We know that you, as a study abroad or faculty advisor, are inundated with countless brochures, websites, and promotional material available for students wishing to go abroad for a summer, semester or academic year. Opportunities for international study are increasingly numerous, but sifting through all the data can be tedious and misleading. To aid you in your quest to match students with the right program for them, we've highlighted below the essential areas of the Institute’s program for your review. We hope this page will provide answers to any preliminary questions you may have about the Institute at Palazzo Rucellai. Upon your request, we will be happy to send some brochures as well, or to correspond or speak with you directly.
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||• Accreditation and Recognition
The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai is a provider of recognized, credit-bearing courses to students of American colleges and universities. Through our partner institutions – The University of Connecticut, Pennsylvania State University, Connecticut College, Roger Williams University, and Notre Dame of Maryland – students may earn direct credit, or they may come independently of any of these collaborating schools, and earn a Roger Williams University transcript.
Through our association with the University of Connecticut, the academic program of the Institute is registered with the Italian Ministry of Education as an institution of higher learning.
• Curriculum and Quality of Courses
The course syllabi and CVs of our instructors are routinely reviewed and monitored by our partner institutions, thereby ensuring consistently high standards. If you are advising students to apply to the Institute, or would like your school to become a collaborating institution, we will provide an updated Course Syllabi Book so that you can review our academic program in detail.
• Faculty Credentials
The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai has succeeded in attracting a highly-qualified faculty of exceptional scholars who are passionately dedicated to teaching and providing courses of substantive content and quality. Our Faculty CV Book documents the credentials of Institute instructors and is available for review upon request.
• Admission Standards
Admission into the Institute at Palazzo Rucellai is selective. We require:
- Students who are matriculated at an accredited college or university
- Sophomore or higher status
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- A letter of recommendation from a previous professor
- A personal essay
Institute students distinguish themselves by outstanding academic performance and a desire to be challenged, explore new paths, and delve into their surroundings. Ask us for the list of schools that the Institute has attracted students from in the past.
• Size and Location
Each semester, the Institute hosts between 100 and 180 students. We consider our size one of our best assets - large enough to support a diverse student body and an ambitious academic program, yet small enough to provide an unparalleled level of personal attention.
The city of Florence provides an extraordinary setting for study abroad in Italy, and the Institute’s location is one of its biggest advantages. Florence is a major cultural center and one of the most stunningly beautiful urban constructs in the world, and students are elated as it becomes the familiar environment of their daily life.
To learn more about this jewel of a city, visit our Life in Florence page.
• Library and Academic Resources
Above and beyond the local libraries, the Institute maintains its own library with over 2000 well-selected holdings, a collection that continues to grow. We also offer newspapers, journals, and a large CD and DVD collection. The Institute has two computer labs (24 PCs) as well as wireless access, allowing students to utilize online databases and journals for research purposes.
• Student Services and Health and Safety
The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai maintains an average 12:1 staff to student ratio and offers incomparable attention to students' needs. With our 24-hour emergency hotline, there is always someone available if a situation arises. At Palazzo Rucellai, we are resolutely committed to the welfare of our students, and we've developed comprehensive health, safety, and emergency policies and procedures to ensure our students' well-being at all times.
The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai was established in 2001 as a provider of quality academic programs and has well over 1,000 alumni.
The Institute is priced approximately at or below the average cost for study abroad programs in Italy. Given the multiplicity of covetable features that define our Institute, that makes study at Palazzo Rucellai not only affordable, but of exceptional value as well. For details, see our Tuition and Fees.