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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:: CSU International Programs Class Eligibilty:: 3rd year, 4th year
Minimum GPA:: 2.75 Language of Instruction:: English
Language Pre-requisite:: None Language Courses Offered:: Italian
Areas of Study:: Architecture, General Education Housing Options:: Student Responsibility
Internship & Service Learning Opportunities:: Yes
Program Description:


The CSU International Programs (IP) offers affordable academic year study abroad options at 50 different universities in 18 countries. IP operates its own study center in Florence, offering coursework exclusively for CSU students. In addition, it is affiliated with the Università degli Studi di Firenze (the University of Florence) and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (the Academy).

Alumni Contacts
Name: Michele Triantafillidis
Major: Architecture
Minor: Construction Management and Italian Studies
Program: CSU IP- Florence
Contact Information:


Florence, Italy
(Check out our Italy InfoGraphic.pdf!)
Florence is a center of intellectual and artistic activity, and a city that retains much of its Renaissance character. The works of artists and writers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Dante, represent the city's rich cultural history. Florence is also the location of an important university, a magnificent collection of art objects, and numerous architectural treasures. Located in Tuscany on the Arno River, Florence has a population of about 500,000.

Host Institution: CSU Florence Study Center
A resident director and full-time local staff administer the CSU Study Center in Florence. Each year about 100 CSU students attend courses at the Center. Students apply to and are placed within a specific concentration. The fields offered are: architecture, art history, history and classics, Italian studies, language and literature, social sciences, and studio art. Depending on the area of concentration and language competency, CSU students take courses organized by International Programs.
For more information about the CSU Florence Study Center, visit their website.


In addition to the Preparatory Language Program (PLP), Architecture students enroll in a course on drawing to supplement their architectural drawing. Architecture courses are taught at the CSU Study Center and are supplemented by Italian language instruction and electives. Students pursue advanced design studies with Italian architecture faculty. Italian language is offered each term.

For more information regarding the course offerings and links to the host universities, visit the Program Brochure.
You will earn Cal Poly credit on this program.
You are highly encouraged to get your Major, Minor and GE courses pre-approved prior to applying to this program.

Major Courses: Provide the course descriptions to your Academic Advising Center/Faculty Advisor to determine the course equivalencies and how credits will transfer back.  You are highly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor/faculty advisor to complete any necessary paperwork prior to applying/departure.
Minor Courses:  Consult with the Minor Department to discuss the best way to seek course pre-approvals.
Credit Transfer of GE Courses: Pick up the GE Course Substitution for Study Abroad form at the Cal Poly International Center (Building 52- Room E32). Please provide the course descriptions of the GE courses you wish to have approved when submitting the form.  Allow four to six weeks to hear back about substitution approvals. You will hear back about your GE petitions with an email notification from
To review potential Pre-Approved General Education and Language course lists, visit the Cal Poly General Education website.
To review the available course offerings on this program, visit the Academic Bulletin for Italy


This program is open to Architecture Majors.
- Minimum 2.75 GPA
- 4th Year standing
- Recommended by the Architecture Department at Cal Poly
- Not actively on academic probation
- Good disciplinary standing 

How to Apply
1. Complete Cal Poly International Center "Architecture Away" application by January 10th
2. Complete the Cal Poly International Center "CSU IP Italy: Architecture" application by January 10th
3. Submit all application materials through the CSU IP website/Terra Dotta system by February 1st deadline
4. Review the following Architecture CSU IP FAQ's document: Architecture CSU IP FAQ's

Program Details

CSU IP arranges temporary housing for students. Once students arrive abroad, the CSU IP on-site staff will help students’ find permanent housing in local apartments or homestays (limited).
The IP Italy program is an academic yearlong program.
To review the program dates, visit the IP Italy Calendar.
Special Events/Planned Activities
The study center offers a program of special local events and activities designed for students. While events vary from year to year they normally include live performances by musicians and singers, lectures on issues of interest to the students, book presentations, volunteer opportunities, and field trips to other parts of Italy. The Florence staff also organizes tickets for events such as ballets, concerts, operas and plays. Other cultural and social activities are offered including conversation exchanges with Italian schools, movie nights, teaching assistance at Italian primary and secondary schools, volunteering with local associations (Caritas), interaction and community service with the local Rotary and Rotaract clubs, dinners and weekends with Italian families, cooking classes sports, and many other activities.

Dates / Deadlines:

Application currently closed.

This program is currently not accepting applications.