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Florence Study Abroad
Application Information

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Mail to:
Dr. Maria Rosario Vitti-Alexander
Nazareth College of Rochester
4245 East Avenue
Rochester NY 14618-3790

General Program Description

The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department of Nazareth College, in conjunction with the Santa Reparata International School of Art, offers one semester or an academic year in Florence, Italy. Non-Italian majors may take advantage of the extensive program of courses offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. The courses taken at the Santa Reparata International School of Art may vary in degrees of complexity and intensity. Courses in art history, economics, international business, history, political science, literature, media studies, and visual arts are available. Courses are designed to integrate the local resources and immerse students into the Florentine environment through on-site learning.

Program Highlights

  • Program offered during the Fall and Spring, for semester or full year.
  • Students enroll in several departments: Literature and Philosophy, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Economics and Political Science, and Architectures.
  • Activities and field trips are organized, and students in the program can expect to participate regularly in social and cultural events with Italian college students.

Program Details


The program is open to all students. All students must have a current GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have a minimum of one year of study. The admissions committee will consult letters of recommendation to ensure that applicants have demonstrated maturity, responsibility, openness and willingness to benefit from and contribute to the study abroad experience.

Students applying for admission should submit:

  1. application
  2. transcript
  3. two letters of recommendation (non-Nazareth students)
  4. signed release and liability form
  5. study abroad contract
  6. signed agreement to indemnity form
  7. medical form

These documents should be sent to:

Dr. Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander
Director of the Pescara Program and Florence Program
Nazareth College of Rochester
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618-3790
Tel. (585) 389-2688
Fax (585) 586-2452

Application deadlines:

  • Mid October for students going in the Spring
  • Mid March for students going in the Fall
  • Mid March for students going in the Summer

No documents are to be sent to Florence. Registration must be made through Nazareth College's Registrar's Office.

Academic Information

Academic Program

The program combines a mandatory 3-credit Italian language course (all levels available) with other courses in art history, economics, international business, history, political science, literature, media studies, and visual arts. Courses are designed to integrate the local resources and immerse students into the Florentine environment through on-site learning. Field trips will also be included and will be arranged by program faculty.


Santa Reparata features a faculty of accomplished scholars, many of whom hold doctoral degrees. They come from academic backgrounds in Italy as well as North America. They are able to use years of firsthand experience in Italy to further their commitment to excellence in the classroom.


All students are expected to abide by the regulations, and conduct themselves as representatives of Nazareth College and their country. The administration has the right to require the withdrawal of any students whose moral conduct or academic performance warrant such a measure.

Transcripts and Accreditation

After completing the program, students will receive a transcript of their grades and credits awarded on a Nazareth College transcript.

Study Abroad Fees

Price for one semester:

The cost of a semester in Italy is equivalent to the on-campus Nazareth College tuition and room charges only. The price includes:

  1. Tuition
  2. 24 hour emergency assistance
  3. Some art supplies
  4. SRISA student ID
  5. Orientation and welcome dinner
  6. Housing in shared apartments
  7. Institute facilities
  8. Cultural activities
  9. Some day and weekend field trips
  10. Italian cooking or wine tasting lesson

Students are responsible for their own meals. Living quarters will include well equipped kitchens.

A Resident Director, student services coordinators, and a housing coordinator are also available to the student.

The program fees do not include: travel to/from Italy, textbooks or course materials, cell phones, meals, course lab fees and optional excursions and activities.

View additional personal fees

Financial Aid

Students' financial aid can be applied towards the cost of their time abroad, except for the Room Grant which is only applicable to on-campus housing. Questions may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid. Students from other institutions should contact their respective Financial Aid Office.


Students are responsible for making their own flight arrangements. Students traveling together on the specified dates are responsible for their own transportation to the school.

Release of Liability

All participants (and a parent, guardian, or spouse where applicable) must sign the Release of Liability and Agreement to Indemnity forms.

Refund Policy

The refund policy is in accordance with the Bursar's Office of Nazareth College.

Semester Schedule

Fall Semester Schedule

End of August: Leave Rochester by regular scheduled flight to Florence. Students will be met at the airport by a school coordinator.

