Quick Info

  • Florence, Italy
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : European Studies
  • : Mid-May 2018 - End of May 2018(Dates coming soon)
  • : TBD
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Open to students from all campuses and departments


Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

Pitt Greensburg requirements satisfied: 

  • World Perspectives
  • Humanities 

Pitt Oakland students satisfy one foreign culture requirement on this program.

In this course students will explore the nature of individual, national, and global identity through the lens of historic Florence. They will decode the rich visual culture of Florence using semiotics, the study of signs, codes and symbols and how they are used. In and outside of the classroom students will discover, identify, and analyze signs that stand for power, community, and socio-economic differences, and more throughout the city.     Florence is the perfect location because it has well-­‐formed identities going back to ancient Roman times, through medieval, the Renaissance, and into the modern era. 

Coursework may count towards UCIS certificate. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Prof. Elizabeth Contreras, a native of Chile, teaches elementary, intermediate, and advanced language. She is interested in applied linguistics, bilingual literacy, second language acquisition and global identity and adaptability. She holds degrees from the University of Chile and Kent State University. She is the Faculty Advisor for the Spanish Club and the Phi Eta Sigma chapter on campus. Prof. Contreras promotes the Spanish and Italian languages on campus through conversation tables, cultural activities organized by the Spanish Club and the Amici d'Italia at Pitt-Greensburg. She is the contact person for students interested in research opportunities or study abroad programs in Spanish-speaking countries.


Students on this program live in an apartment shared with other Pitt students.  Bedrooms are shared among 2-3 students, depending on the size. Although apartments vary slightly in size and design, all are comfortably spacious and contain an equipped kitchen, bathroom, living area, and a washing machine. No meals are provided for students in apartments.

Most students travel around Florence on foot or by bus (the public transportation system will be explained during orientation in Florence). In the historic center of Florence, almost anything a student might want to see or do is within a 30-minute walk, but Florence's public bus system is easy to use and is an efficient way to travel throughout the metro area

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Arrive in Florence Depart Florence
Mid-May 2018 End of May 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Shared accommodations within Florence
  • International travel health insurance
  • Day trip to Pisa
  • Museum access in Florence
  • Class related site visits including Duomos
  • Cultural Activities through the My Education program

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • International roundtrip airfare (~$1350)
  • Study Abroad Administrative fee $300
  • Meals and personal expenses (~$500 for meals)
  • Transportation to the airport when leaving Florence (~$42 taxi)  

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Michelle Apodaca

Walk-In Advising Hours: Mon. Wed. and Thur. 2pm-4pm

¡Hola, hola! I’m Michelle, the Study Abroad Coordinator at Pitt-Greensburg. Part of my undergraduate career at Pitt Greensburg led me to study abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico, for two summer months. Then I was hooked! The following summer I studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico, then a semester in Spain. All three homestays were with amazing people that made those experiences even better! A few years later I bought a one-way ticket to Cabo San Lucas and lived in Mexico for close to four years. I hope all students will consider going global and will study abroad: it changes your life, leaves you with unforgettable memories, lets you discover new skills, and it will set you apart from your future competition. So, let’s give you an edge and find your program! You can reach me at mma93@pitt.edu or 724-836-7494. 

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school in Iran, Afghanistan, and the U.S. I also took classes with the Foreign Service Institute in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.