Notice: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arrival for their semester abroad.
Notice: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arrival for their semester abroad.
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Advisory Board

ISI Florence Consortium for Public Universities

The Consortium consists of two representatives from the member institutions, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, the University of Melbourne (Australia) and ISI Florence. Members include:

Kristi Wormhoudt, Co-Chair

Pennsylvania State University

Stefano U. Baldassarri, Co-Chair

ISI Florence

Matthew Yates

University of Connecticut

Adrienne Ward

University of Virginia

Stacey Hansen

University of Virginia

Francesca Calamita

University of Virginia

Leeanne Dunsmore

University of Maryland

Thomas Gleason

University of Maryland

Luis Orozco

University of Maryland

Parshia Lee-Stecum Paul

University of Melbourne

Caterina Brogi

ISI Florence

Nienke Scholten

ISI Florence

The Consortium Mission Statement

The ISI Florence Consortium for Public Universities designates an affiliation between a select group of public international universities and ISI Florence, whose mission is to offer its students an outstanding, sustainable, and financially accessible program of study and international experience based in Florence, Italy.

  • Unparalleled Academics. Outstanding academic curriculum in Florence, with a core in the liberal arts.


  • Inspiring Instruction. The Consortium pursues academic excellence by selecting faculty on the basis of outstanding credentials, career records, professional profiles, teaching expertise, and significant, acknowledged scholarly accomplishment.


  • Innovation. The Consortium is dedicated to the development of academic and intercultural programs that embrace interdisciplinary approaches and incorporate creative and pioneering pedagogical methods. Innovative international-scope research and scholarship further invigorate curricular offerings.


  • Transformation and Intercultural Competence. The Consortium implements best practices in Education Abroad as it capitalizes on Italy’s outstanding cultural resources, to enable a truly transformative student experience. It merges academic enterprise with a strong focus on global awareness, facilitating students’ progressive intercultural skills and knowledge.


  • Diverse and Sustainable Curriculum. Thanks to its members, the Consortium is able to draw from a large basin of students, faculty, and institutional specializations, thus enabling it to regularly offer an array of courses in a wide range of disciplines. It especially supports faculty collaboration and exchange, in order to create synergies among Consortium members and increase the number, kinds, and quality of academic offerings available.


  • Accessibility/Affordability. In keeping with its public status mission, the Consortium is committed to offering affordable and competitive rates, thus making this unique learning experience in Italy accessible to the largest cohort of students.


  • Community Engagement. In the interests of maintaining program excellence, culturally immersive opportunities, sustainability, and affordability, the Consortium is united in collaborating with the community in which it operates.