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Florence Quick Facts

Language of Instruction
Italian and English

Fields of Study
Italian language and literature, art history, history, political science, sociology, women's studies, pre-architecture, studio art.

Host Institution
Syracuse University Center
University of Florence


Program Dates
For Option I, Option II, Pre-Architecture, and Studio Arts: 
Fall semester: late August to mid-December
Spring semester:  early January to late April. 

For Option III:  university semester calendars vary; candidates should check with the Division of International Programs Abroad office at Syracuse University before applying. 

Faculty Liaison
George Corse

There is no limit to the treasures of the city of Florence, which many art lovers consider the most hallowed on earth. Situated along the banks of the Arno river and set among the cypress-clad low hills of Tuscany, this small and intimate city possesses an overwhelming density of cultural and artistic experiences. Cradle of the Renaissance and home of Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and the Medici, Florence has entranced intellectuals for centuries. Today, it continues to play a major role in Italian culture, art, literature, and politics.

The program, sponsored by Syracuse University, is located on the Piazza Savonarola, a beautiful 19th-century piazza and neighborhood in the northern section of Florence, only a ten minute walk from downtown. In addition to classroom instruction, the program includes a variety of field trips.

Academic Program

Syracuse University offers three program options in Florence:

Option I is based at the Syracuse University (SU) Florence Center. The academic Program includes a required intermediate or advanced Italian language course (1.75 Pomona course credits). Students enroll in three electives taught in English by Italian and American faculty for 0.75 Pomona course credits each. A maxiumum of 4.0 Pomona credits will be awarded for the semester.

Students may enroll in one Studio Arts course taught in the Florentine studios.

Option II offers an intensive language and culture program at the Centro di Cultura per Straniere of the University of Florence. The Italian langauge class (intermediate or advanced) includes an Advanced practicum, and Pomona awards 1.75 Pomona course credits for these two classes. Students choose three elective classes at the SU Center for 0.75 Pomona course credits each.

Option III offers students the opportunity to directly enroll in courses at the University of Florence. They must also enroll in at least 16 semester credits for a total 4 Pomona course credits.

The SU center offers credit internships fo a minimum of 0.25 to a maximum of 0.75 Pomona course credits. There is an additional form as part of the application for students who are interested in an internship.

Pomona awards a maximum of 4 Pomona course credits for the above program.

There are two additional programs offered by Syracuse in Florence:

Pre-Architecture Program: Students take three required courses on architecture, plus Italian courses and an art history course at the SU Center. The academic program should total at least 16 semester credits for a total of 4 Pomona course credits.

Studio Arts Program: Students take art courses at Syracuse's studio on the piazza Donatello, plus Italian Language courses at the SU Center. Applicants are required to submit a slide portfolio consisting of 12 to 15 slides of recent work.

Living Arrangements

Students are placed in Italian homes. An apartment option is available only for studio art and architecture students. Homestays provide breakfast seven days per week and five evening meals per week. Pomona provides an allowance for weekday lunches and evening meals on weekend days. Students placed in apartments receive an allowance from Syracuse to partially cover meal expenses, and Pomona provides a supplement.

Number of Students

3 or more. Total program student body approximately 200 in fall, 300 in spring.


Candidates are required to complete at least two semesters of college-level Italian or the equivalent for the following Syracuse University Florence Center programs:  Option I, Pre-Architecture, and Studio Arts. Two years of college-level Italian or the equivalent is required for the Centro di Cultura program (Option II), and five semesters of college-level Italian or the equivalent is required for the University of Florence program (Option III).  A 9.0 GPA is required for all program options.  Applicants to the studio art program are required to submit a slide portfolio with 12 to 15 slides of recent work.  Preference in Pomona admissions will be given to candidates with college coursework in art history.

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