Courses at the Institute are taught in the American liberal arts tradition and follow a semester calendar with a 15-week fall session, a 15-week spring session, and a 5-week summer session. Most students attend for one semester, but year-long study is also available. Except in Italian language courses, all instruction is in English. No prior study of Italian is required, but all students enroll in an Italian course at their appropriate level. Fall and spring students enroll for 13-16 credits including the 4-credit Italian language course; part-time study is not permitted during the semester. In the summer session, students may enroll for 3 or 6 credits, or, if they elect to take Italian, 4 or 7 credits.
The Institute offers courses in a wide range of subjects including art and art history, history and political science, literature, Italian studies, international business and interdisciplinary studies in the humanities. Courses are designed to integrate the local resources and immerse students into the Florentine environment through on-site learning. A variety of co-curricular activities including field trips, museum visits, academic tours, and artistic performances complement the rich cultural offerings.
The Institute offers a variety of curricular options for students with specialized needs or interests. These include:
• The general studies program
• Curricular Concentrations
• Interdisciplinary Integrations
• Courses at the Universita' di Firenze