Global Cities


Go Beyond!

Study abroad in Florence in-country, online, or both! 

This immersive study abroad program gives insight into the significant ways in which Florence has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Choose from multiple options for online and in-country study abroad and internship programs through

CAPA’s Flexible Choice blocks that offer 4, 8, or 12 weeks in-country, plus a fully online option. You can also further enhance your experience with an in-country or remote global internship.

Take courses in psychology, marketing, global management, cinema, writing and more. All CAPA Florence classes are offered simultaneously in online and in-person formats, so your coursework remains consistent throughout the semester. Plus, you can further enhance your semester with courses online from London and Sydney for a transnational study abroad experience.

Earn 3 credits per course, and earn 3 or 6 credits with a global internship.

Start: September 18, 2020
End: December 11, 2020
Program Fee: Based on the number of weeks in Florence. See the Flexible Choice Experience section for details.
Application Deadline July 18, 2020
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The Flexible Choice Florence Experience


CAPA understands that the current global environment is uncertain, and so CAPA’s Flexible Choice programming offers multiple program choices, plus the option to change from an in-country program to a fully online global experience up to 10 days prior to departure. All 12 credit programs include an optional 3 or 6 credit internship for no additional fee. 


Flexible Choice Full Semester Options

12 Weeks In-Country, Arrival: September 18 - Departure: December 11. Program Fee (12 Credits): $11,495

12 Weeks Online, Start: September 18 - End: December 11. Program Fee (12 Credits): $3,995


Flexible Choice Block Options

4 Weeks Online, 8 Weeks In-Country

Start: September 18; Arrive In-Country: October 16; Departure: December 11. Program Fee (12 Credits): $9,995


8 Weeks Online, 4 Weeks In-Country

Start: September 18; Arrive In-Country: November 13; Departure: December 11. Program Fee (12 Credits): $8,495


Additional 3-Credit Course: $995 

Global Remote Internship Only (3, 6 and non-credit options): $1,495

CAPA Global Cities Flexible Choice Fall 2020-2


Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Florence with in-country and virtual My Global City events. Plus, in-country options of more than 2 weeks feature included excursions to Siena and San Gimignano. 


Connect with fellow CAPA study abroad students through our Globally Networked Learning environment.


Choose from a variety of in-country courses in Florence in English, and take online courses from CAPA's Florence, London, and Sydney Centers. 


Enhance your experience with an optional internship. Internships are included in the cost of program for students taking a minimum of 12 credits.  Learn More

CAPA Florence Program Inclusions


CAPA program fees are comprehensive. All programs include tuition, comprehensive program advising and support, orientation, activities, and My Global City events. In-country programs also include excursions, on-site activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!



CAPA’s Flexible Choice Programming Guarantee:

We understand that plans change, and so you have the option to replace the in-country program with a blended or fully online global experience up to 10 days prior to departure for Florence and 7 days prior to departure for London and Sydney and receive refunds for any additional fees or choose instead to cancel your program entirely for a full refund. And, if the CDC or State Department changes the travel advisory levels to 3 or higher while a student is studying in-country, CAPA will refund the in-country portion of any unused fees, but you will still be able to complete your program online.

Courses & Credit

Earn 3 credits per course, plus earn 3 or 6 credits with an optional internship. Credits are issued by State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego.

Florence Housing

Students in Florence live in shared apartments. All housing is within commuting distance of the CAPA Florence Center. Single occupancy rooms in shared apartments are available for a supplemental fee. 

Local Transit Pass

A Florence bus pass is included.

In-Country Excursions 

In-country programs offer included excursions to Siena—famous for its art, history, and Palio horse race—and to the walled town of San Gimignano, with its 14 medieval towers. 

Global Internships

Participate in a part-time internship opportunity and gain valuable skills. Note: you must have at least two semesters of Italian language to participate in a Florence-based internship. Internships are at no additional cost for students taking 12 credits. 

My Global City Events & Activities

CAPA's My Global City event calendar offers a wide-range of CAPA-led and self-led virtual and in-country activities throughout the semester. Social events include an arrival reception, a mid-term dinner, and a farewell ceremony. 

Comprehensive, 24/7 Support

CAPA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in Florence. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations. Students will also have access to the Guardian study abroad safety app which includes emergency assistance and other support resources.


Insurance & Flexible Choice Guarantee

Change the in-country program to a fully online program up to 10 days before the in-country arrival date and any additional fees paid will be refunded. If the CDC or State Department changes the travel advisory levels to 3 or higher, students can cancel the in-country programming and transfer to online only sessions. Students switching to online programming will receive a refund for in-country fees.  If the CDC or State Department changes the travel advisory levels to 3 or higher while a student is studying in-country, CAPA will refund the in-country portion of an unused fees.

Plus, in-country program students receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

Safety, Health & Wellness 

CAPA is committed to the health and wellness of our students while they are studying abroad in Florence. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure a safe and productive learning experience, and we provide a variety of health and wellness tools and resources.


