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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.

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 with dinner and breakfast provided. a mandatory 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 are placed in their homes after they arrive in Florence.

*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 photopgrahers, work with Florence fashion ateliers and become fully immersed in Florence’s Fashion Week.
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.

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.

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.

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.)
PSC 300 Politics of Immigration
(3 credits) undergraduate
All over Europe, the migratory phenomenon has triggered new forms of identity conflict, which are shaping the political life of every country. In 2015, at least one million people sought refuge on European shores. The refugee crisis throws new light on European politics, revamping the urgency of a series of deep-set problems: conceptions and practices of citizenship, identity, multiculturalism, and secularization. The course will focus on Europe but will also adopt a comparative perspective, taking into consideration the US situation as well as other relevant examples.
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.

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.


*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


 Arrival in Florence:  May 23, 2019
 Summer Session begins:  May 23, 2019
 Summer Session ends:  July 5, 2019
 Housing ends:  July 5, 2019
 Depart Florence:  July 5, 2019
 Application Deadline:  February 10*

*Applications received after February 10 will only be considered if there is still space in the program.


   UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,744 (2018 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,600 (estimated rate) 
 Total  $6,344 (estimated)
   UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits) 
 Tuition  $7,488 (2018 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,600 (estimated rate)
 Total  $10,088 (estimated)
       GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,677 (2018 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,600 (estimated rate)
 Total  $7,277 (estimated)
       GRADUATE (6 Credits)
 Tuition  $9,354(2018 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,600 (estimated rate)
 Total  $11,954 (estimated) 

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: $1,300
Books & Supplies: $80
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:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/10/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2019 07/05/2019
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.