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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA Required: 2.5 Program Type: Affiliate
Language: English Program Advisor: Jenny Kawata,
Program Description:
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Program Information:

On our January in Florence program, you’ll be immersed in the local Italian and Florentine culture immediately to get the most out of this short-term study abroad program. We’ll pack in a lot of fun activities in a short time, including excursions in and around Florence, group outings to movies and galleries, city tours, and enough social programming that you won’t have any trouble sleeping at night!

Here are some things to expect while on this unique program:
  • Florence is an amazing location - This Renaissance city boasts countless galleries, museums, cafes, festivals, holidays and generally social street scenes. Even when you don’t necessarily plan on it, you might find yourself engulfed by culture as a festival strikes up, a new gallery opens its doors to the public, or a museum offers free entrances.
  • A wide variety of courses to choose from - Much of your learning will take place OUTSIDE of the classroom in Florence. However, inside the classroom, you’ll be learning about intriguing, locally-focused topics including business, art, culture, architecture and even physical education. Of course, if you want to brush up on your Italian language, there are a range of levels of Italian offered.
  • Escape the cold back home - If an average high of 50 degrees and sunshine sounds tropical compared to winter where you are, bring your bathing suit! A nice, temperate climate even in the dead of winter means you’ll have no excuse to not be out and about in the beautiful city.
  • Combine this with a spring semester - Want to get a head start on an incredible spring semester in Florence? The January in Florence program leads right into our spring Semester in Florence program, allowing you to combine the two for more than 4 months in Italy!
Florence is an amazing location for a study abroad program! It gives students all they seek in terms of culture, adventure, history, architecture and cuisine. Florence is the perfect size for a short-term study abroad experience, as you’ll be able to become well-acquainted with the city, yet it will continue to surprise you with its dynamic culture and myriad museums, galleries, eateries, shops and charming streets and plazas. You can spend hours on end just exploring the city’s hidden gems. Stumble into a restaurant playing live music; strike up a conversation with an old man relaxing in the plaza; snap photos of the Duomo from all angles; or stroll up to the Ponte Vecchio at sunset.

When you feel like setting off further afield, public buses can get you quickly and affordably to neighboring towns for an even more authentic peek into Italian culture. Hop on a train and get whisked away to nearby cities such as Rome, Venice, Milan or Pisa. And when you think you’ve seen and done it all (which is impossible!), our staff will take you to some locations that few foreigners know about.

There are many reasons to study on our January in Florence program, but here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

Winter break program allows you to get ahead academically!
•   A variety of courses in both English and Italian
Centrally-located campus with easy access a variety of shops and eateries on foot
•   Included overnight excursion to Rome - the Eternal City
•   Busy social programming schedule - pick and choose what you want to do
•   Classes have a local focus and take you to explore outside of the classroom
•   Exceptional facilities, including a gym, wireless internet, library and restaurant on campus
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SRU Program Requirements
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to study abroad, however, some SRU international partner institutions may require a higher GPA
  • There is no class level requirement for study abroad at SRU
  • Disciplinary files will be requested from the Office of Student Conduct, for each applicant, and will be taken into consideration during the review process.
  • Please make sure to check with the Financial Aid (if applicable) for academic and other requirements that pertain to potentially receiving aid during your study abroad experience. 
To apply for this program use the green 'Apply Now' button at the top or bottom of the page.  You will be prompted to log in after which you will be directed to the SRU study abroad application forms and other requirements. Once you have completed all required items, and your application has been reviewed and approved, you will be instructed to begin an application directly in the CISabroad application portal. Please do not begin an application with CISabroad until you have been first approved by SRU.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.