** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Co-sponsored, Global Preferred
Course(s) Available In:
Architecture & Interior Design, Art History, Classics, Italian, Political Science
Study Abroad Advisor:
Annalee Jones, Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Peter Maribei, Ryan Dye
About the Program:
State University offers Kent State students and those from other universities
the opportunity to study in historic Florence at its newly-renovated
Palazzo dei Cerchi in sunny Italy's center of cuisine, culture, art, fashion
and civilization. Programs are designed for students in many
majors. You will learn about a foreign country through field trips,
special activities, and individual travel. Semester program students live in
apartments and those in the Intensive Italian-Language Program live with a
Italy is one of
Europe's most complex and alluring destinations and one of the most popular
destinations for students. Italy is a modern, industrialized nation,
with an artistic and architectural legacy that few other countries can
rival. It is a Mediterranean country with a southern European
sensibility, where traditional attitudes still prevail. In towns and
villages all over the country, life grinds to a halt in the middle of the day
for a long lunch, and is strongly family-oriented.
all, Italy provokes reaction. Its people are rarely indifferent, and on one and
the same day you might encounter the kind of disdain dished out to tourist
masses everywhere and an hour later be treated to generous hospitality. If
there is a single national characteristic, it's to embrace life. You can
see this in many ways: in the hundreds of local festivals taking place across
the country on any given day; in the importance placed on good food; in the
obsession with clothes and image; and above all in the daily domestic ritual of
the collective evening stroll or passeggiata a sociable affair
celebrated by young and old alike in every town and village across the
only became a unified state in 1861, and, as a result, Italians often feel more
loyalty to their region than to the nation as a whole something manifest
in different cuisines, dialects, landscape and often varying standards of
living. There is also the country's enormous cultural legacy: every region
retains its own relics of an artistic tradition generally acknowledged to be
among the world's richest.
offers a spectacular European experience like few other cities. This unique
city was the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has more than 100 museums and
churches filled with art and sculpture of the masters. The city's narrow,
graceful-cobbled streets are reminiscent of an urban scene of earlier times.
Florence has a population of about 380,000 and annually has more than 3 million
visitors. The city is compact making it easily walkable. The train
station is centrally located and your academic home - the Cerchi - is
truly in the heart of Florence.
Courses & Area of Study:
can enroll in from architecture, art history, classics, interior design, political science,
theatre, and political sciences.Student
will take all of their classes in English.Students have the opportunity to enroll in Italian Language classes as
part of their studies.
specific classes or language level is required.However, this is a competitive application
Housing and Meals:
in the semester program live in apartments arranged by the Program staff.The apartments are all located within the ancient city
walls, with a range in walking time to the Palazzo dei Cerchi of 10 to 20
minutes. The apartments accommodate 2 to 6 persons, and generally have two
single beds in each bedroom.All apartments have kitchen and bathroom
facilities and a community space. The kitchens are furnished with dishes and
cooking utensils and have a stove, oven or microwave, refrigerator, and clothes
washing machine. Bed linen is provided; participants should bring their own
bath towels or purchase them in Florence.Students are responsible for
their meals and usually prepare their food in the apartment with groceries
purchased at nearby markets or eat in local restaurants and trattorias.
are responsible for the monthly rent, as well as an extra allowance to cover
the cleaning service, normal use damage, utilities and a finder's fee. Those
latter costs are equal to one month's rent. All housing costs are paid to Kent
State prior to departure. All common spaces of
student apartments are cleaned approximately once every ten days.
Aid is available to all Miami University students studying in a Miami
University study abroad program. The
amount of aid available to each student varies according to the program of
study. Students are encouraged to meet with the Office of Financial
Assistance in the 121 Campus Avenue Building, before they apply for their study
Students who currently hold any Miami Scholarships
such as the Oxford Scholars, Harrison Scholarship, Honors Scholarship and many
others can use those scholarships to study abroad.For specific information concerning Miami
University scholarships students should check the Financial Aid and
Scholarships information on the study abroad website.Students are encouraged to meet with the
Office of Financial Assistance in the 121 Campus Avenue Building, before they
apply for their study abroad program to determine how their scholarships will
be applied to their study abroad program.
There are a multitude of national and university
scholarships available to Miami University students who study abroad.To determine which scholarships you would
eligible for please review the Financial Aid and Scholarship information on the
study abroad website.If you have
specific questions about scholarships please contact Richard Menard at the
Office of International Education.
are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation before they leave
Miami University to participate in their study abroad program. The pre-departure session will cover your
health and safety while abroad. But will
also cover many other important travel details such as what to package and
other important details.