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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: CSU International Program Class Eligibility: Graduate, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:



Academic Year Applications
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline 
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


GPA Requirement
2.75 Cumulative GPA
CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.
One term of college-level Italian language; one year of art history coursework; one term of drawing; one term of life drawing; one term of painting.  Space is limited in the Studio Art program, so it is also recommended that students have foundation coursework in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, as well as additional coursework in drawing and upper division studio art. Portfolio required (see Program Overview for more details).


Subjects Available 
Art Art History

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies. 

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

Students pay the same tuition for Italy: CSU Florence Center as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program. The traditional Italian academic cycle begins in February and ends in November. 

Academic Year: July to June.


The CSU IP Italy program is located in Florence at the CSU Study Center. This program is administered by a Resident Director and full-time local staff. Each year, about 100 CSU students participate in the CSU IP Italy program and attend courses at the Center. The fields of study offered are architecture, art history, history and classics, Italian language, international relations, Italian studies, literature, political science, and studio art. 

Italy - ArtStudents participating in the Studio Art program take courses the CSU Study Center as well as at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze and the Scuola del Nudo. The program begins with a required 5 credit Preparatory Language Program (PLP), offering students Italian language instruction at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. Participants are introduced to the culture of Florence and to contemporary Italian society through lectures during the PLP. 

All Studio Art students will be required to take a portfolio to Florence to provide samples of their art work.  Students should provide at the best sample images of their art, as well as a variety of works (paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, etc.).  It is recommended that students have at least 10 to 15 images, either printed out or in digital/photograph format.   

For additional academic information about this program, please refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for most current year by clicking here. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. To access course information, including syllabi, visit the IP Florence Center website here


The CSU IP Italy program is located in Florence, a center of intellectual and artistic activity and a city that retains much of its Renaissance character. Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, on the Arno River, Florence has a population of about 500,000. 


Upon arrival in Florence, students stay in pre-arranged temporary housing. During orientation, the CSU IP on-site staff will help students find permanent housing in local apartments.


This program is currently not accepting applications.