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Italy: CSU Florence Center
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
Budget Estimates Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/01/2018 04/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
2.75 (If you do not meet the GPA requirement, contact CSU IP as you still may be eligible to apply)
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Language Prerequisite: None
Areas of Study: Art, Art (Studio), Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, European Studies, Greek, History, International Relations, International/Global Studies, Italian, Italian Studies, Latin, Liberal Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science
Program Description:

ITALY: CSU FLORENCE CENTER

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Academic Year Applications
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline 
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline. If spaces are available, student may submit applications for the later deadlines, but may need to be flexible regarding their program options, available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Eligibility Requirements
Minimum 2.75 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by spring term of the program start date.

Course Prerequisites
See academic information below for recommended coursework.

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

Cost
Students pay the same tuition for Italy: CSU Florence Center as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program. The traditional Italian academic cycle begins in February and ends in November. 

Academic Year: July to November & February to June.
 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Italy: CSU Florence Center program is located in Florence at the CSU Study Center. This program is administered by a Resident Director and full-time local staff. Each year, about 100 CSU students participate in the IP Italy program and attend courses at the Center. The fields of study offered are architecture, art history, classics, history, Italian language, international relations, Italian studies, literature, political science, and studio art. 
Italy
The Italy: CSU Florence Center program
Begins with a required 5 credit Preparatory Language Program (PLP), offering students Italian language instruction at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels.  Participants are introduced to the culture of Florence and to contemporary Italian society through lectures during the PLP. In addition to the Italian language coursework during the PLP, students are required to take 6 credits of Italian language study during the fall term, and 3 credits of Italian language during the spring.  Students also pursue coursework in their area of concentration and enroll in elective courses during the fall and spring semesters. For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.

The CSU Italy program offers students a wide range of courses.  During the time of application, students will be asked to select an area of concentration. Students can take courses across concentrations, but will be asked to specify their main area of interest.  The following are recommended courses that students can take to better prepare them for study within a concentration:

Art History – Western Art History or European History

Humanities (History, Classics & Literature) – World or Western Civilization/History/Literature/Philosophy. One term of language study in Italian, Latin, Spanish, French, Portuguese or Greek.

Political Science – Comparative Government, International Relations, World History/Geography

To access additional course information, including syllabi for courses offered in the past, visit the IP Florence Center website. 

 

The Studio Art program
Students participating in the Studio Art program take courses the CSU Study Center as well as at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze and the Scuola del Nudo. The program begins with a required 5 credit Preparatory Language Program (PLP), offering students Italian language instruction at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. Participants are introduced to the culture of Florence and to contemporary Italian society through lectures during the PLP. 

The program places students according to artistic talent as measured by rigorous entrance exams taken after arrival in Florence. During the PLP, studio art students participate in intensive preparatory art advising to prepare for these exams.  Students take the entrance exam for the Accademia di Belle Arti, one of Europe’s oldest and best-known schools of art instruction. Subjects offered include painting, sculpture, set design or decoration.  Students also take the entrance exam for the Scuola del Nudo, whose subjects include drawing, etching, photography and art history.  Students who do not pass either of these entrance exams will take classes only at the CSU Study Center. This would include a drawing course, Italian language, art history and other electives.  In some cases, independent studies can be arranged with the studio art supervisor for students who do not pass either exam. 

All Studio Art students will be required to take a portfolio to Florence to provide samples of their art work.  Students should provide at the best sample images of their art, as well as a variety of works (paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, etc.) It is recommended that students have at least 10 to 15 images, either printed out or in digital/photograph format.  During the PLP, the images will be reviewed by the Studio Art Program Coordinator, and then they will be handed in and evaluated by the Accademia professors at the time of the entrance exam.
  
Course Prerequisites: One term of college-level Italian language; one year of art history coursework; one term of drawing; one term of life drawing; one term of painting.  Space is limited in the Studio Art program, so it is also recommended that students have foundation coursework in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, as well as additional coursework in drawing and upper division studio art. Portfolio required (see Program Overview for more details).


The Italian Studies program

Begins with a required 5 credit Preparatory Language Program (PLP), offering students Italian language instruction at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. Participants are introduced to the culture of Florence and to contemporary Italian society through lectures during the PLP. 

The Italian Studies program is designed for serious students of Italian language, literature and culture. The program provides students with an opportunity to concentrate all studies on Italian for an entire academic year.  During the PLP and fall semester, students combine their study of Italian language with courses in English.  During the spring semester, students enroll only in courses conducted in Italian, including the required capstone Italian 352. 


LOCATION

Florence is a center of intellectual and artistic activity and a city that retains much of its Renaissance character. Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, on the Arno River, Florence has a population of about 500,000. 


HOUSING

Upon arrival in Florence, students are provided with temporary hotel accommodations arranged by CSU IP.  During the orientation week, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations.  Most students choose to live in local apartments.


LEARN MORE ABOUT LIFE IN ITALY:

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