January Term 2021 Accredited Program

Program Structure:

SRISA offers American University level undergraduate courses taught in English in a variety of areas of study. All classes, with the exception of Italian, are taught in English.

Course Offerings:

  • The Florentine Sketchbook: Exploring Florence through Art (Studio)
  • Art History: the Italian Renaissance (Lecture)
  • Introduction to Italian Food & Culture (Lecture)

Studio class meets 8 hours per day
Lecture classes meet 4 hours per day


  • Group welcome dinner
  • Airport check-in
  • Over-night trip to Rome
  • Housing for 2 weeks
  • One 3-credit course
  • Friends of the Uffizi museum card (unlimited entrance to the Uffizi, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, and Bardini Gardens)

Other Optional Activities:
Optional CENONE: New Year’s Eve group dinner. Cost 80 Euros, to pay on-site.


Course Descriptions:

The Florentine Sketchbook: Exploring Florence Through Art

This interdisciplinary art course will introduce beginning, intermediate and advanced students to the city of Florence through a two-week intensive practice of observational drawing, collage, and mono prints. Students will begin the course designing and making a handmade sketchbook that will be used to record their experience during daily site visits to world renowned historical, cultural, and artistic landmarks around Florence. Students will consider the idea of the sketch book and how artists over centuries have used the artists book and journal as a way to help inform their artistic practice. The significant surroundings of Florence will provide extensive source material as we move through the city and into the studio.
Lab fee: $50

Art History: The Italian Renaissance

This lecture course introduces students to Florentine Renaissance art from the early 15th century to the end of the High Renaissance in 1527. Students will study key practitioners of this period and their contributions to art history such as mathematical perspective, the rediscovery of the classical elements found in architecture and sculpture, as well as the relentless search by certain artists for the perfection of balance and harmony. Renaissance artists such as Masaccio, Sandro Botticelli, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, and Filippo Brunelleschi, along with artists working in the High Renaissance style of the late 15th and early 16th centuries like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and Raphael of Urbino, will be studied. In addition to the aesthetic and stylistic qualities of the works, students will study the historical, political, and religious context in which the artists made their work as a means to allow for a greater understanding of the works themselves.
Lab fee: $50

Introduction to Italian Food & Culture

This course deals with the relationships between Italian traditions, folklore, and contemporary Italian society, for example the links between festivals, food and wines, tourism and today’s Italian economy. Nowadays the image of Italy in the world is tightly connected with the global diffusion and promotion of its leading "Made in Italy" products, among which food and wines are the most important. The land of poor emigrants has become the land of class and style, Italian chefs are as popular as Italian fashion designers, Italian wines feature among the best wines of the world, and Italian recipes have found their way to the world’s most renowned restaurants menus. This course will give students the opportunity to discover the reasons for this miracle through a wide range of hands-on cooking lessons, wine and food tasting, field trips and guest lectures.
Lab fee: $150

January Term 2021 Calendar:

January Term 2021: December 27 - January 10th

  • Sunday, December 27th, Check-in
  • December 29th, Orientation & first day of class
  • January 1st, Free Day
  • January 2nd-3rd, Overnight field trip to Rome
  • January 10th, Check-out by noon