CIEE-Florence: Arts, Architecture and Design

Program Details

Program Location Florence, Italy
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31037
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/26/24 to 12/13/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/22/24 to 05/09/24
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


CIEE-Florence: Arts, Architecture and Design

Take your studies to the birthplace of the Renaissance! Designed for art, architecture, design, urban studies, and sustainability studies majors, this hybrid discipline-based semester-long program offers you the opportunity to access courses aligned with your interests in the historic, world-renowned city of Florence.

Home to a treasure trove of Renaissance jewels and a rich cultural heritage, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and is rooted in artistic tradition. The city’s historic and artistic richness makes Florence an appealing choice for study abroad students from all backgrounds. From its renowned art galleries and museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery, to its unrivaled architecture, like the Duomo, Florence is a student-friendly city boasting endless opportunities to immerse yourself in the local language and culture.

When you study abroad in Florence, you’ll call central Italy home. Here, in the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, you’ll enjoy views of stunning rolling hills, explore farms and vineyards, appreciate timeless art by the likes of Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and enjoy the local rustic Tuscan cuisine. With mesmerizing views at every turn, your time studying abroad in Florence will be nothing short of spectacular!

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


CIEE-Florence: Arts, Architecture and Design

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

More information about academics can be found HERE.


  • Enjoy excursions to iconic Italian towns like the eternal city of Rome or the university town of Bologna
  • Visit important cultural and historical landmarks in Tuscany, including Siena or Pisa
  • Explore the Chianti region and its wineries
  • Have an aperitif with local students and learn how to make traditional pizza
  • Give back to the community and volunteer with a local organization


Apartments: Students stay in furnished apartments in single or double rooms near the CIEE center. Average walking distance can typically be up to 20 minutes. Apartments have access to a kitchen and shared common spaces. They are located in safe areas with plenty of shopping and eating options, with direct access to supermarkets, restaurants, and public transport.

Residence Halls: The TSH residence hall is located near the city center, and students stay in single rooms. Average walking distance can be up to 30 minutes. Students who live in the residence hall should expect to use public transportation to get to and from the city center of Florence.

Homestays: Students live with an Italian-speaking family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse themselves in the city’s language and culture. The average walking distance can be up to 30 minutes. Each student has an individual room.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, on-site orientation, housing, and excursions.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $13,256.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $6,500.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,250.00
Local Transportation $240.00
Visa $60.00
Books and Supplies $150.00
Meals $1,160.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $300.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email