Through Whitman College's affiliation with Syracuse University Florence, qualified students may study at the Syracuse Center in Florence, Italy, a well-established program that was founded over 40 years ago. This program hosts approximately 400 US students each semester and offers courses in everything from art history to Italian politics. Florence is a particularly well-suited destination for art history students because of the city's world-class art and architecture. Moreover, the Syracuse program incorporates field trips into many of the art history courses, enabling students to study from the actual art and architecture itself.

“The program really stressed cultural integration, so I felt like I had a really intimate relationship with Italy and Florence. My host family was absolutely amazing. They made me feel at home, and taught me so much about the culture; I really felt like I was a part of an Italian family, rather than just a guest. We would practice Italian at the dinner table, eat a three course meal every night, and they would also teach me about the differences between our two cultures. In addition, my school made sure we learned Italian and went on cultural field trips so we got to feel like locals. My art history and art classes gave me an understanding of the history, so I felt like I had a really deep and holistic understanding of Florence.” - Emma R. ‘17

Student Blog:

Emma Rust | Fall 2015

Fields of study:

Art history, studio art, anthropology, history, Italian language, Italian literature, economics, politics, gender studies, religion, and sociology


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman's requirement), a portfolio is required for studio art courses

Language Prerequisite:



15-18 credits per semester - Required Courses*:
Italian Language (4 credits)
Community and Culture (2 credits)
Three or four elective courses (2-3 credits each)

*Students who are not in the Studio Art track may take a maximum of one studio art course on a space available basis.  Students in the Studio Art track typically take a maximum of two studio art courses per semester.

Credit Conversion:

1 Syracuse credit = 1 Whitman credit


Internship placements are in fields such as architecture, classics, communications, drama, education, English & textual studies, film, history, art history, Italian language, literature, management, nutrition, political science, sports, photography, fashion design, and graphic design. In some cases proficiency in Italian may be required.


In apartments with Italian host families.  Students in the full-time studio art track have the option of living in an apartment with other students on the program.


Participants are provided with all breakfasts and five dinners with their host families; other meals are purchased by the students themselves

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August-December; January-April


Grants & Aid for Visiting Students

Program Link:

Syracuse University Florence