Syracuse University

Study abroad in Florence, Italy

Welcome to SU Florence!

Renaissance palaces and the Ponte Vecchio aside, you'll find that Florence rivals most world-class cities in the matters of food, cultural events, fashion, and sheer academic opportunity. The city is nothing less than a joyous living museum where architectural and artistics masterpieces greet you at nearly every turn. To get a feel for what life is like on campus, check out the SU Florence site.

Expect to be deeply engaged with your studies and host culture. Site visits within Florence and field trips throughout Italy and beyond are integral to the academic program, and your homestay will round out both your personal and educational experience. Consider supplementing your academic program with one of over 50 internship opportunities.

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Florence Center

This program is for students who wish to take all of their courses at Syracuse University's Center in Florence. It offers Italian language courses at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, along with a broad selection of courses taught in English.

Florence Center: Intensive Language Program at the University of Florence

Take your Italian language classes at the Centro di Cultura per Stranieri (part of the University of Florence), located just across the Piazza from the SU Florence Center. The Centro hosts students from around the globe, allowing you to interact with students from all over the world while studying Italian language and culture. 

Florence Center: Direct Enrollment at the University of Florence

This program offers full cultural and academic immersion for students who would like to study alongside Italian students in selected courses at the University of Florence. Courses are instructed in Italian and offered in a wide range of disciplines. 

Florence Center & Culinary Institute (Apicius)

Students in cuisine, hospitality, and other food-related programs can delve deeper into the culinary treasure of Tuscany by taking two or three courses at the Apicius International School of Hospitality. Italian language and an elective course at the SU Florence Center complete the program. 

Florence Center: Architecture (B.Arch)

The SU Florence architecture program is designed for undergraduate students enrolled in a professional Architecture program, who have completed five semesters of design studio, either at Syracuse University or another school.

Florence Center: Architecture (M.Arch)

Students currently enrolled in a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.I) program have the opportunity to participate in the program in Florence for a semester. Program highlights include six credits of design coursework and an extensive field study program to architectural sites throughout Italy.

Florence Center: Pre-professional Architecture

This rigorous program is designed for students in a non-professional architecture or environmental design degree program who wish to gain greater knowledge and skill in the art of architecture, architectural design, art history, and graphics, and other students with a strong interest in exploring architecture and architectural design. Preferred applicants will demonstrate drawing or visualization skills on their transcript or by submitting some examples of their work. 

Florence Center: Studio Arts

This program is for designed for Studio Art majors or minors, offering studio classes in disciplines including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Studio Arts students typically enroll in 2-3 studio classes, Italian language, and one other course from the variety of offerings at the SU Center.

Florence Center: Engineering and Computer Science

This spring-only program is open to second year students in aerospace, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering programs. Courses offered cover all engineering and math requirements for sophomore spring semester in aerospace, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering programs.

Special Program: The Florence Graduate Program in Renaissance Art

The Graduate School of Syracuse University and the Department of Art and Music Histories conduct a one-of-a-kind M.A. program devoted to studying Renaissance art in Florence. The Florence program offers highly motivated students a unique opportunity to carry out advanced research, including first-hand examination of art, architecture, and urban settings. Already at the master’s level, students make original contributions to the field: they collaborate in a research project and present the results of their study at the annual Symposium in Florence. Candidates first apply through the Syracuse University Graduate School and are screened and ranked by the Department of Art and Music Histories' Graduate Committee. Once you are on campus for the first, Syracuse-based semester, you will apply through SU Abroad to go to Florence.





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SU Florence Viewbook

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An overview of the SU Florence program is available in our new viewbook! Click the photo above for the pdf version, or request a copy of your own by filling out this form to have one mailed to you!

Meet our students

Brittany Rall

Brittany Rall, an SU junior majoring in EEE and marketing, went to Florence in Fall 2012 and experienced what makes SU Florence such a great program: an amazing internship with an Italian wedding planner and the immersive Greek Odyssey Signature Seminar. Visit our Florence Global Ambassadors page to meet more alumni ready to share their advice and experiences with you.

Program Dates

Programs which include study at local universities may not have a break or may have different break and exam periods and program end dates. All students receive detailed program calendars upon arrival abroad. 

Florence Fall 2014 Program Dates
Optional Signature Seminar: August 25 - September 2, 2014
All programs arrive: September 2, 2014
SU Center Program Classes Begin: September 8
Financial Deadline to Drop Class: September 29
SU Center Program Semester Break: October 24 - November 2
Adv Language Program Break: October 29 (afternoon) - November 2
SU Center Program Final Exams Begin: December 13
SU Center & Adv. Lang. Programs End: December 17, 2014 *

* U. of Florence students may need to stay beyond this date and should check with our office before booking airline tickets.

Florence Spring 2015 Program Dates
Adv Lang * Students Arrive: January 5, 2015
Group Flight departure: January 12, 2015
SU Center Program Classes Begin: January 19
Financial Deadline to Drop Class: February 6
SU Center Program Semester Break: March 6-15
SU Center Program Final Exams Begin: April 27
SU Center & Adv. Lang * Programs End: April 30, 2015
Optional Signature Seminar: April 30 - May 11
U. of Florence Program Ends: By Early June (TBC)
* Dates for first session of Advanced Language Program.

Discovery Florence

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Learn more about this program just for first-semester, first-year students at SU's College of Arts and Sciences.