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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 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.

Optional Signature Seminar:  SU Florence offers students the opportunity to participate in an optional, credit-bearing Signature Seminar. 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. Please note that participation on the Signature Seminar is an additional cost; Northwestern financial aid is not eligible for program add-ons.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Academic & Credit Enrollment Information

  • Courses in the following SU Abroad in Florence departments are not transferable to Northwestern, as Northwestern does not have a similar undergraduate department: 
    • Architecture (email the Study Abroad Office 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 to Northwestern).
  • SU Abroad requires students to enroll in at least 12 semester credits; however, if you hope to earn 6 units at Northwestern per semester, you must enroll in a minimum of 15 semester credits. Students participating on this program for Winter + Spring quarters must enroll in at least 15 semester credits to maintain full-time status at Northwestern.
  • Courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis are not eligible for credit at Northwestern. Carefully review Choosing Courses to Take Abroad for additional information.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern 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 with local Italian families (12 meals provided per week)
  • Students in the studio art and pre-architecture tracks are housed in apartments together.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2018: $35,935

Billed by Northwestern: $26,265

Estimated additional costs: $9,670

  • Housing & program fees: $2,400
  • Additional meals: $3,185
  • Airfare: $1,300
  • Books & supplies: $165
  • Personal expenses: $2,355
  • Visa fees: $90
  • GeoBlue: $175

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