From Giotto to Gucci and all those in between, Florence has remained a perpetual fount of creativity and intellectual thought. Renaissance palaces and the Ponte Vecchio aside, you’ll find that Florence rivals most world-class cities in the matters of food, cultural events, and sheer academic opportunity. It’s also a commercial, industrial and tourist center, as well as a rail junction that t provides easy access to many of Italy’s great cities.
Did you know? Syracuse offers a first-semester option at the Florence campus for students with an interest in the arts, humanities, languages, international studies, or social sciences.
Syracuse's center offers a broad range of coursework that you can enhance with internships or field trips within the city, region, country, and throughout Europe. Through it all, your experience will be deepened via time spent with your Italian host family (architecture students live in apartments), as well as through the guidance and care of on-site faculty and staff.
Florence is known as an art major's dreamland, with inspiration for design, photography, sculpture, and drama. But it's also an exciting international hub for European politics, business, and international education. Study economics, geography, or even engineering. Or study a subject that Italians know a thing or two about: food. Get a feel for everyday life in Florence.
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“Another #TBT for my semester abroad in Florence, Italy! Last spring I visited 5 countries and countless cities and it was by far the most enlightening experience of my life. Going into it I was very nervous and was worried I would be homesick, but once I was in Italy time went so fast (and the food was so good) that I never wanted to leave. I could not be more grateful for the memories and friends I made and the amazing host family I lived with. The biggest piece of advice I can offer any SU student is to go abroad, you will not regret it.” —Cassie Dagostino #SyracuseU
Syracuse Florence courses range from the art and architecture of ancient Rome to contemporary Florence, from the language and literature of Dante and Petrarch to that of Italo Calvino, from the history and economy of medieval and Renaissance times to the challenges that Italy and Europe face in a globalized world today, and much more.
The Academic Internship Program in Florence is a wonderful addition to any student’s abroad experience. With over 50 host institutions, students at every language level can apply classroom learning to an actual work situation, build their resumes, explore career options, and develop professional skills while earning academic credit.
Syracuse University in Florence (SUF) was founded in 1959 and is one of the oldest study abroad programs in Italy. The main campus of SUF is the Villa Rossa and houses classrooms, a lounge, computer facilities with wireless Internet, a coffee bar, and a courtyard garden. The campus also houses the Villino, with its extensive English-language library of more than 11,000 volumes. The SUF campus is a 10-minute walk from the historic city center and is surrounded by a lovely residential neighborhood and a variety of local shops and businesses.
Florence global ambassadors took part in school field trips, found the best gelato in the city, and immersed themselves in Italian life with their host families—ask them anything about Florence.