Florence Summer Institute

Florence, Italy

Starting in Spring 2023, the Department of Geography will have a continuous study abroad program for the first time. Both Environmental Studies majors and Geography majors can take classes for their major while spending either a semester in Florence, participating in the Florence Summer Institute, or both.   Course offerings will include Conservation of Natural Resources, Global Climate Change, Geography of Wine, as well as opportunities for an internship.  Spring and Fall courses will be taught by local affiliated faculty in Italy, while summer sessions will be taught by Kent Sta...

Twelve students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) and the School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) will travel to Florence, Italy, for Kent State University’s inaugural Photography in Florence program this spring semester. Led by JMC Lecturer David LaBelle and VCD Assistant Professor Tim Bell, the seven photojournalism and five photography majors will take two new courses to add a global perspective to their portfolios. LaBelle will teach both “Faces of Florence” and “Human Influence on Landscape” and will collaborate with Bell on the latter. “For at least thr...

DATES

May 30 to June 30, 2018

THE CAMPUS

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.

Six recent high school graduates who will be starting classes at Kent State University this fall got a head start on their college education by studying abroad at Kent State’s Florence Summer Institute in Florence, Italy.   Tajee Anderson, Rachel Brown, Jalessa Caples, Iniah Dunbar, Dennis Meacham and Isaac Talley were part of the Seminal Six – the first group of students in a pilot program that seeks to offer underserved students the opportunity to experience global education beyond their local communities. The program was created by Kent State’s Office of Global Education and the Div...