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Summer Program: Florence Summer Session
Florence, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

What You Need to Know

Florence is known for its artistic splendor and passionate approach to life. The beauty that sets this city apart is apparent everywhere: in the architecture, churches, castles, villas, and sculpture gardens. In its heyday, Florence embraced the Renaissance with energy and grace to emerge as a powerful cultural force that fostered so much talent in so many artists, poets, philosophers, statesmen and architects.

Inspired by its host, our center in Florence aims to provide the highest quality academic program to undergraduate and graduate students. It has set very high standards for itself, and is committed to helping students engage fully with Italian life and culture. The center also reaches out to the community through special academic and extra-curricular activities that benefit the city and its citizens.

The summer session allows you to choose from a wide curriculum so that you can create a course of study based on your academic needs and interests.

Have you been accepted into the Florence Summer Session program? If so, be sure to check out the following link

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 program fee.

Advantage Travel has arranged a group flight for students on this program. We encourage students to travel on the group flight, which includes ground transportation upon arrival. More information, including a group flight reservation and payment form, 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 classes introduce students to the riches of Italy's cultural world heritage, and offer insights into topical themes. Most course 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.

The Constructed Photograph: Fashion, Ritual and Everyday Life in Florence
(APH 300, 3 credits, undergraduate)

Florence is a city that is larger than life. The people here are more beautiful, the quality of light is unsurpassed, the art is some of the finest in the world. This can be intimidating to a photographer. How does one meet the visual challenges provided by Florence? How does one photographically represent the place? This course uses the techniques of art and fashion photography to imbue everyday scenes of city life with a strong sense of drama and grandeur. Students will work with models in the studio and on location, making use of the myriad public events and festivals in the city, from Florence Fashion Week to Calcio in Costume. Using a range of camera and studio equipment, students will light and art direct scenes to produce images that capture the essence of Florence.

Students pay a course fee for the field studies. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

Music and Theatre in Early Modern Italy
(DRA 200, 3 credits, undergraduate)

This team-taught seminar combines close reading and analysis of selected plays by authors such as Poliziano, Machiavelli, Tasso, and Andreini with attentive listening to  works by Monteverdi, Peri, Caccini, and others, to explore the world of early modern Italian drama and music (especially opera).   Featuring site visits and the option to participate in acting workshops, the course aims to provide not only in-depth knowledge of the subject, but to develop skills in interpreting plays and musical works.

International Education in a Globalized World:  Study Abroad Case Studies in Florence
(EDU 400, 3 credits, undergraduate)

The course will guide students to reflect on international education by building on their own experience as a student in Florence. Through excursions, “hands-on” assignments and on the ground research, the city of Florence, one of the biggest hubs of international education in the world, will be employed as an open classroom. Syracuse University in Florence, and the city of Florence will be treated as a laboratory. This course will be taught as a seminar.

Masterpieces of Italian Art
(HOA 201, 3 credits, undergraduate)

This introductory course offers a survey of major Florentine and Italian works of art, providing an overview of the art historical periods, with an emphasis on the Renaissance. A field study to Rome and Siena is an integral feature of the course.

Students will pay a course fee for the overnight field study trip to Rome and a day trip to Siena, and local site visits in Florence. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

Between Avant-garde and Tradition. Modern Art & Architecture in Italy
(HOA 400.1 / ARC 500.1, 3 credits, undergraduate)

Italy has more World Heritage sites per square foot than any other country in the world and also possesses several of the world’s most visited museums. Most of the famous works in Italy, however, predate Italian Unity (1861-65). This course will investigate the scope of Italian artistic ingenuity during the past century and a half and put it into the context of European art movements.

Students will pay a course fee for field study trips and local site visits in Florence. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

Leonardo Da Vinci
(HOA 300, 3 credits undergraduate)

Leonardo da Vinci, a self-proclaimed "man without letters" was acclaimed in his own time and has been become renowned in the modern age for his innovative, and, at times idiosyncratic, approach to his work. Artist, scientist, engineer, and architect, he represents a fundamental figure in the intellectual and cultural history of the West.

This course is intended as an introduction to the wide-ranging works of Leonardo da Vinci, placed within the artistic, historic, and religious contexts of his time. As this is a class in Art History, we will focus primarily on Leonardo's artistic production, however, in order to more fully understand the man and his oeuvre, we will also look at his work as a scientist and engineer. As we examine his multi-disciplinary activities, we will attempt to come to a clearer understanding of the historical Leonardo and his achievements.

