Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian Studies Abroad’

Video: Do You Know the Code?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

We are thrilled to launch our new Smithsonian Studies Abroad program, designed specially for high school students looking for unique experiences this summer. One of our most popular programs is located in gorgeous Florence, Italy, where students will learn Italian while focusing on the art, architecture, and history of the Renaissance.

Even before the Renaissance, Italy had a fascinating history of conflict between pagan Romans and early followers of Christ.  Issues date back as early as 64 A.D., far before Italy became the predominantly Catholic country we know today. To be Christian could mean prison, torture, or being put to death. As a result, codes were required for Christians to travel throughout the region. What kind of codes were used? Find out by watching this video from the show Decoding Christianity courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel.

The deadline to sign up for Smithsonian Studies Abroad for Summer 2010 is quickly approaching! Click to learn more.

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Photo: Life in a Medieval Walled City

Monday, December 28th, 2009
Students in the medieval town of Ávila

Students in the medieval town of Ávila

How often does an American high school student get to explore a medieval walled city? Ávila, Spain – one of our new Smithsonian Studies Abroad programs – is home to huge brown granite walls built in 1090AD to protect the Spanish territory from the invading Moors. These walls are known throughout Europe as having eighty-two semicircular towers, nine gateways, and for being in excellent condition. They are so unique in their well-preserved state that they became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. Within the walls of the city is the Gothic cathedral, built between the 12th and 14th centuries, which was used not only as a religious site but as a military fortress as well.

Even though it had to protect itself from invaders back then, today the Ávila’s motto is “Una ciudad para todos…” – A city for everyone.

Learn more about our new Smithsonian Studies Abroad experiences for high school students in Spain, Italy and China!

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Photo: Smithsonian Studies Abroad in Florence, Italy

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
One of Galileo's famous telescopes

One of Galileo’s famous telescopes

There’s always a part of us that looks back on when we were teenagers and asks, “What would I have done differently?”

Maybe you would have eaten a little healthier or been a little kinder to that kid that didn’t have many friends. Perhaps you wouldn’t have had your class picture taken with that terrible haircut. For many of us who love to travel, we imagine going back in time and telling ourselves, “You really should study abroad.” Maybe you can’t change the past, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give a little advice to your grandson, daughter, or nephew.

Smithsonian Journeys is proudly introducing a new program this year specifically for high school students called Smithsonian Studies Abroad. Students will not only learn a new language, they will experience living in a new culture by discussing social and political issues with fantastic guest speakers, explore the host country on weekend excursions, and interact with the local community.

One of our inaugural programs is located in Florence, Italy, the homeland of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Galileo. Whether you are a future historian, artist, or scientist, Florence is and always has been significant city center to them all.

Learn more about Renaissance Treasures, our new program for high school students in Florence, Italy

Did you study abroad when you were in high school? Share below.