Meaningful learning is often best obtained through acute awareness and active experience. Science in Florence offers iterations of several science-major courses, Introductory Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Physics, Historical Perspectives of Chemistry, and Comparative Health Care Systems/Physician Observation. Both are full-immersion courses in which students investigate and experience chemistry, biochemistry, and other scientific topics and methods of every day life from the perspective of Florence, Italy.
Optional: Cultural Introduction to Italy 1-Week Program (June 17 - June 24) or Cultural Introduction to the Italian Family (June 17 - June 24) - (The cost for either of these optional programs is $1300.00, in addition to the Total Program Cost)
These one-week intensive courses are intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden one’s awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion, and culture. These courses provide additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology. On-site teaching is a significant part of these courses which aim to teach students how to become active visitors and not passive tourists, while understanding a culture beyond its stereotypes. This cultural programs will include visits to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Perugia, and Viterbo.
Students in these optional 1-week programs will be enrolled in the course Cultural Introduction to Italy (HUM 4941 - 3 credit hours) in addition to the 6 credit hours they will complete as part of the 6-week USF Science in Florence Program.
Please enjoy this beautiful video about the program, produced by Professor Steve Cooke (former Florence Program Director): https://vimeo.com/151569447
List of Science Courses:
BCH 3053 - Introductory Biochemistry (3 credit hours); Course Prerequisites: CHM 2210 and BSC 2010; Field Learning Experience: Gubbio and Fabriano, July 7th
(Monday - Friday 12:00pm to 2:30pm)
CHM 2210 - Organic Chemistry I (3 credit hours); Field Learning Experience: Verona, July 1st
(Monday - Friday 3:00pm to 5:30pm)
CHM 2211 - Organic Chemistry II (3 credit hours); Field Learning Experience: Modena, June 30th
(Monday - Friday 9:00am to 11:30am)
CPO 4930 - Comparative Health Care Systems/Physician Observation (3 credit hours); Field Learning Experience: San Gimignano, June 30th
(Monday - Friday 9:00am to 11:30am)
CHM 4070 - Historical Perspectives of Chemistry, Science in the Day of a Florentine Life (3 credit hours); Students must have completed the prerequisites for CHM 4070, one year of college chemistry or senior standing and consent of instructor. (Monday - Thursday 12:00pm to 2:30pm - 3 week course) PHY 2048 - General Physics I (3 credit hours); Course Prerequisites: Calculus I
(Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 10:15am)
*Please note that participants may enroll in the courses, Introductory Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Historical Perspectives of Chemistry, General Physics I, and Comparative Health Care Systems/Physician Observation, in additional to courses from the FUA B Session catalog.
How to complete the REQUIRED Course Approval Form:
List the requested course information on the form,
Get required signatures, and
Upload your completed course approval form to the Course Approval Form Questionnaire in your application.
With permission of the Program Director, Dr. Janna Merrick, a student may substitute one of the five science courses with a course from the Florence B Session Courses list at no additional cost. Within each Session, courses are offered in either a 6-week or 3-week format, and all students must enroll for at least two courses in either format and in any combination, which may be selected from those offered in their respective Session [Florence A Session Courses, Florence B Session Courses, or C Session Courses (A Session Courses and B Session Courses)]
When making your selections, please note that all courses have a Field Learning Experience connected to them. All students enrolled in that particular course will be traveling to the associated destination(s) as part of their course work, at no additional cost.
Further, you are also required to select at least two alternate courses in addition to your two primary course choices, and all selections (primary or alternate) should be added to your Course Approval Form, which should then be signed by your major advisor.
When completing the Course Approval Form, you may inform your major academic advisors that all courses have already received USF College and Departmental approval by this office.
Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.
Cost of the Program: $4895.00
This fee includes:
Six undergraduate USF credits
Pre-departure and on-site orientation
Walking tour of city
Shared apartment accommodations
Emergency medical and evacuation insurance for the dates of the program
Field Learning Experience associated with their selected course
On-site program administration by FUA
Computer lab and library access
Limited meal plan
Please note that 6 credit hours are included in the Total Program Cost. Student may enroll in courses totaling more than 6 credit hours at an additional cost. Students enrolling in any course combination totaling more than 6 credit hours must add an additional $350.00 per additional credit hour. Students enrolling in any course combination totaling 9 credit hours must add an additional $1000.00 to the Total Program Cost.
The following items are not included in the program cost listed above:
Cost for courses totaling more than 6 credit hours
Passport fees ($250.00)
International airfare ($1,100-1,400)
Meals (many economical small restaurants and cafes near the Institute); $500-800
Textbook and course materials costs
Optional weekend travel-varies
Estimated* Total Additional out of pocket costs=$1000.00 - $1500.00
*Please note that this is a conservative estimate and is not intended to cover costs related to cell phone usage, nor does it provide significant funds for entertainment or personal spending (gifts and souvenirs, which depending on taste and quality can be quite expensive).
