California State University International Program Florence


In order to apply to the CSU International Program in Florence, a student must be enrolled at one of the campuses of the California State University system.  Students who have been accepted as transfer students to a CSU campus are eligible to apply.  All students must have Junior status by the beginning of  their year abroad to participate, and certain prerequisites apply.  Applicants need not have taken courses in Italian before coming to Italy. Check the OIP WEB-SITE on-line for particulars.


Students in the CSU Florence Program take most of their classes in one concentration and all students take Italian language classes.  The six concentrations offered are: Architecture (only for Architecture majors from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), Art History, Ancient History/Classics, Italian Literature and Language Studies, Social Sciences, and Studio Art. 

All students take intensive Italian language classes during their first eight weeks in Florence and continue with Italian classes throughout the academic year.  Students are placed in the appropriate level on their arrival in Florence. 

Most Studio Art students attend the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, founded by Michelangelo, or the Scuola del Nudo, its sister institution for their art classes.  In addition, qualified students may enroll in the Università di Firenze for some of their coursework. 


The CSU International Programs are academic year long programs.  The Florence program starts in late August and ends in late May.  There are ample breaks and holidays during which there is an opportunity to travel.