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Fact Sheet:
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Language of instruction: English, Italian Housing options: Apartment, Homestay
Areas of study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Botany, Chemistry, Child Development, Classics, Culture, Dance, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, Forestry, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, Geology, Greek, History, International Relations, Internships, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Literature, Math/Statistics, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Performing and Visual Arts, Philosophy, Photography, Physics, Politics, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre, Urban Design, Urban Studies, Zoology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid, Stand alone Language level: Italian 100-level course or the equivalent, Italian 2 or the equivalent, Italian 44 or the equivalent
GPA: 3.0
Program Description:
florenceThere 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:

SU Florence Center is based at the Syracuse University (SU) Florence Center. The academic Program includes a required intermediate or advanced Italian language course and language practicum course. Students enroll in three electives taught in English by local and visiting faculty. Students take 15 SU credits to equal 4.0 Pomona credits.

Students enrolled on this option may choose to follow the studio arts track.

Studio Arts track: Students take art courses at Syracuse's studio on the piazza Donatello, art history courses, and Italian language courses at the SU center. Applicants are required to submit a slide portfolio consisting of 12 to 15 slides of recent work. Students may enroll in one Studio Arts course taught in the Florentine studios, in addition to SU regular art courses.

Intensive Language Program at the University of Florence offers an intensive language and culture program at the Centro di Cultura per Straniere of the University of Florence. The Italian language class (intermediate or advanced) includes an advanced practicum. Students complete the required course load by taking courses taught in Italian or English at the SU Center or the University of Florence for a total enrollment of 15 SU credits, equaling 4.0 Pomona credits.

Direct Enrollment at the University of Florence offers students the opportunity to directly enroll in up to three Italian-taught courses at the University of Florence. Students also take courses at the SU center to earn a total of at least 15 semester credits, to equal 4.0 Pomona credits. 

Students can elect to do an internship and enroll in the internship seminar as one of their elective courses. There is an additional form as part of the application for students who are interested in an internship.

Pomona awards a maximum of 4.0 Pomona course credits for the above program.

Pomona does not award credit for the Mapping Italy orientation course. Pomona does not award semester credit for Signature Seminars, prior to or following the academic semester. Students choosing to participate in these optional study tours before or after their semester will be responsible for the additional cost of the seminar.

Students may take only one course taught by the Syracuse study center on a CR/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
Students are placed in Italian homes or apartments. 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.
Pomona College will cover the standard housing options of a homestay or apartment. However, there are two additional housing options available to students with supplemental fees: The Student Hotel (residence hall) and Camplus (residence hall). Syracuse will bill students directly for supplemental housing fees if students select housing that has an additional fee. Please select housing options that fit within your budget.

Number of Students
Syracuse enrolls approximately 200 - 300 students. 

Host Institution
Syracuse University
University of Florence

Faculty Liaison
George Gorse


Preference in Pomona admissions will be given to candidates with college coursework in art history.

SU Florence Center
  • Completion of introductory Italian (Italian 2), or the equivalent.
Advanced Language Program
  • Completion of advanced Italian (Italian 44), or the equivalent.
Direct Enrollment
  • Completion of an upper-division Italian course (100-level or higher), or the equivalent.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 01/08/2023 03/10/2023 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 01/08/2023 03/10/2023 TBA TBA