College of Charleston in Florence, Italy


Come study with us this fall in the spectacular and exciting city of Florence, Italy! Based in the heart of Tuscany, this program offers students an immersive experience of Italian culture through courses and activities exploring communication and cultural practices, cinema, history, and of course, food! Participants will choose 12-16 credit hours from Communication and Political Science courses. With sustainability as our theme, we’ll also learn about the Slow Food movement, which was born in Italy. During the semester students will visit Slow Food producers in and around Florence, sampling artisanal chocolate, gelato, cheese and other products. We’ll also travel to other stunning historic Tuscan cities like Siena and Lucca. An additional highlight of the program will be a 3-night excursion to another region of Italy.

Students live in apartments in the historic center of Florence and take their classes with CofC faculty. For students with majors or minors in Communication, English, Film Studies, History, Women's and Gender Studies, and/or Sustainability, this program offers a unique study abroad opportunity in the birthplaces of the Renaissance and the Slow Food movement.

Program Dates

September 7 - November, 2022

Program Directors

Dr. Celeste Lacroix | Department of Communication |

Dr. Kendra Stewart | Department of Political Science |

Dr. Merissa Ferrara | Department of Communication |

Program Requirements

  • Students must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a passport
  • Students must complete any pre-requisite course requirements prior to participation (classes will be taught in English and students do not have to speak Italian)

Program Highlights

  • Students will study in Florence for 10 weeks choosing from courses in Communication or Political Science
  • Students will live in centrally located apartments in Florence
  • Classes will be taught in English and day-to-day life can be negotiated in English, though faculty will teach some basic Italian during Orientation
  • Students will attend classes Monday-Friday, and coursework will be enhanced by day-trips in and around Florence

Courses Offered

Students must enroll between 12-16 credit hours. The courses offered are actual College of Charleston classes; therefore students will earn grades just as they would if they were offered on-campus.  Grades earned will factor into the student's GPA at the College.


  • COMM 336: Addressing Problems in Context (3 credits)
  • COMM 215: Communication, Identity and Community (3 credits)
  • COMM 315: Ethics in Communication (3 credits)
  • COMM 410: Analysis of Communication Practice ( 4 credits)
  • COMM 480: Capstone in Communication (3 credits)
  • POLI 350: Comparative Gender Politics (3 credits)
  • POLI 359: The Politics of Food in the US and Italy (3 credits)
Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition and a program fee.

The program fee is $7,200 *fee is subject to change*

The program fee includes housing, some meals, field trips/tours (including transportation), and comprehensive international medical insurance.

Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee are: roundtrip airfare, most meals, passport fees, any personal travel and other personal expenses/spending money during the semester. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid that a student currently has at the College of Charleston will apply like normal for their semester abroad in Florence, Italy.  Students should meet with an advisor in the Office of Financial Assistance to determine eligibility for aid.  Additionally, the Center for International Education awards scholarships for the semester that range from $500 to $2,000 if awarded.

Application Process


Application deadline for the Fall semester is April 1, 2022. 

Application questions can be directed to the Center for International Education at or 843.953.7661. The CIE at 207 Calhoun Street in the back of the Multicultural Center. 

A non-refundable $150 application fee is included in the program fee.