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Florence, the Renaissance city. A city renowned for its magnificent architecture, world-class art museums, and flair for creating the latest trends in fashion. Florence offers students a unique learning environment where the entire city center feels like a museum.
The Study Center: The CAPA Florence Center is housed in the Palazzo Gallitassi. The Palazzo dates from the 1400s and was once owned by Filippo Valori, rector of the University of Pisa and close friend of Lorenzo de Medici. The Palazzo is located in the Santa Croce area in the center of the traditional artisans' quarter. It is here that you will find distinctive neighborhood shops and restoration work. The Center has equipped classrooms, a faculty office, a computer lab and resource room, a student lounge, wireless internet access and local library access. The Center is well served by public transportation, including several bus routes, providing easy access to all parts of the city.
The CAPA Florence program caters to a wide range of majors and offers several academic courses and experiential learning opportunities, including internships and an Advanced Italian Language and Internship Program. CAPA offers a variety of courses with local visits, fine arts courses that take advantage of the visually stunning streets and buildings, and special lectures relevant to your study abroad experience. Please note: Internship applicants must have completed two semesters of Italian or the equivalent.
Courses, Internships, and Concentrations
Courses include Italian language at all levels, studio art, art history, literature, and business. Earn 12-18 credits per semester (content courses are 3 credits, Italian language courses are 4 credits) A full listing of CAPA's current course offerings can be found on the CAPA Florence Courses section of the website.
Participate in a part-time internship opportunity, earn 3-6 credits, and gain valuable skills. Note: you must have at least two semesters of Italian language to participate.
CAPA’s Advanced Italian Track (AIT) is in partnership with the University of Florence’s Cultural Centre for Foreigners (CCF). This option is available during the fall semester only and will offer students a greater range of courses taught in Italian.
CAPA’s Advanced Italian Track has been 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 program offers a blend of academic courses in Italian, advanced Italian language courses, fine arts courses, and an internship in your chosen field. For more information, please visit the CAPA Florence website and click on the Advanced Italian Track.
You may also participate in the Global Business Institute. (Fall/Spring)
Housing and Meals
Students live within commuting distance of the CAPA Florence site in shared apartments or homestays. Apartments have cooking facilities and the apartment option is included in the price of the CAPA Florence Program. Homestays are available at an additional cost. Homestays include breakfast and dinner. The Advanced Italian Track requires a homestay and carries a higher program fee. NOTE: Due to COVID-19 homestays aren't currently available.
Included in this program are:
Local Transportation: A Florence bus pass is included.
Excursions: Enjoy full-day excursions to Siena, famous for its art, history, and Palio horse race, and to the walled town of San Gimignano, with its 14 medieval towers.
Student Events: Social events include an arrival reception, a mid-term dinner, and a farewell ceremony.
Student Safety & Support: The CAPA Florence team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.
My Global City Program
CAPA’s My Global City unique learning immersion program blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme-based learning with unique cultural experiences turning Florence into your classroom.
CAPA-led events include a walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo for stunning views over the city of Florence and a hike in the nearby hills, followed by dinner in one of the best pizzerias in town. Other activities, often self-guided, reflect what is on in the city at the time and may include a walking tour to the most important markets of Florence, tasting typical Italian snacks, a night at the opera, or attending a soccer match at the Florence Stadium. My Global City calendar also offers several opportunities for volunteering throughout the term.
Students will have the opportunity to be matched with another student going on their CAPA program during the application process. This a great way to meet new people prior to arrival have additional support through the support of a “pal” and just another way to get involved in the CAPA Community! You will just need to complete a brief survey about your interests and lifestyle so the CAPA team can find your best match in the cohort! Whether you are a first-time or seasoned traveler, looking to make friends earlier than arrival, or just want a support system to help you as you navigate the process of preparing for living abroad - this program is great for all students!
Talk to a CAPA Ambassador
To hear from our past program participants about the program: CAPA Ambassador
Talk to a CEA-CAPA Program Manager
Bonnie Tarrant <BTarrant@ceacapa.com>
D: 857.702.8136 | M: 800.793.0334
Based in: Boston | Hours: 8:30am–5:30pm EST
Visa information will be provided directly by CAPA The Global Education Network. If you would like to learn more about the visa information process, please look at the following links:
*Italian Consulate website
*Student Visa for CAPA Florence Program- General Instructions May 2019.pdf
*Italian Visa instructions April 2018.pd
Students make their own flight arrangements to Florence's international airport, Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola and formally Amerigo Vespucci Airport. Students then take a taxi or other form of transportation to CAPA's designated arrival location. Closer to the departure date you will be informed of the official meeting place from CAPA. Do not purchase a ticket until instructed by CAPA.
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
All students are covered by full health, evacuation, and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Apart from completing the SUNY Oswego study abroad application, students applying for a CAPA: The Global Education Network Program need to also complete the CAPA application at the following link: https://go.capa.org/oswego/. Any questions related to this application process should be addressed directly to the CAPA Program Manager, Margaret Ovian <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at email@example.com for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.