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SU Abroad in Florence

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Sponsor: Syracuse University

Location: Florence, Italy


SU Abroad’s program in Florence, boasting particularly strong course options in Italian language, art history and studio arts, is large but offers students many opportunities for immersion in Italian culture. At the SU Florence Center, students enroll in an Italian language course and choose four English-taught elective courses in the arts and sciences and business.  Students who have completed at least two years of college-level Italian have the option of enrolling in intensive Italian language courses at the Centro di Cultura per Stranieri (part of the University of Florence), located across the piazza from the SU Florence Center, as well as English-taught courses at the SU Florence Center.  Students with advanced Italian proficiency have the option of combining Italian-taught courses at the Univeristy of Florence with English-taught courses at the SU Florence Center. SU Florence also encourages students to take advantage of the wide variety of credit-bearing internship opportunities in Florence.

Optional Signature Seminar:  SU Florence offers students the opportunity to participate in a 3-credit Signature Seminar, "The Greek Odyssey."  The seminar takes place prior to the start of the semester courses in the fall, and at the conclusion of semester courses in the spring.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • NU students must enroll in a minimum of 15 semester credits per semester, even though SU Abroad only requires 12 credits.
  • NU does not accept credit in transfer for courses worth 1-semester credit. If you enroll in a 1-semester credit course, it must be in addition to NU's required 15 semester credits.
  • Students must ensure that courses are considered transferable by NU, i.e. that the subject matter is taught at the undergraduate level at NU. For example, the "Mediterranean Food and Culture: A Florence Experience" course is not transferable because NU does not have an undergraduate department of Nutrition Science & Dietetics.
  • Read Internships and Service Learning for specific information about earning credit for internships.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an SU Abroad application by the program's deadline

Languages: Italian, English

Language Requirements: 

None; however, students are required to take an Italian language course for each term enrolled on the program.


Homestays. Exception: Students in the studio art and pre-architecture tracks are housed in apartments together.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2014: $33,179

Billed by Northwestern: $22,690

  • Tuition: $20,190
  • SAAF: $2,500

Estimated additional costs: $10,489

  • Room & partial board: $2,400
  • Additional meals: $2,975
  • Airfare: $1,685
  • Books & supplies: $574
  • Personal expenses: $2,500
  • Italian registration: $210
  • HTH: $145


Study Abroad Guide