November 23, 2015Few places are as suitable as Florence, Italy—renowned as the epicenter of the Renaissance— for higher learning. This past spring, a group of second-year students studying aerospace, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering participated in a new study abroad opportunity at Syracuse University’s Florence campus. Before now, engineering students were unable to participate in these programs without setting themselves back in their studies due to limited course off erings abroad. “The beauty of this program is that students are able to experience unique opportunities in Italy while completing courses that contribute to their major—keeping them on track,” says Dean Can Isik. In addition to taking courses related to engineering, students took an introductory Italian language course. They were immersed in Italian culture, living with host families, participating in fi eld trips across the country to visit global companies, including General Electric, and seeing historical sites in Rome.