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Program Description:
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Florence Center: Engineering

This spring-only program is open to second year students in aerospace, chemical, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering programs. There is no language prerequisite, however, all students must take an Italian language course (pass/fail).

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 can petition the Syracuse University L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science to apply.
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 12-19 credits
  • No language prerequisite

In this program, five courses will be offered: These courses cover all engineering and math requirements for sophomore spring semester in aerospace, chemical, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering programs.

Signature Seminar

(3 credits; optional for all students)

Syracuse Florence offers students the opportunity to participate in a 3-credit Signature Seminar, "The 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 semester courses in the spring.

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.


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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse Florence Center 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.

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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.