While you’re studying in Florence, most students will live with a host family. Time and again, Florence alumni say their host family experience was the most valuable part of their time abroad. The combination of formal Italian lessons and home-based language practice with native speakers has proven to be an authentic, effective means of learning a language. Moreover, being part of a family means participating directly in Italian daily life—the best way to gain insights into and integrate fully with a culture.
Syracuse Florence has been working with our host families for years (and decades, in some cases)! Host families are carefully screened by the Florence Housing Office. Staff will use the information from your housing form to choose a family that is compatible with your needs (dietary, smoking/non-smoking, pet allergies, etc.). Your hosts represent all walks of life and professions: large families, retired couples, divorced or single parents, and young couples with children.
More information about the host family process – including Q&A, guidelines, and a photo gallery – is available on the Syracuse Florence website.
Architecture students may choose to live with Italian hosts or share an apartment with other students in the program. Some studio arts students may also be placed in apartments on a space-available basis. Apartments are booked in advance by the Florence Housing Office and assigned to students by using the information from your housing request form. All apartments are fully furnished including bedding, and are equipped with basic utilities such as washing machines and kitchen utensils.
More information about apartments – including Q&A – is available on the Syracuse Florence website.