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The European Union has the world´s largest GDP; the world´s third largest population; and is among the highest ranking in the world for health, education and living conditions. Through NYU Florence´s The EU in Focus series, students will learn about what the EU is, its history, how it works and its role in the global economy. Students who participate in a working group linked to the series will develop a deeper understanding of how EU policy-making works through the study of two specific policy areas and will further their knowledge through a trip to Brussels where they will visit the European institutions and meet with experts to find out how the policy-making process works from the inside.

If this topic interests you, you may want to enroll in the following courses:

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Read student reports from the EU in Focus series here.




The aim of the Documentary Photography: Through the Lens series is to explore photography as a visual language to communicate ideas - political, religious, social and environmental - and to build a narrative that creates interesting intersections between the personal and the public. NYU Florence professor Alessandra Capodacqua creates a series of talks and workshops by renowned international documentary photographers who present their work and discuss the importance of documenting our world through photography. A series of workshops allows students to work in small groups with the photographers, who further share their experience and expertise, provide practical training and individual feedback on students' work.

documentary photography: through the lens

LPD Conference

La Pietra Dialogues

LPD convenes some of the world’s foremost scholars, policy makers, practitioners, business leaders, public intellectuals and artists whose ideas and work have made a significant cultural or intellectual contribution to global society and the revival of the spirit of humanism for which Florence is known. They gather at Villa la Pietra, New York University's exceptional site in Florence, to confront some of the most intractable issues of contemporary society through the creative interplay of ideas and perspectives.

LPD fosters the creation of partnerships across disciplines, cultures and institutions, as an established center in the heart of Europe attached to an American University with branches throughout the world, and contributes to the emerging global civic discourse that is at the heart of NYU’s mission as a global network university.

La Pietra Dialogues

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Economics and Business

A center of medieval European commerce, Florence flourished as a major banking hub. Today, Italy faces budget deficits and meeting the standards of the European Union. Through the College of Arts and Science (CAS) and the Stern School of Business, economic and business students at NYU Florence specialize in the economies of Europe, which includes a population of 731 million people in 50 countries. Course work addresses the current economic climate of the member states of the European Union, taking into account each country’s unique economy, history, and politics as part of the overall composition of modern Europe. Business students take Stern courses in marketing, finance, and operations management, among others, that may satisfy their major requirements.

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David J. Travis Undergraduate Reserach Fund

David J. Travis Undergraduate Research Fund

The David J. Travis Undergraduate Research Fund is established to encourage undergraduate research in the field of Modern Italy. Professor of History at NYU Florence for over 10 years and Academic Director from 2000 until 2010, Professor David Travis is remembered for his love of teaching, commitment to his students, and deep belief in how a global experience could benefit them, as well as for his generosity as a colleague, his passion for his field, and his love of Tuscany.

Proposals for a broad range of issues focused on modern Italy from 1861 to present, from any disciplinary perspective will be considered. Students interested in applying for this funding will need to complete the attached application. Each student must work with a faculty mentor on their project. A faculty mentor will be asked to write an initial letter of academic support for the student and the proposal. Upon completion of the student project, the faculty mentor will be asked to confirm and approve the project. All applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty members with a variety of expertise.

Application Deadline:

Fall semester: no later than October 15th
Spring semester: no later than February 27th

Deadline for completed projects and follow up reports:

Fall semester: last day of the program (mid December) for the completed project with a follow up report from the student delivered by January 15;
Spring semester: last day of the program (mid May) for the completed project with a follow up report from the student delivered by June 15.



Politics and international relations majors at NYU in Florence study the distinct political system of Italy as well as the more widespread policies of the European Union. La Pietra, the 57-acre Renaissance estate that is home to the NYU Center in Florence, regularly hosts conferences and events where world leaders and international organizations come together. Guests have included former British prime minister Tony Blair, former prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi, and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Along with learning about Italy’s unique governmental structure, students attend lectures that explore legal relations between the EU member states and implementation of policies across multinational coalitions.

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Pre Law

A member state of the G8 international forum, Italy plays a significant role in world politics and is an influential member of the European Union (EU). Prelaw students select courses that develop their understanding of the various legal systems within the EU.  The curriculum offers a number of courses in economics, politics, business and sociology that develop students’ writing and research skills. Prelaw students are encouraged to enroll in European Law, a course about the legal systems of different European nations.  Those interested in the EU may register for the Acton Seminar: Policies and Politics of the European Union, where they will evaluate the development of the EU political system, examine the major policies of the EU, and study the consequences of the monetary union and its expansion.

Art and Art History

A comprehensive art and art history program is offered in Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Many courses feature regular field trips to the city’s numerous churches, museums, gardens and villas. 

Italian Studies

Students who are especially committed to learning Italian culture and language are invited to join the Florence Immersion Program. Take the next step toward fluency with special courses designed for students with Intermediate Italian or beyond. In addition to intensive language and conversation classes, NYU Florence offers Cinema Studies, Modern Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Italian Opera, and a host of other courses taught in Italian (or with assignments in Italian) by a stellar faculty of local experts and professors. Full-year or spring semester students also have the option of taking courses at the University of Florence. Students can elect to reside in a homestay or Casa Fiorentina, a self-selected housing option, open to all students attending NYU in Florence who wish to speak in Italian but live within a residence hall setting. Students in the immersion program may be invited to guided tours, special trips, language exchange dinners, lectures, internships, volunteer opportunities—for this select group the learning extends beyond the classroom. As your Italian improves throughout the semester, new vistas of Italian culture and Florentine life will open up to you.

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