VIU Liberal Studies Field School to Italy 2024

Tentative Dates: May 15 to June 15, 2024

Program Overview

The Italy Program provides a stimulating interdisciplinary exploration of one of the most dynamic and significant periods in the history of European culture. The setting - the city of Florence - is perfect because of its immense contribution to the Renaissance, the 14th-16th century reawakening of humanistic learning and artistic endeavour.

Participants of a previous Liberal Studies Field School abroad in Italy Participants of a previous Liberal Studies Field School abroad in Italy

The Program may be taken for credit or on an audit basis. It covers art, architecture, literature, science and philosophy, through the works of such figures as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Artemisia Gentileschi, Galileo, Clare of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Dante, Boccaccio, and Machiavelli. Participants attend lectures, concerts and visits to museums, galleries and other artistic sites, in Florence and elsewhere, and meet in small seminars to discuss the writings of the period.

Find out more information on the Liberal Studies department website.

Application Procedure

Deadline to Apply: November 22, 2023

Interested students should contact Mark Blackell at

International and domestic VIU students.

Field School Fees Include:

  • Shared accommodation
  • Most program related travel (in Italy)
  • Program activity costs: entrance fees, rental of classroom space
  • Books
  • A couple of group meals

Expenses Not Included:

  • Tuition
  • Return airfare to and from the field school
  • Passport/Visa expenses
  • Most meals
  • Guard.Me travel medical insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Visiting student application fees VIU (for TMU students)

Payment Schedule

Deposit*$600December 13, 2023
Payment 1$1300February 10, 2024
Payment 2/Final Payment$1300March 10, 2024

*Non-refundable deposit required to secure your seat in the program

All payments must be made by the student record. Credit cards are NOT accepted.

Please review the VIU Education Abroad Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Passports: All participants must have a valid passport good for six months after your return. Applications for Canadian passports are available at Canada Post offices. Students must be able to legally travel outside of Canada and through/to the USA.

International students going abroad must make sure their TRV and Study Permits are up-to-date and won't expire while they are abroad.

Visas: Students will be responsible for applying for and securing their own visas (where appropriate). Canadian citizens will not normally require a visa.

International students may require a Schengen visa as per European Union entrance requirements.

Mark Blackell

Education Abroad

Building 255, 2nd Floor
Phone: (250) 753-3245 local 2494