Notice: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arrival for the Fall 2021 semester.
Notice: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arrival for the Fall 2021 semester.

Study Physics in Florence! – Spring 2022

ISI Florence and the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland are pleased to offer physics majors, engineering students, and other STEM majors the unique opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy for the Spring 2022 semester

 

Perhaps more than any other field of study, STEM disciplines require the kind of global competencies that are gained during study abroad: the ability to work in diverse groups, to collaborate across cultures, and to problem-solve across disciplines. In recent years, an international experience has become vital for STEM students, who will be creating technologies that may impact the entire world. ISI Florence is committed to confronting these challenges by providing a variety of STEM courses taught entirely in English in one of the richest destinations (both culturally and artistically) for study abroad: Florence, Italy.

STEM students may either choose one or more courses to fit their curricular needs and preferences or participate in the following program tracks: 

Sophomore Track
PHYS371 – Modern Physics (3 credits) 
PHYS373 – Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences (3 credits) 
PHYS276 – Experimental Physics II, Electricity and Magnetism (2 credits) 

Junior Track 
PHYS499O: Introduction to Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (3 credits)
PHYS441: Advanced Physics: Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics (3 credits)

Free Elective Option (Choose one or more courses from the following)
PHYS371 – Modern Physics (3 credits) 
PHYS373 – Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences (3 credits) 
PHYS276 – Experimental Physics II, Electricity and Magnetism (2 credits) 
PHYS4990: Introduction to Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (3 credits)
PHYS441: Advanced Physics: Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics (3 credits)

Highlights

  • No visa required for Spring 2022 semester
  • Open to all students meeting the course prerequisites 
  • Field trip to CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva (weekend)
  • Day trip to EGO Virgo (European Gravitational Observatory) in Pisa
  • Visit to Galileo Museum in Florence
  • Visit to National Library or Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence (Galileo’s Manuscripts, Science Section) 

Courses are designed to integrate the local resources, making Florence your classroom. Research activities will be conducted under the supervision of ISI Florence professor Simone Lolli. Also, a variety of co-curricular activities (in compliance with anti-Covid rules and if allowed by the latter) such as field trips, museum visits, academic tours, and artistic performances complement the in-class learning experience.

The International Studies Institute makes full use of Florence as a living laboratory. With its academic programs rooted in the liberal arts tradition — a fitting tribute to the birthplace of the Renaissance — ISI Florence boasts a distinguished faculty and world-class student services team. At ISI Florence, students flourish in a safe, stimulating environment, savoring an exceptional educational experience in a truly exceptional city.

Note: All students must meet the established prerequisites for each course. Please review course descriptions for details.

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