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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Study Abroad in Florence

Experience Italian life and culture, past and present, in the beautiful and lively city of Florence.

Academics

  • Program type:
    • Study Abroad in Florence is a study abroad center program. Take classes with other American students at a study center in the center of Florence. Courses are taught in English by Italian faculty. Or intern and take classes with instruction in Italian taught by Italian faculty.
  • Level:
    • 1000–3000 levels.
  • Term:
    • Fall semester
    • Spring semester
  • Prerequisites:
    • Language & Culture Track: 2.5 GPA and 0-3 semesters of college-level Italian
    • Internship Track: 2.5 GPA and 3-4 semesters of college-level Italian
  • Courseload:
    • 13–18 credits

Choose from Language & Culture Track and Internship Track:

  • Language & Culture Track
    • For students with 0–3 semesters of Italian
    • Learning about Italian culture and take courses in English
    • Study language, art, culture, psychology, or business in English
    • Satisfy liberal education requirements
  • Internship Track
    • For students with 3–4 semesters of Italian
    • Gain professional experience by interning with a Florentine company - placements in a variety of fields
    • Satisfy liberal education requirements
    • Study language, art, culture, psychology, or business - some courses may be taught in Italian

Faculty

On-site support is provided by a local learning abroad center. Students have access to a computer lab and classroom space. On-site staff provide information to students regarding cultural activities as well as ensuring 24-hour emergency support. provides students housing, program classrooms, study areas, and arranges on-site orientation, program excursions, and social and cultural events. Italian faculty from universities in and around Florence provide all course instruction.

How to Apply

Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program.

About This Program

Famous for its Renaissance legacy, Florence is a thriving city of 500,000 people and a fascinating mix of old and new. Buses, taxis, and mopeds drive within feet of the Duomo, Florence's magnificent cathedral; chic shops and elegant restaurants line the charming avenues; historic piazzas, ringed with outdoor cafes, host performance artists and flea markets. Enjoy the region's mild climate and world-famous cuisine in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Take classes in art, language, business, psychology and culture in a 15th Century palazzo adorned with murals and statues. Just steps from Santa Croce and a short walk to the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio, the resources of the city enrich your studies. The warm and friendly Florentines are happy to encourage your language acquisition, and Florence's central location makes it easy to explore the rest of Italy, as well as other European countries.

Three photos from previous trips

Students partcipating in this program can chose to live with a host family or in a shared apartment. Internship students are required to live with a host family and homestays are not available for May term students.

  • Homestays: Students choosing to live with a host family will experience true Florentine life. Students have a furnished bedroom in an Italian home and some meals are also included. This is a great opportunity for students to excel with their Italian language ability and also to live and learn with Floretines who can give you glimpse into true Italian life!
  • Apartments: Students choosing an apartment will be housed with other American students on the program. Students live in furnished student apartments and each apartment has two to four bedrooms.

Cultural field trips within Florence and a trip to Sienna and San Gimignano are included in the semester program fee. Entrances for the group to the Uffizi and Academia are also included. Additionally, each student has access to the Harold Acton Library of the British Institute.

May term students visit Bologna, Ravenna, and Rome as well as famous sites in Florence.

The semester program is divided into two academic tracks:

  • The Internship Track is designed for students with advanced language skills (3-4 semesters) and places students in an Italian business for internship experience.
  • The Language and Culture Track is designed for students with little or no previous study of the Italian language. Student participating on the 3 week May term* program must have completed four semesters of Italian as this program is specifically teaching Italian 3015 (5th semester Italian).

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 70 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.




Study Abroad in Florence

Experience Italian life and culture, past and present, in the beautiful and lively city of Florence.

Academics

  • Program type:
    • Study Abroad in Florence is a study abroad center program. Take classes with other American students at a study center in the center of Florence. Courses are taught in English by Italian faculty. Or intern and take classes with instruction in Italian taught by Italian faculty.
  • Level:
    • 1000–3000 levels.
  • Term:
    • Fall semester
    • Spring semester
  • Prerequisites:
    • Language & Culture Track: 2.5 GPA and 0-3 semesters of college-level Italian
    • Internship Track: 2.5 GPA and 3-4 semesters of college-level Italian
  • Courseload:
    • 13–18 credits

Choose from Language & Culture Track and Internship Track:

  • Language & Culture Track
    • For students with 0–3 semesters of Italian
    • Learning about Italian culture and take courses in English
    • Study language, art, culture, psychology, or business in English
    • Satisfy liberal education requirements
  • Internship Track
    • For students with 3–4 semesters of Italian
    • Gain professional experience by interning with a Florentine company - placements in a variety of fields
    • Satisfy liberal education requirements
    • Study language, art, culture, psychology, or business - some courses may be taught in Italian

Faculty

On-site support is provided by a local learning abroad center. Students have access to a computer lab and classroom space. On-site staff provide information to students regarding cultural activities as well as ensuring 24-hour emergency support. provides students housing, program classrooms, study areas, and arranges on-site orientation, program excursions, and social and cultural events. Italian faculty from universities in and around Florence provide all course instruction.

How to Apply

Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program.

About This Program

Famous for its Renaissance legacy, Florence is a thriving city of 500,000 people and a fascinating mix of old and new. Buses, taxis, and mopeds drive within feet of the Duomo, Florence's magnificent cathedral; chic shops and elegant restaurants line the charming avenues; historic piazzas, ringed with outdoor cafes, host performance artists and flea markets. Enjoy the region's mild climate and world-famous cuisine in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Take classes in art, language, business, psychology and culture in a 15th Century palazzo adorned with murals and statues. Just steps from Santa Croce and a short walk to the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio, the resources of the city enrich your studies. The warm and friendly Florentines are happy to encourage your language acquisition, and Florence's central location makes it easy to explore the rest of Italy, as well as other European countries.

Three photos from previous trips

Students partcipating in this program can chose to live with a host family or in a shared apartment. Internship students are required to live with a host family and homestays are not available for May term students.

  • Homestays: Students choosing to live with a host family will experience true Florentine life. Students have a furnished bedroom in an Italian home and some meals are also included. This is a great opportunity for students to excel with their Italian language ability and also to live and learn with Floretines who can give you glimpse into true Italian life!
  • Apartments: Students choosing an apartment will be housed with other American students on the program. Students live in furnished student apartments and each apartment has two to four bedrooms.

Cultural field trips within Florence and a trip to Sienna and San Gimignano are included in the semester program fee. Entrances for the group to the Uffizi and Academia are also included. Additionally, each student has access to the Harold Acton Library of the British Institute.

May term students visit Bologna, Ravenna, and Rome as well as famous sites in Florence.

The semester program is divided into two academic tracks:

  • The Internship Track is designed for students with advanced language skills (3-4 semesters) and places students in an Italian business for internship experience.
  • The Language and Culture Track is designed for students with little or no previous study of the Italian language. Student participating on the 3 week May term* program must have completed four semesters of Italian as this program is specifically teaching Italian 3015 (5th semester Italian).

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 70 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.