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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CAPA the Global Education Network 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Art History, Business, Economics, Finance, History, International Business, International Studies, Italian, Italian Language & Literature, Journalism, Literature, Management, Marketing, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Studio Art Housing Options: Apartments, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Grad Student
Program Description:
Semester Program


Santa Maria NovellaThe Florence, Italy Global Institute provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with the city and understand how Florence has been able to retain its rich history while adapting to modernity. Florence is a vibrant, awe-inspiring, and culturally rich city. With an ever-growing immigrant population, Florence is very much a multi-cultural city. You can explore the city's diversity by taking a Migrantour or visiting Vivi-Market to find authentic  foods and ingredients from Asia, Latin America and other regions.

Additional opportunities:
         INTERNSHIPS - Students can participate in an internship in a variety of professional fields for credit. The internship is accompanied by a course called Learning through Internships. 
         **Note: you must have at least 4 semesters of Italian language to participate.
VOLUNTEER - While you are in Florence, you will have the opportunity to participate in volunteer opportunities that will undoubtedly enrich your experience abroad. This is an        excellent opportunity to engage with locals, expand your worldview, and try something new. By volunteering in Florence, you’ll engage in an authentic cultural exchange that will enable you to experience your study abroad program to the fullest.

Courses and Credits

Students at the Florence Global institute are recommended to take between 15-18 academic credits for the semester. Internships can either be 3-or 6-credits. Classes are held at the CAPA Florence Center in the beautiful Palazzo Galli-Tassi built in 1400 just a few streets from the Duomo.

As this program is in a non-English language speaking country, Merrimack participants are required to take a language course during their semester abroad.

For course listing and descriptions, scroll down to CHOOSE YOUR TERM. To see what these courses have been approved as, click here: MERRIMACK COURSE EQUIVALENCIES. Please note that course availability is subject to change.

COURSE APPROVAL PROCESS:If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. If you do not access your syllabus on the above site, please request a syllabus from Njideka Ofoleta at nofoleta@capa.org. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


HOMESTAY: Homestays provide an excellent opportunity for cultural immersion.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner are provided in the homestay.

APARTMENTS:Apartments are available off-campus. Students must commute from around the city.
MEALS: Meals are not included with this option.


Merrimack students attending a CAPA semester program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, program costs included, housing, a Florence city bus pass for your program dates, and international insurance for the semester.

2018-19 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs: $24,830
CAPA has scholarships and grants for which Merrimack students should apply. See their Scholarships & Grants page.

BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall, billmail@merrimack.edu,  978.837.5310.
FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall, financialaid@merrimack.edu, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.
  • Meals (apartments): $15-20 per day
  • International Airfare:  $900-$1,600
  • Books & Supplies: $115-$150
  • Passport (first-time and renewals) $110 - $160
  • Visa fees: $60
  • Basic mobile phone*** $30
  • Local transportation**** $80 - $150
***Incoming calls on most phone plans are free but if they plan on making outbound calls this will be an additional cost. On average, $30 gets you 400 texts and 100 minutes of call time however this will vary depending on the phone carrier.
****While CAPA provides a bus pass encompassing local transport around the city, we recommend students take licensed taxis very early in the morning/very late at night.


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CAPA's online application.

CAPA's application deadline for Fall 2018: April 15, 2018