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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Alayne Wood
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 16 credit hours/semester
Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: None Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Art History, Arts & Humanities, Arts and Media, Economics, Finance, Global Cultural Studies, History, International Comparative Studies, Italian Studies, Literature, Markets and Management Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, Political Science, Public Policy, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see

PLEASE NOTE: The Duke Romance Studies department has  completed a thorough review of the Italian language courses offered through NYU-Florence, and as a result of that review, FL credit may be approved for the Intensive Elementary and Intensive Intermediate offerings with a complete and appropriately supported application on return.

The Extensive format of Elementary and Intermediate Italian courses offered through NYU-Florence may be approved as general credit towards graduation, but will not be approved as FL credit equivalent to Elementary or Intermediate Italian at Duke.

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Florence, the heart of the Renaissance, is an ideal place to learn about the past and future of modern Europe. At NYU in Florence, you'll experience a different culture, acquire or improve your Italian language skills, and explore art and history at its source.

New York University in Florence at La Pietra is situated on a hillside just north of the city center. Sir Harold Acton, a distinguished patron of the arts, bequeathed the estate to the University. Villa La Pietra, a 15th-Century, 60-room country home, is surrounded by several acres of historically significant gardens, rolling hills, and olive groves. There are four other villas at La Pietra: Ulivi, Natalia, Colletta, and Sassetti. Students in Florence can explore the illustrious legacy of the extraordinary villa bestowed on the University by Sir Harold Acton.

It was Sir Harold Acton's fervent wish that students visiting La Pietra, "feel at home here, so that rather than becoming a dead museum, this Villa will be appreciated by people living, breathing, and enjoying the works of art. And when they go home they will spread the news of what they have experienced here--which I hope will be the happiest and most creative experience of their lives."