Florence is a vibrant, awe-inspiring, and culturally rich Global City. With an ever-growing immigrant population, Florence is very much a multi-cultural city. You can explore the city's diversity by taking a Migrantour or visiting Vivi-Market to find authentic foods and ingredients from Asia, Latin America and other regions.
Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Florence with our My Global City events: walk through secret rooms at Palazzo Vecchio, learn to cook an Italian specialty for dinner or go for a hike in the Tuscan hills.
Live like a Florentine and stay in shared apartments or opt for a homestay.
Choose from content courses taught in English or enhance your cultural experience by taking Italian language courses.
This course will introduce students to the cultural history of Florence from the Renaissance until the most recent cultural developments of the city between the 20th and 21st century, paying a particular attention to the Florentine attitude in such period towards tourists and foreign college students who each year decide to experience this unique city and its unique cultural environment.
FLOR HIST 3325
The aim of this course is to explain the reasons why the socio-criminal phenomenon of Mafia continues to self-reproduce after more than a century. Through a comparative study between the two societies where the mafia took roots, the course will analyze the history of the Mafia from three main perspectives: historical, political and sociological.
FLOR HIST 3326
This is a proficiency-based course designed for students who have already taken four semesters of Italian. The course is formed through a grammar in use approach to the Italian language and the development of language competencies (speaking and listening) as well as the expansion of the vocabulary. The lessons will be held in Italian and students will be required to participate actively, expressing their ideas and opinions during in-class activities such as readings and discussions of selected materials (including newspapers, magazines and videos), in-class reports, presentations and role-plays related to increasingly complex situations. Special attention will be paid to the improvement of the language in a socio-economic context. The etiquette of Italian letter writing, emails, workplace jargon, and business terminology will also be focused on. This course is 120 hours, taught at the University of Florence.
FLOR ITAL 3340
This course analyzes the dynamics that shape the identity and urban landscape of Florence by applying both the notion of globalization and the socio-cultural forces at play in an interdisciplinary perspective and by making use of Florence as a research field.
FLOR URBS 3345
This is an intensive course designed for students with no prior knowledge of Italian language to achieve the basics to communicate in everyday life. The teacher will explain the fundamental knowledge of grammar, phonetics, morphology and syntax using a functional-situational approach.
FLOR ITAL 1101
This is an intensive 65-hour course designed for students who have already taken one semester of Italian. The goal is to refine previously acquired linguistic skills and analyze the usage of new grammar structures.
FLOR ITAL 1102
This course introduces students to the fundamental approaches, techniques, and mediums of drawing while focusing on various aspects of the Renaissance city of Florence as subject matter.
FLOR ARTS 1103
Figurative sculpture is a basic studio course designed for beginners and intermediate students and explores the skills and techniques necessary to approach clay modeling.
FLOR ARTS 1105
This introductory course is designed to examine the materials and techniques of this versatile medium within the framework of the Renaissance city of Florence.
FLOR ARTS 1106
This introductory course is structured to examine and apply the fundamentals of this unpredictable medium within the context of the Renaissance city of Florence.
FLOR ARTS 1104
This course introduces students to contemporary Italy's major issues like immigration, acceptance of diversity, relationships with politics, and racism through recently released films.
FLOR FILM 3316
This course introduces and explores the field of cross-cultural psychology through a focus on Italy. Aspects of cross-cultural analysis such as cultural influence on human behavior, attitudes, values, communication, and societal organization from the field of cross- cultural psychology are discussed.
FLOR PSYC 3320
The course will introduce students to the Florentine literary world, focusing on great masterpieces (in English translation) from the 14th to the 16th century. A multidisciplinary approach, dealing with social, political, historical and philosophical implications will provide further understanding by placing Dante's Vita Nuova and Comedy, Boccaccio's Decameron, and Machiavelli's The Prince in a comprehensive cultural context where special emphasis will be given to the impact that the Medieval/Renaissance city of Florence had in their writing.
FLOR LITR 3315
This course is a forum for students to contextualize and discuss the wider significance of internship activities, therefore a variety of teaching and learning activities is used, for example: lecture, discussion, presentations, and workshops. Above all, the classroom sessions give students the unique opportunity to listen to individual experience, compare and contrast activities with others, and consider the experience in terms of personal and cultural development.
FLOR INTP 3347
This course provides an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges that are associated with effective workforce management around the world.
FLOR BUSN 3378
This is an intensive 65-hour course for students who have already taken two semesters of Italian. The goal is to develop skills in understanding and speaking everyday Italian in different common situations.
FLOR ITAL 2201
This is an intensive 65-hour course for students who have already taken three semesters of Italian. The goal is to develop skills in understanding and speaking Italian in different common situations, but at a higher level.
FLOR ITAL 2202
The course provides an understanding of the key economic issues in the global business environment and an understanding of how global businesses are impacted by real world developments in economics, politics and finance. The five broad topics covered in the course are: Globalization, Country Differences, Cross-Border Trade & Investment, the Global Monetary System, and Competing in a Global Market Place.
FLOR BUSN 3374
This course introduces students to the use of a camera through a development of their technical skills with a special attention to compositional elements of an image and photography's narrative possibilities. A digital SLR camera is needed for this course.
FLOR ARTS 1107
This course, designed to increase students' knowledge of Italian life, customs, and society, provides an introduction to the culture and civilization of Italy from a chronological and thematic perspective, including main cultural and historical developments, current political issues, religion, immigration, and the new economy challenges in the labor market. This course is taught in Italian.
FLOR ANTH 3321
This course investigates the birth of art collections and museums from the Roman porticos to the 19th century European museums. Through site visits and class lessons students learn to understand the role of museums in contemporary society.
FLOR ARTH 3313
This course offers a general survey of the history of Europe in the 20th century, focusing on major political and economic movements and events. It also considers relevant national and international environments.
FLOR HIST 3319
Using Florence as a classroom, this course introduces students to a broad range of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the great projects of the Middle Ages to a special focus on major works of the Renaissance period.
FLOR ARTH 3311
This course is a creative writing workshop keyed to exploring the experience of traveling and living abroad in Florence in either verse or prose texts.
FLOR CWRT 3317