Florence Academic Program

Open to juniors and seniors from Sarah Lawrence and other colleges, the full-year Florence program offers a remarkable opportunity for academic enrichment. Students study in seminars with Italian faculty, work with artists in Florentine studios, study and play music in Florentine conservatories, attend a class at the University of Florence (for those with more advanced language skills) and live with Italian families, all of which allows our students to achieve the goal of living much like Italian students.

Students take a full course load—three courses per semester—for which they receive full academic credit (15 credits per semester). All language courses, seminars and University courses are supplemented by individual tutorials. All students take: one course of intensive study of Italian, matched to each student's level of proficiency, which includes language and Italian literature; an academic seminar; and either a second seminar, a studio course in art or music, or, for those with proficiency in Italian, a course at the University of Florence. Seminars gradually transition from English to Italian over the course of the year. Field trips in all courses bring students firsthand experience related to the subject matter.

The full year program is open to students who have not studied Italian as well as those with all levels of Italian proficiency. Those with at least one year of Italian may choose to enroll for the spring semester only.

Spring Program

For students who have already studied Italian and who can spend only a semester abroad, the Florence spring program allows students to enroll in January and take part in most of the academic options offered in the full-year program. All spring students will be placed in Florentine homes for the duration of the program; breakfast and dinner with the hosts are included.

  • Students earn 15 Sarah Lawrence College credits (equivalent to a full semester of study)
  • Students must have a minimum of one year of college Italian (or equivalent)
  • Learn more about the Spring program»