You don’t need a particular major to study in Florence, or even any major at all. The self-discovery that takes place during a semester in Florence has been known to inspire undecided or exploratory students with the direction they’ve been looking for.
All majors are welcome and if you plan ahead and work with an advisor, the range of courses offered will keep you progressing toward your degree on schedule. In addition to all levels of Italian language, you’ll find a variety of courses in many disciplines. You'll select 4-5 courses from those offered, earning 12-16 credits depending on your choices. All courses are taught in English and meet Monday through Thursday.
All courses are taught in English by highly qualified faculty. Students do not need to know Italian to apply. A large number of people in Florence speak English. However, the Italian language course is very popular for study abroad students and helps them learn to communicate with locals. The Florence campus offers a variety of course in various disciplines, which are available to study abroad students.
Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by semester. Read on for more information about specific academic programs.Students will be notified by their study abroad advisor and registration will take place through the Office of Study Abroad.
Students are organized through a cohort system. Cohorts are based off your current major/plan of study. Being in one cohort does not mean that you will not see students from another cohort. Some field trips are only offered to certain cohorts. Acceptance into a cohort is not guaranteed.
The cohorts are as follows:
- Architecture (Undergraduate and graduate)
- Fashion Design & Merchandising
- Interior Design (Undergraduate)
In addition to introducing students to such extraordinary Italian cities as Rome and Venice, Field Trip and Study Tour destinations are selected to bring extra depth to students’ understanding of their specific areas of study. For example, Business students investigate the global financial center of Geneva; Communication students visit media and communication establishments in Milan.
Field trips by cohort (destinations are subject to change and may vary by semester).
Business: Geneva, Rome, Perugia, Venice
Communication: Milan, Rome, Perugia, Venice
Enrollment Requirements and Registration Guidelines
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and submit two (2) letters of recommendation, in addition to the other requirements indicated in the study abroad application package.
- Students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours for the semester or 6 credits for the summer term
- Courses must be taken locally at Webster-Florence. Online courses and independent study course do not count towards the minimum.
- All courses are 3-credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
- Attendance is expected and required; absences will negatively affect grades.
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