The International Studies Institute offers a variety of collaboration opportunities for US colleges and universities seeking to develop new academic programs and partnerships in Italy. From simply working closely with the Institute as an approved destination for your students to developing new faculty-led or curriculum specific programs in Italy for your college or university, the Institute is likely to have an innovative and mutually beneficial solution.
If your institution is interested in developing a program in Italy, we encourage you to consider a cooperative partnership with ISI. Your school can choose the level and scope of the collaboration. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if your institution is interested in:
• Adopting the Institute as a pre-approved destination for school;
• Developing faculty-led programs in Italy with a local partner;
• Offering study abroad programs in Italy with a specific curricular focus;
• Collaborating with us for other educational initiatives.
Our most popular affiliation is the cooperative study abroad program or CSAP.
This program welcomes students with a home-school professor who teaches a course or two at the Institute for a semester or summer session. The semester students take two or three other courses from among the Institute’s offerings or only one or none in the case of summer programs. This fully integrates the visiting school’s program into the Institute’s student environment thus avoiding a “travelling island with all students from the same school”. Since the Institute already has a full-service program including pick-up, housing, events and activities, student services and emergency services, creating a faculty-led program in Italy is much simplified. If you are a faculty member or administrator and would like to bring a group of students to Florence we have the perfect solution. This is one example of the many ways the Institute collaborates with other institutions of higher education to improve the experience of students abroad.
The Institute seeks to develop CSAP initiatives with colleges and universities that have professors interested in offering courses that will enrich our curriculum and whose students will add a desirable dimension to the student body. If you and/or your institution are interested in developing a CSA program with ISI, please contact the Director at the Institute, or write to [email protected]
“The International Studies Institute” located in the historical center of Florence offers students an excellent academic program – one of the best academic experiences in an American study abroad program in Italy. The faculty is composed of an outstanding combination of regular and visiting faculty coming from all over the world. The vast majority of the courses is interdisciplinary in nature and is supported by field trips and on-site lectures offering the student a well-rounded challenging academic experience. Student services are also a priority at ISI and provide much individual attention to student needs. I can recommend the Institute highly.”
Portia Prebys, President
Association of American College and University Programs in Italy
“The overall academic program is organized to enhance student engagement in the arts, history, culture and intellectual environment of Florence and Italy.” “Students describe their professors as accessible and caring; they particularly like the small size classes. They feel they receive a one to one attention. They also realize that the instructors are very well prepared and keep up with the subject they teach.” “The physical plant is second to none, and is the second great strength of the program. This beautiful historical monument has been converted to its present use without doing violence to its integrity, and graciously accommodating the needs of the school. The classrooms are particularly pleasant, spacious without being cavernous, and well-equipped.” “I will begin with the initial statements of the students interviewed: the staff at ISU is extraordinary. Time and again, the staff was described as unfailingly helpful, and that was my impression as well.”
University of Connecticut Independent Assessment Review Committee