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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.

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 TBA.

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. SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


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, 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.


The Constructed Photograph: Creating Events from Everyday Life in Florence
APH 300/APH 600 (3 credits) undergraduate/graduate
Florence is a city that is larger than life.  The people are more beautiful, the quality of light unsurpassed, the art is the finest in the world. How does one meet the visual challenges provided by Florence and photographically represent the place?  This course will provide you with the studio and on-location techniques to imbue everyday moments with the visual grandeur one finds in Florence. The Constructed Photograph combines studio and location work, field trips to the Tuscan countryside, visits to fashion shows and art museums and instruction in the new digital lab facility and lighting studio. Studio and location photography are collaborative processes, often involving a photographer, multiple assistants and an art-director on-site. For this course you will learn to excel in all of these roles, working in teams and rotating responsibilities. There are no prerequisites and all experience levels are welcome.This course is taught by campus faculty Laura Heyman.

Exploring Tuscany through Drawing
PTG/DRW 200 (3 credits) undergraduate
Visit Florentine museums, markets and nearby Tuscan towns exploring their unique historical and aesthetic lineages through the practice of drawing.  Students will not only experience great Italian masterpieces and sites, but learn the fundamental principles and techniques of drawing including perspective, measurement/proportion, contour line, gesture, mark making and tone.  This Course will include some field trips to nearby historic cities.

The Industry of Knowledge: Higher Education in a Global Context 
EDU 400 (3 credits) undergraduate
The course gives students an overview of how education is structured and thought of in countries other than US, like in Italy, where students do not pay for their education. The course surfs through the history 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.
no course fee


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


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. This course is taught by SU Florence faculty member Professor Peter Fischer.


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.
No Course Fee


Economic Sociology, European Capitalism, and the Crisis
SOC 300 (3 credits) undergraduate
This course will explore the financial, economic, and debt crises in Europe, the impact of the current migration crisis as well as the role of culture in the economy and important differences between European capitalist economies.


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.


How Volcanoes Work
EAR 225 (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.


*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:  May 25, 2017
 Summer Session begins:  May 25, 2017
 Summer Session ends:  July 7, 2017
 Housing ends:  July 7, 2017
 Depart Florence:  July 7, 2017
 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  $3,468 (2016 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,250 (estimated) 
 Total  $5,718 (estimated)
   UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits) 
 Tuition  $6,936 (2016 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,250 (estimated)
 Total  $9,186 (estimated)
       GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,329 (2016 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,250 (estimated)
 Total  $6,579 (estimated)
       GRADUATE (6 Credits)
 Tuition  $8,658 (2016 rate)
 Program Fee  $2,250 (estimated)
 Total  $10,908 (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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/20/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/25/2017 07/07/2017
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.