Discovery Florence: Fall 2021

Discovery Florence, Fall 2019
Discovery Florence, Fall 2019

Discover Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to much of the world’s renowned art and architecture.  A walkable city surrounded by gentle rolling hills, Florence fuses the mystery and beauty of its past with the dynamism and energy of the present.

We have prepared a special first-year program that includes enriching coursework, stimulating cultural activities, engaging teachers, strong student support, and exciting field trips within Italy. 

As part of a small group of highly motivated first-year students, you’ll be starting off your college career with an exceptional experience and a solid academic base.

You’re on the cusp of a memorable semester. So get ready to discover Florence…and get ready to discover all that you are capable of achieving!

Program Details

Syracuse Abroad Virtual Take-Off

  • August 30 – September 14: Pre-Arrival Program
      • Orientation begins online and will continue after arrival in Florence
      • All academic courses begin online. Get a jumpstart!  Meet your fellow Discovery classmates and professors and review syllabi plus foundational material for each course before travel to Florence

Welcome to Florence: In-Person Program Dates

  • September 15: Arrival in Florence 
  • September 15-17: Discovery Orientation
  • September 20: Classes begin
  • October 28 – November 1: Mid-semester mini-break; lots of fun activities will be planned for those who don’t choose to travel independently
  • November 30: Program end date
  • December 11: Program end date for students participating on the optional 3-credit travelling Signature Seminar.


Discovery students live with an Italian host family conveniently located close to the Syracuse Florence Center.  Homestays include daily breakfast and dinner five evenings each week.  Practice your emerging Italian language skills over homemade meals and make lasting friendships with your new family!

Program Highlights

The Discovery Florence curriculum will keep you on track with all your first-year requirements.  The 1-credit required First Year Seminar not only guides you through the challenges and adventures of being a new college student but also keeps you connected with the Main campus and your eventual transition to Syracuse.

Discovery students enjoy local outings and activities designed exclusively for your cohort. This could include a trip to a gelateria to see how italian ice cream is made, or to one of the many artisan workshops for which Florence is famous.

Program Travel: Italy Dive!

  • Discover Italy like no tourist can through faculty and staff led thematic trips based on your interests: #culturalheritage, #inclusivity&diversity, #foodie, #nature, #wellbeing and more!
  • Once in Florence, ‘Dive into Italy’ by signing up for trips to classic must-see places (Venice, Pisa, Rome, Milan), unique locations off the beaten path (Pitigliano and Bolgheri), or unusual day trips (such as hiking along the pilgrim’s trail from Bologna to Rome) – with costs covered by your program fee. These experiential learning trips will perfectly complement your semester in Florence.
  • Travelling seminar: An optional 3-credit Signature Seminar Empires of Exchange will be offered at the end of the semester, November 30-December 11.  Discover Ravenna, the last capital of the Roman Empire, Venice, whose empire was built on trade with Constantinople and the East, and Trieste.  Additional program fee will apply. Please note: Additional Signature Seminar offerings will not be offered in fall 2021.

Engage with your city

  • Immerse yourself in Florentine culture by exploring the city and visiting museums, local markets or workshops. Enjoy extracurricular activities at the Center including cooking classes, tastings, lecture series and more.
  • Virtual, in-person, and hybrid internship opportunities can be arranged.

Program Requirements

  • Independent Travel: Due to international health and safety regulations, students must limit their independent travel to within Italy.  The Syracuse Florence staff will give their expert travel advice on both well-known destinations and hidden gems within the country. 
  • Visas: Because the duration of the program is under 90 days, U.S. citizens will not be required to obtain a student visa.  Students without a visa will need to depart from Italy no later than December 13, 2021.
  • All international students requiring a student visa will work closely with our Florence visa coordinator.
  • Fees: Due to the shorter duration of the program, the program fee has been reduced from $7,500 to $5,900.

Questions about Covid-19 procedures or health and safety abroad?

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