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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Montepulciano, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy; Verona, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost and Budget: Summer
  • This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

May 14 - July 5, 2019

(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)

Program OverviewGrand Canal

This program will be organized around the thematic development of two divergent means of organizing the environment and its objects, the historical and the formal. Concerning the first, questions to be addressed by the program are "What are the uses of history?"; "Is there any structure to history?"; "Is there a future to history?"; and "What are the alternatives to history?"

In regard to formal analysis, the program will investigate questions such as "What is the coherence of the parti?"; "Are formal concerns evolutionary?"; and "Are formal concerns historical?" 

Referring to both methods, the program will look at the uses of typologies, the relationship between city and country, the elements of the city, the object and the city, the object and the landscape. The scale of element available for analysis will range from detail, through component, object fabric, landscape. The areas chosen for visiting offer a wide range of site of artifact for study, from the Bronze Age to the 20th century, divergent building and urban types, and masterpieces for the major historical periods.

For a sample of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!


  • The Pieces of the City, Evolution or Intervention: Studies of the city, including investigation of elements, methods of organization, generative and critical strategies, the problem of scale, change, growth and culture, relationships between the pieces, multiple readings and social planning
  • It looks like a...: Studies of the object. Investigation will include the formal analysis of façades, sections, space, the inspired details, extendant and competent analysis of buildings and gardens, thematic relationships within and between objects, photography, diagramming, sketching and field notation
  • Study in Rome, Venice, Florence, Verona - some of the most historically significant sites in architecture


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Kentucky College of Design. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

For More Info, contact:
Professor Mark O'Bryan, faculty member in the School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky,

Ms. Molly McMahon, EA Advisor,

Academic Credit

UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.

  • Undergraduate students will enroll in ARC 499: Topics in Architecture (3 credit hours) and ARC 457: Design Studio (6 credit hours). Graduate students will enroll in ARC 699: Topics in Architecture (3 credit hours) and ARC 659: Design Studio (6 credit hours).
  • Interior Design students will receive credit for either ID 321, 359 or 421 (9 credit hours total)
  • All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students will not be required to complete EAP 599-related coursework. Graduate students may opt out of EAP 599 altogether if they wish, however, graduate students who opt out of the course altogether will have to pay tuition for the above listed course(s).

Housing & Meals

Students will reside in a hotel while in Venice, Verona, Montepulciano and Rome. While in Florence, students will reside in a shared apartment. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel each day, as will a welcome and farewell dinner, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own. Kitchen facilities will be available in the apartment while in Florence.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.

Supplemental Materials
This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and WorldStrides ISA Custom Programs (ISA). Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.