The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai

Tucked away in charming Tuscany and steeped in the rich and storied legacy of one of Italy's best-loved cities, the International Studies Institute (ISI) Florence offers semester academic programs to US college and university students.

ISI was established in 2001 as a private non-profit  institute registered with the Italian Ministry of Education and recognized as an American center for higher learning in Florence, Italy. The academic programs are deeply rooted in the liberal arts tradition and internationally recognized for the high caliber of its faculty, administration and student services team. The Institute is committed to providing students with a safe and rewarding educational experience of exceptional quality, offering both a strong academic core and a wide variety of cultural immersion and exchange opportunities. True to its extraordinary setting in the birthplace of the Renaissance, ISI aims to develop in all students a desire for learning that will make their semester abroad a life-changing experience.


Florence is the historic center of the Italian Renaissance, the capital of Tuscany, and the home of famed works of art such as Michelangelo's David, the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti, and Donatello's Mary Magdalene. The campanile (tower) of Giotto is paired with the celebrated dome of Brunelleschi in the cathedral group called simply, the Duomo. Florence is a city of over 500,000 population, famed for its goldsmiths on the bridge over the Arno, and for its leather craftsmen in the public market. Students at the ISI Florence make the city their classroom.


Roanoke College students pay their tuition, fees and room to the College. Students are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals in Italy as students share a kitchen. Financial aid is available for qualified applicants who wish to spend one semester at the ISI Florence.