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Institute at Palazzo Rucellai
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is a relatively small city but one whose cultural influence on the world has been enormous. As a wealthy center of finance and commerce in medieval Europe, it was the cradle of the Renaissance. Florence was the birthplace or home, too, of such diverse figures as Dante and Gucci, Michelangelo and Galileo. In the Uffizi Gallery, you can stand and admire Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian’s Venus of Urbino, to name but three. Outside, on the streets of the Renaissance city, you’ll pass Brunelleschi’s Duomo and cross the River Arno by way of the Ponte Vecchio, a famous medieval bridge. And if all that history and culture should give you an appetite, Florence also has some of the world’s most refreshing gelato—not to mention fresh seafood, handmade pasta, mouth-watering pizza, and much more.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Institute at Palazzo Rucellai website.
The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai offers a variety of courses in Italian language, agriculture and food sciences, art history, fine arts, architecture, history, literature, and international business. During the Fall semester, Palazzo Rucellai divides its course offerings into program tracks. You can choose one of the following program tracks: General Studies, Curricular Concentrations, Architecture, Sustainable Food and Environmental Studies., and Studio Arts program.
The Rutgers Italian department has created a list of The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai courses and their Rutgers equivalencies. For a list of already approved courses click here. Should you have any questions, or you do not see your course listed, please contact the Italian department.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Palazzo Rucellai and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between Palazzo Rucellai and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at Palazzo Rucellai will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with Palazzo Rucellai. In some cases classes will only be worth 1-2 credits; however this is rare and usually related to art and culture electives. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Early May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Palazzo Rucellai web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the University and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
You will be housed in shared apartments with other students in the Palazzo Rucellai program. All apartments are within walking distance of the Institute and furnished with a fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and communal living space. All apartments have wireless internet connections. Although apartments do not have fixed-line telephones, all students are required to buy or rent cellular phones. Meals are not included in the program cost.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
National Italian American Foundation Scholarship(s)- Several scholarships are available with various application criteria. For more information please visit the NAIF website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.