Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Art in Italy

Art in Italy: Political Mythologies

In the art world, Rome is one of the major sites for studying the Renaissance.  It's home to major works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini among many others.  These artists looked to classical Rome for inspiration.  Contrast this with contemporary art by internationally recognized artists at the Venice Biennale, a major international art event.        

Location(s)  Rome and Venice, Italy
Term   Spring 2024
Credit   Choose 1 of the following:
• ARTH 379, 3 sh
• MST 679, 3 sh 
Class Sessions Macomb campus in-person class sessions, second 8 weeks Spring 2024. Exact time and location TBD
Travel Dates May 19-June 2, 2024
Housing   Hostel, hotel
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Conduct
Good status
Grad credit Yes
Non-WIU   Yes 
Pre-requisite None 
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
Entry Requirements

Passport required - Must be valid until at least November 30, 2024.  For information on how to apply for or renew a passport, see Passports 101 .
Current passport processing times are 10-13 weeks.  Plan accordingly to avoid issues obtaining your ETIAS, visa, airine tickets, and other necessary items for travel.  Failure to receive your passport in time can lead to postponement of your program.

Visa required if not a US citizen. It is your responsibility to check the website of the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago for more information.  Visa cost not included in program cost. 

Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you are on your program.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

Health Precautions

COVID-19 - You are REQUIRED to follow the policies of your host country, the CDC and TSA.  It is your responsibility to know and understand these policies.  If policies change before or during your Course, it is your responsbility to comply with the new policies.  Failure to do so can result in removal from your Course and/or the host country, financial consequences and academic consequences.

Walking/mobility/travel - Walking included in excursions but varies in length and intensity.  Expect to walk 5-8 miles per day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day, sometimes over uneven terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  Some excursion sites and historic areas have limited handicapped accessibiity.  Sidewalks in these areas can be narrow with uneven surfaces. 
You will also be responsible for moving your own luggage.

Environmental - Average daytime temperatures are in the mid-70s to 90s for this time period.  Excursions and some portions of the Course will be conducted outside, regardless of the weather.  Sun protection, including sunscreen, is strongly recommended.

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel  if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions. 

Vaccination - No vaccinations are required for entry into Italy.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Accessibility - Accessibility and accommodation are very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $3,400-$3,600
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging (double/multi-bedded occupancy), entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline October 31, 2023
Non-refundable deposit $1,075 due December 8, 2023 
Second payment
$1,200 due January 31, 2024
Final payment* Balance due March 1, 2024

* Costs subject to change based on student enrollment, exchange fluctuations and flight costs.

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals .

Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: January 31, 2024.  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and increased costs.

MANDATORY Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2024


Credit offered

ARTH 379 - Counts as an upper-division Art History elective for Art majors (both BFA and BA) and Art History minors

MST 679 - Can used to supplement required coursework of a MA in Museum Studies

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Program fits your specific academic needs.  

  • Explore works of contemporary art by internationally recognized artists in venues of international renown 
  • Process the works selected for international biennials through discussion, reflection and studio time
  • Connect with people who create space and platforms for international arts in Europe and learn how such spaces are made and entered   

Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Susan Czechowski .  






Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
Study Abroad Advisor

Horrabin Room 8


Advising appointments

Susan Czechowski
Faculty leader

Garwood Room 25A


Information Sessions

Thursday, October 5, 4 pm, Garwood 10

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