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Pitt in Florence (Italy)
Florence, Italy
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Panther Program Housing Options: Apartment / Flat, Host Family
Language Prerequisite: No prerequisite Number of Credits: Full term (12-15), Full term (16-18)
Internship/Research?: Internship Open to Non-Pitt Students: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Program Length: Semester
Courses of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Economics, History, Italian Language and Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Studio Arts Certificate Program: European Union Studies, Global Studies, West European Studies
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Description:
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The Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures and the Study Abroad Office are excited to offer a semester-long academic program in Florence, Italy. The Pitt in Florence program offers both Pitt and non-Pitt students an opportunity to earn credits in a variety of subjects, with instruction in both English and Italian.

*Please note that starting May 2014, all semester Italy study abroad students must present themselves in person at their local consulate for visa processing and appointments.  For PA residents, the local consulate is in Philadelphia.  Once accepted into the program, you will be provided with additional information on this process. *

Location Information | Academics | Internship | On-Site Faculty and Staff | My Education | Program Dates | Prices | Airfare | Housing InformationProgram Requirements | Pittsburgh-Based Staff

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Despite its pivotal role in the history of civilization, and its significance as an artistic and cultural center, Florence retains the bustle and charm of a small town in a bygone age. Ancient, medieval, renaissance, cosmopolitan, yet with all modern conveniences, Florence, perhaps more than any other city, is a tapestry displaying Europe's emergence from the dark ages through to the 21st century.

Springtime in Florence, you will find...
Fewer tourists, giving students greater access to local resources
Reliably beautiful weather from February onward
Numerous local holidays with no classes, facilitating extracurricular exploration of the city.

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Courses will be held at the CAPA International Education study center located in central Florence and will be taught by professors from various Italian and American universities, including Pitt. 

Two academic tracks are available, depending on a student's Italian language proficiency:

Standard Track
Designed for students with 0-3 semesters of college-level Italian language study, the standard track offers a variety of English-language courses focused on Italian studies. Subject areas include studio arts, literature, history, political science, anthropology, economics, art history, and sociology, among others. In addition, students in the standard track enroll in one Italian language course at a beginning or intermediate level.  (All courses are 3 credits unless noted otherwise.)

  • ANTH 1787/ITAL 1089 Understanding Modern Italy: Anthropology of Contemporary Italian Society
  • BUSFIN 1380 Global Financial Systems
  • BUSENV 1780 Coroporate Governance
  • ECON 1905 Impact of Globalisation on European Markets
  • ENGWRT 1200 Writing the Global City: Florence, Reading and Creative Travel Writing
  • HAA 0302 Renaissance Art
  • HAA 1030 Special Topics: Museum Studies
  • ITAL 0001 Elementary Italian Language 1 (5 credits)
  • ITAL 0002 Elementary Italian Language 2 (5 credits)
  • ITAL 0003 Intermediate Italian Language 1
  • ITAL 0004 Intermediate Italian Language 2
  • ITAL 0086 Contemporary Italian Cinema
  • ITAL 1083 Contemporary Italian Literature
  • ITAL 1085 Dante, Petrarch, and Boccacio: Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
  • PS 1311 Political and Economic History of Europe in the 20th Century
  • PSY 0186  Cross Cultural Psychology
  • SA 0120 Foundation Painting
  • SA 0130 Foundation Drawing
  • SA 1440 Sculpture Portrait
  • URBNST 1408 Analyzing and Exploring the Global City

Advanced Italian Track
The advanced Italian track is designed for Italian language majors or students who have a high level of competency in Italian, with at least 4 semesters of Italian language completed. This track offers a blend of academic courses in Italian, advanced Italian language courses, and an optional academic internship. Selected advanced courses may be taken at the University of Florence alongside Italian students.

  • ITAL 1905 LTI: Florence (Internship)
  • ITAL 0055 Understanding Modern Italy - REQUIRED
  • ITAL 1060 Great Works of Italian Literature
  • ITAL 0060+0061 CCF Language Module (6 credits) - REQUIRED
  • ITAL 1070 CCF Literature and Politics Course

General Education Requirements

Select courses offered by this study abroad program fulfill general education requirements for students in the College of Arts and Sciences as follows:
Arts:  HAA 0302
Creative Expression:  SA 120, SA 130
Foreign Culture:  PS 1311, ITAL 0003, ITAL 0004
Literature:  ITAL 1083, ITAL 1085

Select courses offered by this study abroad program fulfill general education requirements for students in the College of Business Administration (CBA) as follows:
BUSFIN 1380 Global Finance Systems:  Finance Major elective; CBA elective outside of the major for all other CBA students
BUSENV 1780 Corporate Governance:  CBA elective outside of the major for all CBA students

*You must complete required pre-requisite courses in order to count these courses towards the major.  Contact your academic adviser for more details.

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An internship placement is available to students who place into the Advanced Italian track. These internships are in Italian.

Internships are available in businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns. You are placed in a site within commuting distance of the center that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background.

