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Landscape view looking down on Florence, Italy. The Duomo is visible, treetops are in the foreground, mountains in the background, and the weather is beautiful.

The Sam Fox School offers undergraduate students the opportunity to spend a summer or semester studying architecture, art, and design in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of Western cultural modernity. Classes make use of the rich artistic and cultural environment, urban and architectural history, and contemporary aspects of Florence, as well as the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Instruction takes place on the campus of Santa Reparata International School of Art, located in the central area of Florence. Courses and studios are taught by Washington University faculty and local faculty. Instruction is in English.

Program Options

Florence Semester Program

This semester-long program for Sam Fox School students features intensive studio work in your major—Architecture, Studio Art, Fashion Design, or Communication Design.

Florence Summer

Open to all WashU students, the summer program provides an interdisciplinary learning environment to study architecture, art, and art history, centered around your choice of an architecture or art studio.