Students will pay a course fee for the day trip to Milan, and site visits around Florence. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

The Italian Mafia
(HST/ SOC 300, 3 credits, undergraduate)

After the capture of the Mafia boss Provenzano in May 2006, the Mafia has sparked a renewed interest in Italian society, with political leaders and academic institutions addressing the theme in conferences, interviews, and meetings. The course addresses this topic, focusing on the Sicilian and American Mafia, and analyzing this phenomenon from a historical, social, and cultural perspective. A field study to Sicily is a feature of the course.

Students will pay a course fee for the trip to Sicily. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

Cultural Medicine: Representations of Illness, Disability, and Health Care in Narrative and Visual Arts
(HUM400/600, 3 credits, undergraduate or graduate)

Examine the balance of power in medicine and the status of the sick and disabled person in society by examining representations of medicine and people who are disabled or chronically ill.  By analyzing narratives and visual art, as well as theories that illuminate the workings of representation and narrative, students will work toward a productive dialogue between medicine and people who seek health care. In addition to reading first-person and fictional narratives, critical and theoretical approaches, and viewing visual art and video, participants will explore representations of medicine, illness, and disability in the community and culture of Florence.

Italian 100 (Conversation)
(ITA 100, 1 credits, undergraduate)

Italian 1
(ITA 101, 4 credits, undergraduate)

An introductory course for students with little or no background in the language. Develops basic skills in speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis on active and practical use of the language. Field studies include visits to markets, festivities, theatrical performances, concerts, and to Cinque Terre, five fisherman villages.

Students will pay a course fee for the field studies. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

(ITA 201, 4 credits, undergraduate)

Proficiency-based course that requires previously acquired linguistic skills. Further study of the formal structure of Italian, with emphasis on oral practice, reading, and writing. Local resources, such as newspapers and magazines are integrated in the instruction. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian or the equivalent. Field studies include visits to markets, festivities, theatrical performances, concerts, and to Cinque Terre, five fisherman villages.

Students will pay a course fee for the field studies. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

ITA 325: Advanced Language Usage
(ITA 325, 3 credits, undergraduate)

Conducted in Italian. Composition, studies in syntax, idiomatic usage. Advanced grammar. Incorporates the study of various aspects of the culture and civilization of Italy.

Students will pay a course fee for the field studies. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

ITA 380: Option II, taught at Centro Di Cultura per Stranieri
(ITA 380, 3 credits, undergraduate)

Option II is for students with intermediate to advanced-intermediate Italian language proficiency who would like to combine their coursework at the SU Florence Center with the intensive Italian language and cultural studies program offered in the Centro di Cultura per Stranieri. The Centro di Cultura is a special department of the University of Florence that offers intensive Italian language courses for international students (mainly Europeans) and prepares students for study in the Italian university system.

Option II students will be placed in one of the following intensive language courses at the Centro (determined by placement exam):

ITA 380.1-Intermediate High

ITA 380.2-Advanced I

ITA 380.3-Advanced II

(JAM 280, 3 credits, undergraduate)

Students in this class will work directly with artists in Florentine studios on the design and fabrication of jewelry. Craftsmanship and the jewelry-making craft as a fundamental art experience. Basic bending and forming, soldering technology, finishing and stone setting.

Students will pay a course fee for supplies provided by the Florentine studio. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration. Students will also need to buy a tool kit upon arrival in Florence. The cost of the tool kit is not covered by the course fee.

The Mediterranean Diet: Exploring Food, Wine, Culture & Health in Florence
(NSD 400/600, 3 credits, undergraduate)

This course provides students with an opportunity to experience one of the most renowned cuisines in the world from a food systems to dietary patterns and health risks. Features lectures, readings, field trips and excursions.

Students pay a course fee for the field studies. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

Experimental Printmaking and the Artist's Book
(PRT 300/500, 3 credits, undergraduate or graduate)

This alternative printmaking course is a combination of etching, monotype and relief. The experimental print methods taught in this course are ideal for painters, printmakers and all two-dimensional visual artists who are looking for a tremendous range of line quality and color, as well as the opportunity to create multiples. These techniques allow the artist to work fast and create an entire portfolio in a short time. Additionally the class will explore the medium of the artist's book through demonstrations in Eastern and Western bookbinding methods and field trips to area artisans working in bookbinding and paper marbling. Demonstrations include: monotype, collagraph, photo-collagraph, Pronto plates, gum printing, chine colle, eastern and western bookbinding, and marbleizing paper. Studio work is complemented with field trips to the Uffizi Gallery and area artisans working in book arts, printmaking, and fine art papers. Open to all students; no prior experience required.

Students pay a course fee for the materials and site visits. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.

