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At a Glance

The Curriculum

The Smith program in Florence offers a curriculum for a full year abroad, as well as an option to study in Florence for a single spring term.

The full-year program begins with four weeks of intensive language study, cultural orientation, an art history course and excursions. During the fall semester, students take classes at the Smith Center ("Sede") and audit one course at the University of Florence. In the spring, students take one or two courses at the University of Florence and two or three Smith courses at the Sede. Tutorials are arranged in conjunction with the university courses.

The spring term program begins with an abbreviated version of the orientation program described above in the full year curriculum, and then mirrors the full year spring term curriculum.

Early Childhood Education Internship

Qualified students with a background in education or psychology and experience working with young children may apply to participate in the year-long internship at the Pistoia Early Childhood Centers and earn academic credit in an accompanying practicum course.


Students live in Florentine homes, situated either within the city or nearby in the Tuscan countryside. Students eat breakfast and dinner with their families and receive a stipend for lunches.

The Smith Center and Faculty Director

Located in the heart of medieval and modern day Florence, the spacious Smith Center (Sede) is situated on the central square, the Piazza della Signoria. The center is equipped with computers, internet, printers, and a scanner, as well as several large classrooms and the offices of the faculty director and associate director. As the oldest U.S. program in Florence, Smith's faculty directors have welcomed students to the Sede since 1931.


Women and men from four-year colleges with a minimum 3.0 GPA and four semesters (or the equivalent) of college-level Italian language are invited to apply.

Program Dates

September to June

Application Deadline

Smith student applications are due on the first Monday in February (2/05/18). Guest students are encouraged to apply by the February deadline but will be accepted on a space-available, rolling basis up until the second Monday in March (3/19/18).

2018-19 Program Fee

$34,820 per semester includes orientation, tuition, course selection and academic advising, housing and meals, lunch stipend, required health insurance, medical emergency coverage, excursions and cultural events. Students should consult their home institutions regarding financial aid assistance.