The Syracuse Florence campus comprises five buildings all within a 5-minute walking distance of each other and within a 15-minute walk of Florence’s historic center. Villa Rossa (Piazza Savonarola, 15) is the administrative and academic hub of the campus and connects to the Annex, Dependance, Villino/Library through a splendid Tuscan garden. The art and architecture studios are located just a short walk away in Piazzale Donatello.
Academic Disciplines and Subject Areas
Each semester Syracuse Florence offers a wide range of undergraduate courses in a variety of disciplines. Many courses are cross-listed in one or more of the following subject areas or disciplines, such as: architecture, art history, humanities, social sciences, studio arts, Italian language, engineering, business, food studies and nutrition, and geology.
Faculty & Staff
Syracuse Florence boasts a diverse and highly qualified staff made up of native Italians, as well as other Europeans and North Americans who have long adopted Florence as their home. The same is true for the outstanding faculty of internationally renowned scholars who are passionate about the courses they teach.
Each semester Syracuse Florence organizes a series of lectures and special events aimed at promoting a better understanding of Italian history and culture.
Class-related and/or all school field trips travel to different parts of Italy every weekend.
Graduate Program in Renaissance Art
A maximum of 10 graduate candidates are admitted each year to the prestigious Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art.
Health and Wellness
A full-time staff member is dedicated to caring for student health and wellness on campus; an in-house medical doctor is available on campus twice a week by appointment; private medical services are available in Florence 24/7.
The Syracuse Florence emergency phone is on at all times and staffed by five team members on a rotating basis. The number is provided upon arrival in Florence.
Homestays consistently rank as one of the best parts of a student’s study abroad experience in Florence. Indeed, 80% of all Syracuse Florence students live in Italian homestays and most of those stay in contact with their host families long after the semester is over. Architecture students live in apartments with other Syracuse students, given the particular demands of their program of study.
Undergraduate students may do an academic internship for 1 to 3 credits per semester.
Library and Academic Resources
The Syracuse Florence library is a great place to study in the company of other students and has the largest collection of books, DVDs, and periodicals of any undergraduate program in Florence.
The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutorials for students who need help with academic writing.
The Villa Rossa Voice is a bi-annual newsletter written for, by, and about students, faculty, and staff.
Syracuse Florence faculty are active scholars, artists, and professionals who continuously contribute to their respective fields of knowledge and creativity. The library is fortunate to have copies of many of their faculty publications.
The Villa Rossa Series is a 5-volume series of books written by faculty.
During the fall/spring semesters, the student body is comprised of 230-280 undergraduate students and 4-7 graduate students.
Approximately 50% of the undergraduate student body comes from Syracuse University and the other 50% from partner colleges and universities.
Intercultural activities are offered to provide a better understanding of Italian culture. Activities include cooking classes, wine & oil tastings, soccer games, Italian-English conversation exchange, and more.
Through the Community Engagement program, students break cultural barriers by volunteering their time to help local causes.
Sustainability at Syracuse Florence
Syracuse Florence seeks to engage students in its growing commitment to a greener and more just world.
Syracuse Florence constantly updates and upgrades its technology resources to provide the best equipment and services we can. A computer lab in the Villa Rossa consists of over 20 PCs while the architecture studios have their own 4 PCs. Wireless hotspots are located throughout the campus for the use of mobile devices.
Tuition, Fees, and How to Apply