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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Full year
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications. (Exchange program applicants click application here)

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

The application for the 2017-18 academic year program will open in early September 2016. Please return to this page at that time to start your application.

CSU IP Italy: Italian Studies

Program At A Glance

When: Late August to late May

Units: Students are required to take 15 units per semester, in addition to the 5 unit Preparatory Language Program (PLP).

Cost: Students pay the same tuition for CSU IP Italy as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 2.75 GPA;  This program is open to Italian language majors or minors; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than spring term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a CA community college by fall term of the program start date.

Course Prerequisites: Completion of one term of Italian language.

Program Overview

The CSU IP Italy program is located in Florence at the CSU Study Center. This program is administered by a Resident Director and full-time local staff. Each year, about 100 CSU students participate in the CSU IP Italy program and attend courses at the Center. The fields of study offered are architecture, art history, history and classics, Italian language, international relations, Italian studies, literature, political science, and studio art. 

Italy - Italian StudiesThe Italian Studies program begins with a required 5 credit Preparatory Language Program (PLP), offering students Italian language instruction at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. Participants are introduced to the culture of Florence and to contemporary Italian society through lectures during the PLP. 

The Italian Studies program is designed for serious students of Italian language, literature and culture. The program provides students with an opportunity to concentrate all studies on Italian for an entire academic year.  During the PLP and fall semester, students combine their study of Italian language with courses in English.  During the spring semester, students enroll only in courses conducted in Italian, including the required capstone Italian 352. 

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year.  Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.  To access course information, including syllabi, visit the IP Florence Center website here


The CSU IP Italy program is located in Florence, a center of intellectual and artistic activity and a city that retains much of its Renaissance character. Located in Tuscany region of Italy, on the Arno River, Florence has a population of about 500,000. 


Upon arrival in Florence, students stay in pre-arranged temporary housing. During orientation, the CSU IP on-site staff will help students find permanent housing in local apartments.

Learn more about life in Italy:

This program is currently not accepting applications. (Exchange program applicants click application here)