ITALY: CSU FLORENCE CENTER
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 as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.
2.75 Cumulative GPA
CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.
Art History Track:
There are no CSU IP pre-requisites for this program. However, coursework in the following areas is recommended: Western Art History or European History.
Humanities (History, Classics & Literature) Track:
There are no CSU IP pre-requisites for this program. However, coursework in the following areas is recommended: World or Western Civilization/History/Literature/Philosophy. One term of language study in Italian, Latin, Spanish, French, Portuguese or Greek.
Political Science Track:
There are no CSU IP pre-requisites for this program. However, coursework in the following areas is recommended: Comparative Government, International Relations, World History/Geography
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
to access the Academic Bulletin that includes course descriptions for all academic concentrations.
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.
to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.
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.
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 June.
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.
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 additional academic information about this program, please refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for most current year by clicking here
. 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 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.
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:
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM NOTES:
Applicants must complete and submit two
applications for this program: the CSUF online application
and the CSU IP online application
According to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for Italy
, CSU IP in Italy is located in Florence where it operates its own study center known as the CSU Study Center, offering coursework exclusively for CSU Students. After an eight-week summer course of preparatory language training (PLP) which begins in August, students enroll in one of the academic programs. All students, regardless of what options and concentrations they are enrolled in, are required to take:
- Intensive Italian language (Preparatory Language Program or "PLP") from August to October;
- Six units of Italian language in the fall, three units of Italian language in the spring;
- Courses in their specific academic track and electives to total a mimum of 15 CSU units each semester (but no more than 19 units per semester, unless approved by the CSU IP Office).