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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Visiting Students: YES Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Undergraduate
Click here for a definition of this term Admissions GPA Requirement: 2.75 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: Anthropology (ANT), Art in Context (AIC), Art Intensive Studios: Ceramics (ARI), Art Intensive Studios: Drawing (ARI), Art Intensive Studios: Jewelry and Metalsmithing (ARI), Art Intensive Studios: Painting (ARI), Art Intensive Studios: Printmaking (ARI), Art Photography (APH), Art Studios: Textiles (TXT), Business Administration (BUA), Classics (CLA), Communication & Rhetorical Studies (CRS), Communication Design (CMD), Design (DES), Drama (DRA), Economics (ECN), English & Textual Studies (ENG), Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises (EEE), Film (FIL), Food Studies (FST), Geography (GEO), History (HST), History of Art (HOA), Industrial Design (IND), Italian (ITA), Literature (LIT), Management (MGT), Nutrition Science & Dietetics (NSD), Philosophy (PHI), Political Science (PSC), Psychology (PSY), Religion (REL), Sociology (SOC), Womens & Gender Studies (WGS)
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: Angie Persello
Program Description:
Photo from Victoria CarusoFlorence Center: Design

This program is spring-semester only. This program offers participants the opportunity to take courses in collaborative design and contemporary design history, complemented by studio and academic electives.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 12-19
  • Portfolio is required for admission (visiting students only)

All students take:
  • Italian language (3 credits)
  • DES 485 -- Multidisciplinary Design Studio (3 credits)
  • History of Art course offered at the Syracuse Florence Center
And one of the following based on major:
  • CMD 450 -- Communications Design Problems (3 credits)
  • IND 481 -- Ethnography and Culture in Design (3 credits)
Admissions Criteria
In the event that the number of qualified applicants exceeds program capacity, some students will be placed on a wait list. Space in the program is limited and both major specific courses (CMD 450 and IND 481) are capped at 15. The decisions on the wait list will be based on the portfolio, performance in the major, as well as cumulative GPA in order to have a balanced, multidisciplinary group of students. Admissions decisions will be made by faculty in the school in consultation with Syracuse Abroad staff after the September 15 application due date.

Portfolio Submission (Visiting students only)
  • Portfolio should be a single web-friendly PDF (up to 8/10mb each)
  • Provide examples of your three (3) stronger projects, including as much as you feel is relevant to understand your thought and creative process (research, sketches, concepts, design, renderings, etc), for a total of up to 12 pages of content.
  • If you already have a website, it should meet the above minimal requirements.
Signature Seminar

(3 credits; optional for all students)

Beginning in Spring 2019, Syracuse Florence students will be able to join Syracuse London students for the Sustainability and Environmental Justice Signature Seminar that discovers how innovation is keeping the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland ranked as the most sustainable places on the planet. In each of the destinations, students will have a direct experience of the inequalities in access to clean air, water, energy and land.


Undergraduate students live with Italian hosts. Homestays allow students to practice Italian learned in class and to gain insight into Italian culture and lifestyle. Hosts are carefully screened and most have hosted Syracuse students for many semesters. Hosts represent all walks of life and professions: some are large families, some are retired couples, some are divorced or single parents, some are young couples. Placements are arranged by the housing coordinator in Florence, based on information you provide about your preferences and special needs. Continental breakfast (seven days a week) and evening meals (five days a week) are included in the program fee when you live with a host.

Program Cost

The cost of the Syracuse Florence Center program includes Syracuse tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a budget sheet (Florence Budget 2019-20.pdf) for students and their families.

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.