Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and has about 380,000 inhabitants; its metropolitan area has about 1.5 million. A center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Historic Center of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The Webster Florence site is a partnership with Kent State University, who has been educating students in Florence for more than 40 years. Home to the program is Palazzo Vettori, a prestigious and ancient building located in the heart of Florence, at the corner of Via Cavour and Via Alfani, next to Piazza del Duomo. According to historian Guido Carocci, the fabric of the building started at the beginning of the 15th century. Its façade proclaims the new ideas of Renaissance architecture based on the use of rustication. Starting January 2016, Palazzo Vettori is the new home to the Kent State University Florence program.
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You don’t need a particular major to study in Florence, or even any major at all. The self-discovery that takes place during a semester in Florence has been known to inspire undecided or exploratory students with the direction they’ve been looking for.
All majors are welcome and if you plan ahead and work with an advisor, the range of courses offered will keep you progressing toward your degree on schedule. In addition to all levels of Italian language, you’ll find a variety of courses in many disciplines. You'll select 4-5 courses from those offered, earning 12-16 credits depending on your choices. All courses are taught in English and meet Monday through Thursday.
All courses are taught in English by highly qualified faculty. Students do not need to know Italian to apply. A large number of people in Florence speak English. However, the Italian language course is very popular for study abroad students and helps them learn to communicate with locals. The Florence campus offers a variety of course in various disciplines, which are available to study abroad students.
Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by semester. Read on for more information about specific academic programs. http://www.kent.edu/globaleducation/course-offerings
. Students will be notified by their study abroad advisor and registration will take place through the Office of Study Abroad.
Students are organized through a cohort system. Cohorts are based off your current major/plan of study. Being in one cohort does not mean that you will not see students from another cohort. Some field trips are only offered to certain cohorts. Acceptance into a cohort is not guaranteed.
The cohorts are as follows:
In addition to introducing students to such extraordinary Italian cities as Rome and Venice, Field Trip and Study Tour destinations are selected to bring extra depth to students’ understanding of their specific areas of study. For example, Business students investigate the global financial center of Geneva; Communication students visit media and communication establishments in Milan.
Field trips by cohort (destinations are subject to change and may vary by semester):
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- Business: Geneva, Rome, Perugia, Venice
- Communication: Milan, Rome, Perugia, Venice
- Education: Reggio Emilia, Rome, Venice
Accommodations While Studying in Florence
Students stay in apartments throughout the heart of Florence. Apartments are fully furnished with bed linens, a kitchen, washing machine, TV, and Wi-Fi. Students will need to bring their own towels. Packing lists will be given in your orientation packet.
Apartments are shared with two to eight other students in the program, and it is possible to submit a roommate request.
Everything is within walking distance and the local transportation system (buses, taxi, etc.) are less than a 5-minute walk away. During the first week of orientation, students are given walking tours to get to know the area, and staff is always available to assist students in whatever they need.
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Once their academic obligations are met, students are free to live their own lives and are encouraged to take full advantage of the cultural and recreational activities
available to them.
By living in shared furnished apartments, students have an opportunity to be independent. Students will find themselves spending many an evening discussing art, business, and politics, or the hottest Italian pop singer, as they linger in central Florence over late-night meals of pizza and gelato.
Students contribute enormously to the campus and community through the generous volunteering of their time and energy for various activities and events. The Student Services team at Webster Florence can help you make the most of being in Florence with information on the local area, activities and events across the city!
Students may take Italian cooking lessons, visit the Gucci Museum, volunteer at Caritas Diocesana Firenze Association, go rafting, participate in a language exchange program, go to the opera, attend a soccer match, and watch Italian movies.
Students will have the opportunity to cook their own meals or enjoy the many family trattorias and restaurants in town. Florence truly loves its food
Webster Florence at KSU-Florence is a comprehensive academic and cultural program. In addition to completing a full course load, students have many opportunities to get acquainted with Florence and Italy.
Open to all students and included in the program fee are these activities introducing Italian life and culture:
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- A Night at the Opera: Enjoy a celebrated opera by one of the great Italian composers performed in beautiful St. Mark’s Church.
- Kent State Cinema: Great Italian films shown with English subtitles, including classics like Fellini’s 8 1/2 and Rossellini’s Open City.
- River Rafting: Admire the architectural beauty of Florence from a new perspective: a relaxing rafting trip down the Arno.
- Volunteer: Through Caritas Diocesana Firenze, you can befriend neighborhood nonni, and keep Florence clean with Angeli del Bello.
- Soccer Match: Join 40,000 Italians in going wild over their national sport as you wear purple and cheer on the Fiorentina.
- Italian Cooking Class: Prepare classic Italian dishes under the guidance of trained chefs, and then enjoy every delicious bite!
- Ferragamo & Gucci Museums: Florence and fashion are inseparable. Bask in the work of two geniuses of 20th-century Italian style.
- Museum Pass: Semester-long access to Florence’s most extraordinary art and sculpture galleries, churches, museums and villas.