Study Abroad in Florence
Study Abroad in Florence: Program Highlights
- Previous study in Italian is not required; students may enroll at all levels of Italian instruction (beginner through advanced)
- Small seminars
- One-on-one meetings with professors
- Homestays with Italian families, which foster interactions with the Florence community
- Excursions and class trips to major cities and places off the beaten path
- Numerous service learning opportunities
- Peggy Guggenheim Internship: Enrolled students with an interest in Art and Art History are invited to apply for this competitive fellowship. The selected student will receive a prestigious four week summer internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.
Florence is one of the most beautiful and sophisticated cities of the world. Spread out along the Arno river, it presents a medieval historic center surrounded by hills that offer stunning views a short walk away at every turn. Although it is smaller than most major cities, it offers all the culture and vitality of a major metropolis. Its extraordinary history - from Etruscan village, to small Roman outpost, to Renaissance center, to capital of the newly united Italy, to modern European city—offers palpable immersion in an age-old civilization. While offering a unique opportunity to inhabit history, Florence at the same time is a vibrant city that is a touchstone for contemporary art and life.
The Sarah Lawrence study abroad program in Florence is based on the idea of immersion: academic, linguistic, social and cultural. The program motivates students to extend themselves by living and studying in the midst of Italians at work and play—not in isolation with other English-speaking students. Courses are taught by Italian faculty, either at the Sarah Lawrence center or in local artists’ ateliers, music studios, laboratories. Florence and Italy become your “texts,” as courses send you to museums to look at world-renowned art in the original, or into the streets to sketch or study the urban fabric, or to concerts, theatre, screenings and lectures offered in the city. The homestay offers an important human connection to Florentines and the opportunity to become proficient in Italian.
Established in 1987, Sarah Lawrence's study abroad program in Florence upholds the pedagogy for which it is so well known in the US—small classes, tutorial study, individual attention, creative projects. While living and studying as Italians do—traversing the streets in all weather, establishing your own personal habits as well as making new discoveries - you will be able to pursue both curricular and personal interests within the context of the courses and their tutorials. Florence will become your home, and your Florentine friends will become friends for life. And favored by Florence’s geographic position at the center of Italy (in turn at the center of the Mediterranean), you will have many opportunities to travel in Italy and abroad. An academic year at the Sarah Lawrence study abroad program in Florence will change your life in many imaginable, and unimaginable, ways.