Previous internships include Firenze Musei Association, IDRUS Jewelry Design, Centro Romantico at the Gabinetto Vieusseux, VISTA English Magazine, Harold Acton Library of the British Institute of Florence, Casalini Libri Book Editor, Teatro Comunale of Florence, APT  Tourist Information Office of Florence, AIABA  Organization of Children and Adults affected by Autism, IMSS  Institute and Museum of the History of Science, FITC  Florence International Theatre Company, and Lazzi Incoming Travel Agency, among many others.

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jennymccordJenny McCord holds a BA in psychology and Italian from the University of Virginia, along with an MT in foreign language education and an MA in Italian literature, also from UVA. She has taught Italian courses at the University of Pittsburgh since 2006 and has worked for study abroad programs in Bologna, Florence and Rome. Jenny is currently pursuing a Master's in intercultural studies and social mediation at the University of Padova. Contact Jenny McCord.


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My Education offers intentionally defined pathways through the city: means of engaging with the urban environment in ways that are relevant to your studies and interests. The intention is to empower you to make specific connections between classroom theory and the outside world.
CAPA developed our My Education program to help you select cultural experiences that are relevant to your academic courses and personal learning goals abroad. Events, activities and reflective sessions are identified and designed around significant themes such as Community and People, Government and Power, Landscape and Time, Diversity and Identity, and Arts and Culture. Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well-rounded, and in-depth perspective on the global city where you are studying.

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning.

Some examples of ME sessions offered in the past in Florence include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Tout of the Secret Passages of the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Boat trip on the Arno River
  • Hiking in the hills outside of Florence
  • Playing soccer with Italian students

This style of learning is a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in Italy.

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Spring 2014
Thursday, 9 January: Depart for Florence
Friday, 10 January: Arrive in Florence; program begins
Saturday, 19 April:  Program ends; depart from Florence

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All prices subject to change.

Pitt in Florence has a single price for standard track (with homestay or apartment) and advance track:

PA residents: $14,499
Non-PA residents: $18,599

Includes: tuition for 12-18 Pitt credits, on-site orientation, housing (as outlined above), some meals (homestay only), bus pass, health insurance, 24-hour on-site support, one-day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano, library privileges for the British Institute's English-volume library, Florence state museum pass, and various social events throughout the semester

Additional Expenses (estimates): Pitt administrative fee ($400), passport and visa fees ($200), travel to Philadelphia for visa appointment (~200+ if overnight hotel is necessary), airfare ($1,000), meals for apartment students ($1,500), Books ($100), Personal expenses ($3,000).

If you are planning to extend your stay or travel extensively in Europe after the program is completed, you should budget more for personal expenses.

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Airfare is not included in the program fee for Pitt in Florence. It is recommended that you budget at least $1,200 to cover flights. Keep in mind that many airlines charge for additional checked baggage.

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Pitt in Florence participants have two housing options:

apartmentStudents on the standard track may choose to live in an apartment shared with other Pitt in Florence participants. Most apartments are located 20-40 minutes (either on-foot or by bus) from the CAPA study center. Bedrooms are shared among 2-3 students, depending on the size. Although apartments vary slightly in size and design, all are comfortably spacious and contain an equipped kitchen, bathroom, living area, and a washing machine. No meals are provided for students in apartments.

homestayHomestays are required for advanced track students, but they are also available to standard track students for an additional fee. Homestays tend to be located on the edge of the city, about a 40-minute commute from the CAPA study center. Carefully screened host families are committed to providing students with a unique cultural experience and ample opportunities to use and improve their Italian language skills. Homestays include a private bedroom as well as shared access to the home's kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities, and living areas. Daily breakfast and dinner are provided for student in homestays.

Most students travel around Florence on foot or by bus (a bus pass is included in the cost of the program). In the historic center of Florence, almost anything a student might want to see or do is within a 30-minute walk, but Florence's public bus system is easy to use and is an efficient way to travel throughout the metro area. Taxis are also available 24 hours a day throughout the city. Furthermore, Florence is well-connected to major European travel networks, facilitating easy independent travel during free time.

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  • Standard Italian track: No previous language study required
  • Advanced Italian track: At least 4 semesters of college-level Italian language study
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of at least 24 on-campus credits (sophomore standing or higher)
  • Good judicial record on campus

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tiffanyTiffany Martin is the program manager for Pitt in Florence. She is a known flight risk and is following in her boss' footsteps by trying to reach 30 countries by the time she turns 30. She attended both undergrad and graduate school here at Pitt with degrees in Marketing and International Affairs. She participated on two study abroad programs and backpacked Europe.  She has been fortunate to travel to 25 countries and has learned valuable skills along the way such as how to build a yurt, use chopsticks, cross a street in Ho Chi Minh City, run from hippos, and brush her teeth with a chewing stick. While Tiffany embraces her inner 'burgher, she wishes that every student would leave Pittsburgh by studying abroad. When not planning her next adventure, Tiffany can be found frequenting various Pittsburgh neighborhoods and restaurants, skiing, watching the Food Network or biking through the parks. Contact Tiffany Martin.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.