Florence Program Information
Florence Education Abroad
If you're intrigued by the idea of studying abroad in Florence, Italy, your first step is simple: get more information! Kent State is ready to answer your questions about our education abroad program in Florence. Read more below if you want to learn about the orientation process, social activities, and housing for Florence.
Before you leave and upon your arrival in Florence, you'll participate in an orientation designed
to help you make the most out of your study abroad experience. In orientation, your goals
will be to...
- Orient yourself to the city of Florence
- Develop the awareness you need to observe and learn from different cultures
- Discover the businesses and organizations in Florence
- Access the tools you will need to succeed academically, personally, and safely
within the policies and responsibilities of the 17-week program
Housing and Campus
When you study at the Palazzo dei Cerchi, you get a feel for both modern and 13th-century Florence. Palazzo dei Cerchi is a prestigious and ancient palace located in the center of Florence acquired by Kent State in 2003. A complete renovation was undertaken from 2003-2004, maintaining the Cerchi's original exterior, preserving the interior wall frescoes and installing state-of-the-art technology.
A 10 to 20 minute walk from the Cerchi takes you to the Kent State Florence apartments. Optional home stays can be arranged by the program staff.
Florence On-Site Staff
Fabrizio Ricciardelli earned his undergraduate degree in Medieval History at the University of Florence and his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick in England.
Since 2004 he was professor of "Renaissance History” at Georgetown University. Between 2010-2012 he was Academic Director of the Georgetown University program in Florence. In 2010 he became Chairman of the scientific committee "Villa Le Balze Studies”.
In 2012 he was appointed Director of the Kent State University program in Florence. Ricciardelli worked for the National Geographic on The Secrets of Florence (2009) and for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation on Giorgio Vasari and the Italian Renaissance (2010). His academic experience includes journal articles, conference presentations, and several reviews.
He has authored and co-authored numerous books on institutional and political history. His main field of study is Italian city-states in the social, economic, political, and cultural landscape of Medieval Europe. Some of his publications are: The Politics of Exclusion in Early Renaissance Italy (2007); I luoghi del sacro. Il sacro e la città tra Medioevo ed Età moderna (2008). The Culture of Violence in Renaissance Italy (2012); Umanesimo e università in Toscana (1400-1600) (2012). Ricciardelli has recently embarked upon the study of the relationship between emotions and passions as forms of political persuasion in Renaissance Italy.
Steinberg is from Buenos Aires where she graduated from Instituto Superior del Profesorado Presbítero A. M. Sáenz as an English teacher. She has taken English language specialization courses at The City Literary Institute of London. Steinberg has taught English as a Second Language at several high schools and companies in Buenos Aires. She has been living in Florence since 2002 and she joined the KSU-Florence staff in 2004.