Studio | Syracuse University Florence, Italy

In conjunction with Syracuse University Abroad, the College of Visual and Performing Arts provides numerous opportunities to spend a semester abroad, including those in Florence, Italy; London, England; and Strasbourg, France. There are programs that provide credits specific to VPA coursework as well as satisfying general-ed requirements. Students apply through SUAbroad.

In addition to the semester opportunities listed on this page, you may also be interested in studying abroad short-term, in the summer, or via our World Partner programs.


VPA students may take advantage of these semester opportunities offered by Syracuse University's Florence Center:

Studio Arts

The studio arts program offers studio art majors and minors an extensive curriculum of courses from beginning to advanced levels in drawing, digital photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and Renaissance painting techniques (egg tempera and fresco technique). The SU Florence art studios are located in the historic art district of Florence, with buildings fully equipped for each course, large windows for light, and private gardens. A core element of the program is participating in on-site field studies, which includes visits to the major museums and the Venice Biennale.

Transmedia (Art Photography)

How does one photographically represent the place? "The Constructed Photograph" uses the techniques of tableaux and commercial photography to convey everyday moments with a sense of grandeur normally found in Florence's art historical masterpieces. Students taking the course have the opportunity to work in a fully equipped digital lab and photo studio. Visits to local museums, field trips to art events like the Venice Biennale and visiting artist lectures round out the curriculum. There are no prerequisites for the course, and all experience levels are welcome.


Syracuse University London offers VPA students the following semester opportunities:

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Communication is an intercultural, international, and multi-modal phenomenon, and London offers exciting possibilities for communication and rhetorical studies majors. Alumni of the program recognize the value of not only studying communication in London, but also of living and experiencing communication in this diverse, urban, European context. London also provides multiple internship and liberal arts course possibilities for CRS students.

Drama (Fall Only)

Each year, the Department of Drama offers 18 performance majors the opportunity to draw upon the unparalleled theater resources of London. In this program, students participate in regular classes and workshops at the Globe Theatre. Additionally, students attend performances at a wide variety of London venues, including the National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company; take an on-camera acting class; and have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of academic electives that take advantage of London’s social, cultural, and intellectual heritage.

Design (Spring Only)

This multidisciplinary program developed by the School of Design comprises several areas: industrial and interaction design, interior and environmental design, and communications design. This program offers participants the opportunity to take a course in design history, complemented by studio and academic electives in a world capital renowned for its cutting-edge design. By working in a collaborative studio environment and making frequent excursions into the city, students will better understand London and the United Kingdom by learning how design saturates everyday life and defines people’s experiences in an urban environment. A direct placement program with the London College of Fashion offers students specializing in costume design an opportunity to study costume design and technology during their junior year.

Music Industry

London is the largest center for the music industry outside of the United States. The music industry program gives music industry students in the Setnor School of Music an opportunity to grasp the global aspects of the industry and understand what issues are involved in releasing a product in the United States and in other countries. A special feature for music industry majors is a limited number of internship placements in businesses where students go behind the scenes to learn how music is promoted, produced, marketed, and managed on a global scale.


VPA students can take advantage of these semester programs at Syracuse University's Strasbourg Center:

Music Performance, Conservatoire Strasbourg (Spring Only)

The Strasbourg program in music performance and composition is your gateway to Europe’s vital and diverse musical life. Advanced music students combine courses in English at the SU Center with study at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, one of only three écoles supérieures for music in France. Music education majors have the additional opportunity of conducting their field observations in schools in both French and German primary and secondary schools.

In April, when the Conservatoire has its spring vacation, the SU music professor leads the music students on a week-long seminar to such musical centers as Berlin, Leipzig, and Dresden. Program dates are early January to the end of May. The Conservatoire’s academic year ends in mid-June, with final performances scheduled in the last half of May and first week of June.

Studio Arts, Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin (Spring Only)

This program is for studio arts majors who enroll in six to nine credits of studio arts courses at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin (HEAR). This program includes art studios for students working in a range of media, including plastics, paint, fabric, metal, and paper. Strasbourg is at the center of Europe, minutes from Germany and Switzerland (home of the world leading art fair Art Basel).