Signature Seminars and Field Trips

Borders in Flux

Florence Signature Seminars

Please note: the following does not reflect the optional signature seminar offerings for the spring 2021 semester. For more details on the optional signature seminars offered for the spring 2021 semester, please visit Spring 2021 Program: Florence.

Florence programs currently offer three optional Signature Seminars for accepted students. Students will apply for a seminar through their OrangeAbroad portal. Space is limited, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Empires of Exchange: Images of Power and Identity in the Mediterranean 

Florence students will be able to participate in Empires of Exchange Signature Seminar to explore how politics, art, and religion connected Palermo (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain) in the past. Throughout this traveling seminar, students will study the artistic and architectural exchanges brought about by the Mediterranean Sea while also discovering how the past has influenced the modern regions these cities have formed. (Limited enrollment)

Borders in Flux: Identities and Conflict in Ireland

Students travel as a group to discover the relationship between religion and politics across the ‘Emerald Isle’. Visits to Dublin, Derry/Londonderry, and Belfast demonstrate the importance of identity to Ireland’s past and present. In each city, students will examine concepts of Irishness and Britishness, religious conflict and the present day impact of Brexit. (Limited enrollment)

Culinary Crossings: Exploring Mediterranean Food Systems through Photography 

The Culinary Crossings Signature Seminar enables students to examine how food practices express local and regional identities as they travel to Nicosia (Cyprus) and Siracusa (Italy). During their travels, students use photography to explore the social and cultural exchanges that have been shaping the Mediterranean (and societies beyond) from a food-systems perspective. This is a post-semester signature seminar. (Limited enrollment)


All-school field trips

In addition to extensive course-related field study, there are a number of all-school field trips that give all students, regardless of major, the opportunity to appreciate the history, art, and culture of Italy. Transportation, hotel, entry fees, and lectures for the field trips are all covered by the Florence program fee. The all-school field trips offer students a fantastic opportunity to travel within Italy with the guided expertise of Syracuse Florence field trip lecturers.


Course-related field study

Some courses offered in Florence have a field study component designed to provide first-hand experience. For example, Architecture students in professional degree programs participate in a distinct field trip series led by architects. When field studies are associated with a course, an extra course fee is charged to cover supplies, overnight accommodations, entrance fees, and other expenses. A full list of course-related fees will be distributed to all program participants prior to registration; course fees are not billed until registration has occurred and students have selected their classes.