Through Whitman College's affiliation with Syracuse University (SU Abroad), 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.

Fields of study:

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


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

Language Prerequisite:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


September-December; January-April


15-17 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Italian Language (4 credits)
Community and Culture (1 credits)
Four elective courses (2-3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 Syracuse credit = 1 Whitman credit


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


Internships are available in organizations such as museums, libraries, political parties, social service organizations, and NGOs for 3 credits each. In some cases proficiency in Italian may be required.


Grants & Aid for Visiting Students

Program Link:

Syracuse University in Florence