• Italy
    • Florence
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Subject Areas
Art History Arts Business Communications Creative Writing Cultural Studies Design Digital Media Education Fashion Design Food Science and Nutrition Gender Studies Global Studies Graphic Design History Humanities Interior Design Landscape Architecture Liberal Arts Literature Marketing Medieval Studies Philosophy Photography Psychology Visual Arts Women's Studies +17

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes
What's Included (Extra)

Semester Activities Fee Includes: Welcome Gala, Student Art Exhibition and Reception, Three 1-Day and one 3-Day Overnight SRISA sponsored Field Trips (or equivalent), Cultural Program Activities, Access to SRISA Optional Excursions, On-campus Internet and Library

What's Not Included
Airfare Meals Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 18, 2024
May 24, 2018
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About Program

Are you ready to redefine your study abroad experience? Come and study at SRISA (Santa Reparata International School of Art) and pursue your passions and academic interests in the heart of Florence's historic center. SRISA has remained a top art and design school in Italy for over five decades. Our secret? We're all about personalized and immersive learning. With our highly experienced instructors and diverse student body, SRISA gives you an extraordinary education in Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Design.

Study for one semester or extend your stay for an Accredited Year. Fall and Spring semesters are 15 weeks long. Students enroll in classes ranging between 12-16 credit hours.

Fall (September-December) Total Credits: 12-16
Spring (January-April) Total Credits: 12-16

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Program Highlights

  • Community Engagement: Students are regularly taken into the city to participate in local events and exhibitions. All classes are required to use the city of Florence and all that it has to offer as much as possible within the curriculum.
  • SRISA Community: With a large number of full-time faculty, the emphasis is on creating an environment that is not transient, but built over time where faculty and staff are supported and regularly contribute and participate in the life of the school.
  • Affordable Tuition: SRISA is a non-profit institution, and all tuition and fees are put directly into the services and facilities available to the students.
  • Amazing Staff & Faculty: What makes anything special ultimately is the people, and SRISA has a local staff, most of whom have worked with the school for nearly a decade or more. We often comment that when you come to SRISA you become part of the family.
  • Central Location: SRISA is located in a safe and central area of the city, far enough from the tourist traps but close to all the main attractions, about 10 minutes by foot to the Duomo Cathedral.

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Program Reviews

4.73 Rating
based on 11 reviews
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  • Academics 4.1
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.75
  • Housing 4.55
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Semester

I spent the spring semester of my Junior year at SRISA. I studied cinema and photography at my home institution so I really enjoyed the photography class, but all the classes were interesting and the professors are even better! The school is very small so there is a chance to get to know almost everyone. Florence is an amazing city to get to live and learn in (though it got a bit colder in the winter than I expected!) Many classes brought us around the city and the school also had lots of great optional trips around Italy.
I couldn't recommend this school highly enough!

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe having a few more options for classes.
75 people found this review helpful.
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Great experience

It was wonderful. I was able to learn and study all while exploring he great city of Florence. The school was wonderful. The professors were amazing, knowedgable, helpful, and friendly. The housing was great. We had various apartments throughout Florence that were spacious and nice. The school was informative about safety and gave tips for exploring the city. As well as having a few optional trips planned for students to attend.

What would you improve about this program?
I thought it was great.
89 people found this review helpful.
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Best study abroad program in Italy!

I attended SRISA for the Spring 2017 semester. It was an absolutely unforgettable experience. The classes were intriguing and the professors were even better. The SRISA facilities are extremely nice and I thoroughly enjoyed developing photos in the photography lab. The school offers a lot more other than just classes. There are excursions, speaker series, and so much more that the school offers to make sure you feel comfortable and acclimated to life in Italy. I recommend SRISA to anyone wanting to study abroad in the beautiful city of Florence.

79 people found this review helpful.
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My Swim Surrounded by Mountains

One of my favorite experiences while abroad, and in my entire life, was my trip to Cinque Terre, specifically Monterosso. It was like walking in a dream, even to this day the whole experience feels like a dream, but it was most definitely reality. In Monterosso, we were dropped off by a ferry and went straight for the beach. The town had beautifully colored houses that were compactly arranged up the mountains of Cinque Terre. What we didn't know was how "out of this world gorgeous" it was going to be. We went in the salty Ligurian Sea, which was vast and surrounded by over grown, green mountains. The water was a perfect temperature for the warm day and once you walked a few feet in there was a deep drop off you could swim freely in. What an experience, it filled my heart with unimaginable joy.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked there to have been more help with the visa process and also a more social experience with the local Florentine people.
77 people found this review helpful.
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Incredible Experience

The staff is extremely caring and supportive through whatever you need. The teachers expect a lot from you, challenge you, but are also understanding and caring. Preplanned field trips are well worth the money and an incredible experience. I started in the fall and loved it so much I stayed for the spring semester.

81 people found this review helpful.
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Small Personalized Experience

This is a small art school in the heart of Florence Italy. No matter how serious of an art student you are the professors at this school will challenge you. The support staff at SRISA are extremely helpful and you never feel like you are alone. If you don't speak italian they are especially helpful, as is the italian professor. I really can't say enough about how welcome they made our small class feel just this past fall semester.

Art wise you are looking at renaissance and classical revival stuff, obviously as it is Florence Italy. There are a few modern art venues but be aware you and about 4,000 tourists everyday are there to look at Donatello's sculpture, or Michelangelo's david etc...

The language barrier is hard to conquer in four months and be aware you will have to put in some serious effort for the Italian to open up to you. Obviously it is more enriching to make those international friendships but you can also get around by speaking English.

There are no water bottles in Europe, no free public restrooms either. Eating out is very expensive. Be prepared for a lot of pasta, pizza, and beef stew. Bring appropriate footwear for cobblestones. Bring pants or skirts below the knee in order to enter churches. It does get cold so consider a semi heavy coat and lots of layering options.

76 people found this review helpful.
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SRISA review

The SRISA staff and teachers were always so friendly and helpful, they really treat you like family. They welcome you into their homes and teach you about life and culture. The art program was phenomenal. The teachers pushed you to explore a variety of new mediums. They also encouraged you to step out of your comfort zone and explore. SRISA made sure that students were safe and secure at all times.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would have liked to see is more studio hours on the weekend. Sometimes I did not have enough time in the studio to get my work completed. I would suggest more hours or even opening the art studios earlier in the morning.
79 people found this review helpful.
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SRISA represents the essence of the Italian culture

What better school to attend abroad in Florence, Italy than SRISA? I had the most phenomenal time studying here. The school is filled with professors and staff members, who are extremely genuine and generous, that know the country inside out from the cultural traditions to the history. The classes are fairly small so the professors give you their full attention in class as well as one on one help. The teachers are passionate about their craft so you will get the full knowledge as long as you take your courses and time at the school serious. The people in Florence are so outgoing and just all around wonderful. There is so much to do and see so make sure you go to the pubs, the clubs, museums, tour other cities and countries, and look up things to do within the city. Come with an open mind and broaden your horizons.

80 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

I think the answer to this is really up to you, depending on your stress level and work ethic. But I would agree with Maggie to not take more than 2 art studio classes. And also remember that this is a special semester/month abroad, and in my opinion, your priority should be exploring Florence and not be cooped up in your room, doing homework. (But of course don't do so little you fail!) So maybe...