Kent State Florence Semester

Four months to change your life…

The Florence semester program offers you a unique experience abroad!

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Check out Program Information to learn about program dates, orientation, the campus, academics, accommodations, flights, study tours, and much more. 

Imperial Decline: The Twilight of American Hegemony
The Florence dome with a list of the conference's speakers along the left side
Honors College Freshmen in Florence Program

What better way to begin your academic career than by spending your first semester at Kent State studying in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, walking the same stone streets Michelangelo, Galileo and Dante walked?

For further information regarding courses, dates and other relevant information, please view the Honors College's website.


Ready to apply? Then click on Applying to Kent State Florence Semester for instructions to apply through our online system.

Pre-Departure Series

Feel better prepared to go to Florence. Join our Florence Pre-Departure Series on all of the following dates. The pre-departure series is open to all committed Florence students of any major or cohort, but is highly recommended for those in the Business, Arts & Sciences, and Comprehensive cohorts. Topics to be covered include: flight information, financial aid information, a Florence-alumni panel & more!

  • Friday, April 5, 2019 - 2:00-3:00 PM - Bowman 206 - Program Cost and Financial Aid
  • Friday, April 12, 2019 - 2:00-3:00 PM - Bowman 206 - Italian Culture
  • Friday, April 19, 2019 - 2:00-3:00 PM - Taylor 226 - Florence Alumni Panel
  • Friday, April 26, 2019 - 2:00-3:00 PM - Taylor 226 - Group Flight Information Session
Life in Florence

Read about Life in Florence to learn about fun activities the city offers as well as the history of our Kent State Florence campus buildings.

Class Information

For detailed information about classes, including course descriptions, refer to the Course Offerings page.


To review program fees and what those fees include, check out Program Costs.

Florence Faculty and Staff

Meet our faculty and staff by looking at the staff profiles.


FALL 2018 Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 PM – Lecture Hall

Giorgio Ricchiuti (University of Florence)

Technology and Labour: New Challenges for Education

Giorgio Ricchiuti defended his Ph.D. at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy) with a thesis in empirical and theoretical international economics on the (real) exchange rate. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Management at the Università degli Studi di Firenze, Fellow of the Complexity Lab in Economics at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (in Milan) and instructor of Macroeconomics at New York University in Florence. His research has been regarding dynamic models with heterogeneous agents and bounded rationality in financial markets and industrial organization market structure. Moreover, from an empirical point of view, he has been focusing on how different modes of internationalization (mainly FDI) affect productivity, sales and firms' survival probability. 

Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 PM – Lecture Hall

Allen Grieco (Harvard University)

Wine, Wine Tasting and Doctors in Renaissance Italy

Allen Grieco (PhD École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) is Senior Research Associate in History at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies). Dr. Grieco has published extensively on the cultural history of food in Italy from the 14th to the 16th centuries and co-edited several collective volumes amongst which: Food Excesses and Constraints in Europe, special issue of Food & History (2006), Dalla vite al vino. Fonti e problemi della vitivinicoltura italiana nel medioevo (Bologna, 1994) and Le Monde végétal (XIIe–XVIIe siècles): savoirs et usages sociaux (Vincennes, 1993). Currently co editor-in-chief of Food & History (Turnhout, Brepols), he is also in charge of a bibliographic project on the history of food in Europe ( funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. He has taught at Harvard, Florence, Bologna, and created the first English-language M.A. program at the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche, Pollenzo (Italy).

SPRING 2019 Lecture Series

Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:30 PM – Lecture Hall

George Cochrane (Fairleigh Dickinson University)

Dante's Inferno: The Making of a New Illuminated Manuscript

Born in 1971 at an American army hospital in Fuert, Germany, George Cochrane grew up in Dublin, New Hampshire. His art training began at the Cambridge School in Weston, Massachusetts and continued at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where he earned his B.A. During college, Cochrane worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and studied in Florence, Italy for his junior year. He earned an M.F.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York. His oil paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited at venues including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), North Adams, Massachusetts; Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York; Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota; Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York; Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York; Repetti Gallery, Long Island City, New York; and Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne. His Graphic Novel work has appeared in publications, including ESOPUS and BOMB magazines. The first three chapters of his autobiographical graphic novel Long Time Gone debuted in 2009 at MASS MoCA. The Tweed Museum of Art exhibited Chapter 4 in 2010. Recently, at 153 Coffey Street in Brooklyn, NY, he exhibited paintings, the first seven chapters of Long Time Gone, along with his new illuminated manuscript of Dante's Inferno for Thornwillow Press, Newburgh, New York. Cochrane is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. He lives with his wife, daughter, and dog in Brooklyn, New York. 

Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:30 PM – Lecture Hall

Claudia Rossano (Kent State University Florence Center)

The Mystery of Evolution. From Non-Living Molecules to Human Being

Claudia Rossano earned her undergraduate degree in Biology (2001) and got her Ph.D. in Ethology and Animal Ecology (2004) at the University of Florence. Part of her work on biological clocks was undertaken at the School of Biosciences in Birmingham (UK), where she started a collaboration that resulted in the publication of several papers on the ecological and physiological significance of circadian and ultradian rhythms in animals. Since 2002 she actively participated in numerous EU Framework programs on comparative and integrated approach to the ecology of Mediterranean coastal zones, cooperating with several Universities and Institutes mainly in Europe and North Africa (CNRS, Rennes, France; School of Biosciences, Birmingham, UK; HCMR, Heraklion, Crete; Universitè de Tunis, Tunisia; University of Alexandria, Egypt; Università di Cagliari, Italy). From 2011 to 2015 she worked in the Mapmed Project, on use of bioremediation technologies in Mediterranean touristic ports and transfer of monitoring tools to institutional authorities, with a task on the evaluation of the ecosystem status based on the association of water and sediment macrofauna to phytoplakton and microbial communities. Her actual research interests include biological rhythms, behavioral variability and adaptation, semi-terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, conservation and animal ecology. 


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