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Florence Program


After an active spring, two back-to-back summer sessions came to a close at the FSU Florence Program. It has been 11 weeks of instruction interwoven with travel, service, adventure and exploration. For the first time a new course on Etruscan Art and Archaeology was offered with weekly excursions to important Etruscan sites as well as to the FSU Archaeological site of Cetamura del Chianti where students had the opportunity to excavate. During their time abroad, some chose to give back through service, doing light landscaping in Florence’s city parks or volunteering at the women’s shelter; some, empowered by their new found independence, interned with prominent cultural institutions; while others ventured to scenic cinque terre on Italy’s coast and to further corners of Europe. No matter how students pushed the frontiers, they all grew in unexpected ways.

About the FSU Florence Program

The Florida State University has maintained a program in Florence, Italy since 1966, the year of the city's great flood. For over 40 years FSU students have had the opportunity to study the humanities and Italian culture in one of the most-visited cities in the world.

The Study Center, housed in the 15th-century Alessandri Palace, is just a short stroll from major city monuments like the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Uffizi Gallery. Classrooms, administrative offices, a well-stocked library, and a computer lab are located in this striking Renaissance palace, equipped with all the modern comforts and the latest technology. Student housing is provided on the south side of the Arno River, adjacent to the elegant Boboli Gardens and the Pitti Palace, allowing students to discover a different side to this magical city.

Students studying on the FSU Florence Program enjoy small classes and lectures that are often held on site. In addition to a strong academic program, cultural events are regularly organized, and volunteering is encouraged as a means to connect students to the local community. We invite you to explore the website to discover what the program has to offer.