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My study abroad in Italy was the best experience. I studied at the top design school and lived in the fashion center of Europe. I was surrounded by people from different countries who were serious about fashion and design. I would recommend this program for sure!

Emma Trindel
SUNY Oneonta

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Field Trips

KEI organizes cultural field trips in Milan, Florence and Venice (semester only). Transportation, lodging and admission for planned activities are included in the program fee. KEI reserves the right to change planned excursions for destinations of equal value and interest. Excursions may change based on availability, local festivals and interest. Academic year and multiple term students participate on planned excursions during their first term of study.


Milan's artistic past as a center of opera and arts is now overshadowed by its industrial appearance. Yet one can still find several exquisite churches, cathedrals and theaters. Leonardo daVinci's most famous painting The Last Supper is on display in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie. Other points of interest include the Railway Station, Republic Square, International Exhibition Complex, Arch of Peace, Sempione Park, Sforzesco Castle, Basilica of St. Ambrogio, Archaeological Museum, St. Lorenzo, St. Eustorgio, Naviglio Quarter, St. Maria Church, St. Celso Churches, Duomo Square, Cathedral, La Scala Opera House, Vittorio Emanuela Arcade, Palazzo Brera, Casa di Manzoni, Via Montenapoleone, Planetarium and Porta Venezia.


From an army camp established by Julius Caesar, Florence rose to international grandeur largely through the influence of the Medici family in the 14th century. This family of bankers had the money, prestige and desire to commission major works of art and architecture, mostly sacred. Florence's primary landmark, the Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) was completed in this time, and featured works by Giotto, Ghiberti and Brunelleschi. Other treasure troves of art include the Uffizi Gallery, Accdemia dell'Arte del Disegno, Michelangelo's David, Piazza Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church, S. Lorenzo Church, Palazzo Pitti (Palatina Gallery), Boboli Garden, Medici's Chapels, Piazzale Michelangelo, San Miniato Church, Villa La Petraia, Fiesole, Villa Gamberaia Garden, Carmine Church, Brancacci Chapel, Cestello, S. Spirito Churches and Cenacolo di Ognissanti.

Venice (Semester Only)

There is much to see and do in Venice and the surrounding region (Venetto). Some of the more notable destinations include the following: St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, Rialto, Bridge of Sighs, Church S. Nicolo dei Mendicoli, Church of S. Pietro di Castello, Scovegni Chapel, Biblioteca Fava (private manuscript collections), San Zaccaria, Church of St. Maria dei Miracoli, Frari, Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Palace of San Marco, the Old Arsenal, Scuola of San Giorgio, Island of Trocello, Church of Santa Maria e Donato in Murano, Basilica of St. Antonio in Padua and Island of St. Lazzaro delgi Armeni.

Rome (Optional)

All roads lead to Rome, and the 21st century still proves this to be true. There is much to wonder about in Rome. Some notable landmarks include Saint Peter's, Roman Forum, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Hill, Castel S. Angelo, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza Navona, Catacombs, Piazza Venezia, San Paolo, Nero's Golden House, Borghese Gallery, Vatican Necropolis, Statue of Moses in San Pietro in Vincoli and Tre Scalini's Tartufo con Panna.

NOTE: Rome is an optional excursion and not included in the program fee. KEI will organize an overnight excursion to Rome if 4 or more students are interested. The cost will depend on the number of nights and itinerary in Rome. On average, students should budget 300 to 400 euro.

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