Here you will learn all you need to know about the Kent State Florence Summer Institute program!
Kristina Spangler, email@example.com, 330-672-7980
May 27 - June 28, 2020
(with a mandatory field trip to Siena, Italy, on Friday, June 5, 2020)
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 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'll select 2 courses from those offered, earning 6 or 7 credits depending on your choices. All courses are taught in English and meet Monday through Thursday.
Academic 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.
Be sure to meet with your academic advisor to discuss which courses best fit your program requirements so this experience will help you progress toward your degree.
Students stay in shared 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 2-8 other students on 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 priority application deadline (Feb. 1). Students applying after this deadline will not be eligible for the group flight. Students also have the option to opt out of the group flight and fly independently.
This program includes a mandatory day trip to Siena, Italy on Friday, June 5, 2020. Additional optional field trips and local excursions/activities are available at an additional cost. Past optional field trips have included Venice and Rome. Past excursions have included a cooking class, a medieval rugby match, museum tours, and more.
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.
Weather in Florence in June is beautiful! If it’s a typical June, high temperatures will rise from about 79 degrees at the beginning of the month to about 86 degrees at the end. There will be lots of sunshine with an occasional rainy day.
Traveling While There
It is possible for students to travel independently while there. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, so each weekend will give you three days to visit a dream destination (excluding Friday, June 5). Kent State Florence staff can offer advice on where to go and how to get there.
Fabrizio Ricciardelli, Director
Marijke Huegaerts, Assistant to the Director for Academic Support
Petra Veselá, Public Relations and Student Advisor
Melania Parisi, 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