Florence, Italy

JMU’s Semester in Florence program is a study abroad program designed for students who want to immerse themselves in one of the world’s richest cultures.

With countless artistic treasures and dynamic commercial, gastronomical, educational, political, and social scenes, Florence offers outstanding opportunities for students enrolled in multiple degree programs.

JMU’s Semester in Florence highlights the cultural richness of the city of Florence and of Italy more broadly. Students encounter Renaissance art, Tuscan hospitality, Italian business, Dante's literature, and an array of Italian social institutions. No previous background in the Italian language is required. All students take at least three credit hours of Italian while in Florence.

Florence Location

Florence Photos

Students at the British Institute, where they took an Italian language class.
A beautiful September sunset over the Arno River looking toward Ponte Vecchio (as seen from Ponte Santa Trinita).
Students during an orientation walk of Florence on one of their first days in the city.
An evening view from the faculty altana (rooftop terrace). In the background is Basilica Santo Spirito.
Each week, students participated in a ceremony where the previous recipient would present another student with a key to the city. The key was given to the student who best exemplified the spirit of the city during the prior week.
The James Madison University Florence program is based in the lively Santo Spirito neighborhood in the Oltrarno (beyond the Arno) quarter of Florence.
Video students in Urbino

Fact Sheet

ROLE: Faculty-Member-in-Residence | Instructor

LOCATION: Florence, Italy (Tuscany Region)

DATES: September 1, 2017 - December 11, 2017

AFFILIATED UNIVERSITY: James Madison University - Florence Program

SUBJECTS: Special Topics in Media Arts & Design: Florence Multimedia Experience


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Contact Information


(540) 568-3032

Location: James Madison University, 54 Bluestone Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801