Study Abroad

Hofstra in Florence Program

May 29 – June 28, 2019
Program Description

Program Description

Join us for Hofstra’s Multidisciplinary Summer Program in the Florence, the “City of Dreams”!

Capital of the region of Tuscany, Florence flourished along the banks of the beautiful Arno River, and has been a must-see destination for students, writers, and travelers for centuries – and with good reason. Many of the most renowned figures in literature, art, politics, science, and fashion have called Florence home: Dante, Boccaccio, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Niccolò Machiavelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Ferragamo, and Galileo, to name a few. With its rich literary and artistic history, it is easy to understand why Florence was known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” In fact, Florence’s array of art remains unparalleled: from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to Michelangelo’s David and Cellini’s Perseus with the Head of Medusa, you will experience masterworks up close at every turn.

Florence may be famous for its history, but it is also a university city, so it remains young, lively, and cosmopolitan, with many concerts and clubs offering a vibrant nightlife. In terms of access to other places you will want to visit on your three-day weekends, Florence is less than an hour by train or bus to Pisa, Lucca, and Bologna; Rome, Milan, and Venice are less than two hours away by train.

Cultural Activities

During your stay in Florence, you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of events and tours. These activities, sponsored by the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (our host institution) are designed to facilitate your exploration of Florentine and Italian culture in a fun and meaningful way, and may include visits to museums, walking tours with various themes, cultural lectures, cooking lessons, outdoor activities, film screenings, theater performances, and artisanal handicrafts, just to name a few!

Program Details

Program Fee

The program fee of $3,500 covers costs directly associated with the program's location in Florence:

  • Round-trip airfare, NYC(JFK)-Florence
  • Airport transfer to and from Florence center
  • Housing in shared apartments (double-occupancy rooms) for four weeks
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Admission fees for group visits with Dr. Ultsch to cultural sites in Florence
  • International health care coverage
  • Many cultural and extracurricular activities organized by the host school.

Overall Cost and Financial Aid

In addition to the program fee of $3,500, students pay $6,000 for tuition for 6 credits and $123 for Hofstra University technology and activity fees.

Financial aid in the form of student loans is available; interested students should initiate the loan process as early as possible with their university’s financial aid representative.

Eligibility, Application Deadline, and Terms of Acceptance

Students from Hofstra and other universities are encouraged to apply to the program. Acceptance and participation are contingent upon continuing compliance with the pre-departure process and timely submission of a complete program application, including necessary forms and a nonrefundable $500 deposit receipt by the deadline of March 25, 2019. Completed application, necessary forms, and $500 deposit receipt must be brought to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, Room 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by the above deadline. Please visit and click on “Program Applications” and “Necessary Forms” under the “Useful Resources” tab.

For further information about the Hofstra in Florence Program, please contact:

Dr. Lori Ultsch, Director, Hofstra in Florence Program
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
318A Calkins Hall
107 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1070
E-mail: Lori.J.Ultsch[at]

Available Courses

Multidisciplinary Course Offerings

Courses represent many fields of study; students can address a variety of Hofstra degree requirements during the four-week program abroad.

All students enroll in 6 semester hours: one 3-credit course taught by Hofstra faculty, plus one 3-credit course taught by the faculty of the local host institution. All courses, except those designated ITAL, are taught in English and require no knowledge of Italian.

1) Choose one 3-credit course taught by Hofstra faculty:

Note: Final decision regarding LT, AA, and/or IS taught by Hofstra faculty will depend upon the expressed needs of the students. Please contact Dr. Ultsch for the most current information.

ITST 140 (IS) Intercultural Competence

ITST 141 (AA) Highlights of Italian Cinema

ITST 144 (IS) Italian Food Culture

ITLT 040 (LT) Love and Eros (Focus on Florentine Literature and Art)

ITAL 116 Readings

2) And choose one 3-credit course offered by our host school's faculty:

Note: Each course is identified by its pre-approved Hofstra transfer equivalent and distribution category, where applicable.

HIST 108 (HP) Renaissance Europe

ITAL 001-004 Elementary and Intermediate Italian Language (all levels)

ITAL 101+, various upper-level language and culture courses (See Dr. Ultsch for details.)

LA 999I (IS) Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth

MKT 101 International Business: Principles of Marketing

MKT 157C Social Media Marketing (prerequisite: MKT 101)

PHI 014 (HP) Introduction to Ethics

PR 100 Fundamentals of Public Relations

PSC 999B (BH) International Conflict Resolution: Political Science and International Studies

PSY 999B (BH) Psychology of Crime

RELI 40 (CC,HP) Yoga, Psychology, and Health

RELI/JWST 999H (HP) Jewish Life in Renaissance Italy to Present

SOC 999B (BH) Italian Society Today