Field trips are organized by professors throughout the semester. Additional fees apply. (See additional expenses sheet).

Early December: Fall semester final exams.

Mid December: End of semester. Departure of students.

Spring Semester Schedule

Early January: Leave Rochester by regular scheduled flight to Florence. Students will be met at the airport by a school coordinator.

Field trips are organized by professors throughout the semester. Additional fees apply. (See additional expenses sheet).

Early April: Spring semester final exams

End of April: End of spring semester. Departure of students.

Living in Florence

Students are assigned space in double rooms in apartments shared with other program participants. All apartments are within easy walking distance of the Institute and furnished with a full-equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and communal living space. Although apartments usually do not have telephones, cellular phones may be rented from the Institute. The Office of Student Services is available throughout the term to provide assistance with housing needs, maintenance and utilities.

Within a few short blocks students can find grocery stores, internet cafes, laundromats, post offices, and souvenir shops.

Santa Reparata offers students many conveniences found at Nazareth College. They have four classrooms, located on the piano nobile (noble floor), which are sizable rooms decorated in an ornate, Italian style. These rooms contain resources such as blackboards, overhead/slide projectors, and multimedia display equipment.

There is also a hearty selection of books, periodicals, and access to electronic databases available in the campus library. The library also offers an Ethernet port system for students with laptops. Students may also access libraries within the city, as well as the British Institute Library.

Students have access to a computer lab that is well equipped with PC or MacIntosh computer systems and the most up-to-date software. There is also the convenience of a broadband Internet connection, allowing students constant access to the internet and it's immense resources.

When students have free time, or are just looking for a place to relax, they can find comfort in the student lounge. It is equipped with TV/DVD/VCR systems as well comfortable couches and tables. Students can take advantage of this area when working on projects, completing homework, during meals, or simply as a place to relax.

About Santa Reparata

The Santa Reparata International School of Art is located in the heart of the city of Florence. Palazzo Strozzi is one of the oldest and most prestigious historical residences in the city. The Palace was begun in 1489 by Benedetto da Maiano, for Filippo Strozzi the Elder, a rival of the Medici. Palazzo Strozzi is a splendid example of civic architecture with its rusticated stone, inspired by the Palazzo Medici, but with more harmonious proportions. Unlike the Medici Palace, which was sited on a corner lot, and thus has only two sides, this building, surrounded on all four sides by streets, is a free-standing structure. The Palazzo remained the seat of the Strozzi family until 1937. Palazzo Strozzi is within walking distance of thirty museums and numerous churches and palaces. Site visits to various attractions are an integral part of many courses. There are many other cultural opportunities, including absorbing the beauty of the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and the view from the Piazzale Michelangelo. The students also get to enjoy the little pleasures of Italian life - the espresso break, the gelato, mealtimes, and programmed leisure right at their fingertips.

Florence was born in 59BC as a settlement for retired Roman soldiers and, over the next millennium, a small population struggled under successive Byzantine, Goth, Lombard and Frankish rule. The population began to grow and was ruled by an autonomous commune from 1115. Although internal feuds between the Ghibellines and Guelphs left scars during the 13 th century, a strong merchant base saw the city gradually overtake rival Pisa. The city of Florence continued to grow when the Medici family took rein in the 15 th century. Florence was the capital from 1865 to 1871, a time when the city had a large cultural importance.

Florence is situated in the Tuscany region of Italy and is spread on the banks of the River Arno, between the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Seas. It is home to about half a million inhabitants. Florence is surrounded by landscapes of rolling hills, lush vineyards and farmlands. The city center is rich with historical landmarks as part of their everyday scenery. It is a city which bustles with industry and culture, art and science, commerce and craft. Florence has many specialized institutes and is an international cultural center. Being on the main national railway lines, it is easily accessible from most prominent places in Italy and abroad. Nearby, between Florence and Siena, is the Chianti area which is one of the most beautiful country sides in Italy and a famous wine production area. Most of the sights you'll want to see are within a half hour walking distance of the Duomo (cathedral), which is in the center of Florence. The climate is temperate but rather variable, with breezy winters and hot summers. Standard Italian is spoken here, with no dialects.

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