise a reimbursement. If you have any queries in the meantime please email .

Programme price includes:

  • 19 nights in fully equipped apartments (double occupancy per room) - including wifi and linen service
  • 4 x group dinners in Florence (excluding drinks)
  • Entry to all museums, galleries, churches, and workshops, which are part of site visits
  • 2 field trips (entrance fees to museums and ISI guide included)
  • Access to the library and facilities at ISI Florence

Programme price does NOT include:

  • Meals (other than those specified)
  • Personal spending money
  • Flights
  • Subject enrolment fees, HECS or CAP fees


A final payment of $3987 AUD is required by Monday 28 August 2016.
The initial payment of $1000 still stands.
The final payment (due on 28 August 2016) is now $2000.

Payment is made via the Faculy of Arts Online Store Florence Overseas Intensive 2016 web page.

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