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Florence Program Details

Someday when I'm old and gray, I'm going to look back on my life and think about what I've done during my years. I honestly believe that I'll think of my semester in Florence first and foremost. Never again will I be able to live as a 20-year-old, on my own, thousands of miles away from my family in a foreign country. I'll never be able to hop from country to country on the weekends, doing homework on trains and planes, juggling languages throughout. There's no way to describe my time in Italy to somebody who hasn't experienced it. If I could go back, I'd be on the first flight over. The food, the people, the freedom, every aspect of the trip forced me to grow up and mature during those four months. It was much more than just simply learning or taking classes … it was a life-changing experience. 

-Michael, applied communication (CCI Florence semester Spring 2010)

The Kent State “campus” in Florence, Italy, is actually a medieval palace right in the heart of the city. Built in the 13th century and completely restored in 2003, the Palazzo dei Cerchi is an amazing place to study, with 700-year-old frescos on the walls and wireless Internet throughout.

Students live in university-approved fully furnished apartments located in historic Florence within walking distance of the Palazzo dei Cerchi. Students are responsible for their meals, and the apartments feature well-equipped kitchens and are near many fresh markets, local stores, and restaurants.

An excellent on-site Kent State Florence staff administers the program. Because this is a Kent State program, there’s no question of whether credits will transfer or apply to degree requirements.

Kent State Florence follows the same academic calendar as the Kent Campus – same holidays, spring break, etc., with an occasional Italian holiday added. Classes are held Monday through Thursday to allow for weekend field trips and to allow students to travel throughout Europe.

Escorted group air travel from Cleveland to Florence is available. An arrival orientation before classes begin includes tours of the city and covers academic, cultural, and security issues, along with practical advice for living in Florence. (A six-week pre-departure orientation also takes place in Kent. More on that here.)

Field trips to museums, villages and cities are an integral part of the program and allow students to see first-hand what has been discussed in the classroom. In Comparative Media and CCI Practicum courses, students learn about European media, visit Italian media outlets, and create multimedia products using the latest technology.
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