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Academics & Courses

In Florence, you’ll study Italian language and society while learning to navigate the city with confidence. At the same time, you’ll gain a close understanding of one of the world’s most richly productive moments in history—the Renaissance—through courses exploring Florentine art, music, philosophy, architecture, literature, and history.

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Learning will happen everywhere during your time in Florence. Traditional class sessions are held at the program center, but most of your classes will be held in Florence’s incredible array of museums, churches, galleries, and public spaces. These on-site experiences will open your eyes to the social processes that have surrounded and influenced artistic creation throughout history to the present day.

You can take a hands-on approach and engage with the city’s artistic tradition by training with a local artisan in an art conservation or gilding workshop, as well as cultivate your skills in classical figure drawing under the direction of master artists in a traditional atelier. If you speak Italian, you might have the opportunity for an internship at one of Florence's famous museums.

Throughout the semester, Florence’s past and present will intertwine as you experience daily life surrounded by the city’s extraordinary creative legacy.

The Beloit College Florence Program is registered with the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research and recognized as a private non-profit institution of higher education in Italy. Beloit College is a founding affiliate of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and a member of the American Association of College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI). The Beloit College Florence Program is facilitated in the US by the ACM on behalf of Beloit College and the other ACM affiliates.