Sustainability Studies in Florence

Ortolani3Syracuse University Abroad’s Florence Center now offers a cluster of courses in sustainability studies.

Students studying at SU Florence will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges of sustainability through a European perspective. Courses highlight ecological thought, historical and current understanding around the world about sustainability in the global business context, and the study of environmental issues.

For the first time in Spring 2016, SU Florence will also offer a sustainability-focused Signature Seminar. Eco-City Europe: New Lifestyles for Old Cities visits several European cities where the changing transportation, food supply, waste cycle, and energy balance demonstrates an alternative urbanism.

Courses offered in the sustainability cluster include:

  • ARC 500.2/GEO 400.2 Sustainable Urbanism in Europe (3 credits)
  • ARC 500.3/GEO 300.3 Eco-City Europe: New Lifestyles for Old Cities (3 credits; Signature Seminar, spring only)
  • EAR 100 Introduction to Geology (3 credits, fall only)
  • EEE 450 Sustainable Enterprise (3 credits, fall only)
  • GEO 380 Environment and Development (3 credits, spring only)
  • IPA 470 Experience Credits: Community Internships (1-3 credits)
  • NSD 452 Mediterranean Food and Culture: A Florence Experience (3 credits)

Students will also have the opportunity to work alongside local students and community members in SU Florence’s Edible Garden project. The garden has been a great success at the center since its inception, used to grow herbs and leaf vegetables and for teaching organic gardening and composting.

For questions regarding the program, contact SU Florence admissions counselor Gael Noyes at or (315) 443- 0252.


Student Spotlight: Liesel Rickert

img_6616 img_6799 img_6877img_6141

SU World Partner Liesel Rickert is enjoying her adventures Down Under as she studies at the University of Queensland. From learning local customs and lingo, to interacting with Australia’s iconic wildlife, scaling mountains, and lounging on the beach; Liesel is experiencing so much of what her host country has to offer.

In a particularly fascinating experience, Liesel writes in her blog about how she was able to attend a presentation by an Aboriginal chef who shared the traditions and the food of the Aboriginal people. Among her favorites was, “a dip made from [the chef’s] Bush Tomato & Chilli sauce mixed with cream cheese.”

To learn more about this experience and others that Liesel is enjoying in her time abroad follow her blog here.

Student Spotlight: Lina Cardenas

monkeying+aroundOne of the reason students love London so much is the access to all the world-class museums (with free admission). SU London student Lina Cardenas blogs about her field trips to these museums with her art history class and her musings on the art she sees while she is there. From the Tate Modern, to the National Portrait Gallery, Lina paints a picture of what it means to be an art history student in London.

Furthering her international education, Lina also writes often about sampling the food and fare at high tea at various destinations around London.

All the while, Lina makes time for travel to other cities and visiting important landmarks and monuments.

For a unique view of London and study abroad through the eyes of a student, read Lina’s blog here.


Chilean Film Series: Wednesday, March 25

chilefilmseriesCome check out the final movie of the three-part Chilean Film Series! No, a 2012 film starring Gael García Bernal, takes place in 1988 Chile when military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to ensure his continued power. The leaders of the opposition persuade a young advertising executive to head their campaign. The team conceive of a bold plan to win the election and free their country from the oppressive state of Pinochet. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles. Refreshments will be provided. Best of all, SU Santiago Director Mauricio Paredes will be introducing the film!

Stop by: Wednesday, March 25th, 5:30 p.m., Hall of Languages Room 205