Syracuse University

Study abroad in Florence, Italy

Welcome to SU Florence!

For hundreds of years, Florence has remained a perpetual fountain of creativity and intellectual thought. The city is bursting with architectural and artistic masterpieces waiting to be explored. In addition, you'll find a city that's fast becoming an international hub for European politics, business, and international education.

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. To get a feel for what life is like on campus, check out the SU Florence site.

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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 (courses taught in Italian)

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 & University of Florence (courses taught in English)

(Fall only) The course schedule at the University of Florence (UF) includes a variety of courses in economics and political science offered in English, which provides an exciting opportunity for SU Florence Center students who are not proficient in Italian language to take a class with Italian students. These classes will meet at UF, an approximately 30-minute one-way commute from the SUF campus.

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: 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

(Spring only) This program is open to second year students in aerospace, chemical, 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

Florence Cover

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! Course listings in these books are subject to change; for the most up-to-date information on course offerings, click here.

Meet our students

Mona Fulambarkar

Mona Fulambarkar, a fourth-year architecture student, went to Florence in Fall 2014 and found the experience of living with a Florentine family to be the most valuable part of her semester abroad. Visit our Florence Global Ambassadors page to meet more alumni ready to share their advice and experiences with you.

Discovery Florence

Florence field trip

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