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Great Minds of the Renaissance

  1. Program Details

    Why was Galileo, a mathematician, convicted of heresy by the Catholic Church for studying the sun and the moon? Or, that the great artists, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Brunelleschi were also well-known scientists and engineers? The Great Minds of the Renaissance will take an in-depth look at these men and follow their footsteps in across Italy.

    Location Florence & Rome, Italy
    Term May Session, May Session (Spring Semester)
    Housing Apartment, Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor College of Education and Human Development

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Great Minds of the Renaissance

    Did you ever wonder what Galileo found so fascinating about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the study of physics and astronomy? Have you thought about how the beautiful domed churches and capitol buildings were constructed without the use of cranes and modern construction equipment? Or, have you ever been awed about the stories surrounding Michelangelo and his statue of David or his painting of ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican? 

    In this seminar, we will travel to Italy to learn about how the Great Minds of the Renaissance used ideas from mathematics, art, architecture, science, and literature to bring about one of the most transformative eras in history—the Renaissance. 

    Housing & Meals

    Students will live in apartments while in Florence and in a hotel for 3 days in Rome. Included meals: welcome dinner, farewell dinner, 1 cooking class dinner, and 1 pizza making class dinner.

    Application Deadline

    The priority application deadline is February 1st, 2020.

    The final application deadline is March 1st, 2020.

    Program Dates

    Dates Abroad

    May 15 - June 6, 2020

    On-campus class dates

    3 Saturdays in Spring semester; exact dates TBD

    Academics

    EDHD 3161

    4 Credits

    The Great Minds of the Renaissance course focuses on the development of scientific thought and the great minds behind those ideas; it delves into the intersection of scientific ideas with art, culture, religion, politics, etc. In doing so, it also covers a wide range of general or liberal education objectives. We will do this through a variety of activities including: readings, site visits, excursions, class discussions, debates, the construction the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo), and finally, as we recreate the trial of Galileo.

    This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during Spring term. Part of the course will meet on Saturdays, dates TBD. 

    This course can satisfy the Global Perspectives and the Historical Perspectives Liberal Education (LE) requirement.

    Program Leader

    Laura Coffin Koch

    Laura Coffin Koch is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics. Professor Koch has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota since 1985, and has taught study abroad courses for 16 years, in both Florence, Italy, Havana, Cuba, and Istanbul, Turkey.

    Excursions

    The program includes the following excursions:

    • Day-long excursion to Pisa
    • Uffizi Museum
    • Galileo Museum
    • Two-day excursion to Rome including St. Peter's, the Vatican, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum

    Program Fee

    The program fee for May 2020 is $6950. The program fee includes group flight airfare, program administration, housing, some meals (welcome dinner, farewell dinner, pizza making class, cooking class, and one additional dinner and one lunch), international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits (including a bike ride in Tuscany and an evening at the opera), a two day/one night in Venice, a three day/3 nights visit to Rome, and local transportation. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, most meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses. Students who are not full-time and/or non-University of Minnesota students will also be responsible for tuition.

    The cost of this program will be considered as part of your spring semester cost of attendance for financial aid calculations.

    You are eligible to apply for May scholarships for this program. Note that in most cases the award will not be posted to your student account until after the program fee is due.

    Once confirmed your program fee will be billed to your student account during spring semester and will be due prior to program departure.

    Click here for the May 2020 Cost of Participation

    More Information

    Important note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 20 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order that they become complete. Some programs have a history of filling to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended.

    *Students who apply by the priority deadline and confirm within their allotted time will receive the published program fee. All other students may be subject to an airfare increase. Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline.

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the Program Leader for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.

    For more information, contact Laura Coffin Koch.

  3. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term May Session 2020 (Spring on campus course)
    Program Name Great Minds of the Renaissance
    Track Name Great Minds of the Renaissance
    Country Italy

    Important note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 20 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order that they become complete. Some programs have a history of filling to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended.

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    Complete

    When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • First Step session
    • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program. Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    Next Steps

    1. You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
    3. Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
    4. The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
      • Health Information Form
      • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
      • Online Health & Safety Orientation
    5. Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    6. Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
    7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.

    Application Review Process

    Cancellation Policy

    Review the Collegiate/Departmental Program Cancellation Policy before submitting your application for this program.