SunlogoEach summer ISI Florence offers a 6 1/2 week program that runs from mid-May through the end of June (Academic Calendar) Participants are free to choose one or two courses from a diverse list of courses offered each summer for a maximum of 6 credits. Visit our Courses page for the current list of summer offerings.

Nearly all the courses have field trips and excursions as part of the curriculum. Beyond the courses, you will find a variety of co- and extra-curricular activities such as food tastings, cooking classes, guided walking tours, and much more. For weekend travelers, we do not hold classes on Friday to allow for extended weekends to explore the many historical and picturesque cities in Italy and Europe.

FOnsiteteacheraculty-led Programs

ISI Florence also hosts special faculty-led programs each summer from a number of colleges and universities. Some programs follow our academic calendar and integrate with our academic program, others (independent programs) have their own arrival and departure dates and separate courses. Whatever your needs, if your institution is interested in having ISI Florence host a staff or faculty-led summer program, we can provide all the services and amenities to make your program run smoothly. We provide services from airport pickup, student and faculty housing and Internet, 24-hr emergency services, help desk, museum reservations, field trip, and excursion arrangements,  facilities use, faculty offices and more. All offered in the centro storico of Florence at affordable rates. If you would like to receive more information about faculty-led cooperatives contact us at [email protected] to receive additional information.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to beautiful Florence this summer!

Our summer programs

While living in Florence, shopping at the local markets, and eating in traditional restaurants, students will be totally immersed in Italian food culture. They will use their own senses in Italy – to see, smell, and taste the differences in the foods of Italy versus the foods in the US. Nothing is equal to the first-hand experience that the students will have with Italian cuisine.

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This “Maymester” program will take place in Florence, Italy–the historical center of the Renaissance. Florence’s location at the crossroads of many trade routes made it a city of many cultures and facilitated the exchange of many ideas. In this course, we will examine multiculturalism, currently and historically, with special attention to the variables of individualism and collectivism.

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This foreign study course is designed for all Business majors. Students interested in Business, Economics, Political Science, Honors, and exploratory students are also encouraged to apply and will be considered on a space available basis.

This program allows you to experience living in central Florence while exposing you to Italian business practices and entrepreneurship in the 21 Century.

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This international program in Human Development and Family Studies offers a unique opportunity for students in HDFS and related fields to explore the sights, sounds, history, and culture of contemporary Florence while taking courses on family and childhood in Italy. With activities that include learning to buy fresh fruit and vegetables in the mercato and interacting with children in Italian schools, Penn State students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Italian life.

This program was designed for undergraduate students majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. All the courses being offered can be used as supporting courses for that major. However, students in Early Childhood or Elementary Education would benefit from the program, as would students in psychology or sociology.

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Together we’ll be learning in some depth about brands, how they work, how to describe and communicate them, and manage them for greater business impact. We’ll be illustrating key concepts with immersions and cases including the brand “Italy,” and some selected Italian brands. Since we’ll be living together in Florence, we’ll have the chance to learn in one of the most incredible brand environments in the world, and we should have some fun while we do! Frameworks, tools, and cases learned in this course will prove valuable for anyone pursuing a business career involving brands.

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Have you ever considered how that Barilla pasta popped up on the shelf at Wegman’s, how that Lamborghini was driven into the showroom on Rodeo Drive, or even how those fine Armani and Prada clothes made it into Saks Fifth Avenue’s retail stores?  This summer’s study abroad course in Florence will explore the integration of supply chain and data analytics with an Italian focus.  We will explore Renaissance era supply chains by visiting the Carrara marble quarries that supplied Florence’s Duomo and Michelangelo’s David as well as the more modern Peace Monument in DC. We will of course also study modern Italian businesses to highlight supply chain applications, global markets, and sustainability.

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Florence, Italy is a beautiful example of the power of business to affect the structure of the city. During the Renaissance period, it had many prosperous merchants that gave generously to make their city a showcase of Italian Renaissance art and architecture. Their contributions continue to attract tourists today and the business systems they developed have evolved into our modern business systems.

The course, entitled “Old World Innovations and their Influence on Modern Business Systems,” will provide 3 units of credit during Maymester 2019.  The course will be based in Florence, Italy and will include a day trip to Venice, Italy.

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Each region of Italy has its own distinct identity (food, dialect, history). In this course, we will use a variety of contemporary texts (1991-2011)—films, documentaries, and non-fiction writings—to examine these issues. From the ongoing debate over the “national” identity to the fiercely protected and idiosyncratic regional identities, we will use primary and secondary sources to explore these fascinating conflicts. After our preparations, students will travel to Italy and travel not only to Genoa and Venice but also throughout Tuscany (including Luca, Sienna, Volterra, and the small towns in the hills of Chianti.

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