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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: HC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Italian Suggested GPA: 3.0
Language Requirement: Completed at least 202 ICIP Required: Yes
Housing Options: Homestay Community Based Learning: No
Ability to work abroad: No Board: Partial Board
Program Exception Flag: None Program Sponsorship: Holy Cross Office of Study Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Visa required for U.S. passport holders: Yes Earned Academic Credit: Yes
Program Description:

Florence, ItalyView of the Ponte Vecchio (Florence, Italy)

Florence is magical. A provincial city that nonetheless feels like a sophisticated cultural capital, it boasts world-class art and architecture from centuries past, plus the verve of the present-day fashion industry. The food is GREAT. So are the views! So are the quintessential red roofs and Brunelleschi's magnificent brick dome. The city of Florence will capture your heart while the Università di Firenze becomes your intellectual and linguistic home-away-from home.

Florence, Italy"View of Firenze from Piazzale Michelangelo at Dusk" (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mahoney '13)

Name: Università di Firenze (UniFI)
Location: Firenze (Florence), Italy
University size: 60,000 undergraduate and graduate students
University founded: 1321
Terms available: academic year; fall semester' spring semester (semester study is by director-approved appeal, only)
Dates: late August to mid June (academic year); late August to mid-January (fall semester); late January to mid-June (spring semester). Start and end dates noted are tentative and subject to change.

University website:
Student life/campus activities:
Have more questions? Find your answers here: UNiFI COMPASS - a Florence-specific program guide created by HC Study Abroad!

Visa fees:  $55
Housing deposits: n/a
Registration info: Students enrolling at the Università di Firenze take Italian Language and Culture 1 and 2 (1 credit per semester) at the Centro di Servizi Culturali per Stranieri, and 90 hours at Unifi per semester, which is usually one 60-hour course and one 30-hour course, which is the equivalent of 3 Holy Cross courses. Pre-university language course does not count towards the required course load.
ICIP required: Yes
Other requirements: Completed at least four semesters of college-level Italian.
Courses previously taken by Holy Cross students: click on this webpage, then click on the pdf next to "Italy - Università di Firenze (Florence)". Note that this list provided by the registrar's office is meant to give you an idea of the types of courses offered at UniFi based on what past HC students have taken. It is NOT a list of classes guaranteed to be available to you during your semester(s) abroad! In other words, you are not limited to the classes listed here. Class offerings change each semester, and you certainly can register for approved classes not listed on the pdf which are currently being taught at the Università di Firenze.
Grade equivalency sheet: Available here:
*Note: Different departments may present their course catalogs differently. Some have a list of available courses, some provide an overview of the required courses for a particular major (Italian students are much more restricted within their majors). These catalogs are a general guide. You will have assistance in selecting your classes on site.
All information listed above is subject to change.

For more information, please contact:
Susan McCrory, Assistant Director 
Phone: 508-793-2755
Office: Smith 217

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.