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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. 

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, September 28, 2018 - 12:00-1:00 PM - Library, Room 333 - Group Flight Information Session
  • Friday, October 19, 2018 - 12:00-1:00 PM - Library, Room 333 - Italian Visa Session (*Bring your original passport!)
  • Friday, October 26, 2018 - 12:00-1:00 PM - Library, Room 333 - Cost Review/Financial Aid
  • Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:00-1:00 PM - Library, Room 333 - Culture!
  • Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:00-1:00 PM - Library, Room 333 - Expectations/Q&A/Student Alumni Panel 
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.


SPRING 2018 Lecture Series

Monday, February 5, 2018 at 6:30PM – Lecture Hall

Jason Houston (Gonzaga University)

Worming Out the Truth: A Probing Reading of Decameron VII. 3

Dr. Jason Houston is Director and Professor of Humanities at Gonzaga University in Florence, where he teaches Dante and leads the Gonzaga in Florence campus. He completed his BA in Italian and Medieval Studies at the University of Oregon. He went on take his M.Phil in Medieval Studies and Ph.D in Italian Language and Literature at Yale University in 2003. From 2003 to 2016, he was Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Oklahoma, where he created a new BA program in Italian, developed a new study center for OU in Arezzo Italy, and managed a public/private partnership between OU/ENEL Green Power/Capitoline Museums of Rome. His research focuses on Giovanni Boccaccio and his complicated relationships with other key Trecento Italian authors: Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, and Zanobi da Strada. His publications include numerous articles and review articles in journals such as MLN, Dante Studies, Studi Sul Boccaccio, Renaissance Quarterly, and Speculum. His monograph Building a Monument to Dante: Boccaccio as Dantista (UToronto Press, 2011) underscored Boccaccio’s strong influence in the development of Dante Studies. In 2018, Harvard University Press will publish his translation (with Sam Huskey) of Boccaccio’s Shorter Latin Works in the I Tatti Renaissance Library series, which bring many of Boccaccio’s text into English for the first time ever. He is currently editing a volume for the Perspectives on the Decameron series (Day V). Currently, he is investigating the little-known figure of Zanobi da Strada and his position as the “fourth crown” of the Italian Trecento.


Monday, April 9, 2018 at 6:30PM – Lecture Hall

Fulvio Orsitto (Georgetown University)

Encounters with the Real in Italian Cinema

Fulvio S. Orsitto is Director of the Georgetown University study center in Fiesole (Italy). He previously worked as Director of the California State University Study Abroad program in Florence. He holds a Ph.D. in Italian Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut (2008), and has published numerous essays and book chapters on Italian and Italian American cinema, and on Italian Literature. His book publications include the edited volumes L’Altro e l’Altrove nella cultura italiana (2011) and Cinema e Risorgimento: Visioni e Re-visioni (2012). In 2012 he co-edited with Simona Wright Vol. XXXIV of the NeMLA Journal of Italian Studies, a special issue devoted to Contemporary Italian Cinema. In 2014 he has published with C. Peralta and F. Caramaschi the manual Film and Education. Capturing Bilingual Communities. More recently, he co-edited the following volumes: Contaminazioni culturali (2014 - with S.Wright) Pier Paolo Pasolini. Prospettive americane (2015 - with F. Pacchioni), Attraversamenti culturali (2016 - with S. Wright), TOTalitarian ARTs: The Visual Arts, Fascism(s), and Mass-Society (2017 - with M. Epstein and A. Righi), and Boom… e dintorni. Il miracolo economico italiano tra cinema, televisione e letteratura (forthcoming in 2017 - with U. Perolino).


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