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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Discover what makes Florence unique by examining Florence's history of marketing, entrepreneurship, business, culture, food, and more. All elective courses include site visits in Florence and beyond that bring each subject to life.

Unique study opportunities

  • Take classes with students from across the UC campuses that incorporate site visits and excursions throughout the city.
  • Learn about entrepreneurship the Italian way.
  • Make tangible memories you can take home through a leather-making workshop, Neapolitan pizza lessons, and a variety of other fun learning activities.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Italian Language Study: You are required to enroll in the Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course where you'll learn survival Italian and experience the culture of Florence first-hand.

Explore Florence’s rich culture and learn the basics of Italian language through the Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course. The culture section of the course examines the city of Florence through a series of on-site lectures. The language section gives you the tools and skills to navigate the city and complete tasks in real-life situations and specific contexts.

All elective courses are taught in English.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 11 quarter/7.3 semester UC units.
  • One lower-division Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course: 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.
  • One upper-division elective course: 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units.
  • You may take one course pass/no pass.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 21 quarter/13.9 semester UC units.
  • One lower-division Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course: 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.
  • Three upper-division elective courses: 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.
  • You may take one course pass/no pass.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three courses for a total of 16 quarter UC units.
  • One lower-division Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course: 6 quarter UC units.
  • Two upper-division elective courses worth 5 quarter UC units each.
  • You may take one course pass/no pass.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 21 quarter/13.9 semester UC units.
  • During the first 10 weeks, take one lower-division Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units and two upper-division elective courses; during the last five weeks of the course take one intensive upper-division elective course. Elective courses are worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.
  • You may take one course pass/no pass. If you decide to take one of your courses for pass/no pass in the first 10 weeks of the program, you cannot use the pass/no pass option for the last five-week course.

Current Program Courses

Required Course:
Electives (select one):

Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced before the start of the program. Recent courses include:

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Required Course:
Electives (select three):

Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced before the start of the program. Recent courses include:

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Required Course:
Electives (select two):

Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced before the start of the program. Recent courses include:

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Required Course:
Electives (select three):

Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced before the start of the program. Recent courses include:

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

You’ll be on this program with other UC students in relatively small classes. Since courses are designed for UC students, regular papers, reports, exams, and projects are all part of the curriculum. Attendance is taken at every course meeting. Professors are local resident faculty with experience teaching UC students.

Each course meets at least twice weekly with occasional required weekend field trips. This program has a strict attendance policy which will be outlined during orientation.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades are typically available mid-September for the summer quarter, late January for the fall semester, late April for the winter quarter, and late May for the spring semester.