Surrounded by the lush green hills of Tuscany, Florence pulses with the spirit of the Renaissance and the energy of a modern university town. For centuries the city has enticed visitors with its storied gems of art, beauty, and Italian culture. Today, the brightest jewel in the crown of Tuscany burns bright, offering an exemplary opportunity to study, marvel, and explore.
Students at the International Studies Institute—ISI—make full use of Florence as a living laboratory during their semester, summer, or academic year abroad. They walk the same medieval cobblestones as Dante, gaze upon the stunning masterpieces of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and practice their Italian in the shadow of Brunelleschi’s dome. ISI Florence offers academic programs rooted in the liberal arts tradition—a fitting tribute to the birthplace of the Renaissance—and boasts a distinguished faculty and world-class student services team. At ISI, students flourish in a safe, stimulating environment, savoring an exceptional educational experience in a truly exceptional city.
ISI was established in 2001 as a private non-profit institute registered with the Italian Ministry of Education and recognized as an American center for higher education in Florence, Italy.
ISI Florence is one of the founding institutions of the Consortium for Public Universities established in 2005, comprised of Pennsylvania State University, University of Connecticut, University of Virginia, Arizona State University, and University of Melbourne (Australia). The Institute also maintains academic affiliations with other colleges and universities including Roger Williams University, Rutgers University, Connecticut College, Marywood University, University of Maryland, and the University of Florence. ISI’s sister program is the Umbra Institute in Perugia.
The Institute welcomes new institutional partners whose students will make a positive contribution to the ISI student body by exhibiting the maturity, enthusiasm, and commitment to gain the most from the study abroad experience.
At a Glance
Palazzo Rucellai – Via della Vigna Nuova, 18
Palazzo Bargagli – Lungarno delle Grazie , 22
The Academic Programs
Semester, summer and full-year study abroad programs are available, offering a wide variety of courses in art history, architecture, food studies and sustainability, fine and studio arts, Italian language & cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, international business, political science and more.
Two fifteen-week semesters (September-December; January-May) plus a six-week summer session (mid-May – June).
Language of Instruction
All classes are held in English with the exception of the Italian language courses and other elective courses for students with advanced proficiency. No prior study of the Italian language is required.
Program grades and credits are reported on transcripts of partner universities accredited by the New England and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty & Staff
The Institute maintains a faculty of residents and visiting professors that hold terminal or advanced degrees from major universities in the U.S., Australia, and Europe. The administration and staff consist of accomplished academics and professionals with relevant experience in Italy and North America.
The Institute accepts applications from students who have completed two years of study in good standing at accredited colleges and universities; minimum GPA 2.75.
150-250 students per term.
Housing & Meals
Students share apartments with other program participants. All ISI apartments are located in the historic center of the city, within walking distance from the Institute facilities. Students are encouraged to prepare meals for themselves in the fully-equipped kitchen of their apartments and to subscribe to the meal plan option that allows access to the University of Florence dining facilities.