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Program Description:
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Florence Center: Architecture (M.Arch.I)

The program consists of a six-credit drawing studio (ARC 608 or ARC 609), a three-credit survey course (ARC 571, which includes site visits throughout the region), and an architectural history course. Graduate students may choose to audit an Italian language course.

Program Details
  •     Minimum 2.5 GPA
  •     Credit hours: 9-15
  •     No language prerequisite

Students currently enrolled in a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.I) program have the opportunity to study in Florence for a semester. Program highlights include six credits of design coursework and an extensive field study program to architectural sites throughout Italy.

The Florence architecture program has its own studio facilities and review spaces at Piazzale Donatello, one block from the SU 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 must submit a portfolio of studio work with their application materials.

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)

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 start 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.


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 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. 

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Gael Noyes, admissions counselor for SU Florence:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/01/2017 ** 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.