Florida State University Florence

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The Florida State University (FSU) is an internationally recognized and accredited institution centrally located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida, but with additional campuses in London, Valencia, Florence and Panama.

Designated as a Carnegie Research University, the highest designation for American research institutions, FSU awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees each year to a diverse student body representing all 50 states, and over 130 countries.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, the Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.


Florida State University - Florence Campus

For over 40 years FSU students have had the opportunity to study the humanities and Italian culture in one of the most-visited cities in the world.

The Study Centre, housed in the 15th-century Alessandri Palace, is just a short stroll from major city monuments like the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Uffizi Gallery.

Classrooms, administrative offices, a well-stocked library, and a computer lab are located in this striking Renaissance palace, equipped with all the modern comforts and the latest technology.

The study centre's facilities are divided between the two wings of Palazzo Alessandri, located at Borgo degli Albizi, 15. The wings are referred to as the Old Wing and the New Wing. The New Wing houses the offices of the director, faculty and staff, as well as two large classrooms.The Old Wing, across the courtyard, houses the library, computer lab, and student lounge on the second floor, and two classrooms on the third floor.

Student housing is provided on the south side of the Arno River, adjacent to the elegant Boboli Gardens and the Pitti Palace, allowing students to discover a different side to this magical city.

Students studying on the FSU Florence Program enjoy small classes and lectures that are often held on site. In addition to a strong academic program, cultural events are regularly organized, and volunteering is encouraged as a means to connect students to the local community. 


Gateway program students are guaranteed housing at both their international campus and at FSU’s main campus in Tallahassee. Dormitories offer community-style living that allows students to meet and build relationship with their peers, all while staying informed and engaged with university events, activities, and opportunities.

International campuses are located in central city centers and are equipped with classrooms, libraries and study areas accessible for student needs.

Living Costs in the US

Gateway Campus housing 2014 costs are £7,800 (c.€9,430) for self-catering shared rooms in flats. These fees include a full range of cultural activities. Twelve months housing and food in the US is around £7,500 (c.€9,225).


Read about British student Madeleine Hughes's experience of studying at FSU. 

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