Adelphi in Florence

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuscan countryside
"Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine." Henry James, Italian Hours
Q: What criteria are used to select students for Adelphi in Florence?
A: The most important criteria are the student's:
  • academic ability, based on GPA and a letter of recommendation from a professor
  • year at Adelphi, and prospects of being able to attend the program in future years
  • ability to contribute to the overall make-up of the group, through the diversity or experience that he or she brings to it
  • demonstrated maturity to handle foreign travel.

Q: Why should I study abroad?
A: Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture. It opens up a whole new world of ideas and broadens your perspective on Florence's history, art, and music. Even the best college course cannot replicate that unique experience.

Q: Will I get credit for Adelphi in Florence?
A: Yes. It is a 3-credit course for credits in Art History.

Q: How do I apply?
A: You must apply in person at the Student Affairs Office.
For more information, go to How to Apply.

Q: I am not a student at Adelphi. Can I still apply for your program?
A: Yes. Follow the How to Apply procedures. However, you will need to consult your college or university to determine if they will accept these Adelphi course credits.

Ghiberti's Doors of Paradise
Q: Do I need a passport?
A: Yes. All Americans need a passport to enter Italy.

Q: Do I need a visa?
A: No. A visa is not required unless you stay longer than 3 months.

Q: Do I need any inoculations?
A: No inoculations or shots are necessary.

Q: Do I need medical insurance?
A: Yes. No student can attend the Adelphi in Florence course without medical insurance.

Santa Maria Novella
Q: Do I need to speak Italian?
A: Speaking Italian is not necessary to take this course. All instruction is in English. Of course, a basic knowledge of Italian will enrich your stay.

Q: Will we all fly together to Italy?
A: Faculty and students will travel together on the same flight from New York to Italy. Students can all take the same return flight, unless they decide to travel in Europe after the course.

Q: Will I have any free time during the course?
A: Yes. Lunchtime and evenings will generally be free.

Medici Tombs
Q: Is Florence safe?
A: Adelphi places the highest priority on student safety while studying abroad. The faculty will conduct a pre-departure session with all students to address issues of security and safety. While we are resident in Florence, the faculty will be immediately on hand in the event of a crisis or emergency.

Florence has a low rate of crime and the U.S. Department of State has posted no Travel Advisories for visitors to Italy. Please check the Italy Consular Information page for more details.

Participation in the program is entirely voluntary and any program of travel involves some element of risk. Adelphi University, its trustees, officers, agents, and employees are not liable for any personal injury or property damage arising from participation in the program.

For additional information about Adelphi in Florence, please contact:

Jennifer Maloney
Assistant Professor
Department of Art History
p - 516.877.4431
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Thomas McAnulty
Department of Art & Art History
p - 516.877.4463
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Andrea Begel Assistant Professor Department of Art & Art History p - 516.877.4472 e -
This page was last modified on June 18, 2013.
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