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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Padova, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Global Perspectives in Mental Illness and Treatment

Spring Break: March 10 - 18, 2018

Program Description


USF partners with the Florence University of the Arts (FUA), in collaboration with the University of Florida, to present this Spring Break Study Abroad Program.

The area of concentration will examine:

Global Perspectives in Mental Illness and Treatment

gpmhThe participating student will gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of mental health treatment in the United States and in Italy by comparing individual and societal attitudes and treatment philosophies and models.

Students will learn about the changes in perception of mental illnesses from possession by the Devil, sorcery, and lunacy as influenced by the moon, and explore how treatment philosophies have evolved from exorcism, electro conclusive (shock) treatment and (ice pick) lobotomy. They will also study how the loci of treatment has moved from the institution to the community, and consider how advances, or lack thereof, in medical research and use of psychotropic medications impacts the treatment strategies. Further, students will explore the impact of evidence-based practices combined with growth of recovery and positive approaches to treatment has evolved in the United States and European countries.

FUA, our host institution, provides a centrally located classroom site and facilities including library and computer lab, as well as a cultural program that augments classroom study. The program provides carefully-selected apartment housing within walking distance of the institute.

Tentative Itinerary. Please note that itinerary is subject to change:  Tentative Itinerary.pdf


gpmhThe glory of Florence is rooted in its past. The Medicis commanded the city's fortunes for centuries and, as patrons, they encouraged the Renaissance's influence on the city. Visitors from all over the world come to admire the magnetic charm of the Baptistry, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi, Pitti Palace, and the Ponte Vecchio. Considered one of the most romantic cities of the world, Venice is made up of a collection of more than 110 small islands, connected by a web of canals and bridges. The city appears to be floating in the Venetian lagoon, calm and serene yet oddly threatened by the nearby Adriatic Sea. Influenced by both eastern and western cultures, this once bustling part city has tons to offer visitors from all walks of life.

Host Institution

The seat of the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is located in the historic Palazzo Doni, just a few steps from the splendid Piazza Santa Croce in the quarter of Florence that takes its name from the celebrated church. During the Renaissance period, the Palazzo Doni housed famous works of art: the most significant of these is Michelangelo's round painting of the Holy Family – the so called Tondo Doni, now in the Uffizi Gallery.

The interior work-spaces of Florence University of the Arts are extremely well outfitted, whether for laboratorial and hands-on or theoretic courses. The three media labs are used for courses in Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion & Accessory Design, and Video Production.

Florence University of the Arts (FUA) offers the possibility of studying while living immersed in a culturally advanced atmosphere that has rendered Florence one of the most famous art centers in the world. Our students have the advantage of exercising the continuous evolution of artistic practice and theory supported by two architectural bastions that keep alive Florentine tradition, culture, and the unforgettable moment in human history we call the Renaissance.

Who Can Participate

The program is open to students of any major, 18 years of age or older with an interest in the subject area. Please note that there are no course prerequisites.

How to Apply

Detailed information on How to Apply can be found here.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for applying for the program is December 1, 2017. Subject to availability, additional registrations may be accepted after this date.

All applicants must submit a signed course approval forms must be submitted to the Education Abroad Office in order to be accepted into the program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.