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Study Abroad in Florence

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Explore Florence, Italy

Home to a treasure trove of Renaissance jewels and a rich cultural heritage, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and is rooted in artistic tradition. The city’s historic and artistic richness makes Florence study abroad an appealing choice for students from all backgrounds. From its renowned art galleries and museums, like the Uffizi Gallery, to its unrivaled architecture, like the Duomo, Florence is a student-friendly city boasting endless opportunities to immerse yourself in the local language and culture.  

When you study abroad in Florence, you’ll call central Italy home. Here, in the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, you’ll enjoy views of stunning rolling hills, explore farms and vineyards, appreciate timeless art by the likes of Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and enjoy the local rustic Tuscan cuisine. With mesmerizing views at every turn, your time studying abroad in Florence will be nothing short of spectacular! 


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Study Tours & Cultural Excursions

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Florence, study tours and excursions may include:

  • Visits to significant Florence locations, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, and Ponte Vecchio 
  • A day trip to Siena, one of the most important cities of the European Middle Ages, to explore its well-preserved UNESCO-listed historic center 
  • A trip to Pisa, home to the iconic medieval structure, The Leaning Tower  
  • Visits to Tuscany’s oldest wineries, like Castello di Camigliano, to sample Italy’s best-known wine, chianti 

If you’re a student looking for an authentic study abroad experience in Florence, our cultural excursions and tours allow you to do just that! Whether you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, visit famous sites, or make new friends, studying abroad in Florence offers something for everyone. 

About the Center

Situated in the lively square of Piazza Santo Spirito, CIEE Florence is ideally located in Palazzo Guadagni, a historically significant building formerly connected to the renowned Dufour Berte Landini family. Also known as Palazzo Dei and Palazzo Dufour Berte, Palazzo Guadagni dates back to 1502 when merchant Ranieri di Baldassarre Dei wanted a commanding building for his family. Today, Palazzo Guadagni lives on as one of the best examples of a Florentine Renaissance palace.

Like all Florentine Renaissance palaces, the rooms of Palazzo Guadagni feature high vaulted ceilings with remarkable frescoes. The ground floor boasts two wings, one with a beautiful classroom named after Florentine writer and artist, Artemisia. Up the noble staircase, beyond our reception, there are student lounges, a library, an aula manga, and several other classrooms. The art and history of Palazzo Guadagni will inspire students who choose to study abroad here in the cradle of the Renaissance.

Only steps from Palazzo Guadagni, students will enjoy market stalls that pepper the piazza each morning, selling vintage fashions, antiques, farm-fresh vegetables, cheeses, and other delicacies. By lunch and dinnertime, the nearby cafés and restaurants come to life, bustling with locals and tourists alike. At the end of the day, people linger and sit on the nearby church steps, talking, laughing, and singing songs, making Piazza Santo Spirito a joyous place to be!

Florence Study Abroad Programs

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  • Florence, Italy
New for January '25
  • Study Program

Spend your winter break embarking on a fascinating journey in the heart of the Renaissance.

Program Interests
  • Ancient City
  • Mountains to Hike
  • Small City
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  • Florence, Italy
  • Study Program

Spend your summer living and learning in Florence, an Italian city rooted in artistic tradition!

Program Interests
  • Ancient City
  • Small City
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  • Florence, Italy
New for Summer '25
  • Full-Time Internship

Renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant art scene, Florence serves as an unparalleled backdrop for personal growth and career advancement.

Program Interests
  • Ancient City
  • Mountains to Hike
  • Small City
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  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Take your studies to the birthplace of the Renaissance!

Program Interests
  • Host Institution
  • Mountains to Hike
  • Small City
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  • Florence, Italy
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Spend your semester living and learning in the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Program Interests
  • Host Institution
  • Mountains to Hike
  • Small City
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  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

The perfect chance to earn credits toward your degree while immersing yourself in Italian culture.

Program Interests
  • Host Institution
  • Mountains to Hike
  • Small City
Pocket Guide to Florence


Spoken Languages 
Italian, English

Available Transportation 
Bus, tram, taxi

Famous Local 
Michelangelo – Italian sculptor, painter, and architect

Warm, temperate climate with humid summers and cold, rainy winters

Local Attraction 
The Florence Duomo – a symbol of the city's Renaissance

Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR)

Social Norms 
It is important to dress neatly and respectfully, especially inside holy buildings

What to Pack 
Comfortable shoes – you’ll explore Florence almost entirely on foot

Frequently Asked Questions

Widely considered one of the most student-friendly cities in the world, Florence is an excellent place to live and learn abroad. From its renowned museums to its famed arts, astonishing architecture, and beloved culture, Florence has so much to offer you during your time abroad.

Florence is considered a very walkable city and is best appreciated on foot. Pack a pair (or two) of comfortable shoes and go on a walkabout to get a lay of the land. Take in the local culture, practice (or advance) your Italian language skills, indulge in the city’s authentic (and highly praised) cuisine, and take Florence in through an artistic and historic lens to fully appreciate its charm. Make the most of your time in Florence while this Italian gem is your classroom!

Boasting a mild climate and walkable city streets, there are a few must-pack essentials you’ll want to have handy while studying abroad in Florence, including:  

  • A comfortable pair of shoes 
  • A light, water-resistant jacket 
  • A reliable day bag 
  • A scarf, pair of gloves, and hat 
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses 
  • A sketchbook if artistic inspiration strikes 
  • Your appetite for authentic pizza, creamy gelato, and local chianti wine 

While the best study abroad programs in Florence is quite subjective, we can provide you with a list of some of our most popular Florence study abroad programs:

  1. Summer in Florence
  2. Semester in Florence
  3. January in Florence
  4. Arts, Architecture & Design

The cost of studying abroad in Florence varies depending on the specific program that you choose and how long you plan to study abroad for. For detailed cost information, we recommend researching each individual Florence study abroad program page.

For costs not included in your program’s outlined fees, it’s important to consider factors surrounding your individual journey while abroad.  

Read more: How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad?

Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants

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Apply in 1,2,3!

CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Florence to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps:

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program 
  2. Review all available funding opportunities 
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application 
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Study Abroad Scholarships


Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status.


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