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Florence Study Abroad Program

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Few cities in the world are as beautiful and fascinating as Florence. This extraordinary city, whose origins go back to Roman times, experienced its peak during the Renaissance when some of the greatest artists and thinkers of the time lived and worked in Florence: Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, Michelangelo and Galileo to name but a few.

Florida State University has maintained a program in Florence since 1966, the year of the Great Flood. Many students helped save important works of art damaged by the flood. The heroic efforts of our students during the flood were recognized by the commune who officially praised the FSU Florence Program for their volunteer efforts at the time. This initial union between Florida State and the City of Florence created a special relationship that has grown stronger over the years.

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The Study Center, housed in the striking fifteenth-century Alessandri Palace, is located in the heart of Florence, just a short stroll from major city monuments like the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Uffizi Gallery.

The classrooms, administrative offices, a large well-stocked library, and computer lab with internet access are all located in this Renaissance palace.

Student apartments, equipped with all modern comforts and the latest technology, are just minutes from the Boboli gardens and Pitti palace.

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The broad curriculum program gives students the opportunity to earn credits in both general requirements and elective courses while experiencing Florence, Italy, and neighboring European countries. Students studying on the FSU Florence program enjoy small classes and lectures held on site.

The city becomes an extension of the classroom. Overnight group trips take students to world-renowned cities such as Venice and Rome. Throughout the program, getting to know and appreciate Italian cuisine is emphasized through market visits, culinary classes, and special group meals. Courses are scheduled to allow a three-day weekend for additional exploration activities and both the Fall and Spring programs have a ten day mid-term break for extended personal travel.



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FSU Study Abroad Program

Florida State University has been offering a study abroad program in Florence, Italy since 1966.
Come and study where some of the world's most famous artists and thinkers lived.