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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Open to Visiting Students: YES Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Click here for a definition of this term Admissions GPA Requirement: 2.5 Internships Available: YES
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Host Family Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Art History (HOA), Art Photography (APH), Communication & Rhetorical Studies (CRS), Economics (ECN), History (HST), Italian (ITA), Management (MGT), Nutrition Science & Dietetics (NSD), Psychology (PSY), Sociology (SOC)
Click here for a definition of this term Available Language of Study: Italian Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Courses Taught In: English Program Manager: Stephanie Ramin
Program Description:


What You Need to Know

Rediscover the Renaissance and the rebirth of antiquity in the living museum that is Florence, Italy. The city is your classroom as top researchers and scholars help you uncover the connections among the past and present, politics, and creative genius. The Florence staff and faculty have rich international expertise and research interests. They’ll provide academic and cultural guidance and facilitate your immersion and integration into the community.

The Florence Summer Session allows you to customize your program according to your interests and desire for exploration. To enhance your learning experience, most courses feature field trips and excursions within Florence and to locations outside the city. In addition to their respective course-related trips will be able to go on other day trips such as Insiders Florence: Savor Florence, Insiders Florence: In the Shadow of the Dome, Chianti and Siena, Pienza/Montepulciano, Venice , and Ancient Rome.
Internships are also available. 

Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply to this program.  Please note however that not all courses are offered at the graduate level.

Travel and Living

Students will arrange and pay for their own round-trip transportation to Florence. Transportation for course-related field trips is arranged by Syracuse Abroad and covered by the course fees.

A group flight will be offered and we encourage the students to travel on the group flight, which includes ground transportation upon arrival.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

On the day of arrival, students are housed in a hotel and dinner is provided, as well as breakfast the following morning.  The first orientation meeting takes place in the afternoon on arrivals day.  Students will receive and move into their housing assignments the following day.  Students are housed in private homes with Italian hosts who provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays for the duration of the program.  During weekends only breakfast is provided.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change. Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

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The courses introduce students to the riches of Italy's cultural world heritage, and offer insights into topical themes. Most courses feature field trips and excursions in Florence and locations outside the city.

All courses are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. Please plan to have a backup course and be flexible. Also, please note that you will not be allowed to drop or switch classes once you arrive in Florence.

Students may register for 3, 4, 6, or 7 credits by selecting one or two of the following summer session offerings.

APH 300 Florence Fashion Frames
(3 Credits) undergraduate
Study fashion photography at Florence’s biggest international fashion event. You will learn studio lighting and shooting techniques, attend lectures by renowned fashion photograhers, work with Florence fashion ateliers and become fully immersed in Florence’s Fashion Week.
 Course fee: $260

ITA 100 Italian Conversation
(1 Credit) undergraduate 
MGT/CRS 300 The Global Workplace  
(3 credits) undergraduate

English is the most common language used in international working environments yet language understanding does not necessarily guarantee comprehension of the facets that are important for efficiency in the everyday work setting. How do we navigate the unspoken and often unnoticed complexities of communication in working settings? Observe and analyze how you cope and adjust in a new culture with the goal of developing a set of competencies to use in future working environments characterized by multicultural teams.
 Course fee: $50

HOA 320 Italian Renaissance Art
(3 credits) undergraduate

Study major Florentine and other Italian works of art through a mixture of lectures and on-site visits. Includes site visits in Florence and field studies in Rome and Siena.
 Course fee: $290

HST/SOC 300 The Italian Mafia
(3 credits) undergraduate
Analyze the Mafia phenomenon through historical, social, and cultural perspectives. The course features field study in Sicily, including working on lands that have been confiscated from the Mafia.
Course fee: $685
IPA 470 Summer Internships in Florence 
(1–3 credits) undergraduate
Gain academic credit and professional experience by taking part in a summer internship
Enhance your Italian language skills by taking part in a summer internship in a field such as art history, museum studies, media and communications business, marketing, public relations, political science, international relations, women’s and gender studies, or education. Dates may vary depending on exact placement.  Click here for a list of internship opportunities. (Note: Students attending the SU Florence Summer Session have to enroll in a minimum of 3 credits.)

HST 300 NSD 452/652 Mediterranean Food and Culture: An Italian Experience
(3 credits) undergraduate or graduate

Experience one of the most renowned cuisines in the world, from food systems to dietary patterns and health risks. This course is taught by SU Florence faculty member Professor Peter Fischer.
Course fee $175
PSY/SOC 400 Italy and the Italians: A Cross-Cultural Study 
(3 credits) undergraduate

This course will expose you to the field of cross-cultural studies, with a focus on Italy and its inhabitants. Includes excursions and local guest lecturers.

SOM 300 Made in Italy and Business Excellence: Food, Fashion, and Design 
(3 credits) undergraduate

Examine the business world of “Made in Italy” using a mix of theory, case studies, guest lectures, and site visits. Focus on Italian enterprises of excellence, including the food, fashion, and design industries.
Course fee: $190


*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.
*Please note that Syracuse University reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrollment. Students should consider back up classes for their summer abroad.

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The faculty selected to teach in the Syracuse University Florence program are carefully chosen for their scholarship and professional accomplishments as well as for their reputations for excellence in teaching.  Most have taught for Syracuse University for many years. More information regarding our Florence faculty can be found here


 Depart US:  May 19, 2020
 Arrival in Italy:  May 20, 2020
 Summer Session begins:  May 20, 2020
 Summer Session ends:  July 3, 2020
 Housing ends:  July 3, 2020
 Depart Florence:  July 3, 2020
 Application Deadline:  February 20

*Applications received after February 20 will only be considered if there is still space in the program.


   UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,891 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,750 (estimate)
 Total  $6,641 (estimate)
   UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits) 
 Tuition  $7,782 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,750 (estimate)
 Total  $10,532 (estimate)
       GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,860 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,750 (estimate)
 Total  $7,610 (estimate)
       GRADUATE (6 Credits)
 Tuition  $9,720 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,750 (estimate)
 Total  $12,470 (estimate)

*Note that many courses include course fees which are billed to students following the end of the formal summer registration period.

Additional Financial Information: We suggest that students budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,600
Books & Supplies: $150
Personal: $800
Lunches and other meals: $600

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.

*Please note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Stephanie Ramin, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.