• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Students must have matriculated at UW-Madison (or home institution) for at least one semester.
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students in the U.S. Priority given to UW-Madison applicants.


Arts, business, humanities, social sciences, Italian language

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Spring: mid-January-early-May

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2014-15  10/3/2014
Extended Deadline: 10/17/2014

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Italy, Sesto Fiorentino
UW in Italy

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Italy is one of those unique locations where in-class and out-of-class experiences merge, providing a living museum to great cultural traditions and historical monuments. UW in Italy, based in Sesto Fiorentino, 10 miles outside of beautiful, cosmopolitan Florence, is your opportunity to combine academics and immersion in taking advantage of the local environment. A spring semester program, you will live and study in a 16th century villa with a small group of program participants and a UW-Madison professor serving as Resident Director.

Courses are geared toward providing you with grounding in Italian language, and both an understanding of Italy in a cultural and historical perspective, connecting it to greater European and global issues. The living and learning community of the villa, the local immersion opportunities of being in Sesto Fiorentino, and the cultural and historical riches of nearby Florence create a unique and vibrant academic environment. This program is ideal if you’re looking for an academically rich study abroad experience with an introduction to Italian language.

Sesto Fiorentino is an Italian suburban town with all the amenities of numerous parks, gardens, shops, and restaurants, and an outdoor market every Saturday. The villa is located a short walk from nearby mountain trails, accessible for you to hike and explore. With Florence a 30-40 minute commute by bus or 15-20 minutes by train, the renowned history of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Medici, and Boticelli will become part of your daily experience.

Not sure where Sesto Fiorentiono is? See it on a map here.