California State University International Program Florence
THE CSU INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IN FLORENCE
The California State University International Program in Florence, founded in 1966, celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2006. In its early years it was housed in Fiesole, above Florence, in the Badia Fiesolana. Later,m the program moved to Piazza Independenza, first in a building on one side of the piazza and later on the other. In 1996, the Program moved again, this time to its present location on Via. G. Leopardi. The CSU Program currently occupies two floors of a nineteenth century palazzo situated near Piazza Beccaria, on the edge of the historical center, about a 15 minute walk from the Duomo. Each year a faculty member from one of the CSU campuses is chosen to direct the program and provide a link between the students in Italy and the home institutions (the Resident Director). Otherwise, a permanent staff takes care of student and financial needs. The faculty, all local residents and mostly Italian, are well qualified professionals in their respective areas and are drawn from local universities and academies, in which many of them teach. CSU faculty in Florence, like their counterparts in America, research in their fields and publish books and articles. Several are internationally known. Likewise, alumni of the program have made successful careers in their chosen fields and many have become prominent. Many alumni look back on their year in Florence as one of the most exciting of their lives.