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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

This program offers elective courses taught in English. 

You can take one lower-division Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course and upper-division courses taught in English that explore a variety of topics including business, culture, food, marketing, art history, film, and more. 

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

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.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

Depending on the term you are abroad, you will take one to three elective courses in addition to the Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course. You may take one course pass/no pass. This may be applied any course. 

Adhere to the program's attendance policy. Excessive unexcused absences will result in disciplinary measures.

Summer Quarter

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.
  • Courses must include: One lower-division Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units; one upper-division elective course worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units.
Winter Quarter

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three courses for a total of 16 quarter/10.6 semester UC units.
  • Courses must include: One lower-division Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units; two upper-division elective courses worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.
Fall and Spring Semester

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.
  • Courses must include: One lower-division Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units each; three upper-division elective courses worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.

Current Program Courses

All courses use the city of Florence to provide opportunities for interaction and enhancement of language skills, as well as immersion in Italian culture.

Electives

Elective courses are upper division. Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced before the start of the program, but recent courses include:

  • Genius and Innovation in Renaissance Art  
  • Unity in Diversity: The Definition of Italian Identity Through Food
  • Entrepreneurship: The Italian Way
  • Made in Italy: Marketing the Italian Style
  • Cities, Environment, and Sustainability: A Tuscan Experience
  • Fashion and Media in Italy
  • Florence Overexposed: Photograph, Cinema, and Urban Development
  • Bread, Wine & Olive Oil: A Culinary History of Italy
Language

The Exploring Florence: Language and Culture course focuses on tools and skills to help you navigate the city and complete tasks in real-life situations and specific contexts.

Catalogs and resources

Summer Quarter

Winter Quarter

 

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 weekend field trips.

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.