Here you will learn all you need to know about the Kent State Florence Semester program!
Students arrive: January 7, 2019 and January 8, 2019
Mandatory On-Site Orientation: January 9 - 12, 2019
Classes begin: January 14, 2019
Spring break: March 25 - 31, 2019
Easter Monday (no classes): April 22, 2019
Liberation day (no classes): April 25, 2019
Classes end: May 2, 2019
Finals: May 6 - 9, 2019
Students arrive: August 17, 2019 and August 18, 2019*
Mandatory On-Site Orientation: August 19-21, 2019
Classes begin: August 22, 2019
Mandatory Orientation Sessions: August 23, 2019
Mandatory Mid-term Orientation: October 2, 2019
Fall Break: October 10-13, 2019
All Saints Day (no classes): November 1, 2019
Thanksgiving Recess: November 27- December 1, 2019
Classes end: December 5, 2019
Immaculate Conception (no classes): December 8, 2019
Finals: December 9-12, 2019
*Please note that students who are traveling independently (not as part of the group flight) must arrive on Saturday, August 17 between 10 am and 5 pm.
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.
Palazzo Vettori is a prestigious and ancient building located in the heart of Florence, at the corner of Via Cavour and Via Alfani, next to Piazza del Duomo. According to historian Guido Carocci, the fabric of the building started at the beginning of the 15th century. Its façade proclaims the new ideas of Renaissance architecture based on the use of rustication. Starting January 2016, Palazzo Vettori is the new home to the Kent State University Florence program.
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.
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:
- Architecture Undergraduate/Architectural Studies/Construction Management
- Arts and Sciences
- Communications (CCI)
- Fashion Design and Merchandising
- Freshmen in Florence
- Interior Design Undergraduate
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 excursion, participating in a language exchange program, going to the opera, going to a Fiorentina soccer match, Calcetto tournament, 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.