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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Art History, Sociology, Honors, Anthropology, History, Integrative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Renaissance Art and Culture in Italy

Italy, Winter 2020

Florence, Venice and Art

This program runs every other year. It will next be offered in Winter 2020.

This course is an introduction to Renaissance art by exploring the historical, political and cultural evolution of Italy between the 14th and the 16th centuries. This overview will be not confined to works of art but will include social and patronage issues, such as the role of the guilds and the differences in private, civic and church patronage, which affected the style, form and content of Italian art.  Students will have the opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the Italian Renaissance, developing a confident grasp of the material, understanding the relationship between both historical and artistic events and valuing the importance of patronage. As the Renaissance works are often still in their original physical settings, students will have a unique opportunity to experience the works as their original viewers did and as their creators intended.

Program Highlights

  • Introduction to Renaissance Art: Exploring the historical, political and cultural evolution of Italy between the 14th and the 16th centuries.
  • Learn about social and patronage issues, role of the guilds and the differences in private, civic and church patronage.
  • The cities of Rome and Florence and their works of art will serve as the classroom.  


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Non-students are welcome to apply if space is available, but priority will be given to registered students.

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.


Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Anticipated Course Options*

  • Art History - ARTH 303: National Traditions
  • Art History - ARTH 398: Study Abroad in the History of Art
  • Art History - ARTH 340: Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300-1500 (satisfies Mason Core requirement for Arts)
  • History - HIST 388: Topics in European History
  • Honors - HNRS 122: Reading the Arts
  • Sociology - SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology
  • Art History - ARTH 599: Special Topics in Art History
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Program Dates*

January 2020



Day 1 Students arrive in Rome; Introduction to the city and the Renaissance
Day 2 Visits to Vatican Museum, St. Peter's, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, S. Maria sopra Minerva; Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Visits to S. Carlino, S. Andrea al Quirinale, Spanish Steps, S. Maria del Popolo, New Ara Pacis Museum, S. Agostino, S. Luigi dei Francesci
Day 4 Visit to Galleria Borghese; afternoon departure for Florence by train
Day 5 Visits to S. Maria Novella, S Croce; Epiphany parade
Day 6 Visits to Palazzo Davanzati, Duomo and Baptistery
Day 7 Visits to Museo del Duomo, and Ospedale degli Innocenti
Day 8 Visits to Medici Palace, San Marco and Museo, San Lorenzo, Accademia
Day 9 Day Trip to Siena
Day 10 Visits to Bargello, Piazza Vecchio, Uffizi
Day 11 Visits to Piazza della Signora, S. Maria del Carmine, Santo Spirito
Day 12 Free day
Day 13 Free day
Day 14 Visits to Santa Felicita, San Michele in Visdomini, Santa Trinita; Farewell Dinner
Day 15 Students depart for the U.S.

* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Winter 2018: $3365

Winter 2020: coming August 2019

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, hotel accommodations, all breakfasts and some additional group meals, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, metro tickets for program-related activities, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by mid-October, 2019 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by mid-November, 2019. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:



GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Opens:

August 2019

Application Deadline:

Early October, 2019


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Lisa Bauman photo
Name Lisa Bauman, PhD
Phone 703-993-1250

Global Education Office
Program Administrator

  Laura Scobey
Name Laura Scobey
Phone 703-993-2106
  Make an appointment

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.