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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Anthropology, European Studies, General Studies, History, Humanities
Housing Options: Apartment or Flat Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Florence Summer Program

"It was an absolutely amazing experience that I think every student should experience once in their lifetime. The amount of growth and knowledge gained by studying abroad is surprisingly wonderful. My Florence study abroad experience is one I will never forget!"
- Lilian, Summer 2017

"A major highlight of my program was just getting to live the everyday life. I have traveled abroad before but there is a big difference between traveling abroad and studying abroad. When you travel you see the city for about 3 days max, but while studying you emerge yourself in this culture and you begin to understand the ins and outs of it. And it makes you uncomfortable at first but that's how you know something great is about to happen or is happening in that moment. This was an experience like no other and I know that I never would have had it without SDSU."
- Claire, Summer 2017

"The major highlights of the program were cultural activities, such as the Fiesole hike and cooking class...Study abroad in general is truly rewarding. It helped me to become more intellectually well rounded."
-Thelmalyn, Summer 2016

Summer 2019
Course Dates: TBA
Dates Abroad: TBA
Price: TBA

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The Florence Study Abroad Program takes students to the heart of the Renaissance in Florence, Italy. From Dante's house to Brunelleschi's architectural marvels to the sculpted masterpieces of Michelangelo, the sights, sounds, and smells of Florence will become our classroom. Spreading out from Florence, we will also foray into the remote past, exploring Tuscany's beginning under the famed Etruscans. We will survey, first hand, the artistic, architectural, and literary achievements of Italy's first civilizations, its rise to glory under Rome, its intriguing medieval history, and its cultural flowering as the center of the Renaissance.


Florence, Italy - the gem of Italy, where the Renaissance lives on in architectural and artistic wonder.


All participants are required to register for one course from Section 1 and one course from Section 2 for a total of 6 units of SDSU credit:

Section 1:
An overview of the archaeological heritage of the Tuscan region in the broader context of the ancient history of Italy and the Mediterranean. Students will explore archaeological ruins, artifacts, and paintings of the ancient Etruscans and Romans on-site and in the rich museums of Florence and the surrounding region. Particular emphasis will be placed on Etruscan, Greek, and Roman colonization of Italy, and how the archaeological record broadens our historical understanding of the interaction of these ancient civilizations in Italy.
  • ANTH 348: Historical Archaeology (3 units) Fulfills upper-division GE requirement IV.B
  • HIST 500: History and Archaeology of the Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans (3 units)
Section 2:
An in-depth exploration of the art, architecture, literature, and history of medieval and Renaissance Florence. Includes guided visits to museums, cathedrals, and other iconic monuments of Florence and surrounding areas of Tuscany.
  • GEN S 450: Italian Civilization and Culture (3 units) Fulfills upper-division GE requirement IV.C
  • HIST 506: The Renaissance (3 units)


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Brad_KirkegaardBrad Kirkegaard earned his B.A in Comparative Religion from Harvard University and his PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has been lecturing in the Religious Studies Department at SDSU since 2008.  Prior to coming to SDSU, Dr. Kirkegaard was the Coordinator of UPenn’s Program in Universities, Communities of Faith, Schools and Neighborhood Organizations. and before that he worked as the Research Assistant of the Millennium Collection held at the Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania.  Kirkegaard’s research interests include: early Christianity and other Hellenistic religions; Biblical and para-Biblical literature; and the archaeology of religion, specifically the Christianization of formerly “pagan” sacred space.  He has published several articles in the Journal of Lutheran Ethics on various social issues in early Christianity (see links below) and encyclopedia entries on topics such as temples, the Testament of Job, and Male-Female Sexuality in the Roman World.  He serves as the Vice President and Program Coordinator of the San Diego Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Kirkegaard is currently working on a monograph exploring the changing religious landscape of Aphrodisias in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). He regularly teaches Exploring the Bible and Women in the Bible. 


Payment Schedule
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Not Included in Program Fee
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Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
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Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

*Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18.
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Summer 2019: Application not yet available
The application for summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list below.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.