Studies in Comparative Democracy: Europe and the Americas
(PSC/ IRP300, 3 credits, undergraduate)

This course offers a comparative analysis of the long-standing democratic traditions of the US and Europe. In times in which democracy faces major challenges on both sides of the Atlantic, it is crucial to explore and understand differences and similarities in democratic experience. A careful contrasting of the historical development of democratic institutions and imaginaries will serve as an indispensable backcloth to probe the current problems, challenges and contestations that modern democracies face.
Italy and the Italians: A Cross- Cultural Study
(PSY/SOC 400, 3 credits undergraduate)

This course will expose students to the field of cross-cultural studies with a focus on a specific country and its inhabitants: Italy. Interdisciplinary aspects of cross-cultural analysis from the fields of psychology and sociology (as well as anthropology, biology and ecology) will be discussed including cultural influence on human behavior, attitudes, values, communication and societal organization. Special topics of ethnocentrism, individual vs. collective societies, plural societies, cultural views on mental health, and intercultural communication are highlighted. Methodological issues of cross-cultural research will be reviewed, and students will have the opportunity to conduct a cross-cultural interview and be participant-observers of their own experience here in Italy. The city of Florence and its inhabitants become the classroom through various excursions and local guest lecturers. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural origins as well as their acculturation experiences while studying in Italy.

There is no course fee for this course.
Mixed Media: Contemporary Art Practices in Italy
(PTG/STA 300/500, 3 credits, undergraduate or graduate)

Develop interdisciplinary art practice while focusing on conceptual and thematic issues that engage with the contemporary culture of Florence. This course investigates artistic traditions that extend relationships with the found and the ready-made and blur the boundaries between art and life: collage, photomontage, assemblage, site-specific interventions/interactions as well as time based media such as video and sound. Weaving in and out of both ‘high art’ museums and the ‘low art’ of everyday experiences,  students will develop a body of work exploring the cultural and aesthetic fabric of Italy, while questioning the precise location of art and art making in today’s contemporary global context.   The course includes site visits, including a trip to Venice Biennale (depending on the year) and The MAXXI in Rome.

Students pay a course fee for the materials and site visits. This fee will be billed in Syracuse after registration.
Business Excellence and Made In Italy: Food, Fashion And Design
(SOM 300, 3 credits, undergraduate)

Examines the business world of "Made in Italy", using a mix of theory, case studies, guest lectures, and site visits. Focus is on Italian enterprises of excellence, including the food, fashion and design industries.

Batik I
(SPD 280.1, 3 credits undergraduate)

Wax resist methods of dyeing fabric. Stitchery, quilting, trapunto. For students at the introductory level. A course fee will be billed from Syracuse for basic studio supplies.

Silkscreen I
(SPD 280.2, 3 credits undergraduate)

Textile and printmaking. Cut stencils. Direct stencils. Photo techniques. For students at the introductory level. A course fee will be billed from Syracuse for basic studio supplies (2011-12 fee = $185). Students will need to purchase materials more appropriate to indiviual selection including a china ink pen and tips at an estimated cost of 12 Euro and specialty fabrics, if desired.

Internships in Florence
(PSC 470/HOA 470/ IPA 470, 1-3 credits undergraduate)

This course provides internships in a variety of settings, such as museums, cultural centers, NGOs, local businesses, companies, and political organizations. Matches are made in Florence, and are based on the organization's needs and requirements as well as the student's qualifications. A basic knowledge of Italian is very helpful. Only a limited number of internships are available, where Italian is not required.  Click here for a list of potential internship placements available during the summer session. You may also be interested in the Excavations at Cetamura del Chianti, for more information on this, click 2014 Cetamura Chianti Dig.pdf.

*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.


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.  More information regarding our Florence faculty can be found here


Arrival in Florence: May 29, 2014                           
Housing begins: May 29, 2014
Orientation (required): May 30, 2014
Summer Session begins: June 2, 2014
Summer Session ends: July 12, 2014
Housing ends: July 12, 2014
Depart Florence: July 12, 2014

*Applications received after March 1 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


Tuition $3,223(estimated rate)
Program Fee $2,600(estimated rate)
Total $5,823
  UNDERGRADUATE (4 credits)
Tuition $4,296 (estimated rate)
Program Fee $2,600 (estimated rate)
Total $6,896
  UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits) 
Tuition $6,444 (estimated)
Program Fee $2,600 (estimated rate)
Total $9,044
  UNDERGRADUATE (7 credits)
Tuition $7,518 (estimated)
Program Fee $2,600 (estimated rate)
Total $10,118
  GRADUATE (3 credits)
Tuition $4,022 (estimated)
Program Fee $2,600 (estimated rate)
Total $6,622

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 estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,200
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:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.