Welcome to Syracuse Florence!

Celebrating over 50 years of existence, Syracuse Florence is one of the oldest and most reputable study abroad programs in Italy. Since 1959, when the first 30 students came by ship to study at what was then called the Syracuse Semester in Italy, the Syracuse Florence program has grown to an average of 250 students per semester. The heart of the campus is still the lovely Villa Rossa, the 19th-century family estate of Conte Mario Gigliucci in Piazza Savonarola, and its beautiful garden.

In addition to the art, architecture, history, fashion, and food for which Florence has long been known, you’ll find a city that’s fast becoming an international hub for European politics, business, narrative medicine, and international education. You will be an active participant in city life, as community engagement is a hallmark of Syracuse Florence. Earn credits and add international experience to your résumé by interning with one of Syracuse Florence’s 50 partners. Use the city’s museums, churches, and piazzas as your open-air classrooms and find your place in Florence.

On 21 December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, through an act of terrorism. The explosion killed all 259 passengers and crew members in addition to 11 residents of Lockerbie on the ground. Thirty-five of the victims were students returning from their Syracuse University semester of study abroad in London and Florence.

Kiran Ramsey, Remembrance Scholar for 2016-2017, warmly invites the Syracuse Florence community to remember those who lost their lives and join us on Monday, October 23, at 6:30pm for a screening of the Smithsonian Channel documentary film: “The Lockerbie Bombing.” After the 1-hour documentary, we will hold a candlelight vigil in the Villa Rossa Garden.