First Semester Abroad Program
There are few cities in the world as enchanting as Florence. This cradle of the
Renaissance gives students the truly unique opportunity to study in a city that
emanates history, culture and art and is home to monumental museums, palaces and
churches. The city of Florence offers students the opportunity to see world
class operas, concerts, art exhibits and festivals that normally can be seen
only in a big city, all while holding on to its quaint, Italian charm. The city
is the students' classroom and its rich history and culture are brought to life
as students study first hand the works of masters who shaped Western culture,
such as Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo de Medici, Galileo and Michelangelo.
The Study Center, located in the 15th-century Alessandri Palace, is just a short
stroll from the marbled Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and the world renowned Uffizi
gallery. In the midst of all this history, the Center's impressive facilities
are equipped with modern comforts and technology. Students and faculty also use
the Center as a gathering place for study groups and social activities.
On program-coordinated day trips, students can see and study multifaceted
treasures of Ravenna, Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza and Volterra. Overnight
weekend group trips are planned to cities such as Venice and Rome. During spring
and fall terms, students have a 10-day mid-term break for extended personal
Program housing is apartment-style within an approximate 25-minute or less walk
from the Study Center. Bedrooms are twins and triples with shared bathrooms.
Other amenities include a fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, living area
with television, wireless internet access, and weekly cleaning service. Bed linens and towels are
provided. Daily meal vouchers to local cafes and restaurants are also included
in the program fee.
Italian Studies Minor
The Italian Studies Florence Center Minor enhances and focuses the student’s
program in Italy. The minor is built around Florence residency, but can be
pursued before and after it as well: 15 credits are required, 9 of which must be
earned in Florence. Students may choose from various disciplines in Italian
Studies. Consult the Florida State University Bulletin (registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin)
and/or contact International Programs for formal declaration of the minor.
This program is open to all interested students who originally applied to the
Florida State University for fall semester admission but were offered a place in
the following spring semester. Rather than waiting until spring semester to join
Florida State, admission can begin with International Programs during the fall