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Month Long Art Travel/Study Experience in Florence, Italy

When? June 22–July 22, 2015

This trip is a collaborative venture between the Art Department and the Honors Program.

Students will enroll in two Art, English, and/or Creative Writing classes taught by Professors Chris Stewart and T. J. McLemore in Florence, Italy, at the Santa Reparata International School of Art.

Cost: Airfare, tuition, housing, living expenses, and miscellaneous travel and access fees estimated at around $4,000 per student (after program scholarship awards). For more information, please contact either program director.

Credits: 6

Project Co-Directors:
Chris Stewart, Art Professor and Department Chair, 903-510-2234,
T. J. McLemore, Honors Program Director and Professor of English, 903-510-2895,

Who can come? This summer study abroad program is open to all TJC students. You must apply for the program through this website (link above). Program participation and scholarships will be awarded based on GPA, campus involvement, and strength of application (including applicability of coursework).

What courses will be taught? Possible offerings will include: Studio Art courses in Drawing and Printmaking; Lecture Art Courses in Art History and Art Appreciation; a Creative Writing course in the techniques of fiction, poetry, and travel writing; and a Literature course focusing on the works of great Italian writers, notably Dante Alighieri. Honors Program students will take these courses for honors credit (up to 6 hours). Final decisions about course offerings will be made based on participant needs.

How do I sign up? Because enrollment will be limited to 10–15 students, and since a firm financial commitment to the trip must be demonstrated months in advance, all students who wish to participate in TJC’s Study Abroad in Italy and to be eligible for scholarship funds must submit a brief online application. Please click the "Submit your application" button above to access the application form.

Are scholarships available? Yes. While students will be expected to cover the cost of airfare, living expenses, and regional travel, scholarship funds will be used to defray tuition and hosting fees, class travel, museum cards, etc. All scholarship decisions will be awarded by a committee appointed by the program’s co-directors based on the student’s GPA, campus involvement, and strength of the application (including applicability of coursework).

Contact Information

Chris Stewart
Art Professor and Department Chair

T. J. McLemore
Honors Program Director and Professor of English

2014 Italy Trip Slideshow

More Details:

During your month of classes in Florence, you’ll be studying some of the world’s greatest art in the city where it was made—the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Classes will visit a multitude of art museums, including the Uffizi (containing Botticelli’s Birth of Venus) and the Galleria Dell'Accademia (containing Michaelangelo’s David), both in the studying of art (ARTS 1301) and in the writing of travel narratives and poems (ENGL 2307). We’ll also be studying the city of Florence itself via walking tours and cultural programs through Santa Reparata, our host institution.

Further, although Florence offers more than enough to keep you busy for your month there, you’ll also have the opportunity to see more of Italy (since you’ve flown all the way over there). Weekend trips will be available to Siena, Venice, and Rome. Please note that these “side” trips may require funds beyond the estimated expenses for the trip.

This will be a trip you’ll never forget (and we haven’t even mentioned the food). Please join us.

Fulfilling TJC's 3 Promises
A Quality Education: This semester abroad in Florence, Italy, is an interdisciplinary, academic study abroad experience, the kind of experience rarely available through a two-year institution. You will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make and study art and literature in the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Your classes will be taught by TJC Art Professor and Art Department Chair, Chris Stewart, and by Honors Program Director and English Professor T.J. McLemore. Professor McLemore, though extensive classical study and travel in the region, is well-versed with Roman history and serve as guide and Latin translator in addition to teaching creative writing and literature. Professor Stewart has worked at the Santa Reparata School before, having led a group of 9 TJC students to Florence in summer 2012. He has over 20 years of college teaching experience and is well-versed in the history and traditions of Italy.
Vibrant Student Life: In Italy, you will have a vibrant, study-based international experience—a vital component to a college education—while engaging closely with your fellow TJC students. In addition, you will interact with students from all over the country and the world. The relationships you will develop during this experience will last well beyond the month you are in Italy, potentially lasting a lifetime. You’ll not only bring home photographs, stories, and memories from the trip, but also an international mindset.
Community Service: An extended foreign travel experience not only allows you to experience another culture as an “insider,” but ultimately grants you a better sense and appreciation of your own culture. In Florence, as you gain intimate knowledge of another places and its culture, we hope that you will come to value your own place in the world—even as you come to sense how small that place is. You will bring this knowledge and a sense of interconnectedness and international responsibility back to TJC when you return.
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