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International Studies

Florence, Italy

Why Florence? 
Florence is an ideal location for an education-abroad program in architecture and design. The city is small enough that students feel very comfortable to live there and walk around, and yet it is only a short train ride from Rome, Venice and Milan. Convenient airfares across Europe make Florence also an ideal springboard for travelling throughout many other European nations and cultures.

As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. The city has more than a hundred museums that cover the fine arts — painting, sculpture, tapestry and many crafts, as well as architecture, science, geography and more. The center of the city is itself a museum filled with the meticulously preserved architecture dating from the medieval and Renaissance periods to the present.

Each year the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) provides the opportunity for all students within the college to have an educational experience in Florence, Italy. Students experience the historical evolution of European art, architecture and urbanism, as well as the contemporary “design scene” and the on-going modernization of European cities.

Both in the fall and in the spring, the programs are structured as semester long, with the opportunity of earning a full semester credit load, fitting conveniently into the student curricula, as well as resulting in a more efficient investment to study abroad. The "semester format" provides a more comprehensive, rich and impactful experience for the students, compared to shorter programs.

The fall semester program offers:

  1. a graduate program in architecture and urban design, open to CAED students and students from other universities;
  2. an undergraduate program in architectural studies, open to CAED students and students from other universities;
  3. an undergraduate program in architecture and interior design, for students from other universities, with a curriculum similar to the CAED undergraduate program in architecture and interior design offered in the spring semester.

The spring semester program offers an undergraduate program in architecture and interior design, specifically tailored for CAED students.

Faculty from other universities interested in learning more about the Florence programs and how they may be integrated with your curriculum, please contact the KSU CAED Global Education Coordinator (see below).

For more information:

Lisa Pozo - CAED Global Education Administrative Secretary,, 330-672-3765

David M. Thal, AIA - CAED Global Education Coordinator,, 330-672-0879
Kent State "Semester in Florence" (video clips)

Palazzo dei Cerchi

Kent State University Florence, the Palazzo Dei Cerchi.