Studying at Santa Reparata International School of Art
Florence study abroad programs at Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) are a once in a lifetime experience. You will be studying and living in the heart of Florence, just minutes from the Duomo, you can even spot the dome of the cathedral from our campus in San Lorenzo.
Live like a local and travel through Tuscany and across Italy with the school. All lessons, aside from Higher Level Italian will be taught in English. With open enrollment you can pick and choose the course that suits your degree plan and both your short-term and long-term goals.
SRISA is one of the most renowned art schools abroad. It has various courses in fine arts, liberal arts and design. Study subjects include bookmaking and printing, fashion design, sculpting, photography and lots more. At SRISA we like to offer everyone the possibility to study abroad in Italy.
SRISA Study Abroad Programs in Florence
Taking part in one of SRISA's study abroad programs in Florence is a once in a lifetime experience. SRISA offers a full-immersion experience in the heart of Florence, Italy. SRISA's students live in local apartments, travel throughout Tuscany and Italy, and experience Florence as a student of Art, Liberal Arts and/or Design. All classes, with the exception of Italian, are taught in English and courses follow the US University model of instruction. Open enrollment allows students to pick and choose the courses that best fit each students' degree plan and interests.
SRISA Summer Program:
- Summer A (4 Weeks) Total Credits: 3-6
- Summer B (4 Weeks) Total Credits: 3-6
- Full Summer Program (8 weeks — Summer A & B) Total Credits 6-12
- Studio Course, 3 credits, 90 contact hours: $2,195
- Lecture or Language Course, 3 credits, 45 contact hours: $1,795
SRISA Semester Program:
- Fall (September-December) Total Credits: 12-16
- Spring (January-April) Total Credits: 12-16
- Year Program (September-April) Total Credits: 24-32
Program Fees:Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Design Programs: $8,965
- 4-5 Elective courses (maximum 4 studio courses)
- Total Credits: 12-16
- The recipient will be provided with full access to the SRISA studios (outside of scheduled class hours) which hosts state of the art printmaking, photography, bookbinding, fashion design, painting and drawing facilities.
- In addition, the recipient will have the option to take one (1) SRISA course per term with tuition waived.
- The recipient will be invited to participate in an exhibition to present the body of artwork created during their residency towards the termination of the program.
The Studio Monitor Art Residency is a one-year position beginning with the Fall academic semester. A limited number of residents will be selected each year.Note: Residents will be financially responsible for their own housing but may take advantage of SRISA housing options if they wish. Learn more about SRISA Art Residency Program.
Departments and Courses
SRISA offers a range of courses in the Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, and Design. Students are able to study across the disciplines, trying things that may be outside their major or furthering their skills in a particular subject. SRISA offers a wonderful blend of academic courses and Florence based subjects that embrace the experience of study abroad. All SRISA courses are accredited through Maryville University, St. Louis and follow the US credit and grading system. Courses are taught in English, with the exception of higher-level Italian courses.
The design department offers fashion, communication, and interior design. The culture of fast fashion is not one that we embrace. Each of the design departments is committed to ethical and sustainable design and how students can use design to leave their mark on the world of design, not on the world we live in.
Learn to paint in the land of great artists such as Caravaggio, Boticelli, da Vinci and the lesser known but not to be underestimated Artemisia Gentileschi. Your talent will be nurtured by our faculty. Take your paint brushes outside and be inspired by the magnificent surroundings.
Other courses on offer include Bookbinding, Photography, Art History, History and Politics, Textile Design, and much more. For more information about courses offered, please browse the SRISA Course Catalog.
Studio and Lecture Facilities
Our students work in spacious and excellently equipped studios. Our printmaking, photography, painting, 3D and 4D facilities, as well as design classrooms, are the best in Florence. You can take advantage of our facilities even after hours. The school stays open late and over weekends so that you can make use of our facilities when creativity strikes.
Study Abroad in Florence, Italy and live like a local all while learning from our professional faculty and in fully equipped studios.
How does the grading system work?
You can try subjects outside your major or even further your skills in a particular subject. On offer you will find a mixture of academic courses and Florence based subjects that go perfectly with the study abroad experience. SRISA's school of record is Maryville University, St. Louis and follows the US credit and grading system.
During the summer there is a short but jam packed 4-or-8- week program. There are two sessions offered here, May to June or June to July. Students can earn 3-6 credits for a single session, should you choose to take part in the full two sessions, the credits are 6-12. Further information regarding costs is available on our website.
You could also choose to study for a semester or a full year. The year starts with the fall semester from September to December and then the Spring Semester from January-April. Choose from our Fine Arts, Design, or Liberal Programs which are worth up to a total of 16 credits.
SRISA's school of record is Maryville University in St. Louis, which grants credit for courses successfully completed at SRISA during Fall, Spring and Summer academic programs.
SRISA students that meet Maryville University enrollment requirements and successfully complete their studies at SRISA may obtain a domestic transcript through Maryville University. Maryville University is fully accredited through The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Visit Transcripts page for more details.
Housing at SRISA
You don't have to worry about housing, we do it for you. SRISA arranges housing upon request for students enrolled at the school. It is a great opportunity for students to get to know one another while being immersed in the daily Italian life that greatly enriches their study abroad experience.
Pick one of the SRISA Housing Options that fits you best.
How can I study and work for SRISA at the same time?
Alternatively, for young artists wishing to expand their portfolio there is the possibility of the SRISA Studio Monitor Art Residency. Full access to the SRISA studios outside of school hours will be provided. They will also be invited to present the body of artwork created during their residency and can take one SRISA course at no extra cost.
Does SRISA offer scholarships and how will I know if I can qualify?
Take a look at our criteria to see if you qualify for The SRISA Scholarship Program. This program is there to make sure that everybody has the chance to study abroad, regardless of their financial position. It is available for the student that has excelled academically, is artistically talented, that is under-represented or those that exhibit a financial need.
If you wish to study abroad in Florence, Italy and need a scholarship, take a look at the requirements needed to qualify. Scholarships are offered for the Fall and Spring Accredited Semester Study Abroad Programs.
Here at SRISA diversity and inclusion are extremely important. We welcome everyone regardless of their race, gender identity, and background. SRISA is dedicated to making its campus a safe, happy and productive environment.
Travel is a big part of studying abroad. While in Florence students will want to take advantage of the many opportunities available to explore Italy and Europe. In addition to traveling independently, students participate in some or all of the travel opportunities that SRISA offers to sites all over Italy.
The variety of Field Trips offered by SRISA include:
View the full list of SRISA Field Trips in Italy.
On-site Visits and Activities in Florence
The city of Florence offers rich and abundant opportunities for cultural emersion and on-site visits. Viewed as the cultural heart of Europe, and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence houses many of the worlds renown museums and art collections. In addition to Florence artistic patrimony, the city is also home to several of the worlds most important libraries and archives. When possible, classes meet on-site in museums or in the city itself and the SRISA Cultural program of lectures, events and workshops provide rich learning opportunities outside of the classroom.
Contact us for more information
SRISA team members are always there to lend a hand, whether it be academically or personally, and do their utmost to ensure students have an unforgettable experience.
"The staff at SRISA is unbelievable, a real family who cares about every one of their students."
by Hannah Haakenson, SRISA Fall 2014-Spring 2015
"It's a wonderful school with a caring staff dedicated both to helping students improve their artistic skills and providing their students with the best study experience possible in Florence, Italy."
by Casey McKenna, SRISA Spring 2013