Fall Courses

All Florence courses are available in-country and online. Choose from a range of courses in Florence, plus choose additional courses online in London and Sydney

A Cultural History of Organized Crime: Italian vs. American Mafia  

This course will examine the reasons why the socio-criminal phenomenon of the Mafia continues to self-reproduce after more than a century. Students will conduct a comparative study between the two societies where the Mafia took roots, specifically the Italian Mafia versus the American Mafia; explore the history of the Mafia from three main perspectives: historical, political, and sociological; and be able to distinguish clearly between the interpretation of the mafia emerging from fiction books and movies, and the real representation of this socio-criminal phenomenon.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Florence  

This course will introduce the impact of globalization on Florence. Using the city as a research field, students will explore the complex dynamics that shape the identity of Florence by applying a critical perspective on the notion of globalization, and by analyzing the socio-cultural forces at play both historically and presently; observe the cultural variability in Florence; discuss the relativity of cultural values; and investigate how the multicultural aspect of Florence’s identity has been discursively constructed, and by which social actors.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Contemporary Italian Cinema: Contemporary Italy on the Screen  

This course will introduce contemporary Italy’s major issues (immigration, acceptance of diversity, relationships with politics, and racism) through recently released films. Students will analyze 20 films from the late 1990s to the present day; develop an understanding of contemporary Italian society through the image that some of the most valuable Italian filmmakers of the youngest generation have given of the cultural, political, and working environment they live in; and explore the ways in which contemporary Italian cinema has followed, mirrored, and sometimes even anticipated, cultural and social transformations in Italian society.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Cross Cultural Psychology  

This course will explore the field of cross-cultural psychology through a focus on Italy and its inhabitants. Students will discuss aspects of cross-cultural analysis from the field of cross-cultural psychology, including cultural influence on human behavior, attitude, values, communication, and societal organization; examine topics of ethnocentrism, individual vs. collective societies, plural societies, cultural views on mental health, and intercultural communication; and investigate methodical issues of cross-cultural research, with the opportunity to be participant-observers of their own experiences in Italy, including through field work.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Food, Culture & Lifestyle under the Tuscan Sky  

This course will direct students to reflect about their own relationship with food. Starting from a multi-disciplinary approach, that involves such fields as sociology, history, anthropology and nutrition, students will explore new aspects of their life in Italy directly related to health, education and everyday life. The final aim of this course is to provide an insightful, life-changing experience, which leads students to develop healthier lifestyles (Personal Development Outcome), comparing their culture with Italian culture (Diversity Outcome) and its distinct history and traditions related to food (Urban Environment Outcome).



  • Globally Networked Learning
Global Internship Course  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills; learn to contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis in collaboration with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.



Global Workforce Management  

This course will provide students with an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges associated with effective workforce management on a global scale. Students will compare international labor markets in terms of labor costs, labor supply, and workplace culture; and analyze case studies from developed and emerging economies to investigate the complex cultural and regulatory environment that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing, and industrial relations.



  • Globally Networked Learning
International Economics  

This course will explore key economic issues in the global business environment. Students will develop an understanding of how global businesses are impacted by real world developments in economics, politics, and finance; critically examine the global economic landscape with an emphasis on the interaction between international economics and business through discussions of current economic and political development; and explore topics such as globalization, country differences, cross-border trade and investment, the global monetary system, and competing in a global marketplace.



  • Globally Networked Learning
International Marketing  

This course will explore terms, concepts, and theories of marketing in the international context, as well as its scope and challenges. Students will examine how global dimensions technology, research, capital, investment, and production impact marketing, distribution, and communication networks; gain insight into the increasingly interdependent global economic and physical environment and its impact on international marketing; analyze current international marketing issues and their implications; and develop an understanding of how companies create competitive strategic plans that enable them to survive and succeed in global markets.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Museology: The Art of collecting Objects  

This course will investigate the birth of art collections and museums from Roman porticos to 19th century European museums. Students will examine the history of collecting objects; develop an understanding of the role museums play in contemporary society by researching, analyzing and interpreting such factors as an artwork’s social significance in the past, its original location, the patron who commissioned it, and the interests of the collector who decided to place the piece in a museum; visit museums; and conduct personal research with other visitors to Florence’s museums.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Remote Global Internship Course - Fall (3 Credits)  

Delivered by dynamic academic coaches and mentors, the Online Global Internship Course course focuses on building personal and professional skills with the intention to prepare students to articulate their learning to future employers, and or, graduate schools. The virtual in-class active learning approach gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, compare and contrast global organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.


INTP 3347

Renaissance Art History  

This course will introduce a broad range of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence from the great projects of the Middle Ages that defined the religious and political centers of the city, with a special focus on major monuments of the Renaissance period. Students will examine issues of social, political, and economic context, as well their function, which was integral to artistic production of the period; conduct related scholarly research; deepen their appreciation of Renaissance civilization; and analyze the interrelationship between people’s creative achievements and their society.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Writing the Global City: Florence Reading and Creating Travel Writing  

This is a creative writing workshop that will guide students to find their own voice in responding to the city of Florence and their experience of it, in either verse or prose texts. Students will read and discuss the work of Anglo-American writers who were influenced by the city and surrounding area of Tuscany; initiate, research, and write short stories, poetry, and non-fiction; and evaluate and critique their own work and that of their peers. Students will also participate in walking tours of the city and its outskirts.



  • Globally Networked Learning

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