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Summer in Italy

  • Details and Cost

    About the Program

    SBU offers students the opportunity to study for four weeks in bellissima Italia!  This study abroad program, established over 30 years ago, enables participants to gain firsthand knowledge of contemporary Italy. Students will spend 1 week travelling through Tuscany and 3 weeks immersed in Florence.

    The curriculum offers students an understanding of Italian history, politics, business and culture.

    Program Highlights:

    • *Participate in a one-week Cultural Introduction to Italy course (3 credits) which starts in Rome then visits Vatican City, Bagnaia, Northern Maremma in Tuscany, the Estruscan city of Populonia, Baratti, Versilia on the Tuscan Coast, Viareggio, Carrara, Pietrasanta and iconic Cinque Terre. This introduction course exposes students to life in Italy through food tasting, tours, museum visits, bike rides and hikes in some of the most beautiful Italian cities north of Rome.
    • The three-week portion of the program is hosted at Florence University of the Arts with a selection of courses for an additional 3 credits or 6 credits (1 or 2 courses). 
    • During the three-week session, the courses may include field trips and a selection of workshops such as Gelato and Pizza making!

    *Cities are subject to change. 

    Location Florence, Italy
    Program Type Partner University Program
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates

    Summer 2024:

    FUA Summer Session VIII with 1 week Cultural Intro

    Saturday July 6 - Students depart NY

    Sunday July 7 - Students arrive (Rome, by 5pm)

    Monday July 8 to Sunday July 14 - Cultural Introduction to Italy

    Sunday July 14 - Students arrive in Florence (by 2pm)

    Tuesday July 16 - Classes start

    Thursday Aug 1 - Classes end

    Friday Aug 2- Housing check-out (by 10AM)

    Language of Instruction English
    Budget View Budget
    Living Arrangements Hotel and Apartment Style Accommodation
    Additional Information A Partner University program is a study abroad experience where students are nominated/accepted by Stony Brook University, and enroll at a partner institution. In most cases SBU faculty or staff are NOT traveling with participants.
    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.


    GPA 2.8
    Other Requirements N/A
    Application Deadline

    March 1

    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

    Student Feedback

    • "Studying abroad in Italy was truly a life changing experience. It was an opportunity to broaden my horizons, to travel, to learn about myself, to learn about other cultures, to sharpen my Italian language skills and meet friends for life. Italy really has it all: high- end fashion, extraordinary cuisine, breathtaking architecture, delicious cappuccino and so much more. Every day spent there was a new and exciting adventure. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!"
    • "Just DO IT! It is a worthwhile experience that will be remembered for years to come!"
    • "Studying abroad for a month in Italy is an amazing experience in itself, but studying abroad with SUNY Stony Brook made it a once in a lifetime experience. I'm truly grateful for the teachers and group organizers who made my month in Italy unforgettable as we visited 11 cities and really lived "La dolce vita" (the sweet life)!"

  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    6-9 Undergraduate Credits Available

    1 Week: 3 credits, Cultural Introduction to Italy Field Learning Course. Successful completion of the course awards ANT 311.

    ​ANT 311: Immersion in Another Culture: Lectures, texts, and films consider ecology, history, social change, language, cultural systems, and social arrangements toward providing students with a comprehensive understanding of another cultural system. May be repeated as the topic changes. (3 credits, DIV, SBS+)

    3 Weeks in Florence (3 options available)

    Option A - 3 credits: 1 FUA course (See offerings here - select "Summer 2024 Session IV 3-Week Session")

    Option B - 3 credits: 1 SBU course (See SBU Offerings below)

    Option C - 6 credits: 1 FUA course (See offerings here- select "Summer 2024 Session IV 3-Week Session") + 1 SBU course

    Option B SBU Course options:

    EST 209: Introduction to Italian Design: Theory and Practice: Italian material and aesthetic culture as a source for design and technology. Lectures and design in CAD practice especially for engineering students. The work of the American, global and Italian design practitioners, in a study abroad class in Rome. This is a series of practices in traditional, modern, and transmedia Italian design with the focus on automobile design as a capstone. The student will apply the aesthetic and engineering concepts from the Italian national culture and use written essays, hand drawing, and CAD drawing in open source software, in order to understand the links between the application of any design technology and the general aesthetics of the Italian culture. The student will synthesize quantitative and/or technical information in the design of products, and auto design and make informed judgments about the origin and reciprocal relationship between the technology of commodities, design in general, and the Italian humanities. (3 credits, STAS)

    BIO 486: Research in Neurobiology and Physiology: Students work under the supervision of a faculty member in developing an individual project that makes use of the knowledge and techniques acquired in previous courses. The student reports on the project in a format agreed upon with their faculty sponsor that allows reflection on learning outcomes. This course may be repeated, but no more than four credits of research may be used for Biology major requirements. With prior permission from the faculty sponsor, this course could include assignments that can be used to satisfy the SBC objective SPK if co-registered for BIO 458 and/or the SBC objective WRTD if co-registered for BIO 459. (3 credits, S/U Grading EXP+)

    THR 487: Independent Research: Designing and developing a research project selected by the student in consultation with a faculty member. May be repeated. Only six credits of THR 480, 483, 484 and 487 may be used to satisfy major requirements. (3 credits)

    Academic Policies

    • This is a partner university program. Applications must be submitted to Stony Brook University first. Information regarding the next steps in the process will be distributed to students who have received formal nominations by their International Programs Coordinator.
    • Grades earned in a Partner University program WILL NOT calculate towards the cumulative GPA for SBU students.
    • Non-SBU students must contact their home university regarding their grade and credit transfer policy.
    • All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will receive GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirements fulfilled by their coursework.

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