Art History Abroad | Summer Courses in Italy
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Art History Abroad | Summer Courses in Italy

If you are between 17 and 22, AHA's 2-4 weeks courses are a brilliant way to pass some of the summer while doing something worthwhile and of real value. Study many of the greatest works of art on site while travelling through Italy. Carefully structured, this course is an excellent overview of art history for those new to the subject and particularly useful to those already studying it. There are two courses: Northern Italy, which travels to Venice, Florence & Rome, and then there is the adventurous Southern Italy Course which travels through Sicily and on to Naples and Pompeii. Some students do both courses and stay in Italy for a month.

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2-4 Weeks
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Price Details
All fees include accommodation and breakfast in Italy, 70 hours of on site tuition in small groups of 9, all travel within Italy when connected with teaching, travel between cities, all museum entrance fees, notes and reading lists. See our website for details of the annual scholarship.

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based on 21 reviews
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The best four weeks ever!!!

I went on on the AHA Northern and Southern courses in two consecutive summers, and they were probably the best 4 weeks of my life! From knowing nothing about Art History or Italy, I came away with not only a fantastic insight and understanding of the Italian culture, art and history, but I've been totally inspired since to learn more and visit the cities. I think the thing that AHA offers (which no other tourist or educational experience does) is that although you learn such a lot in such a short space of time, it's made so interesting by being totally immersed in the culture, and the fact that the tutors are such great fun!

In terms of the social side, I've made so many friends (both people on the course and the tutors) who I still keep in touch with and we all know and value what an amazing experience we shared together.

I have recommended this experience to all of my friends (Art historians or not). It really is worth every single penny!

Yes, I recommend
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Most Amazing Two weeks of my life

I never took a gap year before University but doing the AHA Northern Italy Summer Course gave me all the experiences of a gap year in two weeks. Armed with pretty much no knowledge on Italian Art, I came back home filled with a passion for Renaissance Art and a deeper understanding of Italian Culture. That is what I love about AHA is how incredible the experience is. For two weeks, you are with a group of friends who you barely knew at the beginning of the trip but by the end know very well and are travelling around Italy, taking in the culture and experiencing Art in the flesh. The tutor sessions are fantastic, every tutor you have has their own unique and engaging tutor style as well as reams and reams of information about the Art.Their passion and excitement for the subject gives you a desire to learn more. The social side of the course is something I loved - Going out in the evenings, eating Italian food and meeting like-minded people is something so unique to AHA.
I'd urge anyone with a desire to do something different to sign up for AHA, you will not regret it - I'm already saving for another trip!

Yes, I recommend
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Best two weeks of any Summer

I first went on the Northern course with AHA, taking us to Venice, Florence and Rome. Whilst these destinations make any trip inspiring, the organisation AHA provides alongside the immense knowledge and vivacity of the tutors made the experience simply invaluable. Every day was dense with activity, but we also found relief in enjoying exquisite Italian food and wine with our new friends and tutors.

Whilst there's a lot of fun and food to be had I learnt a lot at the same time. The experience without a doubt boosted my History of Art Cambridge Pre University grade and in general really ignited my passion for History of Art in a lasting way.

When I signed up to do another year (on the Southern course) my only fear was that it could not possibly live up to my previous experience - I was very wrong about that.

How can this program be improved?

This program is perfect.

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2 weeks to change your life

The course can absolutely not be recommended enough. From an academic point of view, it strengthens cultural knowledge not just of art but of the history, economics and social structure of the Renaissance and other periods. Crucially, this information is presented in an entirely approachable way - learning is a joy on this course, not an obligation.

Deep friendships are formed, much fun is had, and all in the background of beautiful, awe inspiring Italy!

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Best Two Weeks of Any Summer. Ever.

While travelling through Italy I found new loves for the art we studied, but also new friends and invaluable mentors in the form of the FANTASTIC AHA tutors. I cannot find a flaw in any of them. I loved this course so much that I went on the 6 week Gap course this year. Anyone with any interest in art, architecture, literature, music, theology, history... will find this more than enlightening and the best education in these areas you can find. I recommend it to everyone I know with gap years ahead of them. I found that we students of all kinds, who all had loads to add, and I know others who have done more than one AHA course! It's so worth the time and money for anyone looking for a great way to expand their ideas about the Renaissance, the history of art in general, or indeed anything Italian. Sign up and see for yourself!

How can this program be improved?

No way. I loved every second. I can't find a flaw.

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing glimpse into Renaissance Italy

The two-week course I went on with AHA took me to Venice, Florence and Rome, with a day-trip to Padua along the way. All the tutors were great fun as well as being knowledgeable on all the art and the cities. We were never left without something to do, so we saw all the sites by day and then went out by night. If you want to see all the Italian wonders you've only dreamed about and learn more about them and have an amazing time doing it, AHA is the perfect company to do it with. My only regret is not having gone on one of their longer courses.

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About Art History Abroad

Study art, architecture and European culture in Italy, France and London for a semester in the autumn, 6 weeks during the Gap Year or a 2-4 week Summer holiday course. Art History Abroad programmes are carefully structured and brilliantly taught so...