Field Study


Signature Seminar: The Greek Odyssey (optional)

SU Florence offers students the option to participate in a three-credit Signature Seminar. Enhance your semester abroad by navigating the Mediterranean to chart the artistic, cultural, and political origins of Western culture. From morning until night, your classroom will be whatever port, piazza, or ancient temple the day’s journey leads you to. Read on for dates, itinerary, and registration information.

Signature Seminar: Eco-City Europe (optional)

Another Signature Seminar option (available only after the spring semester) is Eco-City Europe, a traveling seminar that visits several European cities where the changing transportation, food supply, waste cycle, and energy balance demonstrates an alternative urbanism. You will examine inspiring transitional examples of new lifestyles that attempt to address overall questions of how to confront the changing climate. Read on for dates, itinerary, and registration information.

All-School Field Trips

In addition to extensive course-related field study, there are a number of all-school field trips that give all students, regardless of major, the opportunity to appreciate the history, art, and culture of Italy. Transportation, hotel, entry fees and lectures for the field trips are all covered by the Florence program fee. The all-school field trips offer students a fantastic opportunity to travel within Italy with the guided expertise of our SU Florence faculty.

Course-Related Field Study

Some courses offered in Florence have a field study component designed to provide first-hand experience. For example, Architecture students in professional degree programs participate in a distinct field trip series led by architects. When field studies are associated with a course, an extra course fee is charged to cover supplies, overnight accommodations, entrance fees, and other expenses. A full list of course-related fees will be distributed to all program participants prior to registration and course fees are not billed until registration has occured in Florence and students have selected their classes.