Florence, Italy

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  • Fall Semester - Early September - Mid December
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Late April
  • Summer 1 Semester - Mid-May - Late June

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (e.ferraro@neu.edu)

The CAPA Florence Program offers the opportunity of a lifetime to immerse yourself academically and socially in the local culture. The city is quietly enchanting, with museums hidden around every corner and buildings left unchanged for centuries, and CAPA brings you the best Florence has to offer. Regardless of your major, our academic courses keep you on track while you soak up regional history and culture. Study abroad options include local visits, fine arts courses that take advantage of the visually stunning streets and buildings, and special lectures. Everything is designed to engage you in critical thinking and challenge you to comprehensively pursue subjects through academic and field research.


  • Semester Program: Students enroll in 4 courses  and will transfer back 16 NU credits.

    Summer Program: students enroll in 2 courses  and will transfer back 8 NU.

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CAPA Florence is a lively place with a strong sense of community, housed in the Palazzo Galli-Tassi. The Palazzo, formerly the Palazzo Valori, dates from 1400 and was once owned by Filippo Valori, rector of the University of Pisa and close friend of Lorenzo de Medici. Between 1865 and 1871, when Florence was the capital of Italy, the head office of the Agriculture and Commerce Ministry were housed here. The Palazzo is located in the Santa Croce area in the center of the traditional artisans' quarter. The church of Santa Croce contains the tombs and monuments of many great Florentines and the surrounding streets have a lively and attractive sense of community. It is here that you will find distinctive neighborhood shops and restoration workshops where specialists continue to repair the many books and works of art damaged in the 1966 floods. Regular activities through the My Education (ME) program encourage interaction between students from the many institutions represented. These include outings to museums, local markets, and lectures, as well as special events such as social dinners with other international students, hikes in Tuscany, sports activities and walking tours covering lesser-known parts of the city as well as other Italian destinations. The Florence Center has fully equipped classrooms, fine arts facilities, a faculty office, a multifunctional media room, wireless Internet access and a computer laboratory. Students live within commuting distance of the Center either in homestays with local families, in shared apartments, or in dormitories.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.8
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Online OISP application
    • CAPA Applications
    • Official transcript (submit directly to OISP)
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page (submit directly to OISP)

    If you are applying for an internship please also submit the following:

    • The OISP Internship Credit Form (submit directly to OISP)
    • Up to date resume in English and Italian* (upload to CAPA application)
    • Cover letter in English and Italian* (upload to CAPA application)
    • 2 letters of recommendation (upload to CAPA application)
    • Police background check from your local police station or campus police (upload to CAPA application)

    *All interns in Florence must have a requisite level of Italian to participate

    Please note, if you are requesting an internship in a field such as writing, or any type of design work, you will be requested to submit a portfolio.

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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Summer 1 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


CAPA students reside either through a home stay with an Italian family, or in typical Florentine apartments scattered throughout the city. Please speak to your study abroad advisor at your institution or your CAPA Program Manager for specific details of your program's housing option. Homestays Florentine homestays are located in the city, but usually not in the touristy city center. Families generally prefer to live in more residential areas on the outskirts. Your homestay often includes breakfast and dinner. Bear in mind that Florentine homes are generally much smaller than those in the U.S., and you may be expected to share the bathroom. Florentine apartments are scattered throughout the city, within 40 minutes of the CAPA center by public transportation. Again, you probably will be in quieter, more modern suburbs, not in the heart of the city. Your apartment will have 2 - 4 bedrooms, which will be shared by fellow students, a kitchen, bathroom, and living space. Again, European accommodations are smaller than what you may be accustomed to, and apartments may not be located near those of other program students. Meals are not included with the apartments.


Embark on the educational and cultural experience of a lifetime in the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy. The CAPA Florence Program caters to a wide range of majors and offers courses for students just beginning to learn Italian as well as the Advanced Italian Language.  The CAPA Florence Center is housed in the Palazzo Galli-Tass, which dates back to the 1400s and is located a short walk from the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. This integrated program gives participants the opportunity to learn about Italian language and culture while taking courses in other fields of study.