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Summer Program: Florence Summer Session
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
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. Internships are also available. 

See for complete descriptions of summer courses and related field study.

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 SU Abroad and covered by the course fees.

Advantage Travel will arrange a group flight for students on this program. We encourage students to travel on the group flight, which includes ground transportation upon arrival.  Group flight information can be found here

Please note that while we encourage students to pursue flight arrangements, we would not encourage you to purchase your airline tickets before confirming that the program and courses you plan to take will be offered. Please request 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 with dinner and breakfast provided. Orientation takes place the following day and students then receive their housing assignments. Students are housed in private homes with Italian hosts who provide breakfast and one main meal per day for the duration of the program, except on weekends when breakfast only is provided. Students, who wish to live in a private home after the program ends will have to pay an additional fee to their hosts. Students are placed in their homes after they arrive in Florence.


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.

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


Italian Language
Courses include ITA 100 (Conversation), ITA 101, ITA 201, ITA 325, and ITA 380 (taught at Centro Di Cultura per Stranieri). 
Descriptions are available on our website. Some classes include site visits in Florence and field study in Tuscany.


Florence Fashion Frame
APH 300 (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 photographers, work with Florence fashion ateliers, and become fully immersed in Florence's Fashion Week.


How Volcanoes Work
EAR 150 (3 credits) undergraduate
Volcanic eruptions can wipe out entire populations and alter the Earth's climate, but volcanoes also provide fertile soil for growing crops and natural geothermal energy.  Learn how volcanoes have shaped the Earth, the general processes that control them, and investigate two active volcanoes up close with a field trip to Stromboli and Vulcano Islands off the coast of Sicily.


The Industry of Knowledge: Higher Education in a Global Context 
EDU 400 (3 credits) undergraduate
The course gives students an overview of international education and its history and highlights the differences between US and European academic systems at the higher education level. Students are guided and encouraged to reflect on international academic organizations by building on their own experiences while also being students abroad. Through site visits, hands-on assignments, and on-the-ground research, students will examine, analyze, compare and discuss other study abroad programs and other academic institutions to compare different pedagogies, teaching and learning styles, didactic systems and structures and ethical goals. The city of Florence, one of the largest hubs of international education, is treated as an open classroom and the subject of students’ investigation.


Masterpieces of Italian Art 
HOA 201 (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.


Leonardo da Vinci 
HOA 300 (3 credits) undergraduate
Leonardo da Vinci—artist, scientist, engineer, and architect— represents a fundamental figure in the intellectual and cultural history of the West. This course introduces you to the wide-ranging works of Leonardo within the artistic, historical, and religious contexts of the time.


The Italian Mafia
HST/SOC 300 (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.


Summer Internships in Florence 
IPA 470 (1–3 credits) undergraduate
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.


JAM 280 (3 credits) undergraduate
Work directly with artists in Florentine studios on the design and fabrication of jewelry. 


Intermediate and Advanced Jewelry Making
JAM 300/500 (3 credits) undergraduate or graduate
Intermediate and advanced jewelry students will work under the guidance of experts in jewelry design at Alchimia Contemporary School of Jewelry. Alchimia is known for its experimental approach and focus on contemporary 
technology to update and assimilate traditional techniques in developing the artist’s personal vision.


Mediterranean Food and Culture: An Italian Experience 
NSD 452/652 (3 credits) undergraduate or graduate
Experience one of the most renowned cuisines in the world, from food systems to dietary patterns and health risks.


Italy and the Italians: A Cross-Cultural Study 
PSY/SOC 400 (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.


Mixed Media: Contemporary Art Practices in Italy
PTG/STA 300/500 (3 credits) undergraduate or graduate
Students will develop a series of works exploring the cultural and aesthetic fabric of Italy, while questioning the precise location of art and art making in today's contemporary global context.


Business Excellence and Made in Italy: Food, Fashion, and Design 
SOM 300 (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.

*It is the students' responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.


The faculty selected to teach in the SU 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


Arrival in Florence: TBD  
Housing begins: TBD
Orientation (required): TBD
Summer Session begins: May 26, 2016  
Summer Session ends: July 8, 2016
Housing ends: July 8, 2016
Depart Florence: July 8, 2016

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


Tuition $3,335 (estimated rate)
Program Fee $2,500 (estimated rate)
Total $5,835
  UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits) 
Tuition $6,670 (estimated)
Program Fee $2,500 (estimated rate)
Total $9,170
  GRADUATE (3 credits)
Tuition $4,164 (estimated)
Program Fee $2,500 (estimated rate)
Total $6,664

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change. 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: $1,800
Books & Supplies: $100
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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/20/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/26/2016 07/08/2016
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** 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.