New York University in Florence

Villa La Pietra,
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence
Telephone: 055.500.71
Fax: 055.500.7333
E-Mail: virginia.cox@nyu.edu
Home Campus Web site: http://www.nyu.edu/
Italian Program Web site: http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers1/florence.html

NYU in Florence offers an academic program for undergraduate students during the fall or spring semesters as well as for the full academic year. Summer sessions are also scheduled.

Undergraduates study the history of Europe and its extraordinary cultural legacy through courses in art, art history, literature, philosophy, science and architecture. Other classes concentrate on the political, cultural, economic and social issues that shape the present and future of Europe. Italian language is required of all students and is offered at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels (students with advanced Italian language skills may take courses at the University of Florence). A program of community service internships places interested students in voluntary associations and the Italian secondary school system. The Tandem Project introduces NYU students to Italian students to help develop language ability. And informal conversation partners may be arranged for students wishing to exchange language and culture with their Italian counterparts.

NYU in Florence is located on the grounds of La Pietra, a 57-acre estate bequeathed to the University by Sir Harold Acton. The site contains a magnificent 15th-century villa and four other villas that house the academic program, student center and student residence halls and a conference center. Rolling hills, a formal garden and olive groves complete the spectacular setting on a hillside just north of the center of Florence.

Classes are held at the La Pietra site and at nearby downtown locations. Many courses, especially those in art history, make use of the city as a classroom, visiting the principal museums and historic sites in Florence and elsewhere in Tuscany and in Italy. Students also benefit from the special relationships that New York University has developed with prominent citizens of Florence, many of whom represent families historically associated with Tuscany. Housing is provided in NYU residence halls, leased apartments in the city or in homestays with Italian families (limited availability). NYU in Florence also offers a full-service cafeteria, lunch and coffee bar, a small exercise room, library, study center, TV lounge, Internet connections and computer work centers. The Office of Student Life organizes an active program of activities that involve students in the daily life of the city of Florence. Special events are regularly planned for students and faculty.

Students enroll through the Study Abroad office at New York University. See Web site listed above for further information about the program and enrollment procedure.