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Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
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Taste of Italy 2022 | Faculty-led Program

The Taste of Italy faculty-led program (ART 313: Western Art and Culture) features 16 days of travel in Italy, from May 14 through May 29, 2022. Destinations in Italy include the important cities and regions of Florence, Siena, Venice, and Naples. This program will focus on art, design, visual culture and lifestyle in contemporary Italy, against the backdrop of its rich ancient history. This course is 6 credits (ART 313 and ART 398 or ART 109), and fulfills General Education requirements Goal 6 and Goal 8. The program combines intensive reading, lecture, studio art practice (photography, drawing and painting), group open discussions, field trips, and art projects giving students the opportunity to learn and understand contemporary Italian society. Students are expected to read and participate in onsite-presentations. In addition, they are expected to complete a daily journal of their cross-cultural observations and finalize their experience with a creative Book Art show and a final journal report (an analytic reflection paper), which addresses the significant issues covered in the course.

This program entails advanced studio practices and Western Art and Culture studies. Students go through a series of rigorous creative practices (drawing, watercolor, design, and photography lessons) and research studies before, during, and after the trip. The course elevates students' ability to reflect on their experiences and observations in Italy, focusing on the differences and similarities between the Western and American culture.

Students will walk six to eight hours daily, at a moderate pace, during the trip. On some days there will be long airplane and train rides including sixteen hours spent on a flight to Italy from Minneapolis and five hours on a train. They must be capable of lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. All students must be capable of handling their own luggage: loading and unloading it from overhead bins, lifting and carrying it for short distances, and carrying it or wheeling it for long distances (several blocks), sometimes on unpaved surfaces. The best way to ensure that one can handle her own luggage is to pack as lightly as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least November 30, 2022. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport if you hope to participate in this program. 

Italy: Florence, Siena, Venice, and Naples

May 14 - May 29, 2022

6 credits
  •  ART 313: Western Art and Culture (3 credits) 
    • Counts as Goals 6B and 8
    • Required for all students as part of this program.
  • ART 398: Special Topics in Creative Practices-Taste of Italy (Art majors) - 3 credits 
    ART 109: Introduction to Art (non-Art majors) - 3 credits
  • Art and Design students who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all students
  • ART 313
    • Taken at least two semesters of college-level course
  • ART 398
    • Art and Design Major
    • Taken at least two-semester college-level courses
    • Taken ART 118 Foundational Drawing, or ART 150 Digital Design Fundamentals, or instructor permission
  • ART 109
    • None
  • Range from $5,000 - $5,950 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied to the program cost.
  • Includes: WSU tuition/fees for the 6 credits, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, all lodging, most meals, international health insurance for the duration of time in Italy, admission/event fees for all educational activities, and the Study Abroad Administrative fee.
Professor Chun Lok Mah (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs

  • February 1, 2022: Final application deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Students will be accepted for this program on a rolling basis. 
  • February 13, 2022: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Eligibility and Cancellation Policies document students must review and electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students may individually and independently purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance when planning for this study abroad program. Study Abroad will not advise on CFAR policies, nor endorse a particular company/policy. The WSU Study Abroad Cancellation Policies will be enforced uniformly regardless of a student’s purchase of CFAR insurance.   
  • April 23, 2022: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 23, 2022.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2022 05/29/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.