Program Site: Syracuse University campus in central Florence and the University of Florence
Eligibility: Minimum cumulative USC 3.0 GPA and at least two semesters of college-level Italian with a B average or above at the time of application. Some options require four or more semesters of Italian. The Italian courses taken to meet the language requirement for program eligibility must be taken for a letter grade. Students applying to the Studio Art program must submit a portfolio of their work.
Description: To live in Florence is to spend every day in an active and breathing museum. With a population of about 500,000, the city is large enough to always find something to do, yet small enough to discover one’s own personal Firenze.
The Syracuse program is one of the oldest U.S. study abroad programs in Italy and welcomes about 300 students per semester. Its campus contains five buildings including the Villa Rossa, constructed by a noble family in 1892.
Academics: The Florence program offers a wide selection of courses in areas such as anthropology, art history, classics, drama/film studies, economics, fine arts, gender studies, history, Italian, literature, political science and religion. Most courses include site visits in Florence and guest lectures by visiting or local scholars. The Arts & Sciences academic program is divided into various options:
Fine Arts majors can enroll in the Studio Art Program and take drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking at the Syracuse center. Students may also be placed in Florentine studios where they can work with local and international students. Placements in studios are available in fiber arts, metalsmithing, printmaking, painting restoration and surface pattern design. A gala art show celebrates student work at the end of the semester.
Sample Syracuse courses:
Course Load and Credit: Students take 5 courses per semester, one of which must be Italian language, for a total of up to 18 units.
Activities and Other Program Features: In addition to course-related field study, there are a number of ‘all school’ field trips that give students the opportunity to appreciate the history, art, and culture of Italy. Past trips have included the Etruscan archaeological sites, Rome, Pisa, and Assisi. Syracuse also has a guest lecturer program and sponsors cultural events such as concerts and art exhibitions.
Students may also choose to participate in Syracuse’s internship or volunteer program. Placements are available in a wide variety of settings, including municipal organizations, museums, NGOs, schools, and small and large businesses. USC credit for internships is not guaranteed; please click here for more info.
Accommodations: Students live in homestays with Italian families throughout Florence. Continental breakfast is served daily with five evening meals provided during the week.
Dates: Fall, Spring or Year. Fall semester runs from late August to mid December (Italian university classes are in session until late December). Spring semester runs from early January to late April (Italian university classes are in session until mid June).
Estimated Semester Cost: