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CSU IP Italy
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
Budget Estimates Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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 History, Classics, Comparative Literature, European Studies, Greek, History, International Relations, International/Global Studies, Italian, Latin, Liberal Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science
Program Description:

CSU IP Italy


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

Program At A Glance

When: Late August to late May

Units: Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 units per semester, in addition to the 5 unit Preparatory Language Program (PLP).

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

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

Course Prerequisites: See academic information below for recommended coursework.

Program Overview

The CSU IP Italy 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. 

ItalyThe CSU IP Italy 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 2016-17 Italy Course List . 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. 


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. 


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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This program is currently not accepting applications.