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Direct Enrollment at the University of Florence

This program offers full cultural and academic immersion for students who would like to study alongside Italian students in selected courses at the University of Florence. Courses are taught in Italian and offered in a wide range of disciplines with tutors providing academic support. It is typical for students to enroll in one to three courses at the University of Florence and one to three courses at the SU Center, allowing you to remain an active part of the SU Florence student body while also studying alongside native Florentines.

Program Details

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 12-19
  • Language prerequisite: Advanced language proficiency required. Qualified students will be admitted based on academic record, recommendation by current Italian language instructor, an essay, and an interview in Italian upon arrival in Florence

Students in the direct enrollment option may enroll in up to three corsi singoli. Each course at the University of Florence typically earns 4 or 5 credits. You must also enroll in at least one 3-credit course at the SU Center. You may also take an intensive language course for 6 credits at the Centro di Cultura per Stranieri.

All courses at the University of Florence are conducted entirely in Italian, including oral and written reports, examinations, and research papers. Direct enrollment students are assigned a personal tutor in their field of study, which fulfills contact hour requirements for each corso singolo.

Signature Seminar

(3 credits; fall only)

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 prior to the start of the fall semester.


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.

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Gael Noyes, admissions counselor for SU Florence:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/31/2017 ** Rolling Admission 08/29/2017 12/20/2017
NOTE: End date is tentative and subject to change pending release of the local university's calendar. Optional Signature Seminar: August 16-28.
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2018 06/07/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change pending release of local university's calendar.

** 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.