Multiple Locations +3
  • England
    • London
  • France
    • Paris
  • Italy
    • Florence
    • Venice
    • Rome
    • Naples
    • Siena
4 - 12 weeks
Program Tags
Arts Cultural Immersion Hands-On Learning Instructor Language Immersion Music Post-High School Study Abroad

Program Details

City Exploring Sightseeing
Apartment Host Family Hotel
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Included in the fees - All accommodation and breakfast, tuition in small groups, all travel and air travel between cities on the course, all transport when concerned with teaching, the additional courses in Tuscany (language, cookery, drawing, film), all museum entrance fees, notes and reading lists.

Items not included in the fees - connecting flights from domicile to UK and back, flights to and from Italy, lunch and supper, spending money, travel/repatriation/cancellation insurance.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Some Equipment Some Meals Tour Guide Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals Travel Insurance
What's Not Included (Extra)

Flights to and from Italy
Lunch and supper
Travel Insurance, repatriation or cancellation insurance

Jan 08, 2021
Jan 16, 2023
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About Program

Starting college in the spring or taking a Gap Year? Why not kick start your time doing something worthwhile with this amazing leap into European culture. Beginning with two weeks in London, the course focuses on art, power and the nature of European politics. It then moves to Paris and the South of France to study modernism. Next we move to the beautiful hilltop town of Montepulciano in Tuscany for two weeks of cultural immersion through Italian language learning and a home-stay. We also take this time to study other aspects of Italian culture, such as cookery, film and drawing. The idea is to use our time well and develop new skills. The Semester Program then joins the autumn Gap Course for an in depth exploration of Italy and European civilisation as described next.

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Program Highlights

  • Private viewings of museums and basilicas
  • Stay with a host family in Tuscany
  • Climb Vesuvius to see the greatest view of the Bay of Naples
  • Traditional Tuscan cooking classes
  • Visit 3 countries in 3 months

Program Reviews

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  • Fun 4.95
  • Value 4.9
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Katie Finn
Yes, I recommend this program

far more than pretty paintings

These are the truths I came away from my course with:
The art I saw on this course pales in comparison to the people I got to see it all with. Every church I walked through was only divine because of those who taught me to look up and smile at the stars on the ceiling. The joy in art is allowing yourself to be moved, even if it means crying in crowded galleries. Living a good life revolves around allowing yourself to love those around you, and letting them love you. Strangers you have very little in common with can become your most beloved friends.

AHA gave me a million gifts, but these are the ones most precious to me. This course is beyond worth it.

  • incredibly talented and caring tutors
  • environment is conducive to self-discovery/reflection
  • you leave with a second family
  • you'll miss going to galleries every day
  • AT LEAST one pair of your shoes will fall apart from all the walking
3 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

1000% recommend

AHA was an incredibly valuable experience for my education and growth as a person. I was given so many exciting opportunities throughout the semester, and ended up with not only a greater appreciation of art and culture, but some of my best friends. The access to the European art world this program provides is unmatched. I was able to experience so much that I would have never thought possible. Additionally, there was a great balance of learning and fun. I found we had the freedom to explore cities on our own and experience the world as young adults, while also being given plenty opportunities to learn. I would recommend AHA to anyone looking for a different kind of educational semester centered around immersion and first hand experiences.

3 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

the best decision of my life

Art History Abroad surpassed all of my already high expectations. As an introvert, I was worried that I would be overwhelmed with the fast paced nature and social elements of the course. I was happily proved wrong. Instead of being overwhelmed, I became more comfortable and outgoing. The course is perfect for people who love learning without the pressure of exams. I still find myself using the skills I was taught, even now that I have returned home. An experience like this does not end when it’s over; it stays with you. I cannot recommend this program enough. Not just from an interest in travel and art history standpoint, but also the impact it had on my self discovery.

  • knowledgeable and caring tutors
  • unique museum experiences
  • always incredible food
  • often walking up hills
  • goes by too fast
  • missing the friends you make when it’s over
7 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

best decision I ever made

A year ago I would never have been brave enough to do something like this, but I am beyond grateful that I did. I worried my anxiety would hinder my ability to enjoy the program because of its fast paced nature and many sociable elements, but I was so wrong. Even beyond their incredible teaching, the tutors were incredible supports throughout the entire course. Instead of being overwhelmed, I became more excited, engaged, and extroverted. This program is an incredible experience not just for art history education and cultural immersion, but self discovery.

