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Study Abroad

Hofstra in Florence Program

May 29 – June 28, 2019
Program Description

Program Description
Program Details
Available Courses

Program Description

Become a citizen of the world in the heart of beautiful Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and historically Italy’s most famous city of art, commerce, music, architecture, literature and food.  Florence is the ideal place to enrich your studies, your life, and your resume with the global literacy skills required of students in the 21st century, all while earning 6 Hofstra credits at a special rate.

Live Your Own Renaissance!
 Join us in Florence, Italy, aka “the living museum!”  Capital of the region of Tuscany and located along the beautiful Arno River, Florence has been a must-see destination for students and travelers for centuries.  As you walk to your classes each day, you will be following in some very famous footsteps and may even recognize the streets and locations written about by Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarca, and featured in countless films, TV programs, and even video games.

Cultural Activities
During your stay in Florence, you will have the opportunity to participate in daily activities and excursions that are all included in the program fee. These activities, sponsored by the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, our host institution, include such events as: cultural lectures on topics ranging from old Florentine customs to contemporary film and the arts; visits to museums or walking tours of specific neighborhoods; concerts; film screenings; cooking lessons; rafting on the Arno River; and field trips to cities such as Fiesole, Lucca or Bologna.

Program Details

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 complete program application, including necessary forms and a non-refundable $500 deposit.

The program fee of $3,700 covers:

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

In addition to the program fee, students pay for 6 Hofstra credits, special rate of $6,000, secured for this program (discounted from$9,000), and Hofstra University technology and activity fees ($123) for summer study.

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.

*The program fee quoted above is subject to change.

Application Information
 For an application, please visit Hofstra.edu/studyabroad and click on “Study Abroad Applications” under the “Useful Resources” tab.  Download and complete the Hofstra Florence application and the four (4) necessary forms.  Bring the completed application, necessary forms and $500 nonrefundable deposit receipt to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by March 25, 2019.

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]hofstra.edu

Available Courses

Students enroll in 6 semester hours: 3 semester hours of a course taken with the local host institution at a reduced rate; PLUS 3 semester hours of a second course taught by Hofstra faculty, at the regular Hofstra tuition rate.

Choose one 3-credit course offered by our local host at a reduced rate:

Please check back early in the spring 2019 semester for a listing of these courses

Choose one 3-credit course offered by Hofstra faculty at the regular tuition rate

In English:
ITST 141 (AA)             Highlights of Italian Cinema*
ITST 040 (LT)             Love and Eros: Focus on Florence in Literature and Art

In Italian:
ITAL 116             Readings (arranged, if necessary, for advanced students in ITAL)

*ITLT and ITST courses can fulfill distribution or alternate language option requirements and can be applied to the ITAL major as well as the ITST minor