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The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence has been offering transformative experiences for Stanford undergraduates since 1960. The Program focuses on total academic and cultural immersion and strives to give students a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary core that pivots on the Renaissance, the European Union, the Mediterranean, and Italian language, history, and culture. With a maximum enrollment of 40 students per quarter students benefit from an intimate learning environment in a bustling international city.

For Academic Year 2021-2022 Florence participants will be housed in The Student Hotel in lieu of the standard homestay. We hope to return to the homestay housing model in Academic Year 2022-2023.

Learn More about the BOSP Florence Program

Photo: The view from the terrace of a student homestay in Florence


View from the terrace of my homestay in Florence, Zhu

BOSP Florence student Olivia Flournoy on diversity.

Student Ambassadors

share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.

Student Voices from Florence

Ponte Vecchio

"Every student who studies abroad in Florence is blessed with Ponte Vecchio's beauty before going to class. I usually head home after getting out of class because I lived pretty far from school. I started to stay out later to meet my Italian friend that Stanford matched me with. On those days, I would see the most beautiful sunsets."

BOSP Florence - the Epifania

"Before studying abroad in Florence I had never heard of the Epifania. What I, along with my classmates, saw on January 6th was a beautiful celebration of both Italy's history and its modern day culture. The celebration had everything from men in Renaissance costumes to an unleashing of hundreds of brightly colored ballots. It was a magical way to begin our time it Italy."

The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate
Via de’ Bardi, 36
50125 Florence, Italy
phone: +39-055-248-0951/2
fax: +39-055-248-0338

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Sassi by Luke Murphy BOSP Florence, Winter 2016-17

Luke Murphy

During our Bing Trip to the southern region of Puglia, we visited the Matera, one of the oldest still-exiting cities in the world. The nighttime views of the city cannot be accurately described in words; the magic of the caves and ravines both within and without the city are only slightly captured by photograph.