The Fiorenza Study Abroad Program provides a study abroad program firmly rooted in the American liberal arts tradition and internationally recognized for quality and service. The program brings together students and faculty from prestigious colleges and universities worldwide to learn amidst the historical and cultural treasures of Italy.

Our Program promotes the development of the whole person through a rigorous liberal arts and social sciences curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking. We also offer opportunities for public service designed to develop leadership skills in a multi-cultural environment.

After a period of immersion in another culture, students often gain an empathetic understanding of that culture, an experience that goes far beyond textbook and classroom study. They are likely to return with a new perspective on the world that has practical as well as personal benefits. Their values and assumptions often are challenged and they return with a new sense of themselves and the place of their own country in the world.

The Fiorenza Program is committed to:


        providing an educationally rewarding academic program in a friendly and safe foreign environment that inspires and encourages participation, exploration and a desire to embrace new cultures and international experiences;

achieving a reputation as a distinguished program for study abroad; 

bringing together an academic community that encourages intellectual tolerance and awareness and fosters students to appreciate, learn and benefit from fellow program participants and the local community;

providing an increasingly diversified curriculum that incorporates the numerous cultural and educational resources of Italy with emphasis on Tuscany;

providing a wide variety of extra-and co-curricular activities that support the academic program, provide opportunities to interact with the local community and allow students to further explore and discover the cultural treasures of Italy; 

maintaining faculty of distinguished and dedicated professors with a commitment to international education known for teaching excellence and scholarly achievements; 

addressing issues of European-American relations with an emphasis on Italy in the 21st century.