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NYU Florence offers a broad range of courses, with a strong focus on the humanities and social sciences. Innovative, site-specific offerings in art history, history, literature and cinema are featured alongside a vibrant curriculum in sociology, politics and economics. These courses not only take advantage of the extraordinary cultural resources provided by the city of Florence, and its strategic position within Italy and Europe, but also of a unique array of co-curricular lectures and activities that make the Florence campus a dynamic center for scholarly exchange and global policy discussions.

What can study abroad in Florence mean to students? An encounter with the city of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio; direct examination of world-famous masterpieces of art in the "birthplace" of the Renaissance; to consider contemporary social issues at a campus where encounters for students with major European and American protagonists of world social and economic policy are a regular occurrence.

Throughout the year, students at NYU Florence benefit from the opportunity to participate directly in the high-level political, social and cultural policy dialogues organized on our campus. In previous years, we have hosted both Republican and Democrat presidential campaign managers, had a three-way dialogue with leading local Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders, and held a student-organized contemporary poetry slam. ?

NYU Florence provides the atmosphere of a small college campus while studying abroad. An extremely low student to faculty ratio ensures small class size; many courses are organized partly or entirely as seminars. Our 37-acre estate, with olive groves and gardens, has five villas that provide a home to NYU Florence. These include Villa La Pietra with its house museum, and formal gardens. Students enjoy the opportunity to "live" Villa La Pietra during: visits to the collection; poetry readings, concerts, performances and lectures that take place inside or in the gardens of the villa.

Partnerships & Affiliations

The following NYU departments are key contributors to the NYU Florence curriculum. Partnerships indicate departments with a significant curricular stake. Affiliations indicate the offering or development of at least one course.?


Faculty of Arts & Science
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Liberal Studies


??? Photography
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Faculty of Arts & Science

College Core Curriculum
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
European and Mediterranean Studies
Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Medieval/Renaissance Studies
Religious Studies
Social and Cultural Analysis


? ? Art & Art Professions
? ? Media, Culture and Communication


Fast Facts

Academic Calendar: Fall/Spring/Full Year

Credits: 12 to 18 NYU credits

Faculty: 60 instructors

Student Body: 350 fall semester and 375 spring semester (includes 100 freshman)

Course Language: English & Italian

Affiliated Institution:
University of Florence

Housing: On-campus villas, Off-campus residences, Homestays

Meals: On-campus cafeteria option?

Staff: 25 administrative staff

Currency: Euro

Population of Florence: 400,000

Official Language: Italian?

From the Private to the Public: Study, Digitization and Preservation of the Photographic Archives of Collectors

The Acton photograph archive consists of a great variety of visual material, documenting life in the 19th and 20th centuries on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Far East. The symposium will include talks about themes present in the archives (art, collecting, garden, fashion, travel, landscapes, cities) and a presentation of the ongoing digitization and preservation projects. April 27, 2020, Villa La Pietra
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NYU Florence Villa La Pietra Photographic Archive, Contact Sheet of Negatives: Unidentified people in the interiors and the gardens of Villa La Pietra

Villa La Pietra

Villa La Pietra is the jewel in the crown of New York University's global program. Bequeathed to NYU in 1994 by Sir Harold Acton, the Florentine study abroad campus consists of 5 historic villas and 57 acres of gardens and olive groves.
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Physics in Florence

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