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.”
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Summer in Florence program. Please check back in Fall for information about Summer 2018.
The Final Confirmation Deadline for this program is April 28.
Stefano Albertini, Director, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò; Clinical Associate Professor, Italian Studies.
|2017 Program Costs|
|Undergraduate Tuition - 8 points||$7,360|
|Undergraduate Registration Fee - 8 points||$932|
|Program & Activities Fee||$700|
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)
Off-Campus Double (no meal plan)
Off-Campus Triple (no 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.
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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.
Students will gain understanding of the basic messages in simple oral and written communication. They will be able to acquire key information from listening and reading brief, simple, authentic material and have a fair understanding of the meaning of short standard Italian conversation in a limited number of content areas. Students will be able to engage in basic conversation as well as to initiate communication on familiar topics. Strong emphasis will be given to communicative situations involving first and second person forms; writing activities with pertinent vocabulary and structure will include simple autobiographical information, brief messages, simple forms and lists. Linguistic structures : subject pronouns, articles, adjectives, prepositions, present and present perfect indicative. Sample syllabus
Prerequisite for NYU students: Successful completion of Extensive Elem I & II or Intensive Elementary Italian
Students will gain understanding of oral and written communication on various topics in the past, present and future in addition to expressions of personal wishes, feelings and hopes.
Students will recognize key information in the reading and listening of authentic material and will understand, to some extent advanced texts featuring narration and description of events.
Students will be able to handle most conversation tasks and standard social situations. Students will be able to write short letters and short paragraphs and show command of simple sentence syntax. Linguistic structures: students will be familiar with increasingly complex grammatical content, such as indirect and combined pronouns, future tense, conditional and subjunctive modes. Sample syllabus
Prerequisites: ITAL-UA 11, ITAL-UA 12, Intermediate Italian I & II; or ITAL-UA 20, Intensive Intermediate Italian
The course is an intensive review of Italian grammar. Classes are three times a week. The aim of the course is to develop the knowledge of morphosyntactic structures of the Italian language, and to also reinforce intercultural competence. Class work consists of both written and spoken activities, conversations, and papers and readings related to a wide range of different genres (newspaper articles, magazines, extracts from contemporary Italian literature). All of the activities are primarily aimed to promote the usage of Italian language in real situations. Conducted in Italian. Sample syllabus forthcoming
Prerequisite for NYU students: ITAL-UA 30 or assignment by placement test. Conducted in Italian. Students entering the course should have mastered the fundamental principles of Italian grammar.
This course is designed to help students gain confidence and to increase their effectiveness in speaking colloquial Italian. Through discussions, oral reports, and readings, students develop vocabulary in a variety of topics, improve pronunciation, and learn an extensive range of idiomatic expressions. Sample Syllabus
Content Courses Conducted in English
NOTE: This course meets in the center of Florence. Student should allow for 30 minutes commute time between this class and their prior or subsequent class.
NYU Students who have already taken ARTH-UA 2 will not receive major credit for ARTH-UA 5 [Renaissance Art survey] or ARTH-UA 6 [Modern Art survey].
The city of Florence will be the classroom as students study the masters, explore museums, examine texts, and analyze the historical significance of monuments. With eyes cast simultaneously on painting, the graphic arts, sculpture, and architecture, this class will explore a broad range of art patronage that included religious and civic bodies, princely courts, and a growing number of private clients. The course will focus on points of intersection, transition, and the transformations that lead from one tradition to the next. Above all, our approach will encourage critical thinking and a search for unifying connections in studying the underlying logic of image making. Works will be examined on their native terms: both as physical objects, with sensitivity to their particular function and intended reception, and as visual images active within larger contexts. Conducted in English. Sample syllabus
Italian Gardens have been a reference point for garden design from antiquity to the present day. The Roman Empire, which spread from North Africa to the English Isles, divulged a pattern of housing, centered upon the garden, across the Mediterranean and beyond. The Roman archetype of peristyle gardens was preserved in the Middle Ages, when religious orders cultivated gardens for spiritual and medicinal purposes within monastic enclosures, and in the Renaissance, when the grand tradition of the Villa Garden was revived. During their rule over Florence, the Medici family built a chain of lavish Villas around the city. The Villas, supported by their agricultural fields, held refined gardens devoted to the Arts, made for philosophical debate, poetry, sculpture, music and theatre, and for medical and botanical research. In the sixteenth century, grandiose gardens were made by enlightened patrons in other Italian courts, including Rome. Florence and its surrounding form the ideal setting to discover the forms and culture of gardens through time, and the Neo-Renaissance gardens of Villa La Pietra give students a chance to study plants and their ecology close up. Field trips will introduce us to some of the great gardens of other Italian regions.
This class raises the issue of whether features of Italian formal gardens can can be exported to other countries, in which way they are site-specific and inimitable, or if the formal language of historical gardens is still relevant for contemporary gardens. We will consider examples of Italianate gardens overseas, with 19th and 20th century examples from the UK and USA, and examine their qualities - or failures. As an introduction to contemporary garden design, Japanese historical gardens will be mentioned as an example of alternative formal tradition. A definition of formal and informal garden features will provide an additional tool for the analysis of contemporary garden styles. A close look at the two most recent editions of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, in which international garden designers quote - or challenge - historical precedents, will enliven the debate on what constitutes an Italian garden. Sample syllabus.
Cross-listed as HIST-UA 123-001 and MEDI-UA 147
Conducted in English
The inventor of modern political science, Niccolò Machiavelli is one of the most original thinkers in the history of Western civilization. In this course, Machiavelli's political, historical, and theatrical works are read in the context in which they were conceived—the much tormented and exciting Florence of the 15th and early 16th centuries, struggling between republican rule and the magnificent tyranny of the Medici family. Sample syllabus
Italy is the country where opera was born. This course offers students the unique chance to study the history of Italian lyric opera with a professional composer and musician and to experience it at some of the major Italian opera seasons: the Arena of Verona season and the Giardino di Boboli season. During the course, students are introduced to the most prominent Italian opera composers (Monteverdi, Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, etc.), as well as to the authors of the "libretto" of several of the most significant operas. They will be also introduced to some basic musical knowledge and practice. Sample syllabus.
NOTE: Fulfills the Cultures and Contexts component of the Core Curriculum for NYU students. Also open to visiting students from other institutions.
In Italy, regional identities have always been strong, while national identity has always been complex, a situation that characterizes even current political debates. Although the Italian peninsula was home to some of the most important ancient civilizations, Italy’s existence as a united country dates only from the nineteenth century, making it younger than the US as a modern nation state. Italy was first unified by the Romans, making Roman antiquity a point of reference throughout history as intellectuals and political leaders dreamed of a unified nation. We examine how Italian identity was formed throughout history, both by Italians and by foreign visitors to Italy, in response to the principal ancient cultures that thrived on the peninsula. The focus is on primary sources—literary works, artifacts, art objects, works of architecture, opera and film—taking advantage of the unique resources of Florence to explore these in their original contexts. Sample syllabus.
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.
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.
Day trips are offered most Fridays and one weekend trip to Rome is included. These excursions are integrated in the curriculum, and cover artistic, historical, literary and musical aspects of the visited sites. This year visits may include western Tuscany, Rome, Parma, Verona and Mantova. The tour of Rome includes major museums and archaeological highlights.
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.
M.M, University of Bologna
Ph.D., University of Siena
Ph.D., University of Florence