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About the Program

Florence is an exciting city in which to live and study. On an afternoon stroll through the streets of Florence, which is set amidst the golden hills of Tuscany, you can admire the architecture of Giotto and Baroque sculptures adorning the fountains of the city. You can linger in at the Uffizi Gallery with its vast collection of paintings and sculptures, and view the magnificent Santa Croce, where Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli are buried. Discuss art with Florentine painters in their studios and explore the bookshops near Via Cavour, and visit one of the most popular spots in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio, a 14th-century bridge spanning the River Arno. 

Program Dates

Application Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019
Departure: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Return: Friday, May 1, 2020

Program Highlights

  • Exciting courses centered around the rich and complex cultural histories of Florence and the larger region, including aspects of social movements and change, immigration, and international relations.
  • Weekly cultural activities including: walking tours, cooking classes, wine lectures, soccer matches, ballet, day trips to Pisa and other nearby locations, concerts and film nights.
  • "Italian Life and Culture" course taught by local faculty, with discussions focusing on historical, political, economic, and cultural aspects of Italy and Florence.
  • Excursions to Siena and San Gimignano
  • Weekends and mid-semester break to explore Florence and beyond
  • Apartments in the historical center of Florence
  • Excellent financial deal for a full semester Study Abroad (especially compared to UC and CSUs)!



$7,995 fee (includes student housing in apartments within the historical center of Florence, orientation, cultural activities and day trips, personal advising/counseling and 24-hour emergency contact service, mandatory police registration fees, and medical and program fee refund insurance policies)


Diane Carlson
Professor of Sociology, Folsom Lake College
Phone: (916) 608-6803