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Academic Institutions

European University Institute

One of JMU’s key partners, the European University Institute (EUI) is located in scenic Fiesole, overlooking the city of Florence. The program works closely with the EUI, and many EUPS faculty members have their advanced degrees from the Institute. JMU's graduate students have access to the EUI libraries and are allowed to attend the distinguished Max Weber Program's lecture series. This series brings renowned academics and experts from around the world to cover a broad variety of topics.

University of Florence, Department of Political Science

JMU works closely with the University of Florence's Department of Political Science on a number of projects, such as joint lecture series and other academic events, EU-related conferences, internships, and more. Many Florence University faculty members have delivered distinguished lectures and have participated in JMU conferences.

The British Institute of Florence

Students attend Italian language classes at the British Institute of Florence, which provides English courses to the Italian community and Italian courses to Anglophones living in Florence. The Institute frequently offers cultural events, including film and lecture series, as well as language exchanges for English- and Italian-speaking students. Master's students have access to additional resources at the Institute's Harold Acton library, including DVD rentals.

The International Network of Universities and Hiroshima University

Each year, the International Network of Universities, Hiroshima University (HU), and JMU’s Office of International Programs (OIP) fully support one student's participation in an eight-day Graduate Summer School on Global Citizenship and Peace. The course takes place in Hiroshima, Japan, focuses on Global Citizenship and Peace, and brings together students from universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The course involves a series of seminars and lectures, a UN General Assembly role play, visits to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum, interviews with an atomic bomb survivor, the annual Peace Memorial Service, and a number of Japanese cultural activities.

Public Authorities and NGOs

Comune di Firenze

JMU has an important relationship with the City of Florence. The Commune's famous and significant headquarters (Palazzo Vecchio) has graciously hosted events sponsored by the M.A. in Political Science graduate program. JMU's use of Palazzo Capponi in Via de' Michelozzi is governed by an agreement with the city administration, and students have worked as interns in the Comune's various offices.

Autonomous Province of Trento

Located in the Northeastern corner of Italy, the Autonomous Province of Trento makes up half of the Autonomous Region of Trentino-Alto Adige. Since 2015 JMU has partnered with the Province's press office, which provides two annual internships to JMU students, to help with English language communication during the renowned Economics Festival.

Europe Direct

Europe Direct is the European Union’s information service. The organization is headquartered in Brussels with local information service centers in every EU member state. These centers provide assistance to people with questions about EU rights and funding and sponsor local EU information and networking events while disseminating EU documents and publications in each country’s official language. They also help distribute a small fraction of the EU’s funds to projects centered on providing information and communication of the EU’s policies and opportunities to citizens.

Associazione Via Maggio

Associazione Via Maggio is a community organization comprised of residents, local merchants, and cultural institutions surrounding the historic street, Via Maggio, off of which JMU's building is located. Via Maggio is a unique cultural landmark in Florence, as it is filled with many well-known and established antique shops. It is indeed known as the antiquarians’ street. The aim of the Association is to improve the neighborhood and the quality of life for residents and those who work in the area. Specifically, the Association has successfully installed new lighting along via Maggio and JMU’s own small street, Via dei Michelozzi, requested to have fewer tour buses through the neighborhood and pushed for stricter speed enforcement of cars and buses to create a safe environment for residents and tourists. JMU participates regularly in community meetings and initiatives to continually improve and maintain the beauty and safety of this important cultural landmark.

Corri la Vita

Corri la Vita is a breast cancer awareness fundraiser walk/run held annually in September in the city of Florence. Each year you can spot JMU graduate and undergraduate students proudly wearing the event's official t-shirt among the over 30,000 participants.

Angeli della Città

This community organization has been helping the homeless and elderly since the late 90s, distributing food and clothes, grocery shopping and even paying general utility bills for families in need. Every Wednesday at noon in Santa Maria Novella they provide a meal to hundreds of people. Since 2017 JMU Florence has hosted multiple Thanksgiving Food Drives to donate food to those most in need in the surrounding community through this organization.

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