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Area of Study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Business, Classics, Communications, Creative Writing, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Global Studies, History, History of Architecture, International Film, International Relations, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mass Communications, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion Studies, Sociology, Theatre, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Writing Experience / Activity Type: Classes, Internship
Credit type: Apply for transfer credit Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Eligibility: 2.5 Sophomore 2nd semester, Junior, Senior Housing Option: Apartment, Homestay
Host: External Program: Provider Organization Global Exchange Lehigh (GEL): No
Click here for a definition of this term Global Engineering Consortium: No
Program Description:

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Living  in Florence

Florence is a city that lives fully in both its past and its present – a city where different time periods intermingle and overlap, creating a unique and very special place. Walking down narrow roman streets which open onto large public squares filled with both modern and traditional stores, you will quickly gain a sense of the layering of centuries that characterizes this city of splendor.

The well-preserved and richly-documented patrimony of Florence makes it one of the best places to study the culture that was able to foster and support the talent of so many artists, poets, philosophers, statesmen and architects.

For hundreds of years, Florence has remained a perpetual fountain of creativity and intellectual thought. The city is bursting with architectural and artistic masterpieces waiting to be explored. In addition, you’ll find a city that’s fast becoming an international hub for European politics, business, and international education. Expect to be deeply engaged with your studies and host culture. Site visits within Florence and field trips throughout Italy and beyond are integral to the academic program, and your homestay will round out both your personal and educational experience.

Accommodations in Florence

All of our students (with few exceptions) live with host families. Our students love living with host families – without fail, each semester students rate their families as one of their best experiences of the semester, because they’re able to pick up the language quicker and able to really immerse themselves into Italian life and culture.Most families take two students, so you can have a roommate, and if you know someone who has been on the program before and recommended a certain family, you can request to live with that family. Host families are located all over Florence – you may be a short walk or a bus ride away from the SU center, but you’re never too far, because Florence is not a huge city.

SU Florence has apartments in the city for architecture and studio arts students – these students have this option due their studio schedules. With their late studio time, it’s harder for these students to make it home to their host families for dinner every night. Some architecture and studio arts students do choose to live with families, and that’s fine, too.

Courses and Study Options

SUF students have the option of taking courses at the Florence Center, the Centro per Stranieri, or the Università di Firenze.

The majority of SUF students take their courses at the Florence Center in Piazza Savonarola and Piazzale Donatello. All coursess, except for Italian Language and Culture, are taught in English.

The Centro per Stranieri is for students with advanced Italian language skills who want to take courses in Italian with students from different parts of Europe and the world where the only common language spoken is Italian.

Students with highly developed language skills may take their courses in Italian (or in some cases English) at the Università di Firenze through the SUF Direct Placement option.

Visit the Syracuse University in Florence page here for more information about this program.

  • Students with a GPA of 3.0-3.69 will receive a $600 scholarship. Any student with a 3.70 or above will receive a scholarship of $1000. The scholarship is automatic, based on cumulative GPA as reported at the time of application to the program.
  • Need-based grants of up to $2,500 are available. Students must add Syracuse University (002882) to their FAFSA to be considered.