  • The tutors are not only intelligent, but caring and helpful.
  • I learned in a manner that the knowledge actually stuck with me.
  • I met the most wonderful people I have ever known.
  • Lots of hills and walking up them
  • The pain of leaving and not wanting it to end
7 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend 6 weeks on my Gap Year!!

I can honestly say that my 6 weeks with AHA on the autumn gap year was one of the best experiences of my life. It would be almost impossible for me to pinpoint one highlight of the trip because every single day was packed with so many exciting activities, exploring new cities, their histories and culture.

To give an idea of some of the incredible things we saw I will outline some of my personal highlights from my favourite city: Florence. I loved visiting the Medici chapel, the San Marco convent, the contemporary exhibition at the Strozzi Palace and watching the sunset from the hill of San Minato. But this is just Florence!! To stress how much these highlights don’t even scratch the surface of what we saw, I am almost certain that everyone on the course would come up with different highlights of each city and would undoubtably struggle (as I clearly have) to pinpoint just one best thing about the trip.

As well as learning loads about the History of Art in each city, we had the opportunity to learn so many other things about the cultural history of each city. We went to the opera in Naples, spent a day learning about the Romantic poets in Rome, took part in an amazing gold leaf workshop in Siena, learned how to make pasta and do paper marbling in Florence and saw Murano glass making and rowed gondola’s in Venice. Our evening spent in St Marks in Venice was also completely mind bogglingly magical.

I also have to mention how special the tutors are to AHA. Their breadth and depth of knowledge and passion for their subjects had a huge influence on me, and transformed the way I think about, approach, and talk about art. They were truly at the core of the group. The way they taught us was always full of heaps of knowledge and was delivered with bounds of energy which was truly inspiring. We were also all really encouraged by the tutors and by one another to think for ourselves, discuss our ideas, and respond to the things we saw in our own way. Loads of my friends would leave museums and galleries with drawings, paintings, poetry, written responses, photographs and even songs, which responded to works we saw, which was a really lovely thing to see. Everyone learnt a great deal, and whether people had known anything about Art History before or not, it was really lovely to see everyone’s confidence grow and ideas flourish as the trip went by.

AHA is definitely a family and everyone got on so well. Almost every evening all the students and tutors ate dinner together which was a really lovely way to end of the day. And aside from the invaluable volume of things we learned, we all made some incredible friends - anyone who witnessed any of our goodbyes to one another on the last night would see how special the bonds we made were!! I have no doubt in my mind that despite how quickly the trip flew by, the memories and friendships I made will last a life time.

I can’t thank AHA enough for helping to catalyse a passion for History of Art as a subject as well as providing me with the academic confidence and excitement to launch myself into the many other areas of Art History I have yet to explore. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend 6 weeks on my gap year!!

7 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing European Tour

The Art History Abroad Autumn European Gap Semester Program is a wonderfully enriching intellectual experience for gap year students. The Program's knowledgeable tutors teach the history of Europe not through dry lectures but through engaging and immersive "sessions" in which students get to interact with history in a first-hand manner through the art and architecture that they encounter. Art History Abroad also teaches students how to navigate life away from home effectively. The Gap Semester fosters a spirit of maturity in all Art History Abroad students. Aside from the appeal of the Gap Semester with respect to the growth of students, the 12 weeks students and tutors spend together in Europe are unbelievably enjoyable.

60 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Go on this semester trip!

This semester was the best of my life. I had at least one moment every single day for three months where I could not believe where I was or what I was doing. The art and architecture we studied was EPIC and the people are EPIC. You learn how to see on this trip, observe and understand the world around you just a little bit more. It was so informative beyond studying art and history, you learn tons about yourself as well right in time before you head off to college or whatever's in store for you after high school. And the people are a constant source of giggles and inspiration. Go on this semester trip!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Meeting everyone the first day was scary, but those nerves disappear after the first night and you see how awesome everyone is.
61 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Program

This program was wonderful and taught me a great deal about art history. All the tutors are immensely knowledgable, and having the opportunity to visit so many significant historical sites in person was an amazing experience. The course was also very fun socially, and provides a great opportunity to make lifelong friends. It is challenging and engaging, and is also a program that will certainly make anyone who takes it change as a person and grow. There were many different aspects of the course, and many different periods of art history were covered, making it quite expansive and informative. The quality of the information delivered by the tutors and the quantity of incredible sites that were in the itinerary, as well as the opportunities for social interaction made this a truly unforgettable program.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be sensible and aware of yourself and your surroundings, and savour the time that you have on the course, as it is an amazing once in a lifetime experience.
64 people found this review helpful.

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