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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Photo from Carlee MurrayFlorence Center: Architecture (B.Arch)

The Syracuse Florence architecture program is designed for students enrolled in a professional architecture program, either at Syracuse University or another school. The program consists of a 6-credit drawing studio (ARC 407 or ARC 408), a 3-credit survey course (ARC 571, which includes site visits throughout the region), and an Italian language course. Architecture students may choose to enroll in an additional elective from a variety of courses at the Syracuse Center.

Program Details
  •     Minimum GPA: 2.5
  •     Credit hours: 12-19
  •     No language prerequisite
  •     Not open to visiting students

The Florence architecture program has its own studio facilities and review spaces at Piazzale Donatello, one block from the Syracuse Center at Piazza Savonarola. Study and design work is intensified by the presence of distinguished visiting Italian and European critics who join the faculty each semester for lectures, as well as for final semester reviews.

Course Schedule:

Admission Requirements

Approval from the Syracuse University School of Architecture is required. Students enrolled in professional programs at other universities who have completed five semesters of design studio may apply, and must submit a portfolio of studio work with their application materials. Admission for visiting students is offered on a space-available basis.

Portfolio requirements:

Submit a 12-20 page portfolio (not to exceed 9' by 12') consisting of previous architectural studio work. Applicants should not include original artwork. All items should indicate the approximate date of production and whether the work was a result of coursework, professional or freelance activities, or collaboration. All information submitted should include the applicant's name and date of birth.

Signature Seminar

(3 credits; optional for all Florence students) Available prior to the fall semester, Greek Odyssey gives you the chance to chart the artistic, cultural, and political origins of Western culture. Together with a small, intimate group of students, you will explore and discuss the rise and collapse of Minoan Crete and Homeric Mycenae, the development of pan-hellenism in Aesclepian medicine, Olympian sports, Delphic prophecy, and the birth of democracy in Athens.


Architecture students may share apartments with other students in the program because of the special time commitment required in this program. The housing coordinator in Florence assists students by locating available furnished apartments and advising on contractual matters. Students in apartments receive a cash allowance from their program fee to partially cover meals and are responsible for preparing their own food. All apartments are fully furnished including bedding, and are equipped with basic utilities such as washing machines and kitchen utensils. Apartments do not have phone lines. We recommend that students rent or purchase cell phones.

Students also have the option of living with host families.

Program Cost

The cost of the Syracuse Florence program includes Syracuse tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a budget sheet (Florence Planning Budget 2017-18.pdf) for students and their families.

Hear from Syracuse Florence Alumni!

Talk to our Syracuse Florence global ambassadors if you have any questions about the program - they are students who have just recently returned from a semester in Florence. You can also check out our program reviews on


Gael Noyes, admissions counselor for Syracuse Florence:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.