Here you will learn all you need to know about the Kent State Florence Semester program!

Program Coordinator
The Campus
Study Tours and Social Activities
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Traveling While There
Florence Staff

Program Coordinator

Amber Bollinger, Coordinator, Kent State University – Florence
Phone: 330-672-7980
106 Van Campen Hall


Spring 2015

January 12 - May 3
Orientation:  January 8 - 10
Spring break: March 23-29
Finals: May 4-10

Fall 2015

August 31 - December 13
Orientation:  August 24 - 28
Fall break:  November 25-29
Finals:  December 14-20


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.

The 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.


Academic Offerings
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 at Kent State Florence, 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. Course credit is awarded by Kent State University so if you are a Kent State student, there is no need to transfer credits.  If you are not a Kent State student, the credits can be easily transferred.

You'll select 4 courses from those offered, earning 12-13 credits depending on your choices. All courses are taught in English and meet Monday through Thursday.

Class options can be found here


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.  

The cohorts are as follows:

     1. Architecture Graduate (Fall only)
     2. Architecture Undergraduate
     3. Arts and Sciences
     4. Business
     5. Communications (CCI)
     6. EHHS Event Planning
     7. Fashion Design and Merchandising
     8. Interior Design Undergraduate
     9. Teacher Education


Students stay in apartments throughout the heart of Florence.  Apartments are fully furnished with bed linens, a kitchen, washing machine, tv, and wifi. Students will need to bring their own towels.  Apartments are shared with two to eight other students in the program, and it is possible to submit a roommate request.


This program offers the option of joining a group flight, if students apply by the application deadline.  Students applying after the deadline will not be eligible for the group flight.  Students also have the option to opt out of the group flight and fly independently.

Study Tours and Social Activities

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, Architecture students explore Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Business students investigate the global financial center of Geneva; Communication students visit media and communication establishments in Milan; and Fashion students travel to Paris fashion houses and Italian textile producers.

Field trips by cohort (destinations are subject to change and may vary by semester):
Architecture & Interior Design: Milan, Rome, Siena, Venice, Verona
Arts and Sciences: Lucca, Rome, Venice
Business: Geneva, Rome, Perugia, Venice
Communication: Milan, Rome, Perugia, Venice
Teacher Education: Reggio Emilia, Rome, Venice
Fashion: London, Paris, Como, Milan, Prato, Rome

Other activities include taking Italian cooking lessons, visiting the Gucci Museum, volunteering at Caritas Diocesana Firenze Association, rafting, participating in a language exchange program, going to the opera, going to a soccer match, and watching Italian movies.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

It is possible to use financial aid on this program.  Students are also encouraged to search and apply for study abroad scholarships.  Education Abroad provides information about using federal financial aid and searching for scholarships

Traveling While in florence

It is possible for students to travel independently while in Florence.  Classes meet Monday through Thursday, so each weekend allows three days to visit a dream destination. Kent State Florence staff can offer advice on where to go and how to get there.

Florence Faculty and Staff

Fabrizio Ricciardelli, Director
Marijke Huegaerts, Assistant to the Director for Academic Support
Petra Veselá, Public Relations and Student Advisor
Alessia Fanfani, Student Advisor and Event Coordinator
Cecilia Angeletti, Financial Manager: European Programs
Rovena Gjoni, Financial Assistant
Simone Falcone, Facility Manager
Maria Laura Steinberg, Accounting &  Administrative Assistant