Office of International Programs


An intensive Italian language program located in the cradle of the Renaissance.

florence2The Hendrix-in-Florence program will not be offered in Summer 2013, but we hope the program will return in the near future.  Hendrix-in-Florence is a Hendrix-Murphy Foundation program coordinated by Spanish professor Jose Vilahomat and Art professor Rod Miller in association with the Modern Language Studies Abroad program (MLSA). The program is intended for students interested in the Italian language, and consists of a total immersion experience of four intense weeks of study in Florence, Italy. Classes start around the beginning of July and end around early August. Participants who pass all of their classes will receive two elective credits and a Global Awareness Odyssey credit (upon completion of all required paperwork). Additionally, this program meets the requirements for the Foreign Language capacity.

The application process consists of three phases:

  1. Complete the initial Hendrix study abroad application, to be turned in to the Office of International Programs in early November.  Based upon the recommendations of the Hendrix International/Intercultural Studies Committee, the coordinator of the program will review the HiF applicants and will select eight students
  2. Selected participants will complete an application to the program of Modern Language Studies Abroad ( Consequently, you will need to sign and date a number of forms and waivers all applications.

The eight selected students will receive a scholarship from the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation that will cover room, board and tuition.

University of Florence

The city of Florence is located in the heart of Tuscany, and is 175 miles north of Rome. It is surrounded by little towns and villas in the middle of vineyards and fields of olives. Florence is a city with a rich history -- it was built by the Romans in 59 BC, became a symbol of change in the Middle Ages, and was the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Students will attend classes at the Centro di Cultura per Stranieri of the Universita Degli Studi di Firenze. The Cultural Center for foreigners was founded in 1907 by Professors Guido Biagi and Piero Barbera. Since then, the center has been very actively promoting Italian language and culture with foreign students. This program is part of Department of Lettere e Filosofia and is located in Florence's city center.

Program Information

  • Bus transfer to and from the airport to the university campus
  • Full-time administrative staff in the residence
  • Full-time administrative staff at the university
  • Orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Two Hendrix elective credits
  • Official transcript from the University of Florence (transcripts available for 6 Euros)
  • Access to the libraries and other facilities of the University of Florence
  • Internet connections at the university
  • Shared apartments in Florence
  • Computer and internet connection in some apartments
  • Calling card to call home to let your family know you are okay
  • Cultural visits (Museo Archeologico, Galleria degli Uffici, Galleria Palatina)
  • One-day excursions (Monteolivetto, Pienza, Montelpulciano)
  • Optional excursions to other places are also available for students -- all at reasonable prices

How to Apply

  1. Students interested in the Hendrix-in-Florence program should apply to the Office of International Programs in early November.  The Hendrix International/Intercultural Studies Committee will base its recommendation on student’s interest, GPA, and standing with the Dean of the College.

  2. Once approved by the Committee, students should apply to Hendrix-in-Florence through the professor coordinating the program for that summer (Jose Vilahomat or Rod Miller). Each student will be asked to present a letter of intention and three reference forms filled out by three professors.

  3. Once selected to the program, students should apply to MLSA through a form which is found on the website or which can be provided by Professor Vilahomat or Professor Miller.

Good Faith Estimate of Cost to Student

florence1This is an estimate of student expenses for the whole program. This estimate includes international airfare, as well as some of the excursions, meals, night outings, ground transportation, etc. It may also be helpful to speak with past program participants.

  • Application fee to MLSA: $100
  • $300 Participation fee
  • Round-trip airfare: approximately $1,500 (through discount websites or agents)
  • Eight passport photos: $30
  • Pocket money: $700-$900
  • Optional (recommended) transcripts: $20