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Program Description

JMU’s Semester in Florence highlights the cultural richness of the city of Florence and of Italy more broadly. Students encounter Renaissance art, Tuscan hospitality, Italian business, Dante's literature, and an array of Italian social institutions. No previous background in the Italian language is required. All students take at least three credit hours of Italian while in Florence.

While in Florence, students are required to take 16 credits (fall semester, spring semester) or 10 credits (summer semester). Students can complete up to 9 credits toward JMU’s General Education requirements. In fall or spring, Hospitality Management majors can complete two HTM courses and one General Business Minor course; in the summer they can take 1 HM course and 1 business minor course. Spring students can intern in a local school for IDLS or ITAL credit. All students can also earn 6 to 9 credits toward the Modern European Studies minor.

Courses are offered in the following subjects:                        

• Hospitality Management

• Marketing (Fall/Spring)

• IDLS (Fall/Spring)

• Political Science

• Art History 

• English/Humanities

Program Dates
Fall 2021: September 7 - December 3, 2021

Spring 2022: January 18 - April 22, 2022

Summer 2022: May 17 - July 8, 2022

Fall 2022: September 6 - December 9, 2022

Spring 2023: January 17 - April 21, 2023


Charles Blake
Phone: 540-568-6344


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