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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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. 

Florence Study Abroad Programs

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Summer 2024

  • Summer Language + Culture
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January 2025

  • January in Florence

Pocket Guide to Florence

  • Currency

    Spoken Languages
    Italian, English

    Available Transportation
    Bus, tram, taxi

    Famous Local
    Michelangelo – Italian sculptor, painter, and architect

  • Climate
    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

Is Florence a good place to study abroad?

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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. 

What are some Florence study abroad tips?

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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!

What should my Florence study abroad packing list be?

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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 

Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants

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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.