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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F6: Firenze

SunlogoF6 Firenze is a six-week summer program specially designed for architecture students and consists of a design studio track (5/6 credits) or the elective course track. Students may choose one or two architecture courses for 3-6 credits.

Participants will unveil the centuries-old strata of Florence and other Italian cities that have merged the past and present while experiencing contemporary Florentine life as students of architecture. The six-week summer session will use sketching as a tool for mapping the architectural and urban development of Florence to interpret and understand its historical context. Studio participants will work closely with their professors with one-on-one sessions and collaborate with peers to develop a rich, diversified and inspirational portfolio.


Students may choose one of the following courses. Placement and course content will be tailored and based on the student’s curricular needs, proficiency and consultation with the instructor.
ARCH 310: Architecture Design Studio V
(5/6 credits)
ARCH 410: Architecture Design Studio VI (5/6 credits)
ARCH 510: Architecture Design Studio VII (5/6 credits)



Students may choose one or two of the following elective courses. There are no prerequisites:
ARCH 470 Firenze: Urban Form (3 credits)
ARCH/AAH 430 The Villa and the Garden (3 credits)


Course Descriptions

Living Arrangements

Students will be housed in shared apartments located in Florence’s historical center within the backdrop they are studying. All apartments are within walking distance of the Institute’s facilities and other local resources, such as restaurants, supermarkets, gyms, pharmacies and more. Apartments include fully-equipped kitchens, common living areas, double bedrooms, and study areas. ISI Florence scrutinizes each housing facility to ensure that it is clean, well maintained, safe, and adequately furnished.


Field Trips and On-site Learning

This program will be experiential in nature and include site visits to various site of interest for architects. Excursions include a number of villas and palaces of the Medici and other noble Florentine families, the “quartieri” of Florence including the Orsanmichele, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce Cathedral.  Day trips to Valdorcia. Pienza, Montalcino and Prato. Optional weekend Trip to the Veneto region including Verona, Altivole-Brion, Vicenza. (Note: Travel is subject to Covid-19 guidelines if restrictions are still in place)


Extra-Curricular Activities

Beyond the courses, you will find a variety of co- and extra-curricular activities such as food and gelato tastings, cooking classes, Arno river rafting, 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.


Covid Protocols

ISI Florence adopts all Covid-related preventive measures (at ISI Florence facilities, in student apartments, and on school excursions) in compliance the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) and the Italian Health Ministry, as advised by the European Community and AACUPI (The Association of American College and University Programs in Italy) in order to ensure the highest levels of safety for students, faculty, and staff.


May 18, Wednesday Departure from Home Country
May 19, Thursday Arrival in Florence
May 20 – 21, Friday – Saturday Orientation, Open House
May 23, Monday Classes Begin
June 27 – 30, Monday – Thursday Last Week of Classes/Final Exams
June 30, Thursday Farewell Reception
July 1, Friday Program Ends, Students vacate apartments

Tuition & Fees

Studio Course Program (6 credits): $7,995.00
One Elective Course Program (3 credits): $5,275.00
Two Elective Course Program (6 credits):  $6,275.00

What’s Included:
Tuition (3-6 credits), housing and utilities (including Wi-Fi), airport pick-up in Florence, orientation session and walking tour of the city center, individual studio desk and architecture facilities use, mandatory course field trips for design studio courses, student services help desk, 24/7 emergency phone, ISI Florence transcript.

Program fees do not include:
Meals, airfare, textbooks/elective course site fees.




Ready to get back to the studio?

Join us in Florence this summer!