Florence, Italy

Syracuse Florence Center building
Villa Rossa: Photo by Caroline Fallon

Welcome to Syracuse 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 learn more about faculty, student life and health & safety, visit the Syracuse Florence website.


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View Spring 2021 program modifications and Frequently Asked Questions.

Click on the appropriate program title below for more information and to begin your application.

NOTE: The Syracuse Florence programs have a “rolling admissions” policy, which means applications are reviewed as they are completed, prior to the deadline.  To ensure full consideration, students are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible due to limited space.  Students will be placed on a waitlist once the program has reached maximum enrollment.  Date of application does not guarantee acceptance.

Exception: Applications for the Florence Design and Florence Engineering programs will be reviewed for admission after the deadline.

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. Most students choose this option. Deadline: October 1/ March 15; GPA – 2.5

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 Syracuse 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. Deadline: October 1/ March 15; GPA – 3.0

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. Deadline: October 1/ March 15; GPA – 3.0

Florence Center: Architecture

The Syracuse Florence architecture program is designed for students enrolled in a professional architecture program who have completed five semesters of design studio. Deadline: October 1/ February 10; GPA – 2.5

Florence Center: Studio Arts

This program is designed for studio art majors or minors, offering studio classes in disciplines including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, ceramics, and photography. Studio arts students typically enroll in 2-3 studio classes, Italian language, and one other elective course at the Syracuse Center. Deadline: October 1/ March 15; GPA – 2.5

Florence Center: Engineering

(Spring only) This program is open to second-year students in aerospace, chemical, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering programs. Courses offered cover most engineering and math requirements for sophomore spring semester in aerospace, chemical, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering programs. Deadline: October 1; GPA – 3.0

Florence Center: Design

(Spring only) Students in a variety of creative majors are invited to apply to participate in the Syracuse Florence design program. This program offers participants the opportunity to take courses in collaborative design and contemporary design history, complemented by studio and academic electives. Deadline: October 1; GPA – 2.75

Florence Center & University of Florence (Courses Taught in English)

(Fall only) The course schedule at the University of Florence (UniFi) includes a variety of courses in economics and political science offered in English, which provides an exciting opportunity for Syracuse Florence Center students who are not proficient in Italian language to take a class with Italian students. These classes will meet at UniFi, an approximate 20-30 minute one-way commute from the Syracuse campus. Deadline: March 15; GPA – 2.5

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. It 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 Syracuse Abroad to go to Florence.


Talk to recent Syracuse Florence students!

The best way to understand what to expect in Florence is to talk to someone who has already participated in the program. Florence global ambassadors took part in school field trips, found the best gelato in the city, and immersed themselves in Italian life with their host families – ask them about Florence!

The language barrier, cultural differences, and chance to live with a host family are some of the aspects of my semester abroad that most challenged me; however, I know that those are also the things that taught me the most about myself, and helped me grow as a person. 

-Shannon Bozman ’20

Read more about Shannon’s journey: Studying abroad: From a dream, to reality.


Florence CoverSyracuse Florence Viewbook

An overview of the Syracuse Florence program is available in our viewbook. Request a copy of your own by filling out this form to have one mailed to you!