STUDY ABROAD STEM

FALL • SPRING • SUMMER | FLORENCE, ITALY

STUDYING STEM IN FLORENCE

Perhaps more than any other field of study, STEM students need the global competencies gained during study abroad: the ability to work in diverse groups, to collaborate across cultures, and to problem-solve across disciplines.

An international experience is vital for STEM students, who will be creating technologies that may impact the entire world. However, STEM students often have to take more courses in their major, and therefore don’t have as much opportunity to take a series of language or liberal arts courses, and that often limits their study abroad options. Furthermore, unless the courses are taught in an English-speaking country, the language proficiency requirements further limit the geographical options.

History of Science Museum – Florence

ISI Florence is committed to confronting these challenges by providing a variety of STEM courses taught entirely in English in one of the most culturally- and artistically-rich destinations for study abroad: Florence, Italy.

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.

STEM students may choose one or more courses to fit their curricular needs and preferences or join one of our STEM programs run by our partner institutions. See the various program options below for details.


PHYSICS & MATHEMATICS

Study physics in Florence! With its several thousand years of civilization woven into its legendary urban texture, Florence embodies all that the Renaissance sought to bring back to life. Bordered by its famous countryside of pine- and cypress-dotted hills, lush vineyards, and olive groves, the Florence of today is an innovative European cultural center as well as a university city.

The University Maryland sponsors a customized STEM curriculum aligned with UMD degree requirements. In addition to the ability to learn Italian language using Florence as your classroom, you can complement your studies with a selection from wide variety of courses in art history, architecture, fine and studio arts, Italian cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, political science, and more. You will also be provided with unique community-engagement opportunities that will allow you to make the most of your semester abroad.

Courses options include:

PHYS 272 – Introductory Physics – Waves (3 credits)
PHYS 371 – Modern Physics (3 credits)
PHYS 276 – Electricity and Magnetism Lab (2 credits)

MATH 240  – Linear Algebra (3 credits)
PHYS 373/MATH 373 – Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences (3 credits)
(cross-listed as Differential Equations)

Italian Language (4 credits)
Free Elective (3 credits)

For elective course, the Institute offers courses in a wide range of subjects, including: studio arts and art history, history and political science, Italian language and literature, international business, and interdisciplinary studies in the humanities. Courses are designed to integrate the local resources, making Florence your classroom. A variety of co-curricular activities such as field trips, museum visits, academic tours, and artistic performances complement the rich cultural offerings of Florence.

BIOLOGY – CHEMISTRY

ISI Florence and Penn State University have teamed up to provide a unique study abroad experience for STEM students in Biology and/or Chemistry. Students may elect to participate in the entire program or choose one or more courses available.

For Penn State students the availability of these courses will allow most life science students to study abroad without falling behind in their coursework.


BIO 240 – Function and Development of Organisms (4 credits)
Prerequisite: one semester of general biology and one semester of general chemistry

CHEM 212 – Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I or equivilent


COMPUTER SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS

First semester of the second year of a Computer Science degree is often the best time for these students to go abroad across more than one of ISI Florence’s key partnering universities. Computer Science programs abroad are not known to be common so by offering such a program in Florence, ISI Abroad is fulfilling its goals to promote STEM and Fall enrollments, encourage increased social and academic diversity, and meet the needs of its partners.

According to the MIT Technology Review, Italy is Europe’s third largest exporter of manufacturing technologies, sending 25% of its overall exports to the U.S. each year to organizations like Ford, Boeing, and NASA (view article). According to Deloitte, Italy is on the forefront of innovation in digitalization, showing strength in its use of cloud technologies (view article). This means that Italy has a demand for computer scientists. While larger organizations may be interested in sharing their strengths with students during site visits or as guest lecturers, smaller companies might be interested in our students providing English-language workshops on how to keep their systems safe. With the digital sphere being an Italian strength, there is great opportunity for students to learn and for this program to grow in course offerings and community outreach

COMP 211 – Digital Design Fundamentals
Number systems, conversion methods, binary and complement arithmetic, Boolean algebra, circuit minimization, ROMs, PLAs, flipflops, synchronous sequential circuits.

MATH 377 – Discrete Mathematical Structures
Logic, sets, functions, elementary number theory and combinatorics, recursive algorithms, and mathematical reasoning, including induction. Emphasizes connections to computer science Discrete mathematics and foundations for modern computer science. Topics include sets, relations, logic, algorithms, graphs, finite state machines and regular expressions.” |
Application areas include sets (finite and infinite), elementary combinatorial problems, and finite state automata. Development of tools and mechanisms for reasoning about discrete problems.”

MATH 310 – Calculus for Engineers III (MA)
Vector-valued functions of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple integration

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PROGRAM DATES AND FEES

Semester Programs

Semester Program Fee:
$16,975.00

Dates (15 weeks):
Fall Semester – Late August through December
Spring Semester – Early January through April
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What’s Included:
Academic Program Tuition (12-18 credits), Pre-departure assistance, airport pick-up in Florence, 2-day orientation program with field trips, shared apartment housing and utilities including Wi-Fi Internet connection, beginning- and end-of-semester apartment sanitizing/cleaning, Semester Permit of Stay Fees (Permesso di Soggiorno), student services help desk, 24/7 emergency phone, Institute facilities use, farewell festa, ISI transcript.

Does not include: Meals, Airfare, Textbooks, Insurance, Optional Trips and Cultural Activities.

Summer Program

Summer Program Fee:
$5,975.00 – one course
$6,975.00 – two courses

Dates (six weeks):
Mid-May through June
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What’s Included:
Academic Program Tuition, Pre-departure assistance, airport pick-up in Florence, 2-day orientation program with field trips, shared apartment housing and utilities including Wi-Fi Internet connection, beginning- and end-of-semester apartment sanitizing/cleaning, Student services help desk, 24/7 emergency phone, Institute facilities use, ISI transcript.

Does not include: Meals, Airfare, Textbooks, Insurance, Optional Trips and Cultural Activities.


SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDY GRANTS

ISI Florence offers scholarships, financial aid, and partner discounts for qualifying students. CONTACT US about how to make your experience more affordable.






Experience science and art

in a unique international learning environment.