Fall semester (late August to early December)
Program sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
Enrollment: Maximum of 35 students
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, & seniors. A background in art history, studio art, modern languages, or the humanities is recommended.
Application deadline: March 15 (internal Luther application process must be completed by March 1)
The ACM Florence program seeks to give students the ability to read a city, by immersion in Florence's extraordinary legacy of Renaissance art and culture. Students learn how to view Italian architecture and works of art in situ and how to understand them in the contexts in which they were created. In addition to a required Italian language course, students choose from course offerings in Renaissance art history, Italian culture, and studio art. Offered each fall semester, the program begins in late August with an academic orientation comprised of a four-week intensive Italian language course, lectures on aspects of contemporary Italy, and introductory meetings with background readings for the elective classes. With the exception of the Italian language course, all courses are conducted in English. Florence itself is the laboratory for the program, and site visits are an integral part of the courses. The program also includes two weekend excursions, typically to Venice and Rome.