About the Florence Program

Florence Program Introduction
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010, the Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence is Stanford University’s longest standing center abroad. The relatively small size of the Program as well as the great emphasis it places on the acquisition of the Italian language contribute to an academically challenging and versatile experience which will prove rewarding for a number of majors in the Humanities, in the Social and Political Sciences as well as in Human Biology, Engineering and Computer Sciences.
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Learn more about the academic program, including academic prerequisites (if necessary), course credit, and cultural events and trips. A great introduction of what to expect from the program academically, what you can take advantage of and what different types of learning opportunities are available.
As you begin to think about your time abroad, take the time to learn about the things that will surround you. Your meals and accommodations, the local culture, and the daily city life are all important aspects of the program outside of academics that you should experience and learn from.
Important dates including Arrival/Departure, Orientation, First Day of Classes, Finals, and Holidays. Please check these dates carefully when planning your travel to and from the program, and also be aware that some dates are different from those of the corresponding quarter on campus.
Current Student Advisors share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. This will hopefully give you a better understanding of 'what a day in the life' is like while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if the program is right for you.
Learn more about the unique experiences offered in Florence, including examples of specific benefits for various academic majors.