Global Cities


Go Beyond in Florence, Italy

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 multicultural 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.

Arrival: May 21, 2021
Departure: July 3, 2021
Program Fee: $7,345
Application Deadline February 25, 2021
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The Florence Experience



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 a shared apartment or opt for a homestay. Note: homestays incur a supplementary fee and include daily breakfast and dinnerPlus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.


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


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!

CAPA Florence Program Inclusions


CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!

Courses & Credit

Earn 6-9 credits per term. Credits are issued by State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego.


You can opt to live in a shared apartment 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 Pass

A Florence bus pass is included.

Excursions & Activities

Enjoy 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 and a farewell ceremony.


Participate in a volunteer opportunity. Help your host community and gain valuable skills. 

My Global City

CAPA-led events 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.

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.



As a student on our program, you’ll 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 provide a variety of health and wellness tools and resources.


Summer Courses

Beginner Italian Language 1  

This course, designed for students with no prior knowledge of the Italian language, will focus on basic Italian language skills necessary to communicate clear messages in everyday life. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamental knowledge of grammar, phonetics, morphology, and syntax using a functional-situational approach where lessons will focus on real situation exercises, grammar drills, consolidation of material, and a deepening of concepts through readings, conversations, role playing games, and listening exercises to correct pronunciation.



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.



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.



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.



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