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Global Cities


Go Beyond!

Apply by December 15 and save $300 off of your program fee!

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 six-week summer program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Florence has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Earn 6 credits.

May 25, 2019
thru June 29, 2019
Program Fee: $6,995
Application Deadline March 1, 2019

The CAPA Florence Experience

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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.

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Live like a Florentine and stay in shared apartments or opt for a homestay.

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Choose from content courses taught in English or enhance your cultural experience by taking Italian language courses.

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During your volunteer work you'll help your host community and acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your classroom experience and your resume!

Through CAPA Florence, I was set up with an apartment with local Italian neighbors one block from the best gelato place in town, courses relevant to the city, other awesome students to share my experience with, a museum pass so I could see the David as many times as I wanted, and a supportive staff willing to help out with anything!

Dee Liang

University of Colorado

Program Inclusions

  • TuitionEarn 6-9 credits per term. Credits are issued by State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego.
  • HousingYou 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.
  • Local Transit PassA Florence bus pass is included.
  • ActivitiesSocial events include an arrival reception and a farewell ceremony. The program includes a cooking class with a professional chef and a free entrance to a Florence museum of your choice. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
  • VolunteerParticipate in a volunteer opportunity, help your host communnity and gain valuable skills.
  • My Global CityCAPA-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’s going 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.
  • ExcursionFull-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.
  • 24/7 Emergency SupportCAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan with staff available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.
  • InsuranceAs a student in our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
  • SupportThe CAPA team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.


Beginner Italian Language 1  

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.



Beginning Composition Drawing  

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.



Cross Cultural Psychology  

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.



Renaissance Art History  

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.



Writing the Global City: Florence Reading and Creating Travel Writing  

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.



  • Globally Networked Learning

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