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.

“It is hard to put into words what this experience meant to me. Overall, this experience was life changing. I had an amazing time, met the most incredible people, was taught by phenomenal and intelligent artists, walked through the most beautiful streets, ate the most delicious food, and learned so much about myself along the way. It was very important for me to study abroad, and despite the hard times, I would do it all over again!” - Sabrina S. '18

Student Blog:

Becca Gainsburg | Spring 2018

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 of the student's art work is required at the time of application to Syracuse for admission to the Studio Art track

Language Prerequisite:



Florence Center (Regular Track*) - Required Courses 15-18 Credits per Semester

  • Italian Language (4 credits)
  • Community and Culture (2 credits)
  • Three or four elective courses (2-3 credits each)

Florence Center (Studio Arts Track) - Required Courses 15-18 Credits per Semester

  • Italian Language (3 credits)
  • Two to three Studio Arts courses (3 credits each)
  • Elective Course (3 credits)

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

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