Please note: Students who enroll in the 1-week Cultural Introduction to Italy Program, should add an additional $1300.00 to their Total Program Cost.
USF in Florence School of Record Scholarship Award
Who is eligible?
USF Degree-Seeking students in any major are eligible to receive an award!!
Awards will be given to students in the USF in Florence, USF in Florence Business, or USF Science in Florence Summer Programs
Applicants must be either “Accepted” or “Committed” to attend their selected program!!
Scholarship Award Amount:
Recipients will be awarded $1,000!!
How to Apply
Upon completing the Education Abroad online application a $500.00 deposit will be placed on your OASIS account, and you will be given a form to take with you to the Cashier's Office to remit payment.
How and When to Pay
Please click here for further details regarding payment.
Health and Safety
Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health. For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to as possible; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be. All participants will be required to attend a general study abroad orientation as well as program-specific orientations. In addition to these sessions, you should consult the USF Safety website as well as the websites listed below that provide useful information regarding your host country, and preparation for your international travel.
Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing, theft from parked cars, and purse snatching are serious problems, especially in large cities. Pick-pockets sometimes dress like businessmen. You should not be lulled into a false sense of security by believing that well-dressed individuals are not potential pick-pockets or thieves. Most reported thefts occur at crowded tourist sites, on public buses or trains, or at the major railway stations: Rome's Termini; Milan's Centrale; Florence's Santa Maria Novella; and Naples' Centrale and Piazza Garibaldi. You should also be alert to theft in Milan's Malpensa Airport, particularly at car rental agencies. Clients of Internet cafes in major cities are also targeted. Be careful with your bag or purse, as thieves on motor scooters are very quick and can snatch a purse off of your arm from a moving scooter. Resisting these thieves can be hazardous, as some tourists have suffered broken arms and collarbones.
Thieves in Italy often work in groups or pairs. Pairs of accomplices or groups of children are known to divert tourists' attention so that another can pick-pocket them. In one particular routine, one thief throws trash, waste or ketchup at the victim; a second thief assists the victim in cleaning up the mess; and the third discreetly takes the victim's belongings. Criminals on crowded public transportation slit the bottoms of purses or bags with a razor blade or sharp knife removing the contents.
Some travelers in Rome, Florence and Naples have reported incidents where criminals used drugs to assault or rob them. These incidents have been reported near Rome's Termini train station, at bars and cafes near Rome's Colisseum, Colle Oppio, Campo de Fiori, and Piazza Navona, and at bars or cafes in the center of Florence and Naples. Criminals using this tactic "befriend" you at a train station, restaurant, café, or bar, and then offer you a drink laced with a sleeping drug. When you fall asleep, criminals steal your valuables and may sexually assault you. Some victims of these assaults in Rome have required hospitalization.
Thieves are also known to have impersonated police officers in order to steal. The thief shows you a circular plastic sign with the words "police" or "international police" and then in perfect English asks to see your identification and your money. If this happens to you, you should insist on seeing the officer's identification card (documento), before handing over your wallet as impersonators tend not to carry forged documents. You should immediately report thefts or other crimes to the actual police.
Additional information will be provided to registered participants, but we encourage you to consult the following websites as soon as possible.
You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to Florence. Please do not purchase your air ticket until you have been advised to do so by the program manager. They will advise participants of a group-designated flight schedule. All who wish to travel with others in the program will receive this information well in advance so they can book these flights. You must provide the program coordinator with your final flight itinerary.
Accommodations will be well-maintained but modestly furnished student apartments with double or triple occupancy bedrooms, shared bath accommodations, and kitchen. Utilities are included. The maximum walking distance to the FUA main campus from any apartment is 20 minutes.
Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage that is valid outside the U.S.
U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport with at least one year of validity remaining on the passport. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the Italian consulate in Miami and with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/ for further information. Students attending other universities should apply to their home institutions for financial aid. Please inform the Education Abroad Office early if you expect to receive financial aid. Note that students are responsible for meeting program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement time-frame.
The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis. Please visit:
Students participating in the summer 2017 program are eligible to apply for the USF in Florence School of Record Scholarship. Please follow the link to find more information about the scholarship and submit an application. Please note, students must be USF degree-seeking and have a program application in the Accepted or Committed phase by the scholarship deadline, March 4, 2017.
Dr. Janna Merrick
School of International Global Studies
Mr. James D. Pulos
Education Abroad Office, USF World
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4043
Fax: (813) 974-4613