A "Fresh" Look at Florence

Honors College to Send First-Semester Freshmen to Florence

In fall 2016, incoming Kent State University freshmen will have the opportunity to kick off their college experience in Florence, Italy for the new Honors Freshmen in Florence Program.

The semester-long program is designed to immerse honors freshmen in a rich, historic culture while allowing them to take courses taught by Kent State faculty at the KSU Florence Center.

A Home Away from Home

Students will be living in fully-furnished apartments located located within walking distance to the Florence Center where freshmen will be taking courses including intensive Italian at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. Students participating in the program will also be guaranteed on campus housing for spring 2017.

A Rich Cultural Experience

Freshmen will also have admittance to several events organized by the Kent State Florence Staff. These events will include outings in which students will have the opportunity to experience the history and culture of Italy. Students will be experiencing first-hand what they’re learning.

An Enriched Academic Experience

Freshmen in Florence students will be enrolled in two Honors courses, Freshman Honors Colloquium I and Italian Art: From Giotto to Bernini. Students will also take intensive Italian at the beginner, intermediate or advanced level, depending on placement, as well as 2-3 other courses that are focused on immersion into Italy’s modern contributions to art, architecture, design, music and more.

Dr. Vicki Adams, who has been teaching for the Honors College for more than 10 years, will be traveling to Florence to teach Freshman Honors Colloquium for the program. She states “what better way to learn about the era of the Renaissance than to immerse yourself in the 'jewels' of its most representative city?” The theme of her course is "Shiftin Concepts of Love and Beauty in the Italian Renaissance: The Influence of Plato and Aristotle in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries in Italy."

Program Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the program, students must first be admitted into Kent State’s Honors College and submit online application.

Exploratory students are a perfect candidates for this program as it will allow them to experience a new culture while taking a variety of classes that may assist them in discovering new interests and ultimately a major. The program is also perfect for students majoring in the humanities or social sciences.

Costs for the program will include University tuition and fees, program charges such as housing and event fees, and out-of-pocket expense fees including meals and independent travel. Scholarships and financial aid can be used toward students’ program costs. The first 20 students to apply for the program will be receiving an additional $2,500 scholarship.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 10:20am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 3:19pm
Sarah DiGirolamo