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Program Description:
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Intensive Language Program at the University of Florence

This program is ideal for those who would like to immerse themselves in intensive Italian language and cultural studies while in 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 SU Florence Center. The Centro hosts students from around the globe, allowing you to interact with other international students while studying Italian language and culture.

Program Details

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 12-19
  • Language prerequisite: At least two years of college-level Italian or the equivalent
Academics

Classes at the Centro are taught by professors of the University of Florence. Italian is the one language common to all Centro faculty and students, and all classes are conducted entirely in Italian, including oral and written reports and examinations.

You will earn at least seven credits in this program (six credits for the Italian Language class at the Centro plus one additional credit for a pre- or post-Centro review course at the SU Florence Center). You may opt to earn additional credits by attending a lecture series at the Centro. The optional lectures are worth one credit each and are offered on Italian literature, Italian history, or Italian art history. You are also given the option to attend other selected lectures at the Centro on a non-credit basis. The lecture series at the Centro begins once the 10-week language classes have ended. 

Intensive Italian Language Courses (6 credits)

You will be placed in one of the following intensive language courses at the Centro (determined by placement exam):

  • ITA 380.1-Intermediate High
  • ITA 380.2-Advanced I
  • ITA 380.3-Advanced II

Pre- and Post-Centro Courses (1 credit)

All intensive language students will take a one-credit review course at the SU Florence Center in addition to the six-credit language course at the Centro. In the fall semester, the course is held prior to the start of classes at the Centro and is intended to prepare students for the placement exam and study at the Centro. In the spring semester, the course supplements the Centro program by continuing language study during the last month of the Florence program.

  • ITA 315 Italian Practicum I (fall semester)
  • ITA 316 Italian Practicum II (spring semester)

You will also enroll in two to three courses (6-9 credits total) at the SU Florence Center. You will select courses offered in the afternoon to accomodate the morning class schedule at the Centro. You may take any of the SU Florence Center classes that fit into your schedule at the Centro (as long as any pre-requisites have been met) including a 3-credit course on Italian literature.

If you meet the language requirement, you can elect to enroll directly into courses taught in Italian offered at the University of Florence.

Schedule

The program at the Centro is ten weeks long. In the fall, the program begins in early October and ends in mid-December. In the spring, the program begins in early January and ends in mid-March. Accordingly, spring semester intensive language students may have to arrive in Florence earlier than other students (typically less than one week earlier) to be present for the start of classes at the Centro. Typically, there is no mid-term break at the Centro, so classes are conducted during the SU Florence Center fall break and spring break.

Signature Seminar

(3 credits; optional for all Florence students)

SU Florence offers students the ability to participate in a 3-credit Signature Seminar, Greek Odyssey. Enhance your semester abroad by navigating the Mediterranean to chart the artistic, cultural, and political origins of Western culture. From morning until night, your classroom will be whatever port, piazza, or ancient temple the day’s journey leads you to. The seminar takes place at the conclusion of the spring semester, and prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Another Signature Seminar option (available only after the spring semester) is Eco-City Europe, a traveling seminar that visits several European cities where the changing transportation, food supply, waste cycle, and energy balance demonstrates an alternative urbanism. You will examine inspiring transitional examples of new lifestyles that attempt to address overall questions of how to confront the changing climate.

Housing

Undergraduate students live with Italian hosts. Homestays allow students to practice Italian learned in class and to gain insight into Italian culture and lifestyle. Hosts are carefully screened and most have hosted SU students for many semesters. Hosts represent all walks of life and professions: some are large families, some are retired couples, some are divorced or single parents, some are young couples. Placements are arranged by the housing coordinator in Florence, based on information you provide about your preferences and special needs. Continental breakfast (seven days a week) and evening meals (five days a week) are included in the program fee when you live with a host.

Program Cost

The cost of the SU Florence program includes SU 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. The academic calendars at foreign universities may differ from the SU Center academic calendar and may require additional housing days based on the student's registration. This billing may occur after the program has begun.

Hear from SU Florence Alumni!

Talk to our SU 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 GoOverseas.com.

Contact

Gael Noyes, admissions counselor for SU Florence: gknoyes@syr.edu

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2018 04/25/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change pending release of local university's calendar. Optional Post-Semester Signature Seminars: April 25-May 4 or 6

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.