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Florence cityscape with a view of Palazzo Vecchio, Cathedral of Santa Maria de Fiore, and Arno River.

Program at a Glance

UC Center, Florence

Country or area Italy
City Florence
Class Level So, Jr, Sr
Experience Type UC Curriculum
Minimum GPA 2.0
Term Summer, Fall sem, Winter qtr, Spring sem
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

In beautiful Florence, a global capital of culture and innovation, you can learn about the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels family businesses in Italy, explore how Italian style in food, fashion and art has evolved and is marketed, or study the environment and sustainability in Tuscany. Complement your classroom work with field trips, internships and volunteering opportunities.  Courses are taught in English.

Where you'll study

Your home base in Florence for everything from classes to meet-ups for program tours and excursions is the Accent study center in Florence. You will attend classes in two palazzi; the main center is contained within the first two floors of the Palazzo Guadagni, an early 16th-century building in the tree-shaded Piazza Santo Sprito of the Oltrarno neighborhood. The heart of historic Florence, this bohemian neighborhood just south of the River Arno features winding cobblestone streets, outdoor eateries and cafés, traditional local businesses, and artisan’s workshops. Staff are on hand to answer academic questions, share information on cultural and social activities, and offer general advice. The main center has five classrooms for courses and lectures, a student services area, a computer lab with the latest iMacs, faculty offices, a lending library for UCEAP courses, and a comfortable student lounge. A second facility where you will attend classes is the Palazzo Jules Maidoff, a four-story Renaissance building with a beautiful walled garden a short walk from the Duomo.


The study center arranges field trips and activities to introduce the local culture and special features of your host country. There may be other optional excursions, which you can explore after arrival.

Tuscany tour to Siena and San Gimignano

Pizza cooking lesson

Student movie nights

Leather workshop

Excursions to Pisa and Lucca during the academic year