Semester in Rome and Florence


At present there are no semester programs being offered by CCSF. If you are interested in studying abroad during either the fall or spring semester, please email the Study Abroad Coordinator, Jill Heffron to be put on a mailing list for future programs or to set-up an advising session to learn about semester program options outside of CCSF for which you may qualify.


Spend a semester studying and living in Italy, with your time overseas divided between Rome and Florence. In Rome you will study Italian Language and Art History for a month, and then onto Florence, where you will continue your language studies as well as taking a hybrid online class in Comparative Religions. Florence and Rome are amongst the world's centers of art and culture. The cities of Florence and Rome will be your classrooms as you study Italian Language and Conversation at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci and Art History and Comparative Religions both in a classroom setting and on-site in the cities' museums, churches, piazzas and points of historical interest in and around Florence

The ACCENT Rome Center is located in the beautiful Palazzo Bennicelli (also known as Banco di Santo Spirito) on the Piazza dell'Orologio. Piazza dell'Orologio, signalled by the impressive clock-tower by Borromini, is at the center of the ancient Via Papalis (the processional route connecting Saint Peter's to the Campidoglio) and is considered the very heart of Rome. Among the historical palaces of Piazza dell'Orologio there is a famous library called the Casa delle letterature or Biblioteca dell'Orologio which is the home of literature in the Eternal City. Together with cultural teachings, the library also promotes a vast array of regular services, i.e a room for reading periodicals and newspapers that is specialized in Italian and foreign literatures of the twentieth century. The streets surrounding the piazza are paved with cobblestone and the central location makes it an ideal base for both classes and as a jumping off point for on-site study visits.

The ACCENT Florence Center is located in Piazza Santo Spirito, a beautiful piazza situated in the Oltrarno neighborhood in Florence. Once one of the original quartieri of Florence, the Piazza Santo Spirito is known for showcasing some of the finest artisanal shops in Florence. Along with the ACCENT Center and several trattorie, the piazza is home to Santa Maria del Santo Spirito, a church constructed based on plans Brunelleschi designed as early as 1428. The church had not yet been completed upon his death in 1446, but plans were carried through by his followers Antonio Manetti, Giovanni da Gaiole and Salvi d’Andrea, although the façade was never finished. The piazza has also become a very popular meeting point for university students from all nationalities.

Students participating in the Semester in Rome and Florence program live in furnished apartments which they share with other students participating in this program.

The Semester in Rome and Florence program provides transferable credit from CCSF for courses completed overseas. Also, students enrolled in an eligible program may be able to receive state and federal financial aid and scholarships to help defray the costs of study abroad.