Florence is a vibrant, awe-inspiring, and culturally rich Global City. Its history as the cradle of the Renaissance remains readily accessible through its art and architecture, and 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.
This immersive study abroad program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Florence has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Earn 12-18 credits.
CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!
Earn 12-18 credits per semester (content courses are 3 credits, Italian language courses are 4 credits; internships are 3-6 credits). Credits are issued by State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego.
You can opt to live in shared apartments or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center. Homestays incur a supplementary fee.
A Florence bus pass is included.
Full-day 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. Social events include an arrival reception, a mid-term dinner and a farewell ceremony.
Participate in a part-time internship opportunity, earn 3 credits and gain valuable skills. Note: you must have at least 2 semesters of Italian language to participate.
CAPA-led events in the first weeks of the program include a walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo for stunning views over the city of Florence and a hike in the nearby hills, followed by dinner in one of the best pizzerias in town. Other activities, often self-guided, reflect what is on in the city at the time and may include a walking tour to the most important markets of Florence, tasting typical Italian snacks, a night at the Opera or attending soccer match at the Florence Stadium.
We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.
As a student on our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
The CAPA Florence team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.
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 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 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).
FLOR ANTH 3340
The Global Internship Workshop is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The Global Internship Workshop fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning, whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other Global Internship Workshop themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Masterclasses given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.
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
Using Florence as a classroom, this course introduces students to a broad range of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the great projects of the end of the Roman Empire to a special focus on major works of the end of the Renaissance.
FLOR ARTH 3310
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 students with an introduction to the school system in their study location and that of the other CAPA study location. There will then be opportunities to compare it to the American system and to other learning communities in the world to better understand how they reflect and perpetuate the cultural values and identity of a country. Students will explore current educational issues from an intercultural perspective and develop their own informed views. At the end of the course students are expected to have acquired a basic knowledge and understanding about the structure and content of contemporary school systems and a capacity to use this knowledge for cross-national comparisons. The insights gained will allow students to consider a key question: how can we all contribute to the school of the future? This course is designed as a CAPA Globally Networked Programme (GNL) connecting CAPA students in different study locations in order to examine issues from a transnational perspective. It will provide a unique opportunity to broaden critical understanding of the role of school system in the identity building process at an individual, social, political and national level. Through collaborative and comparative learning processes in both local environments and transnational communities, students will develop a deeper understanding of the role of school system in shaping values, societies and cultures.
FLOR EDUC 3305
Students will study how theories, research, and current issues in the field of organizational behavior apply in the context of the international workplace.
FLOR BUSN 3376
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
The course provides an understanding of finance in the international context. The course coverage includes historical perspectives and foundations of international finance, the foreign exchange markets and exchange rate determination, exposure management, financial management of a multinational firm. The course also helps students examine the current economic landscape through topical discussions of current economic and political development and their impact on international finance.
FLOR BUSN 3373
This course will help you develop an understanding of the scope and challenges of marketing in the international context. The course examines how the global dimensions technology, research, capital investment and production impact marketing, distribution and communication networks. The breadth of this course will provide insights into the increasingly interdependent global economic and physical environment and its impact on international marketing.
FLOR BUSN 3372
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 ITAL/ANTH 3321
Language is an extraordinary tool that we use every day, yet it is not often that we critically reflect on its importance and role in relation to human identity. This course highlights the essentiality of language for being human. It sheds light on the way language intervenes in the identity building process at various levels, from individual to group/community and from national to transnational and global. This course is designed as a CAPA fully Globally Networked Learning (GNL) course. Not only is this the first fully GNL-ed course offered by CAPA, but also an unprecedented enterprise in Study Abroad. The course will provide a unique opportunity to broaden student's understanding of the relationship between language and identity in an ever more globalized world. Through collaborative and comparative learning processes, the course will inform a critical understanding of language and identity and show how they intertwine and interconnect in different spaces, times, and environments.
FLOR LING 3356
The focus of this course will be on key issues within operations that are of relevance in a firm's ability to remain competitive in a global economy. Factors such as legal, ethical, operational, venture risk and reliability will be considered in addition to specialized topics in supply chain management within a global environment.
FLOR BUSN 3380
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 deals with the impact of globalization on the international economy and in particular on the European markets. Students analyze the global economy and familiarize themselves with all the interconnected topics that characterize the current intriguing political and economic debate.
FLOR ECON 3370
This course is a survey of contemporary Italy from an anthropological perspective, analyzed through cultural features such as identity, social organization, gender, and immigration in Italy.
FLOR ANTH 3318
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