2020 Program

Summer in Florence is being offered as a remote experience, and currently available Florence focused courses are on this dedicated list and below. For courses that could not be offered remotely, there may be direct Washington Square-based equivalents, and NYU students may review offerings and register directly through Albert.

Students may now register for a single course (4 credits) if they wish, for two courses (total of 8 credits), or for an intensive (8 credit) course from any of our CAS Summer Abroad Programs. Please note that all course times will be held in EST.

Program Summary

Students experience the splendor of the Italian Renaissance as they are exposed to the cultural wealth of Florence. World famous for its piazzas, palaces, churches, and museums, it is also close to the picturesque Tuscan countryside. The program organizes excursions within Florence and to other celebrated Tuscan and Italian cities.

“The academic program included excellent courses to fully enrich my experience in Florence. Courses used the city in an interactive manner and took full advantage of the city's history and language.”

View of the Florence Cathedral

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Application Deadlines

*Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for summer 2020*

The program is now OPEN to all NYU students. Any student cleared to register for NYU Summer 2020 may do so for remote offerings directly via NYU Albert.

Contact Info

NYU Global Programs


t: (212) 998-4433

f: (212) 995-4103

Program Director

Stefano Albertini, Director, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò; Clinical Associate Professor, Italian Studies.  

Tuition and Fees

The College of Arts and Science discounts CAS Summer Abroad tuition 33% to offset additional costs of study abroad. This discount is already calculated in the below rates. Fees, Housing and International Insurance are required, and these rates are set by NYU.

2020 Program Costs  

Undergraduate Tuition - 8 credits

Undergraduate Tuition - 4 credits



Undergraduate Registration Fee - 8 credits

Undergraduate Registration Fee - 4 credits



Program & Activities Fee  N/A

GeoBlue International Health Insurance

for 6 week program



Single Room (with meal plan)

Double Room (with meal plan)

Triple Room (with meal plan)

Quad Room (with meal plan)



PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available on the Additional Costs page.

Villa La Pietra at NYU Florence

Giotto's Campanile at the Florence Cathedral

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La Pietra is NYU's academic center for study abroad in Florence. Donated to the University by Sir Harold Acton, this 15th-century, 57-acre estate is graced by five villas, formal gardens, olive groves, and a priceless art collection. The estate is situated just outside the city center of Florence, a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute bus ride away.

The program offers Italian language courses at all levels as well as a variety of courses in fine arts, history, and literature. The program is designed to expose students to the rich cultural offer of the city of Florence, which serves as an extended classroom. When selecting faculty NYU Summer in Florence combines the best Italy has to offer with the best to be found in the United States. All speak English fluently.

Student having class outside on La Pietra grounds

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Students must register for 8 credits.  

Language Courses

Content Courses Conducted in English

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Housing and Meals

All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students reside on the estate grounds in Villa Natalia which is air-conditioned and includes a cafeteria, a computer lab, a student lounge, a small gym, and a laundry facility. The greater La Pietra facilities include multimedia-equipped classrooms, a screening room, two computer labs, a reference library, and a second cafeteria with terrace.

Housing rates are inclusive of breakfast and dinner daily in the Villa Natalia cafeteria. Students are responsible for their own lunches, snacks, and other non-program meal expenditures. Lunches are available for purchase on-campus at the Villa Natalia cafeteria.

To learn more about housing facilities, please review the Office of Global Programs NYU Florence page. Please note that some of the information listed on this page is not summer specific. 

Student reading on campus with a view of the Florence Cathedral

Student playing table tennis on campus

Student walking on campus

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Summer in Florence organizes activities designed to enrich the course curriculum, including a weekend excursion to Rome, guided tours of sites in Florence and of other Italian cities. The visit to Rome includes major museums and archaeological highlights. Students will also enjoy outdoor movie nights, pasta-making classes, concerts and performances, as well as other cultural experiences offered as part of the program.

Bridge at dusk

Florence loggia statue

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Baroness Zerilli-Marimò Summer Fellowship

*Available to confirmed Summer in Florence Participants only*

Through the generosity of the Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Program Endowment Fund, and in collaboration with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, CAS Summer in Florence is excited to announce the availability of two $5,000 summer fellowships for participation in our 2020 program at NYU Florence Villa La Pietra. The fellowships provide merit and need based financial assistance to NYU students who have been admitted to the College of Arts and Science Summer in Florence program and display financial need. NYU students who are interested in the fellowship may apply upon being admitted to the Summer in Florence program and confirming their participation by submitting the reservation fee. The last deadline to apply is April 1, 2020.

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Planning Travel to Florence

Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:

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Stefano Albertini

Stefano Albertini
Ph.D., Stanford University

Stefano graduated in contemporary Italian history form the University of Parma (Italy) and completed his graduate studies at the University of Virginia (MA) and Stanford (PhD). He has been at NYU since 1994 where he has taught courses both on Renaissance and Contemporary Italy. As Director of the Casa, he has interviewed and interacted with the major Italian directors, actors, and writers of the last two decades. He was at La Pietra with the first group ever of NYU students who studied at La Pietra in June 1994. He considers Florence his adoptive city and knows it throughly.

Roberto Scarcella-Perino
M.M, University of Bologna

Silvia Giorgi
Ph.D., University of Siena

Claudia Bucelli
Ph.D., University of Florence

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Photo Gallery

Students touring La Pietra gardens

Class held inside La Pietra

Students walking on campus

People rowing through the Ponte Vecchio

Villa La Pietra at NYU Florence

Students talking outside La Pietra

Students sitting at an outdoor table on La Pietra

Florence neighborhood at night

Students walking through La Pietra

Students touring La Pietra

Students meeting outside on La Pietra

Giotto's Campanile as viewed from the street

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