General Studies Program

The General Studies program is open to all students and allows for maximum flexibility when choosing courses at the Institute. Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 17 credits per semester and include one course in Italian language. Students with advanced proficiency may alternatively choose an elective course taught in Italian.

For students who are uncertain of their proficiency in Italian, select the course that you feel is suitable on your course selection form. Upon arrival, ISI Florence Italian faculty will administer a placement exam to ensure that you are in the appropriate level.

The Institute offers the following Italian courses:

ITAL 101: The Florence Experience I: Beginner Italian I
ITAL 102: The Florence Experience II: Beginner Italian II
ITAL 201: The Florence Experience III: Intermediate Italian I
ITAL 202: The Florence Experience IV: Intermediate Italian II
ITAL 310: The Florence Experience V: Advanced Italian
ITIS 399: Independent Study in Italian

Once the appropriate Italian course is selected, students may choose freely from the wide variety of elective courses available. See our courses offered pages for an up-to-date list.


Sample Semester Curriculum

A typical semester for a General Studies student may look as follows:

ITAL XXX – 4 credits
AAH 214: The Art of Florence: Exploring Visual Culture – 3 credits
HUM 306: The History & Culture of Food: A Comparative Analysis – 3 credits
VARTS 261: Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Florence – 3 credits
HIST 310: Ancient Rome: Civilization and Legacy – 3 credits

TOTAL: 16 credits


Independent Research

For students pursuing an area of study that is not offered in our curriculum, ISI Florence has created the option of choosing an Independent Research course (3-6 credits). The Independent Research course is a student-centered learning experience that provides deeper academic understanding in a specific topic. The course engages students in advanced research based on their interests with the support of a faculty mentor. As such, it is ideal for those who have previously studied a particular topic and would like to explore a more focalized aspect through individual research.
Note: additional fees apply.