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SU Abroad in Florence

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Program sponsor: Syracuse

Florence, Italy
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 among a huge variety of English-taught elective courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. 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 University of Florence with 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.

An optional Signature Seminar takes place prior to the start of the semester courses in the fall, and at the conclusion of semester courses in the spring. Please note that participation on the Signature Seminar is an additional cost (Northwestern financial aid is not eligible).

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Program Requirements


Open to Northwestern and non-Northwestern students from all majors meeting Northwestern's minimum application requirements.


No prior language needed; however, students are required to take an Italian language course for each term enrolled on the program.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.


Courses in the following SU Abroad in Florence departments are not transferable to Northwestern:

  • Architecture (email your GLO adviser with specific courses, as some of the courses in this Department may be transferable to Northwestern)
  • Ceramics, Food Studies, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Nutrition Science & Dietetics
  • NOTE: Mediterranean Food and Culture: A Florence Experience is cross-listed with History. As long as students register for this course under the History (HST) rubric, it IS transferable to Northwestern. Do not register for this course under Nutrition Science & Dietetics (NSD) as courses listed under this department are not transferable.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


Homestays with local Italian families (12 meals provided per week); Students in the studio art and pre-architecture tracks are housed in apartments together.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $36,590

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing & program fees: $2,400
  • Additional meals: $3,235
  • Airfare: $1,435
  • Books & supplies: $175
  • Personal expenses: $2,065
  • Visa fees: $90

Total: $9,400

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the SU Abroad website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the SU Abroad program in Florence, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the SU Abroad program in Florence, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to SU Abroad to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Student Visa Financial Certification

In order to obtain your student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your SU Abroad tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program's materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

SU Abroad Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from SU for the Florence program fee, which includes your housing abroad, orientation and activities, and other items. It is your responsibility to pay SU Abroad directly by their deadline.

  • SU Abroad Deposits: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your SU program fee invoice.
  • SU Abroad Scholarships: If you were awarded an SU Abroad scholarship, it will appear on your SU invoice, not on your Northwestern account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, field study, seminars, housing add-ons, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to SU Abroad.

SU Abroad Scholarships

NU students are encouraged to pursue outside scholarships for study abroad, including those offered by SU Abroad. This may require you to add Syracuse University to your FAFSA (school #002882), in addition to Northwestern. Doing so will not have any impact on your NU financial aid application.

Contact SU directly with any questions about applications, requirements, or deadlines. If your application requires a financial aid certification, send it to Krista Bethel in the financial aid office.

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