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Florence Center: Studio Arts

The SU Florence Studio Arts program is an opportunity to research and explore creative and innovative approaches to making art while living in a city with one of the world's greatest artistic patrimonies. Studio arts students typically enroll in two to three studio classes, Italian language, and one other course from the variety of offerings at the SU Center. An art portfolio is required for visiting students at the time of application.

Portfolio requirements:
  • 12-15 work samples
  • We suggest you include a few different mediums, if it also demonstrates your strongest work

The program offers courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital photography, and antique painting techniques (fresco and egg tempera) on the SUF campus, as well as metalsmithing, batik, silkscreen, and weaving at Fuji Studios located in the city center. In tandem with their studio work, students visit local galleries, museums, churches, market squares, and gardens where Italian art and culture become one.

Signature Seminar

(3 credits; optional for all Florence student)

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 begins at the conclusion of the spring semester and 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.

Studio arts students may alternately opt to share apartments with other students in the program because of the special time commitment required in this program. However, space in apartments is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.

Program Costs

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.

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


Gael Noyes, admissions counselor for SU Florence:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2018 04/25/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. 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.