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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 11/02/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Label: 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
Program Description:

About the Program:

Kent 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 family.



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. 


Above 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 country. 


Italy 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.  


Florence 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.


Today 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:

Students 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.  



No specific classes or language level is required. However, this is a competitive application process.


Housing and Meals: 

Participants 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.

Students 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.



University of Kent's Cost Sheet


Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Financial Aid:

Financial 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 abroad program.   



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.     


Orientation/Information Sessions:

Students 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.