The ideal that motivates the
Centro Fiorenza Study Abroad Program is
is the integration of the
academic curriculum with a first hand experience of Italy.
Exposure to the various layers of
history, politics and the cultural styles of diverse peoples will enlarge
students’ appreciation of the complexity of the political, economic and social
issues that currently polarize Italy, Europe and our world in general.
Our Faculty members, both
Italian and from a number of other different countries, mostly holding terminal
degrees in their respective disciplines and with an extensive experience in
study-abroad teaching, seek to provide a quality university education that
seriously challenges students academically. With an offer of over twenty
different courses across several different disciplines, we seek to refine the
quality of students’ thinking relative to the analysis, synthesis and
interpretation of arguments and texts.
As Americans abroad, students
will be called to be ambassadors of their own country by representing its
best traditions and values. Centro Fiorenza will be proud that students will
accept this important responsibility, and our staff and faculty will be
prepared to help them in their efforts.
Centro Fiorenza will continue
its vocation as Institute of
Italian language and culture, promoting the effective interaction between
Italian and American students through a number of social events, film
screenings, food and pizza nights as well as theatre and music performances,
thus increasing the exchange of cultures and ideas and offering a wider
perspective to our American study abroad students.
In addition, Centro Fiorenza
is already aiming to establish close partnerships and collaboration with a
number of local and national private and public education and research
institutions in Florence, such as:
The objectives of such
partnership are for the purpose of cultural exchanges, on-site visits and
guest lectures in particular, so to further enrich the academic and personal
knowledge of all students.
Furthermore, one of the most rewarding experiences for any university
student studying abroad is the opportunity to integrate into their classroom
learning with real world experience in a multicultural setting.
Internships are one of the many conduits, and will soon be available
through Fiorenza. Students must apply after arrival in Florence. Internships
are only available for students who have studied at Fiorenza at least one
semester or bring exceptional skills and qualifications with fluency in
Italian. Note: Internships do not receive credit nor provide financial
compensation; Internships must not conflict with the normal Fiorenza
classes. Students wishing to obtain credit for internships must consult
their home institution.
is also mediating with a number of non-profit religious and secular
organizations so to offer to the American students volunteer opportunities