Florence Program

One of the more unique and specialized programs in Florence, Sarah Lawrence offers what is arguably the most genuine experience of living and learning in Florence, Italy. Fluency in Italian is not a requirement; in fact, we welcome students who have little to no experience with the language as well as students who are advanced in their studies. All students participate in small seminars with Italian faculty; they may work with creative artists in their studios, study music in Florentine conservatories, or learn alongside Italian students at the University of Florence. For a truly authentic and immersive experience, all students live with Italian families. This combination of living and learning leads to connections with the Florentine community and culture that last a lifetime.

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
  • Specialized programs in:
    • Art Restoration and Art History
    • Politics and Art History
    • Music
    • Visual Arts

The Sarah Lawrence 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. The program is located in the Palazzo Spinelli, steps away from the Piazza Santa Croce, in the historic center of Florence. Courses are taught by Italian faculty who use Florence and Italy as your “texts.” Through your courses, you will explore the arts, history, and politics of both the urban center and the countryside.

About Florence

Spread out along the Arno River, Florence boasts a medieval historic center surrounded by beautiful hills and vistas. Although smaller than most major cities, Florence offers all the culture and vitality of a key metropolis. Its extraordinary past—from Etruscan village, to small Roman outpost, to Renaissance center, to capital of united Italy, to modern European city—offers palpable immersion in an age-old civilization. Life in Florence offers a unique opportunity to inhabit history while enjoying a vibrant modern city.

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